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Delivering a circular economy within the planet’s boundaries: An analysis of the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan

Delivering a circular economy within the planet’s boundaries: an analysis of the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan

Analysis of the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan 2020
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Mia Pantzar, Timothy Suljada
Publication Date: 
03/2020
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EU

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Mia Pantzar

This analysis by IEEP and SEI assesses to what extent the actions included in the new Circular Economy Action Plan published by the European Commission on 11 March 2020 may contribute to a more circular European economy within the boundaries of the planet.

The authors conclude that the action plan is a promising continuation of existing efforts, but ask for more concrete measures to address unsustainable resource consumption.

The authors make five recommendations to EU policymakers in this regard and emphasise the importance of EU Member States and the private sector showing leadership and willingness to innovate.

PLATIRUS project - meeting the PGM (Platinum Group Metals) supply gap by recovering materials from secondary resources

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Spain

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The PLATIRUS project seeks to address the European shortage of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) by recovering PGMs from alternative secondary resources. It has the potential to offer a substitute for a large proportion of these critical raw materials which are becoming ever more scarce.

REE4EU: exploring novel technologies to reclaim Rare Earth Elements from waste streams

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Expertise in technology, medicine and the social sciences

Rare Earth Elements (REEs) are considered as "key enablers" of green technologies. However, they are also the elements with the highest supply risk.
The EU funded project REE4EU has developed processes that may help to regain REEs from RE-containing waste streams.

CABRISS: pioneering reusing and recovering Indium, Silicon and Silver materials for photovoltaic industry and other applications

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The EU-funded CABRISS project aims at pioneering a circular economy dedicated to handling the critical situation of recycling the considerable amount of photovoltaic waste for the photovoltaic, but also for the electronic and glass industry.

RE4 project: designing solutions for circular buildings, integrating recycled materials from construction and demolition waste

The EU-funded RE4 project has developed prefabricated energy-efficient building concepts containing up to 85 % of recycled materials and reused structures from construction and demolition waste (DMW).

Chambers for a Circular Economy - Actions to Support SMEs' Transition to a Circular Economy

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Valerio Burlizzi, Clemens Rosenmayr
Publication Date: 
02/2020
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Belgium

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Valerio Burlizzi
Clemens Rosenmayr

"Chambers for a Circular Economy - Actions to Support SMEs' Transition to a Circular Economy" aims to offer a clear overview of the wide range of initiatives led or co-managed by Chambers in the field of the Circular Economy, with the intention not only to inform and share innovative actions, but also to spur and motivate synergies, triggering collaborations and the creation of new business models. The aim of each and every of these projects is to enable businesses to evolve from a linear to a circular mode of production and consumption.

This publication presents a total of 32 projects initiated or co-led by Chambers in 13 countries, and categorized under 5 main topics:

  • certification,
  • circular skills,
  • cooperation,
  • reuse & recycle and
  • waste prevention.

Circular Revenue Models: Required Policy Changes for the Transition to a Circular Economy

Circular Revenue Models: required policy changes for the transition to a circular economy

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Copper8, Kennedy van der Laan & KPMG
Publication Date: 
10/2019
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Netherlands

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Cécile van Oppen
Marijn Polet
Jeroen van Muiswinkel

In the development of the circular economy, discussion around circular business models and circular revenue models is booming.

But what is a true circular business or circular revenue model? When can these models be applied, and what are the barriers that still exist?

For the past decade the authors of this paper have gathered practical experience with the implementation of circular revenue models such as lease, pay-per-use and take-back schemes. It is from this experience that they noticed that the current institutional economic framework hinders the transition to the circular economy.

The paper provides insight in four key barriers, providing a real-life business case as an example for each. It also includes a guideline for policy makers on how to address these barriers.

 

Aerospace Value Chain map in a Circular Economy Perspective

Aerospace Value Chain map in a Circular Economy Perspective

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Aliona Lupu (Iniziativa Cubel)
Publication Date: 
02/2020
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Italy

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Gennaro Russo
Julien Dubois
Aliona Lupu

This report assesses the Aviation sector value chain in the context of Circular Economy principles.

It offers an overview of the aircraft lifecycle, new supplier-consumer programmes already initiated by the industry and a proposal for the reconversion towards a more circular business model.

The assessment of the value chain was carried out according to the Circular Economy perspective (Redesign, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle).

This report advises the companies involvled in the EACP-EUROSME project, as an instrument to start the implementation process towards a Circular Economy business and as research for further financial support for project funding.

Circular Economy and Territorial Consequences

ESPON: CIRCTER - Circular Economy and Territorial Consequences

Circular Economy and Territorial Consequences

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Carlos Tapia, Marco Bianchi, Mirari Zaldua (Tecnalia Research and Innovation, Spain); Marion Courtois, Philippe Micheaux Naudet (ACR+, Belgium); Andrea Bassi, Georg Pallaske (KnowlEdge, Italy), Jan-Philipp Kramer, Bärbel Birnstengel, Mirjam Buck, Richard Simpson, Adriana Cruz (Prognos, Belgium); Ruslan Zhechkov, Asel Doranova, Nathan Kably (Technopolis, Belgium), Henning Wilts, Sören Steger, Meghan O’Brien, Carina Koop, Valerie Wischott (Wuppertal Institute, Germany)
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05/2019
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EU

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Carlos Tapia Garcia (Tecnalia)
Marjan van Herwijnen (ESPON EGTC)

What does the circular economy (CE) mean from a territorial perspective?

This report by the ESPON CIRCTER project provides:

  1. a territorial definition of a CE based on resource consumption and waste generation intensities and trends across European NUTS2 regions
  2. a comparison with other socio-economic trends like employment dynamics and economic growth
  3. evaluation of the territorial factors most critical for CE transformations
  4. a description of the systemic mechanisms facilitating CE transitions at territorial levels
  5. an illustration of policy approaches and best practices supporting the transition towards a CE in various territorial contexts, and
  6. guidance supporting local and regional authorities in defining CE strategies.

Circular Governance in Maribor

Maribor, Slovenia

The WCYCLE Maribor project provides for an innovative urban circular economy system, offering a new business and economic model for the city in the field of efficient resource management.

VALOR - Valorisation Alternatives to Landfill for Organic Residues

The Dublin City University VALOR project is investigating potential recovery options for the Organic Fraction of the Municipal Solid Waste (OFMSW) and Bio-Stabilised residual waste (BSRW). The project fully diagnoses the recovery options for municipal solid waste and validates their use by determining their benefits and potential environmental risks.

ZERO BRINE recovers valuable resources from saline wastewater in the Polish mining industry

ZERO BRINE is running a pilot project to recover valuable resources from wastewater in the Polish mining industry so that they can be reused in other sectors.

uP_running unlocks the industrial potential of woody biomass residues

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By identifiying good practices in turning biomass to heat or power, the uP_running project is unlocking the strong potential of woody biomass residues produced by Agrarian Pruning and Plantation Removals.

ReWeee: Reducing Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment in Greece

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Greece

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The ReWeee Project aims to prevent the creation of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and to demonstrate that WEEE can be efficiently sorted and re-used.

By experimenting with recycled water bottles as material for internal components, Océ discovered the drivers and barriers to using recycled plastic in manufacturing

varioprint 135 circular economy

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In designing the varioPrint 135, Océ partnered with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and Philips to experiment with the use of recycled plastic in the production of industrial printers. The company has made a further step towards circular economy and succeeded in developing an internal component that contains at least 30% post-consumer recycled polycarbonate.

CelluTex stimulates European research on sustainable cellulose-based textiles

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Sweden

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CelluTex is a Swedish advocacy platform that promotes needed actions to ensure production of cellulose-based textiles in Europe, utilizing forest resources and recycled cellulosic textiles, including cotton, as raw materials.

Amsterdam is going Circular smartly with 'learning by doing'

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In 2015, Amsterdam commissioned an in-depth study on the potential of a circular economy. The project was the first large-scale research study in the world that uses the ‘city circle scan’ methodology. The scan identifies the areas in which the most significant, tangible progress in realising a circular economy can be achieved.

FISSAC project - a new Industrial Symbiosis model for the Construction industry

Fostering Industrial Symbiosis for a Sustainable Resource Intensive Industry across the extended Construction Value Chain

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The FISSAC project involves stakeholders at all levels of the construction and demolition value chain to develop a methodology and software platform, to facilitate information exchange, that can support industrial symbiosis networks and replicate pilot schemes at local and regional levels.

SwitchMed - MED TEST II

Skaff Dairy Farm

Skaff Dairy Farm is a small-sized enterprise producing around 840 t of dairy products annually for the local market. Skaff Dairy Farm joined the MED TEST II project in order to improve quality and reduce defects, to drive out waste and continuously improve cost efficiency. The main problems the company faced was energy and finished products losses.

Product life extension through remanufacturing in Europe

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Belgium

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Following the successful completion of the European Remanufacturing Network project funded through Horizon 2020, the Conseil Européen de Remanufacture was launched in January 2017. It has members such as IBM, Lexmark, SKF, Panalpina, syncreon, Autocraft and others who pay annual membership subscriptions to develop, promote and exchange good practise between the remanufacturing sectors.

LIFE RECYPACK: public-private waste management for commercial plastic packaging

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The LIFE RECYPACK project will implement a new public-private waste management project for commercial plastic packages in line with the circular economy criteria.

Circular economy, a holistic approach towards low-carbon Alpine cities

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Slovenia

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Cities and regions in Alpine Space have mainly set their low-carbon objectives and adopted relevant strategies in energy, mobility, construction aso. The project GREENCYCLE aims to introduce the system of circular economy as a holistic approach to support implementation of low-carbon strategies and provide additional 2-4 % greenhouse emission reduction to the partner cities.

From waste water to RichWater, an innovative technology for combining treatment and reuse in agriculture

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RichWater is a EU Horizon 2020 funded project which has provided an innovative technology for wastewater reuse in agricuture. An integrated approach combining treatment and irrigation in a single system enables taking maximum advantage of nutrients.

Circular is the new black: research program towards a sustainable fashion industry

Leading the way towards a circular fashion industry, the Mistra Future Fashion research program uses the expertise of the entirety of the textile value chain to highlight challenges and solutions to make fashion more sustainable. It publishes reports and peer reviewed articles that focus on how exactly this industry can be made more "circular".

Sharing Materials to Minimize Waste: Industrial Symbiosis Project

SYMBI project will contribute to improve the implementation of regional development policies and programmes related to the promotion and dissemination of Industrial Symbiosis and Circular Economy.

Toolkit for policy makers: circular economy in the re-industrialisation of urban areas

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Belgium, Netherlands, United Kingdom

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Cities of Making addresses the challenge of re-industrialisation in urban areas, where circular economy will have a key role. The project aims at developping a toolkit for policy makers to promote urban manufacturing in a transition economy.

Visual and near-infrared spectroscopy might revolutionize textile recycling

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The research institute IVL has developed a new technology that may revolutionize textile recycling. It consists on sorting effectively clothes or other fabrics based on various types of fibres and it aims to increase efficiency and quality in textile sorting, therefore improving quality  of recycled products.

GtoG: let's change the way gypsum based waste are treated

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Belgium

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The GtoG project has put in place an integrated approach to construction and demolition waste by holistic management, starting from the major refurbishment/demolition sites to the reincorporation of the recycled gypsum in the manufacturing process via the processing of gypsum waste as a secondary raw material

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