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    New Plastics Economy Global Commitment June 2019 Report

    New Plastics Economy Global Commitment June 2019 Report
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    Ellen MacArthur Foundation
    Publication Date
    06/2019
    Country
    EU
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    The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment unites businesses, governments, and other organisations behind a common vision and targets to address plastic waste and pollution at its source. It is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with the UN Environment Program. Launched in October 2018, the Global Commitment already unites more than 400 organisations in its common vision of a circular economy for plastics, keeping plastics in the economy and out of the ocean. Signatories include:

    • close to 200 businesses that are part of the plastic packaging value chain, jointly representing over 20 % of all plastic packaging used globally, including many of the world’s leading consumer packaged goods companies, retailers, and plastic packaging producers
    • 16 governments.
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    A circular solution to plastic waste

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    Boston Consulting Group
    Publication Date
    07/2019
    Country
    EU
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    The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has released a report on tackling plastic waste using circular solutions, with a focus on the opportunities chemical recycling provides. After highlighting the scale of the issue, the report presents different ways of solving the plastic waste issue by comparing the impacts of different waste treatment options and technologies, such as pyrolysis. The report concludes that:

    “To tackle the colossal societal and environmental issue of plastic waste, we need proportionally meaningful efforts from the private and public sectors as well as society at large that encompass behaviors and habits. The ultimate solutions will involve a combination of judicious consumption and disposal measures.

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    Report on circular economy in Italy 2019

    Italy report
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    ENEA
    Circular Economy Network
    Publication Date
    04/2019
    Country
    Italy
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    In March 2019, the Italian Circular Economy Network hosted a national conference on the circular economy, where it presented this Report on the Italian circular economy in 2019. Based on the methodology used, comparing the 5 most important European economies, Italy is the top performer in terms of circular economy implementation, ahead of the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain (in this order). While Italy’s position has remained unchanged compared to the previous year, there are some small signs of a slowdown which must be taken into account.

    The report makes the following 10 proposals for a circular economy in Italy:

    • Spread and enrich circular vision, knowledge, research and good practices
    • Implement a national strategy and action plan
    • Improve the use of economic instruments.
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    Ecopreneur Circular Economy Update Report 2019

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    Ecopreneur.eu
    Publication Date
    09/2019
    Country
    EU
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    Arthur ten Wolde

    The Ecopreneur.eu landscape review of circular economy policy in the EU Member States aims to inspire these countries to accelerate their circular transition. Combining the EU's Monitoring Framework with other rankings, databases and reports, Ecopreneur presents 28 country profiles using a mix of quantitative data and qualitative information to highlight specific indicators. These range from waste generated per capita to voting behaviour on EU proposals on the circular economy.

    The report also describes the current performance, initiatives, most relevant organisations, policies, challenges and examples of good practice for each Member State. The country profiles show 28 unique different trajectories towards the circular economy.

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    Circular Economy and Lifelong Learning: Scenaries - Methodologies - In action

    Circular Economy and Lifelong Learning
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    ACR+
    Zero Waste Scotland
    Publication Date
    07/2019
    Country
    EU
    United Kingdom
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    Philippe Micheaux-Naudet

    The Circular Economy Competences, Making the Case for Lifelong Learning report, published by ACR+ and Zero Waste Scotland , builds on the workshop these orgnisations hosted in the Euroepan Parliament on 19 February 2019. It gathers the experiences participants shared in that workshop, and is meant to help educators, policymakers and managers of NGOs involved in training and educational organisations to promote the development of local circular economy loops.
     

    The three chapters of this booklet cover different areas of the lifelong learning landscape:

    • Circular thinking in education
    • Upskilling waste, repair & reuse industry
    • Facilitating the transition towards a circular economy.
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    BusinessEurope priority paper on circular economy in the next EU political cycle

    BusinessEurope priority paper on circular economy in the next EU political cycle
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    BusinessEurope
    Publication Date
    07/2019
    Country
    Belgium
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    Leon de Graaf

    Businesses across Europe are fully engaged to maximise the value of materials, transition to circular business models and achieve a circular economy. This can be best achieved through a functioning market for secondary raw materials (SRMs) and circular products. A real market for SRMs requires a global level-playing field with similar regulatory frameworks and standards, but within the EU several challenges and untapped opportunities still remain. Among others, BusinessEurope recommends policy-makers to put more emphasis on removing inconsistencies and filling the gaps in the current policy framework, starting with a better implementation of the existing waste acquis, including more guidance to Member States and performing ex-post impact assessments on the benefits of full compliance.

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    No time to waste Unlocking the circular potential of the Baltic Sea Region

    No time to waste Unlocking the circular potential of the Baltic Sea Region
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    Polityka Insight
    Publication Date
    08/2019
    Country
    Poland
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    The "No time to waste: unlocking the circular potential of the Baltic Sea Region" report, prepared by Politiyka Insight for the 10th annual forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) attempts to review the state of circular economy in that region, while assessing the challenges and opportunities connected with a circular transition. The report also looks into the future by trying to identify key trends that will impact the BSR countries until 2030, and on that basis project the future development of the circular economy, along with alternative scenarios.
     

    The report shows that as of 2019 only Finland and Germany have adopted a circular economy strategy, while Poland, Estonia and Sweden are drafting one.

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    Deutschland auf dem Weg zur Circular Economy. Erkenntnisse aus europäischen Strategien

    Deutschland auf dem Weg zur Circular Economy
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    Thomas Weber
    Martin Stuchtey
    Publication Date
    07/2019
    Country
    Germany
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    Dr. Susanne Kadner

    This preliminary study stimulates public debate on the circular economy in Germany and serves as a basis for discussion within the recently launched Circular Economy Initiative Deutschland. With a sizeable industry, there is substantial opportunity for Germany to adopt circular policies, but this paradigm shift would mean no less than a reinterpretation of the "Made in Germany" model.

    In the past years, both the European Union and several Member States have adopted circular economy strategies to transition to a resource-efficient economy based on keeping resources in use for longer. While countries outside Europe also follow this guiding principle in their industrial and resource policies, e.g. China, Japan or Canada, such a plan is still missing in Germany.

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    Yuliya Kalmykova
    Madumita Sadagopan
    Leonardo Rossa
    Publication Date
    08/2018
    Country
    Sweden
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    The paper provides an overview of the literature on Circular Economy (CE) theoretical approaches, strategies and implementation cases. After analyzing different CE approaches and the underlying principles the paper then proceeds with the main goal of developing tools for CE implementation. Two tools are presented: a CE Strategies Database, which includes 45 CE strategies that are applicable to different parts of the value chain and secondly a CE Implementation Database, which includes over 100 case studies categorized by ScopeParts of the Value Chain that are involved, as well as by the used Strategy and Implementation Level. An analysis of the state of the art in CE implementation is also included in the paper.
     

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    Unlocking circular business: A framework of barriers and drivers

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    Nina Tura
    Jyri Hanski
    Tuomas Ahola
    Matias Stahle
    Sini Piiparinen
    Pasi Valkokari
    Publication Date
    03/2019
    Country
    Finland
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    Scope

    Circular economy increasingly attracts the interest of business, policy makers and academia in the search for answers to sustainability challenges. While earlier studies have presented drivers that support the introduction of new business concepts for circular economy, as well as barriers that hinder the rate of innovation in the field, no systematic categorizations of such factors have been brought forward.

    Drawing on current literature, a framework of drivers and barriers is introduced, including seven distinct areas: environmental, economic, social, political and institutional, technological and informational, supply chain, and organizational factors. The appearance and content of these areas in practice have been examined in four case organizations.

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