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9 Jun 2020
Oceanets

AIMPLAS  - a consortium member of the OCEANETS project - has developed a material that ensures the traceability of fabric made from end-of-life fishing nets. When exposed to infrared radiation, the material changes colour and so helps identify where it came from.

SUMMARY/PRESENTATION OF THE CIRCULAR ARAGON STRATEGY

Aragon Circular Strategy

Estrategia Aragón Circular
Publication Date: 
02/2020
Country: 
Spain

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Eloy Fernández

Aragón Circular is an economic strategy that aims to boost the circular economy in the entire region of Aragon. Its objective is to create a political, economic, and social framework that will allow Aragon to move towards an innovative circular economy. Furthermore, this strategy will generate high-quality employment and provide the backbone for the territory.

BusinessEurope scaling up circular economy solutions in Member States

Start/End date: 
03/06/2020
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EU
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Brussels

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BusinessEurope organised two events for businesses and policymakers on challenges and opportunities for scaling up circular economy solutions in Brno and Madrid in October 2018.

Sporos Platform supports SMEs in Greece and Southeastern Europe

Sporos Platform Exclusive Roundtable

Launched in November 2019, Sporos aims to become the first platform for impact investment and collaboration that adds value to SMEs in Greece and Southeastern Europe, on the basis of the Circular Economy.

Sporos utilises mezzanine sustainable financing tools, combined with consultancy services and environmental, social and governance (ESG) and sustainable development goal (SDG) metrics.

IRCEM leads research on Circular Economy in Romania

Start/End date: 
27/05/2020
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Romania
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Cluj-Napoca

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In its role developing scientific research and innovation in various fields, including the circular economy, IRCEM has organised several thematic workshops and conferences. 

Circular case studies developed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

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26/05/2020
Country: 
United Kingdom
City: 
Cowes

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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation regularly shares case studies that are relevant to the circular economy.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches Circular Economy in Cities portal

Start/End date: 
03/06/2020
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United Kingdom
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Cowes, Isle of Wight

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In March 2019, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched Circular Economy in Cities, a suite of easily accessible resources which provide a global reference on the topic.

España Circular 2030: the new Circular Economy Strategy for a #FuturoSostenible in Spain

Espana circular

At the beginning of June 2020 the Spanish Government published España Circular 2030, the new Strategy for Circular Economy in Spain until 2030. It contains circular economy objectives and a series of strategic orientations for the period 2020-2030. 

The strategy:

  • sets up a series of objectives for 2020-2030 which will, inter alia, allow a 30% reduction in the national consumption of resources and a 15% reduction in waste generation (as compared to 2010);
  • contributes to Spain's efforts to transition to a sustainable, decarbonized, resource-efficient and competitive economy;
  • takes the form of successive three-year action plans providing for concrete measures to deliver on circular economy.

 

    Wanted by Sitra: Circular economy solutions that change the world

    Start/End date: 
    28/05/2020
    Country: 
    Finland
    City: 
    Helsinki

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    The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra is collecting a selection of circular economy solutions that are among the most viable, promising, scalable and impactful in the world.

    Circular Change promoting Creative & Circular

    Start/End date: 
    28/05/2020
    Country: 
    Slovenia
    City: 
    Ljubljana

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    Within the ECESP, Circular Change has promoted the role of creative industries with a focus on circular design.

    CEC4Europe explores and evaluates business showcases from the circular economy industry platform

    Start/End date: 
    21/05/2020
    Country: 
    Austria
    City: 
    Vienna

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    This research by Lukas Stumpf, part of the CEC4Europe factbook on the circular economy published in September 2018, evaluates 131 projects from the Circular Economy Industry Platform (CEIP) regarding their contribution to circular economy from both a scientific and a political perspective.

    IRCEM and its Strategy for Romania's Transition to Circular Economy

    Start/End date: 
    28/05/2020
    Country: 
    Romania
    City: 
    Cluj-Napoca

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    History of IRCEM - the Romanian Institute for Research in Circular Economy and Environment “Ernest Lupan” - and development of ROCES - Romania's Strategy for the Transition to a Circular Economy (ROCES) 2020-2030

    ProCirc project: creating a toolbox for circular procurement

    Start/End date: 
    01/01/2018 to 31/12/2022
    Country: 
    EU
    City: 
    Brussels

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    ProCirc – Circular Procurement: Accelerate circular economy through procurement power, alliance and capacity building – is a 3.5 year Interreg North Sea Region project that started in 2018, co-funded by the Regional Development Fund of the European Union. It is led by a consortium of 11 partners, including ACR+, representing both public authorities and research institutes.

    ECESP at the European Parliament: presenting the role of the Platform for a circular future

    Start/End date: 
    27/05/2020
    Country: 
    EU
    City: 
    Brussels

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    On the initiative of the ECESP coordination group members Arthur ten Wolde (Ecopreneur.eu), Jean-Pierre Schweitzer (European Environment Bureau) and chair Ladeja Godina Košir (Circular Change), an ECESP breakfast meeting was organised on 29 January 2020 to introduce the Platform to MEPs working on the circular economy: achieving a circular economy through active stakeholder involvement.

    Circularity Gap Report Austria

    Start/End date: 
    27/05/2020
    Country: 
    Austria
    City: 
    Vienna

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    In June 2019, Altstoff Recycling Austria (ARA) and Circle Economy released the Circularity Gap Report Austria, the first measure of circularity for a nation state.

    5th Circular Change Conference

    Start/End date: 
    01/09/2020
    Country: 
    Slovenia
    City: 
    Bled

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    On 1 September 2020, the 5th Circular Change Conference, held under the theme of “Mainstreaming the Circular Economy Mindset”, will set the trends for the discussion on sustainable leadership, business-led innovation and the EU’s sustainability goals based around the European Green Deal.

    04 Jun 2020
    Tondo Webinar

    The webinar series organised by Tondo represents an opportunity for companies, start-ups and experts from all over the world to have a clearer overview of the status of the circular economy and how it can enhance innovative business models and concepts with lower environmental impacts.This third session will continue to focus on circular cities around the world, in this specific case Rotterdam.

    Circular Transition Indicators (CTI) by WBCSD

    Start/End date: 
    26/05/2020
    Country: 
    EU
    City: 
    Geneva

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    Together with its 26 members the WBCSD has jointly developed a universal and consistent framework to measure circularity. The Circular Transition Indicators (CTI) provides a simple, objective and quantitative framework that can be applied to businesses of all industries, sizes, value chain positions and geographies.

    20 May 2020
    ACR+ News

    ACR+ has created 3 new working groups on circular economy focusing on governance, procurement, and monitoring. They will bring together front-runners and learners to work on improving local and regional strategies on circular economy and resource efficiency.

    28 May 2020

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    Berlin
    Country: 
    Germany

    Join Ladeja Godina Košir and Tim Janßen in a web-streamed discussion on Cradle-to-Cradle approach. They will abord how to implement C2C on a European level for the European Commission’s Action Plan for Circular Economy.
    When?
    28 May at 7 pm CEST - Live on C2C LAB website.

    How can bulky waste management be improved?

    Start/End date: 
    31/01/2016 to 18/03/2020
    Country: 
    EU
    City: 
    Brussels

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    After three years of hard work, the URBANREC project has been brought to a successful completion. The main outcomes of the project include a comprehensive guide on bulky waste management, the implementation of demonstration activities on innovative practices for the re-use, collection and treatment of urban bulky waste, as well as knowledge transfer activities.

    Knowledge brokerage between Slovenia and Portugal on waste collection facilities and communication strategies

    Start/End date: 
    05/09/2018 to 05/09/2019
    Country: 
    Portugal, Slovenia
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    Ljublana

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    Between 2018 and 2019, knowledge brokerage between Slovenia and Portugal took place on waste collection and treatment, reuse and repair facilities as well as communication strategies.

    Rue Rangoli: where "fight against exclusion” rhymes with “sustainable development”

    LOGO RUE RANGOLI

    Rue Rangoli is a French social enterprise that supports social organisations involved in upcycling or zero-waste and the design circular economy, based in Europe, Africa and Asia.

    15 May 2020
    Life

    LIFE - the European Programme for the Environment and Climate Action - has been financing Eco-Innovation and Circular Economy related projects since its start in 1992. The call for LIFE 2020 proposals is now open, with more than €450 million earmarked for nature conservation, environmental protection and climate action projects.

    07 Sep 2020 to 08 Sep 2020
    Produrable

    L'édition 2020 de Produrable - le grand rendez-vous européen des Acteurs et des Solutions de l'Economie Durable - sera à l'enseigne de 'Sobriété, Solidarité, Prospérité... pour un New Deal Européen'.

    Circular Economy Research Center (CERC)

    CERC

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    France

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    Circular economy will profoundly impact business. The Circular Economy Research Center of the Paris based École des Ponts Business School wants to enable current and prospect students as well as the alumni of the School to sharpen their knowledge on the upcoming transformation and to be enabled to understand it, embrace it and prepare for it in their domains of professional interest.

    GLOPACK Position paper: Benefits of home compostable biodegradable materials for a sustainable food chain

    GLOPACK investigates the benefits of home compostable biodegradable materials for a sustainable food chain

    Author: 
    The GLOPACK Consortium
    Publication Date: 
    12/2019
    Country: 
    EU

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    Valérie Guillard
    Zsófia Kertész

    The GLOPACK (Granting society with LOw environmental impact innovative PACKaging) project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research programme, investigates food packaging with no environmental footprint and the ability to extend the shelf-life of food products.

    The GLOPACK position paper aims at clarifying many debatable points related to bioplastics and biodegradability, especially terminology, and focuses on the benefits of biodegradable (in natural conditions) packaging material that can help the food sector enter the virtuous loop of the circular economy.

    The paper also proposes some recommendations (basic, strategic and tactical interventions) to help all stakeholders in the food packaging sector to align with the common goal of ending plastic pollution.

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