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Together with a number of partner organisations, Circular Flanders and the Government of the Region of Flanders launched the Green Deal for Circular Procurement (GDCP) on 8 June 2017. Some 130 companies, local authorities and non-profit organisations took part in this landmark event. The idea is based on the Dutch 'Green Deal', which has been translated into the Flemish context. The Green Deal has its origin in the policy memorandum and letter Environment. Purchasers are still reluctant in changing their proceedings to allow reuse of -or recycled content in- products and in accepting new 'circular' contracts. With the GDCP Circular Flanders wants to take away the uncertainty and help buyers to change their procurement proceedings. In return the purchasers share their experiences in a learning network and the participants all set up 2 pilots. In the end they will become ambassadors who can inform other purchasers on the financial, social and ecological advantages of CE. Over 200 experiments will prove the success of Circular Procurement.
Circular Flanders is the hub of the Flemish circular economy.
It is a partnership of governments, companies, civil society, and the knowledge community that will take action together. The government of Flanders has set the circular economy as one of the seven transition priorities and appointed the OVAM (Public Waste Agency of Flanders) as the initiator of Circular Flanders. The operational team, which is responsible for the day-to-day operation, is embedded in the OVAM.
The 2017-2018 themes are:
- the Circular City
- Circular business strategies
- Circular Procurement
We will launch and support various projects within these themes, with an emphasis on action and impact in the field.
European regions toward Circular Economy
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.
The purpose of the project has been to highlight the possibilities the municipalities and regions have to accommodate a more circular economy in the future.
„OSCEdays Berlin“ stands for the „Open Source Circular Economy Days Berlin“. It is, since 2015, a successful annual event on circular economy and transparency based collaboration methodologies for it, held in Berlin.
The International Conference on Consumer Protection in a Circular Economy aims in the first place to explore the “circular economy” concept and strategies from an interdisciplinary perspective, and, secondly, to identify and critically assess “circular economy” legal instruments in various steps of the value chain and with regard to new economic models, while paying increasing attention to the most pressing consumer protection issues.
The Circular Economy: A review of definitions, processes and impacts
Transforming the linear economy, which has remained the dominant model since the onset of the Industrial Revolution, into a circular one is by no means an easy task. Such a radical change entails a major transformation of our current production and consumption patterns, which in turn will have a significant impact on the economy, the environment and society. Understanding these impacts is crucial for researchers as well as for policy-makers engaged in designing future policies in the field. This requires developing an in-depth knowledge of the concept of the circular economy, its processes and their expected effects on sectors and value chains.
This paper reviews the growing literature on the circular economy with the aim of improving our understanding of the concept as well as its various dimensions and expected impacts. On the basis of this review, it attempts to map the processes involved and their application in different sectors.
The paper suggests that research on the circular economy is currently fragmented across various disciplines and there are often different perspectives and interpretations of the concept and the related aspects that need to be assessed. This fragmentation is also evident in the available studies that adopt different approaches in calculating the impacts, which makes efforts at comparing the results from different sources very challenging.
Finally, this paper suggests that there is limited information on the indirect effects on the economy (e.g. impacts on the value chain or changes in consumption spending patterns) as well as the social impacts of the circular economy transition.
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 obtianed a Doctorate in Engineering and Management in 2011 after defending her thesis on Corporate Social Responsibility. Simina has been part of the Dept. 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 the transition towards circularity from the bottom up with concerted actions, developing practical and scalable solutions, national campaigns, communicating and involving ohters in the dissemination of the circular economy and sustainable development message. Simina is Romanian and is fluent in English and Italian.
The third edition of the Circular Change Conference will be a two-day interactive stream of indoor and outdoor events.
Dorthe Nielsen, policy director at EUROCITIES, is responsible for the overall coordination and delivery of outcomes of the policy work in EUROCITIES. She focuses on sustainable urban mobility, green and smarter cities. She is also in charge of governance related matters, including the urban agenda for the EU and creative citizenship. She previously worked for the Greater London Authority (EU office) and at the Secretariat General of the European Commission. She holds a master degree from the College of Europe (BE) in European politics and a master degree in public administration from the University of Roskilde (DK). A Danish national, she is fluent in English and French.
The DGNB Academy provides professionals from the construction and real estate sectors with up-to-date knowledge on sustainable construction, including circular economy principles which have been made assessable in the DGNB Certification System.
DNGB certification provides bonuses for applying circular economy principles in sustainable construction
DGNB: The German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) is a central knowledge platform for sustainable building and provides the world’s most advanced sustainable building certification system which makes Circular Economy aspects measurable and assessable.
CIRC-PACK project aims at more sustainable, efficient, competitive, integrated and interconnected plastic packaging value chain with less fossil fuel dependence.
Michael Kuhndt is the Founder and Executive Director of the CSCP with more than 20 years of experience in the fields of international co-operation, development and sustainability.
He managed programs for numerous multinational companies, ministries, European and UN organisations in the fields of: strategy development for sustainable supply chains & circular economy, development / set up for an approach for sustainable consumption, upscaling of sustainable business models, triple bottom line innovation, sustainable finance and policy strategies based on multi-stakeholder.
Laura Cutaia, researcher at ENEA is an Environmental Engineer (1996) with a PhD in raw materials eng. (2002). Main research topics: Industrial ecology and Symbiosis, Technology for raw and secondary materials treatment, Resources management, Life Cycle Assessment, Environmental Certification, End of life management. She is the responsible of Resources Valorisation Lab. at ENEA working on: circular economy and resource efficiency, industrial ecology and symbiosis, LCA, environmental certification schemes, REACH regulation, sustainable industrial areas.
Destaclean® Puukivi (Wood stone) is a progressive recycled material, of which the prepared products are ecological, lightweight, durable and easy to machine. The resulting wood stone is a composite of pure recycled wood fibre, rock minerals, cement and water.
Alexandre Affre is Director for the Industrial Affairs department at BusinessEurope, the leading advocate for growth and competitiveness at European level. In this role since 2013, Alexandre is responsible for developing and communicating the organization’s positions on energy, climate and environmental policy as well as industrial policy and research & innovation. Prior to that, he worked at the wildlife trade monitoring network of WWF and IUCN. Alexandre is a trained scientist and holds a Master in Ecology from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie.
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. Maja has been with the Foundation’s the Gov. & Cities team since 2015, where her work revolves around supporting policymakers at international, national, regional and local level in driving circular economy initiatives.
Achieving 'Growth Within'
The report identifies ten attractive circular innovation and investment priorities for Europe until 2025, totalling €320 billion. Despite the favourable financial context, investment in circular economy opportunities is still generally too low. The Foundation's previous research Growth Within outlined a long-term circular economy vision for Europe; this new report identifies the most important investment opportunities along with the policy reforms and business actions needed to unlock them. The report focuses on the mobility, food and built environment value chains, which together represent 60% of consumer expenditure and 80% of resource use.
Growth Within: a circular economy vision for a competitive Europe
In a circular economy, growth comes from ‘within’, by increasing the value derived from existing economic structures, products and materials. This major report quantifies the benefits for Europe – in terms of growth, household income, and environmental outcomes – of adopting a circular development path compared with our current linear one. Incorporating in-depth analysis of three of Europe’s largest basic needs, mobility, food and the built environment, the report provides a vision of how the circular economy could look, and highlights wide-ranging implications for government and business leaders.
Circular Europe Network
Circular Europe Network gathers ACR+ members committed to improve their resource strategies and strengthen the sustainable development of their territory. The CEN will be helped by an Advisory Committee involving European experts from various backgrounds, in order to provide a multi-stakeholders input.
ReMade in Italy® is the first certification scheme accredited in Italy to verify the content of recycled materials in a product.
Green Week 2018 — Call for partner events
The third edition of the Circular Change Conference will be a two-day interactive stream of indoor and outdoor events.
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.