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    The plastic waste trade in the circular economy

    The plastic waste trade in the circular economy
    Type
    Briefing
    Author
    Lars Mortensen (EEA)
    Publication Date
    10/2019
    Country
    EU
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    Lars Mortensen

    Europe is at crossroads regarding its management of plastic, plastic waste and the plastic waste trade. Rapidly growing amounts of plastic have negative environmental and climate impacts.

    Plastic and plastic waste are traded worldwide. Exporting plastic waste from the EU to Asia is a means of dealing with insufficient recycling capacities in the EU. Waste import restrictions in China have shifted exports to other countries. Because some types of plastic waste have been added to the United Nations Basel Convention, the option of exporting plastic waste is becoming increasingly difficult.

    This briefing provides an overview of exports of plastic waste from the 28 EU Member States (EU-28) to other countries and discusses its possible consequences and opportunities.

  • Country factsheets on resource efficiency and circular economy in Europe
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    Author
    Bart Ullstein, Bettina-Bahn Walkowiak, Jeroen Gillabel, Margareta Wahlström, Jutta Laine-Ylijoki, Dirk Nelen, Theo Geerken, Veronique Van Hoof and Evelien Dils (ETC/WMGE) and Pawel Kazmierczyk and Daniel Montalvo (EEA)
    Publication Date
    07/2019
    Country
    EU
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    Scope
    Daniel Montalvo

    A set of 32 country factsheets has been produced that summarise policies and initiatives on the area of resource efficiency and circular economy.

    These country profiles are based on information reported by the Eionet network and, in particular, the National Reference Centres on Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy. The information is current as of March 2019, when members of Eionet verified the content of their respective profiles.

    Each country profile was prepared as part of the 2019 European Environment Agency review of material resource efficiency, circular economy and raw material supply policies, which aimed to collect, analyse, and disseminate information about experience with the development and implementation of these policies in EEA member and cooperating countries.

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    Preventing plastic waste in Europe

    EEA Report
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    Henning Wilts (ETC/WMGE), Ioannis Bakas (EEA).
    Dirk Nelen, Kévin Le Blevennec, Ulrike Meinel, Bettina Bahn‑Walkowiak, Mona Arnold (all ETC/WMGE). Lars Fogh Mortensen, Almut Reichel, Daniel Montalvo (EEA)
    Publication Date
    06/2019
    Country
    EU
    Language for original content
    Scope
    Ioannis Bakas

    This report from the European Environment Agency reviews waste prevention policies in Europe with a focus on how these policies approach the issue of plastics and plastic waste.

    Waste prevention is at the centre of EU waste legislation as it delivers the most effective results in dealing with environmental issues around waste, placing it at the top of EU and national waste strategies and legislation.

    Waste prevention can be implemented in any waste stream, but it needs to be customised to reflect each stream's particularities. This report focuses on plastic waste, as there is potential for substantial mitigation of the environmental issues raised by increased plastic consumption through the use of waste prevention instruments and mechanisms.

     

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    The Circular Economy in policy and scientific research

    The Circular Economy in policy and scientific research
    Author
    Joanna Kulczycka
    Publication Date
    12/2019
    Country
    Poland
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    Joanna Kulczycka

    A broad selection of articles on Circular Economy and its practices in Poland collected by prof. Joanna Kulczycka. After definitions and interperatations, this work is about circular economy related issues

    • indicators in selected EU countries
    • financing of business activities
    • matching circular business models with priority sectors in Poland
    • establishing measurement for circular economy transformation and its socio-economic impacts in Poland
    • indicators in Polish regional perspective
    • assessment of material consumption
    • supporting managerial accounting instruments
    • system upgrade
    • solutions for mining and processing waste
    • sustainable consumption
    • good practices at national and international level.
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    L'économie circulaire en Région de Bruxelles-Capitale

    L'économie circulaire en Région de Bruxelles-Capitale
    Type
    Reference book
    Author
    BELIN Hughes
    HANANEL Cédric
    Publication Date
    11/2019
    Country
    Belgium
    Language for original content
    Scope
    Hananel Cédric

    Since 2016, the Brussels-Capital Region has set the circular economy as one of its strategic priorities, and is implementing concrete actions to that effect.

    Where are we today? Is this just the beginning of a major cultural shift? What are the main challenges ahead? To find out, the authors met numerous actors - public or private - on the ground to better understand the implications of 'circularising' the Brussels Region.

    This brochure gives an overview of the promises and limitations for this new economic model with concrete examples, providing inspiration and grounds for further reflection on transitioning to the circular economy.  

     

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    Author
    Taiwan Circular Economy Network
    Publication Date
    12/2019
    Country
    Other (Taiwan)
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    Scope
    Hui-Ling Chen

    The publication Towards A Circular Taiwan - 66 Circular Stories showcases 66 circular projects in Taiwan, which involve over 360 practitioners and partners. With a foreword by the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the book covers 4 main topics:

    1. agro-food and biomass
    2. textiles and plastics
    3. construction and transportation
    4. electronics and chemistry.

    The book also showcases a "Circular Economy Transition Roadmap for Enterprises" which examines the WHY, WHAT and HOW elements in favour of a transition to circular economy. For each topic a chart of material flow is provided in order to show readers trends and opportunities in each specific sector.

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    RREUSE - Vision for a New Fashion Season: Social and Circular

    RREUSE-textile-vision
    Author
    RREUSE
    Publication Date
    12/2019
    Country
    EU
    Language for original content
    Jana Zurkova

    With textiles rightly rising as a key priority under the new European Commission, this document outlines RREUSE’s vision on how to achieve a more inclusive and circular textile sector that prioritises re-use and emphasises the role of social enterprises in the value chain as part of the solution.

    This paper also provides a number of key recommendations as to what specific actions the Commission should address when developing policy initiatives for the sector.

  • Circular Berlin
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    Author
    Dina Padalkina
    Publication Date
    08/2018
    Country
    Germany
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    Scope
    Dina Padalkina

    Berlin has the potential to become the first Circular City in Germany, due to its growing variety of initiatives, grass-roots and research work in the area of circular economy (CE).

    This report provides information on the development of the project Circular Berlin, which started in 2018 and is financed by the EIT, under Horizon 2020.

    The project consists of 4 phases:

    1. Pre-assessment (conducting awareness meeting with CE professionals, identifying CE initiatives, finding partners etc.) - already completed
    2. Feasibility Check
    3. Vision Development
    4. Implementation.
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    Circular Cities - A practical approach to develop a city roadmap focusing on utilities

    Circular Cities
    Type
    White paper
    Author
    Charleyne Terry
    Irene Vivas Lalinde
    Cristian Matti
    Morten Meldgaard
    Publication Date
    12/2019
    Country
    France
    Language for original content
    Scope
    Charleyne TERRY

    Cities can play a pivotal role in creating an enabling environment through regulations and incentives, but the private sector needs to collaborate and explore the cross-sectoral synergies required to achieve a circular model. There are immense opportunities for public-private collaboration in achieving goals that might not otherwise be possible for cities to accomplish alone.

    Cities are embedding circular thinking in their utility processes, placing the onus on the private sector to come up with new business models that are both economically viable and ecologically sustainable. This could potentially result in a situation whereby circular products and services become the new market standard.

  • Slovakia
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    Author
    Slovak Environment Agency, Ministry of Environment Slovakia
    Publication Date
    06/2019
    Country
    Slovakia
    Language for original content
    Scope
    Ministry of Environment

    The publication aims at informing on importance of the transition to the circular economy, its economic, environmental and social impacts and benefits, international starting points, and situation in Slovakia. At the same time through presenting positive examples of performed activities and projects it has the ambition to become a means for making experience accessible and exchange experience as well as its presentation, also in relation to the international level.

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