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01 Dec 2022
 EIT Community on Circular Economy presents The Future is Circular!

On Thursday 1 December 2022, the EIT Community on Circular Economy will be holding a day of celebration to mark its recent activities within the community and to look forward to what is coming up next. This hybrid event will also host the EIT Circular Economy Prize awarding ceremony. Join the livestream and find out more about Europe’s circular future!

10 Nov 2022
Nontox

The NONTOX team invites you to join the NONTOX project final event, to be held on 10 November 2022 from 09:00 to 12:15 CET. During this public dissemination event, NONTOX partners will showcase the work performed throughout the project, highlighting the results and innovations. The seminar will enable participants to learn from experts in the field and find out how recycled plastics can contribute to the circular economy.

Twin transition in the manufacturing sector A blueprint

Twin transition: a blueprint for the textile and furniture industries

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Author: 
Juan Jose Ortega, Clement Mahier, Erwan Mouazan, María Victoria Gómez, Petra Dufkova
Publication Date: 
10/2022
Country: 
Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Spain

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The TwinRevolution project supports Vocational Education and Training (VET) learners from the textile and furniture industries on their green and digital transition journey.

The blueprint Twin transition in the manufacturing sector offers an overview of the current challenges faced by the sector. Best practices examples from both industries illustrate how smart and circular approaches can accelerate the transformation of these two sectors.

Following a literature review detailing the current state of industry 4.0 and circular economy in both sectors, the report highlights how specific Key Enabling Technologies can support a twin transition.

National Strategy for the Circular Economy in Romania

National Strategy for the Circular Economy in Romania

The Romanian Strategy for the Circular Economy (NSCE) is a roadmap for accelerating Romania's transition from a linear to a circular economic model. The implementation of the Action Plan (to be adopted in September 2023) will provide a framework for this transition. The strategy gives an overview of the fourteen economic sectors, and identifies the following as having the greatest circular potential:

  • agriculture and forestry
  • automotive sector
  • construction
  • consumer goods (food and beverages)
  • packaging (glass, paper, plastic materials etc.)
  • textiles
  • electrical and electronic equipment.

The overall objective of the NSCE is closely linked to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda.

22 Nov 2022 to 24 Nov 2022
Nordic Circular Summit 2022

The Nordic Circular Summit is a hybrid summit exploring circular economy in the Nordic region, hosted by Nordic Circular Hotspot and Nordic Innovation. Participants in the event will learn about the region's tremendous circular opportunities—with events offering talks, debates, panel discussions and workshops on topics such as circular tools, regenerative models and materials, communicating circularity, business and finance, energy and resources, construction, manufacturing and much more.

03 Nov 2022
CIMPA workshop

This workshop on 3 November 2022 will focus on the drivers for the circularity of plastic films and describe the innovative solutions that are being developed through the CIMPA project to create a circular economy in which multilayer plastic films never go to waste.

Circular Regions: A digital platform mapping circular case studies

Circular regions

Circular Regions is:

  • developing a suite of practical and effective tools to help organisations in the circular economy and related areas, such as bio-economy, social economy, regenerative economy and carbon neutrality, to catalogue, categorise, contextualise and connect data and resources;
  • a platform dedicated to mapping circular case studies including: business models, strategies, policies, economic incentives and educational and behavioural shift resources utilising a holistic framework;
  • bridging bottom-up and top-down circular economy approaches alongside their partners in the north and south through mission-oriented, data-driven solutions to empower individuals and organisations.

For more information, contact: info@circularregions.org

13 Oct 2022
#EURegionsWeek

The 20th edition of #EURegionsWeek under the motto New Challenges for Europe’s cohesion is approaching and registrations are now open! The online info session “Implementing circular systemic solutions in cities and regions” will take place on Wednesday 13 October, 12:30 – 13:30 CEST.

Neue Effizienz gemeinnützige GmbH

Neue Effizienz

Neue Effizienz is an institution for knowledge transfer and research in the area of energy and resource efficiency based in Wuppertal, Germany. As a regional association, it is funded by the municipalities, public utilities and regional economic development institutions of Wuppertal, Solingen and Remscheid.

Neue Effizienz promotes innovation as well as science and technology transfer in the fields of energy, circular economy, new mobility and smart cities. bergisch.metall, a competence network for the metal industry, fouses on the circular economy; the bergisch.circular project assists the municipalities with the establishment of intermunicipal structures and initiatives supporting the circular transformation.

24 Nov 2022 to 25 Nov 2022
Circulariti 2022

Circularity is a new dedicated annual circular economy conference organised by Planet Ark’s Australian Circular Economy Hub (ACE Hub). Circularity 2022 aims to propel the Asian-Pacific region’s economy into the future by showcasing the best of circular design, practice and research. The event brings thought leaders together to discuss solutions and catalyse action across the Asian-Pacific region.

12 Oct 2022
Level(s)

In October 2020 the European Commission launched Level(s), the new EU common language for assessing the sustainability performance of buildings.

At this year's European Week of Regions and Cities, the Commission will be running a special webinar to show how Level(s) can help the buildings sector contribute to EU climate and circularity objectives within cities and regions.

Hutoepito: upcycling closed-cell rigid polyurethane foams

Upcycling of closed-cell rigid polyurethane foams

The Hungarian Ministry of Finance has approved a HUF 197.85 million non-refundable grant for Hutoepito, the parent company of KleanLabs, in order to fund research, development and innovation activities under the Upcycling of closed-cell rigid polyurethane foams project, which will run until 31 January 2025.

19 Sep 2022
NONTOX

The NONTOX EU Project is holding a webinar titled "NONTOX – Improving circularity of hazardous plastics" on 19 September 2022 at 13:00 - 14:30 EEST (12:00 - 13:30 CEST).

Experts from plastic value chain will discuss the current challenges in plastics recycling, as a results of the NONTOX project activities. Moreover, ecodesign guidelines and recommendations for several actors in the value chain will be proposed, along with opportunities and examples of best practices.

The seminar will be held in the framework of the annual exhibition Designs for a Cooler Planet organised by the Aalto University in Finland.

08 May 2023 to 11 May 2023
Going Green - CARE INNOVATION 2023

Going Green – CARE INNOVATION 2023 will provide a platform for presenting up-to-date progress on the circular economy and the development of resource-efficient electr(on)ic products and services.

This international symposium on 8-11 May 2023 will compare the three major economic regions - Europe, America and Asia - in the presence of high-level speakers from global electr(on)ic and recycling companies, research institutes and environmental & consumer organisations.

Leading industrialists, research directors, environmental experts and scientists will analyse the state of play regarding:

  • producer responsibility
  • environmentally-friendly electr(on)ic & automotive product development
  • resource scarcity and criticality
  • clean production, green marketing, logistics and end-of-life strategies.

Through a wide range of presentations, the contribution of the electr(on)ic & automotive industry to sustainable development in general will be discussed, and the necessary products, technologies and services will be identified.

ITENE Research Centre for circularity in packaging

ITENE is a research centre specialised in packaging. It specialises in developing circular solutions along the supply chain, from raw materials development to final waste management. To meet the sustainability requirements, it develops technological solutions focused on new materials and recycling technologies as well as responding to requirements in terms of safety, design and functionality in packaging.

Besides offering services to the industry ITENE attracts a community of over 4 000 companies and 10 000 professionals, is a member of the leading organisations in its field, and plays an active role in a wide range of sectoral fora and initiatives. Formed in 1994 as a private association with non-profit purposes, it is located in Valencia (Spain).

Foodvalley NL Upcycling Community: a platform devoted to food upcycling

Foodvalley

There are major benefits to be gained from residual flows that are used to a limited extent in food production. By scaling up the use of residual streams for human consumption, we can take a big step towards a circular sustainable food system. But because these residual flows require pioneering work in cooperation with various organisations, an impactful chain transition is not realised.

To accelerate the transition of upcycling of residual streams towards food, co-creation and rock-solid cooperation are needed. The Upcycling Community started by Foodvalley NL is a safe environment where organisations can develop their ideas together and gain inspiration from each other. With the right support and a mix of cross-sector organisations, we make a circular impact. 

Trade for an inclusive circular economy: A framework for collective action

Trade for an inclusive circular economy: A framework for collective action

Photo credit: Copyright © Samsul Said/Bloomberg/Getty Images
Author: 
Jack Barrie, Latifahaida Abdul Latif, Manuel Albaladejo, Ieva Baršauskaitė, Alexey Kravchenko, Amelia Kuch, Nanno Mulder, Melissa Murara, Antoine Oger, Patrick Schröder
Publication Date: 
06/2022
Country: 
EU, United Kingdom, Other (Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia-Pacific)

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The framework for inclusive circular trade is designed to help guide trade and trade-related circular economy and development policies, practices and agreements to ensure these all work towards a shared goal of an inclusive circular economy.

This paper sets out a framework for inclusive circular trade, intended to enable a pathway in which circular trade helps to promote fair, inclusive and circular societies. The framework was developed through the work of an alliance of organizations spanning Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe.

Chatham House does not express opinions of its own. The opinions expressed in this publication are the responsibility of the authors. A Spanish translation of the paper is also available as a PDF.

06 Oct 2022
Circular Business Roundtable

INNOWO invites stakeholders to take part and present their companies at the online roundtable session on 6 October 2022 during Circular Week 2022. Six thematic in-depth virtual discussions will take place with entrepreneurs representing companies developing innovative and sustainable solutions from a particular branch of the circular economy: Waste Management, Textiles, Food & Bioeconomy, Packaging, Construction and Online Platforms & Sharing Economy.

23 Aug 2022
EU grants

The European Commission is currently accepting proposals for EU grants to help stakeholders take action against food waste. Fighting against food waste is one of the key action strands laid down in the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy, which aims to make food systems fair, healthy and environmentally friendly.

Exploring tools from regenerative economics for a balanced transition towards a circular EU27

Exploring tools from regenerative economics for a balanced transition towards a circular EU27

Cleaner Production Letters
Author: 
Filippos K. Zisopoulos, Dominika A. Teigiserova, Daan Schraven, Martin de Jong, Xin Tong, Robert E. Ulanowicz
Publication Date: 
08/2022
Country: 
Netherlands

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Are there limits to robustness in our socio-economic metabolism? And is 100% circularity rate in the EU27 theoretically possible? Can we use principles and indicators from regenerative economics to develop (rather than just grow) regenerative circular economies?

These aspects are being discussed together with Dr. Dominika Alexa Teigiserova, assistant prof. Dr. Daan Schraven, prof. Martin de Jong, prof. Xin Tong, and prof. Bob Ulanowicz in the paper entitled: Are there limits to robustness? Exploring tools from regenerative economics for a balanced transition towards a circular EU27.

This peer reviewed paper is open access and published in the special issue "Sustainable Cities in the Context of Economic Transformation and Climate Change" of the Cleaner Production Letters journal.

03 Oct 2022 to 05 Oct 2022
Circular Economy forum Taranto

Re-think - Circular Economy Forum | Taranto 2022 sets out a vision of macro-trends, possible evolutionary paths and key projects concerning the circular economy at both Italian and international level.

The reusable Ocean Package for e-commerce

The Ocean Package

The Ocean Package UG is a young and sustainable company from Munich with the goal to make e-commerce more environmentally friendly and sustainable. For this purpose, they have designed reusable packaging made of recycled polypropylene, which contains a proportion of collected plastic from the North Sea. Their product can be used 20 times more often than conventional cardboard packaging.

07 Oct 2022
Mazovia Circular Congress

Mazovia Circular Congress is the closing day of Circular Week 2022 and will take place in Warsaw on 7 October 2022. This international hybrid event will involve the participation of small and large firms, start-ups, investors, representatives of public administrations and local governments, enterprises, managers dealing with sustainable development and corporate social responsibility, and the media.

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