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European regions toward Circular Economy

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Bulgaria, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom

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Clémence Dubois

The CircE Project (European regions toward Circular Economy) involves 8 partners both at regional and local scale and representatives of different European social and economic scenarios. The project aims at strengthening the diffusion of Circular Economy in Europe, consistently with the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package (2015). In particular the project aims at helping the partners involved to increase the capability of their policy instruments to steer economy towards a circular model. The project carries out this task by aiming at modifying or readdressing the selected policy instruments through an exchange of knowledge/experiences among Partners, through a continuous involvement of Stakeholders and through a deeper analysis of economic system.

Granada biorefinery – A 100% circular facility

Aerial view of the Waste Water Treatment Plant in Granada, now transformed into a Biorefinery.
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Spain

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The Granada Sur Biorefinery of Emasagra has set up an ambitious environmental strategy in order to become European circular economy reference in the field of sanitation and wastewater treatment.

Simina Lakatos

Elena Simina Lakatos
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Simina LAKATOS is founding President of the Institute for Circular Economy and Environment "Ernest Lupan" (IRCEM) since 2012. Simina has economical and technical knowledge, abilities and experience: she holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. Honours in Materials and Environment Engineering. She obtained a Doctorate in Engineering and Management in 2011 after defending her thesis on Corporate Social Responsibility.

Simina has been part of the Department of Management and Economical Engineering of UTC since 2011, where she teaches and researches the following areas: Sustainable Development with focus in circular economy, Strategic Management with focus in social economy, Enterprise Assessment and Marketing and International Management, all of which helps her to develop the IRCEM. Her focus is to accelerate, national, regional and EU, the transition towards circularity from the bottom up with concerted actions, developing practical and scalable solutions, organized local-regional-EU campaigns, communicating and involving others in the dissemination of the circular economy information and sustainable development message. Simina is Romanian and is fluent in English and Italian.

Towards circular economy in the plastic packaging value chain

Towards circular economy in the plastic packaging value chain

CIRC-PACK project aims at more sustainable, efficient, competitive, integrated and interconnected plastic packaging value chain with less fossil fuel dependence.

Solidarity Computers Initiative

Solidarity computers

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Spain

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The Solidarity Computers initiative aims to extend the useful life of IT equipment that no longer meets the requirements for use. This can be reused by employees for their personal use by buying it for a symbolic fee, or donated to NGOs or to other external entities.

From steel production waste gases to electricity

EDP Spain and the use of waste gases from steel production to produce electricity

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Spain

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The integration of the steel sector into the electricity generation cycle is an example of collaboration between companies from different sectors that significantly minimizes the environmental impact of their facilities. This integration allows the steel production gases produced by the industrial processes of steel plants to be transferred to an electric company for use as additional fuel in the boilers of its plants together with the main fuel, in a hybrid generation and / or cogeneration process.

Laura Cutaia

Laura Cutaia
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Laura Cutaia, researcher at ENEA is an Environmental Engineer (1996) with a PhD in raw materials engineering (2002). Her main research topics are:

  • Industrial ecology and Symbiosis,
  • Technology for raw and secondary materials treatment,
  • Resources management,
  • Life Cycle Assessment,
  • Environmental Certification,
  • End of life management.

Laura Cutaia is the Responsible of Laboratory for Valorization of Resources at ENEA , where she is working on circular economy and resource efficiency, industrial ecology and symbiosis, LCA, environmental certification schemes, REACH regulation and sustainable industrial areas (more information).

Laura Cutaia is also the President of SUN - Symbiosis Users Network (Italian network for industrial symbiosis) and the President of UNI CT 057 on Circular Economy that is working with ISO TC 323 on circular economy. UNI is the Italian competent body for standardization.

Leon de Graaf

Leon de Graaf

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Belgium, EU

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As an adviser for environmental and climate policy, Leon de Graaf particularly follows policies related to the circular economy, trade and climate, low-emission mobility, implementation of the Paris climate agreement (COP21) and the European emission trading system (EU ETS). He is also deputy manager of BusinessEurope's corporate Advisory and Support Group (ASGroup). Prior to joining BusinessEurope, Leon worked at the research consultancy Ecorys, focusing on renewable energy and international development issues, at DG COMP on energy and environmental subsidies in Europe, and at the Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) on indirect ETS costs for energy-intensive industries. Leon has a MSc in environmental economics and climate change from the London School of Economics, and a BSc in business economics from the University of Groningen.

Carsten Wachholz

Carsten Wachholz

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United Kingdom

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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is a UK charity with the aim of accelerating the transition to the circular economy. Since its creation, the charity has emerged as a global thought leader, establishing the circular economy on the agenda of decision makers across business, government and academia.

Carsten Wachholz joined the Foundation in 2020 after two years working for the European Investment Bank on Corporate Responsibility and another four years working for the European Environmental Bureau on the first EU Circular Economy Action Plan. Carsten leads the Foundation's newly established Brussels-based team supporting the development of circular economy policies at EU and international level (e.g. G20, OECD), in close collaboration with the Foundation's systemic initiatives on plastics, fashion and food.

New, innovative bioenergy products from paper and pulp mills’ sidestreams utilizing novel biogas technology

EcoEnergySF Oy has a biogas plant in the area of Metsä Fibre Bioproduct Mill in Äänekoski, Finland. The biogas plant processes the wastewater slurries of the BioproductMill, and turn those into biogas for transportation, carbon dioxide for pulping process as well as fertilizers and solid biofuel for boiler plants.

Social Innovation Repair - Giving a second life to electrical and electronic appliances, the R.U.S.Z case

Following the business model of a sustainable repair shop, R.U.S.Z is a social business which started back in 1998, as a work integration social enterprise for long-term unemployed persons.

12 Dec 2017

Circular Glasgow, hosted by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, will connect with companies across the city helping them to open up new revenue streams, increase competitive advantage and realise financial savings using a range of practical tools.

Different ways of turning wastewater treatment plants into resource recovery facilities

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Belgium, Finland, Germany, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

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The EU FP7 funded project R3Water (“Demonstration of innovative solutions for Reuse of water, Recovery of valuables and Resource efficiency in urban wastewater treatment“) demonstrated solutions to support the transition from being purely a wastewater treatment plant using energy and chemicals, towards a resource facility delivering different valuables.

Focus in the project was to develop, demonstrate and test solutions for upgrading existing urban wastewater treatment plants and to improve resource efficiency with the implementation of new technologies and business models.

Light as a service: green performance economy in Schiphol Airport

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Netherlands

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In one of its terminals, Schiphol Airport runs the project "Light as a service" whereby it pays for the light produced, while its two partners Philips and Cofely remain the owners of the lamps and fittings.

Thanks to this innovative partnership, maintenance costs are reduced and recyclability and reusability of the lighting and framing guaranteed.

Cooling servers, cleaning bodies: recycled heat from server room provides hot water in the sports hall showers of the Jean Moulin University, Lyon

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France

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Stimergy by using a liquid cooling and heat recovery system in server rooms or by decentralising its servers in "digital boilers" located in residential and public buildings recycles heat from data servers to water heating systems.

Thanks to its liquid heat recovery system, Stimergy both reduces energy waste of servers and energy needs of water heating systems while cutting the operational costs linked to the cooling of server rooms.

Waste to Energy all the ways in the district of Leoben, Austria

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Austria

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In the district of Leoben, about 12.300 tons of municipal waste were buried without any energy recovery until 2003. Since 2004 landfill regulations prescribe a pre-treatment of waste before landfill deposit and a new scheme for waste management with multiple treatment options – a residual waste splitting plant – allowed a reduction of municipal waste to a quarter and the production of heat and electricity for local use, reducing energy imports for the region.

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