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    Enablers and Barriers to a Circular Economy

    Enablers and Barriers to a Circular Economy
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    Author
    R2Pi Project
    Publication Date
    09/2018
    Country
    EU
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    Raymond Slaughter

    The report provides a simple, yet rich overview of the barriers and enablers of circular economy business models as identifed by stakeholders, drawing upon a range of interviews, workshops and events, and a survey conducted with representatives of the European business sector.

    Within businesses, stakeholders have identified high-level commitment accompanied by long-term perspectives, the personal drive and attitudes of staff, as well as the promise of enhanced competitiveness as key in supporting the transition towards circularity. Yet, from an internal company perspective, a number of factors were highlighted as getting in the way of the transition: difficulties in financing new business models, taxation systems, resistance to change and the perceived lack of consumer demand.

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    Two years later: The EU Circular Economy Package

    IW Report
    Author
    Dr. Adriana Neligan
    Publication Date
    04/2018
    Country
    Germany
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    Dr. Adriana Neligan

    The EU Circular Economy Package pushes forward the concepts of ‘recycle, repair and re-use’, as well as waste avoidance. To comply with the Package many EU countries will need a completely new waste treatment system, and many companies will need to re-think some established business models.

    Two years after adopting the Circular Economy Package, the EU institutions have finally agreed on a new EU waste regulation. The paper entitled Two years later: the EU Circular Economy Package evaluates recent EU policy moves and decisions. It also analyses the status quo of Germany's circular economy efforts and compares them to those of other EU member states. Finally, some of the risks and opportunities for companies are outlined.

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    2025 recycling target: only 10 EU countries on track

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    Dr. Adriana Neligan
    Publication Date
    04/2018
    Country
    Germany
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    Dr. Adriana Neligan

    Two years after adopting the Circular Economy Package, the EU institutions have finally agreed on new EU waste rules. Despite lower recycling targets as originally envisaged, most countries still have to push recycling to meet the goals. A single method of determining recycling rates was also decided, but an exemption will continue to allow for disparate recycling rates.

    Recycling has become increasingly important in Europe: EU recycling rates increased from 32 to 46 per cent between 2005 and 2016. Yet, more progress is needed to reach the targets.

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    Retaining value in the Swedish materials system - summary of the report in English

    Retaining value in the swedish materials system
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    Material Economics
    Publication Date
    01/2018
    Country
    Sweden
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    Sector
    Scope
    Per Klevnäs
    Angelica Afzelius

    The report Retaining value in the Swedish materials system takes a value perspective on the use and recycling of materials in a circular perspective. It analyses the use of materials in the Swedish economy in monetary terms instead of tonnes and cubic metres.

    The key questions it seeks to answer include the following:

    • For each 100 SEK of raw material entering the Swedish economy, how much value is retained after one use cycle?
    • What are the main reasons that material value is lost?
    • What measures could retain more materials value, and how much could be recovered? Which business opportunities arise as a result?

    This value perspective gives a much more realistic view of how circular the Swedish materials system really is.

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    Master Circular Business with the Value Hill

    Master Circular Business with the Value Hill
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    Elisa Achterberg
    Jeroen Hinfelaar
    Nancy Bocken
    Publication Date
    09/2016
    Country
    Netherlands
    Language for original content
    Harald Friedl

    Although the opportunities for investing in circular business models are widely available, current investment methods do not match the needs of these particular businesses. Businesses need to create an attractive business model for financiers, and financiers need to change the way they perceive the risks and opportunities associated with these models.

    To help businesses position themselves in a circular context and develop future strategies for doing business in a circular economy, Sustainable Finance LabCircle EconomyNuovalenteTUDelft, and het Groene Brein got together to create the Value Hill that proposes a categorisation based on the lifecycle phases of a product: pre-, in- and post-use.

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    Circularity Gap Report 2019

    2019
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    Author
    Circle Economy
    Publication Date
    01/2019
    Country
    Netherlands
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    Harald Friedl

    The Circularity Gap Report 2019 finds that just 9% of the 92.8 billion tonnes of minerals, fossil fuels, metals and biomass that enter the economy are re-used annually. Circle Economy calculates that 62% of global greenhouse gas emissions are released during the extraction, processing and manufacturing of goods to serve society’s needs; only 38% are emitted in the delivery and use of products and services.

    It highlights the vast scope to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by applying circular principles - re-use, re-manufacturing and re-cycling - to key sectors such as the built environment. Most governments barely consider circular economy measures in policies aimed at meeting the UN target of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

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    CEMBUREAU - Building Carbon Neutrality in Europe

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    CEMBUREAU - the European Cement Association
    Publication Date
    10/2018
    Country
    Belgium
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    Scope
    Nikos Nikolakakos

    Europe has an ambitious vision of a carbon-neutral future, a vision that integrates energy-intensive industries as well as the construction sector and its entire value chain.

    Cement, which binds concrete together, is at the heart of solutions to turn this vision into reality. These solutions span over the entire cement and concrete value chain: from raw materials to production, use, re-use, and recycling.

    CEMBUREAU, the European Cement Association, as part of its effort to move towards a carbon-neutral construction sector, has taken stock of progress done since the publication of its 2050 Low Carbon Roadmap in 2013 and mapped routes to a resource-efficient and carbon-neutral built environment.

  • Report on Horizon 2020 R&I projects supporting the transition to a Circular Economy
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    Author
    DG RTD
    Publication Date
    11/2018
    Country
    EU
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    Scope

    The objective of the report is to provide a snapshot of the numerous projects resulting from the calls for proposals of 2016-2017 in the Horizon 2020 priorities ‘Industrial leadership’ and ‘Societal Challenges’, that are contributing to the circular economy strategy.

    Without aiming to be exhaustive or exclusive, the 156 listed projects represent a good sample of actions financed by Horizon 2020 in the different stages of a circular economy (production, consumption and waste).

    The spectrum of priorities contemplated by the selected projects are very diverse and address more sustainable production in all kind of industrial processes, new bio-based and biodegradable products, substitution or recovery of raw materials, conversion of CO2 packaging, plastics, etc.

  •  Livre Blanc Systèmes agricoles et agroalimentaires circulaires
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    Livre blanc
    Author
    Institut National de l'Economie circulaire (INEC)
    Groupe de Travail "Systèmes agricoles et agroalimentaires"
    Publication Date
    11/2018
    Country
    France
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    L'Institut national de l'Economie circulaire (France) a lancé en 2017 un Groupe de travail sur les systèmes agricoles et agroalimentaires, dont ce Livre Blanc présente les conclusions. Il explore les solutions que les orinicpes d'économie circulaire peuvent apporter pour des systèmes agricoles et agro-alimentaires durables.

    Trois thématiques prioritaires ont été sélectionnées (par le Livre blanc):

    • Systèmes agricoles et agroalimentaires circulaires: définitions, état des lieux et bonnes pratiques, sensibilisation des parties prenantes (consommateurs, professionnels, décideurs, distributeurs);
    • L'écologie territoriale appliquée aux systèmes agricoles et agroalimentaires: les synergies entre les entreprises, le niveau d’application (exploitation agricole, région, etc.), les circuits courts, l’agriculture urbaine et périurbaine;
    • Le retour au sol de la matière organique: identification des freins et leviers (acceptation sociétale, réglementation, etc.), compostage, méthanations et autres processus de transformation;
    • Valorisation des services rendus (qualité des sols, puit de carbone, approvisionnement durable…).
  •  Livre Blanc Systèmes agricoles et agroalimentaires circulaires
    Type
    Livre blanc
    Author
    Institut National de l'Economie circulaire (INEC)
    Groupe de Travail "Systèmes agricoles et agroalimentaires"
    Publication Date
    11/2018
    Country
    France
    Language for original content

    L'Institut national de l'Economie circulaire (France) a lancé en 2017 un Groupe de travail sur les systèmes agricoles et agroalimentaires, dont ce Livre Blanc présente les conclusions. Il explore les solutions que les orinicpes d'économie circulaire peuvent apporter pour des systèmes agricoles et agro-alimentaires durables.

    Trois thématiques prioritaires ont été sélectionnées (par le Livre blanc):

    • Systèmes agricoles et agroalimentaires circulaires: définitions, état des lieux et bonnes pratiques, sensibilisation des parties prenantes (consommateurs, professionnels, décideurs, distributeurs);
    • L'écologie territoriale appliquée aux systèmes agricoles et agroalimentaires: les synergies entre les entreprises, le niveau d’application (exploitation agricole, région, etc.), les circuits courts, l’agriculture urbaine et périurbaine;
    • Le retour au sol de la matière organique: identification des freins et leviers (acceptation sociétale, réglementation, etc.), compostage, méthanations et autres processus de transformation;
    • Valorisation des services rendus (qualité des sols, puit de carbone, approvisionnement durable…).
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