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Circular Economy in Travel and Tourism: a guide for operators and policymakers

Circular Economy in Travel and Tourism

The travel & tourism industry has touchpoints with most, if not all, key value chains and material flows in society and is therefore very relevant to consider for the circular economy transition.

To guide a sustainable recovery and development of the industry post COVID-19, this publication introduces key circular economy principles and concepts in the context of travel & tourism. This report provides private tourism operators with a robust introduction to circular economy concepts and how these apply to their operations and business transformation.

It also offers guidance to policymakers, regulators, and trade bodies on possible circular economy-inspired policy and business development directions.

CirQuality OWL – a production site closes loops

The CirQuality OWL project is funded by the EU (ERDF) and the Federal State North-Rhine Westfalia (NRW) with the aim of fostering the circular economy in the area.

Seven regional partners from the different fields (from energy to technologies to food to universities and associations) teamed up to use the circular economy to get the region off the ground in an innovative, crisis-proof, resilient and sustainable way. Together they are jointly striving for the following goals:

  • Discover Circular Economy (CE)
  • Regional capacity building
  • Qualifying stakeholders
  • Providing strategic support to stakeholders
  • Developing regional identity
  • Transfer results

Circular Economy Action Plan - Speeding up the green transition of the EU’s economy

Circular economy offers a path to sustainable recovery

The post-COVID-19 recovery plan should be extensive, as the effects of the pandemic on people and economy have, in many cases, been devastating. The recovery plan must also fully support the green transition to guarantee resilience over the long term.

The circular economy has the potential to raise EU GDP by billions of euros, and create around 700,000 extra jobs by 2030. With this in mind, the economic approach should be an integral part of that recovery. It is one of the messages of a new EUROCITIES policy statement on the EU Circular Economy Action Plan that sets out how cities, as significant engines for economic growth, can drive the circular economy to unlock economic, environmental and social benefits.

23 Jul 2020

Chile, The Netherlands, and Slovenia are joining forces in this webinar on 23 July to discuss sustainable recovery in Chile and what is the role of the circular economy. Join the international webinar at 15:30 CEST.

12 Oct 2020 to 18 Oct 2020

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Warsaw, Belgium, Vienna, London, Ljubljana, Krakow, and more european cities
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Austria, Finland, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom

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Circular Week is an international campaign which will consist series of events and initiatives devoted to the subject of circular economy and sustainable development that will take place throughout Europe. The Circular Week’s goal is to promote the idea of a circular economy, support sustainable business models and establish cooperation between interested stakeholders.

Innovative plastic materials, natural additives and novel irrigation technologies will improve the performance of Mediterranean greenhouses

Azmud

The AZMUD Project proposes innovations which will help reduce the consumption of water, energy, nutrients and pesticides, and promote the use of waste water in greenhouse cultivations.

Roadmap towards the Transition to Circular Economy

Poland's Circular Economy Roadmap

The aim of Poland's Roadmap towards the Transition to the Circular Economy (CE), which was adopted in 2019, is twofold: first, to identify cross-cutting measures capable of having the broadest possible impact in Poland, both socially and economically; and second, to prioritise areas that will enable Poland to take advantage of its current opportunities, and to deal with existing or future challenges. 

The Roadmap focusses on 5 areas in particular:

  1. Sustainable industrial production
  2. Sustainable consumption
  3. Bioeconomy
  4. New business models
  5. implementation, monitoring and financing of CE.

The Roadmap includes a set of tools, which are not purely legislative, to create the conditions for a new economic model in Poland. 

Infinitdenim or Back to Eco

Infinitdenim is specialised in the recycling of second-hand denim, rescued from its own city, Barcelona.

The role of chemical distributors in a more circular economy

The role of chemical distributors in a more circular economy

Author: 
Fecc
Publication Date: 
07/2020
Country: 
Belgium

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Contact: 
Elias Rito

The European Association of Chemical Distributors (Fecc) acknowledges the Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) and supports the initiative for a more sustainable approach by ensuring that used resources are kept in the EU economy for as long as possible.

However, on behalf of the European chemical distribution sector, particularly the numerous SMEs it represents, Fecc would like to raise the following points:

  • increasing recycled content in products while ensuring their performance and safety is paramount
  • stakeholders from across the board – private companies, academia, and public bodies – can all benefit from circularity in the distribution sector
  • promoting circular public procurement to empower consumers and public buyers is necessary and must be supported post-COVID-19.

EURATEX: Prospering in the Circular Economy

Textiles, circular textiles, fashion, circular economy, sustainbale fashion

In 2019 the European Commission set out a policy guideline to address global environmental challenges and circularity. EURATEX and its members welcome the ambition of the EU Institutions to change the old way and commit to engage with all relevant parties to deliver and implement a new Textile Strategy to boost the circular economy and be fit for the present and future generations.

This strategy by EURATEX is a starting point, with insights into solutions based on a 14-month consultation with members, involving over 100 companies and key stakeholders, focused on applied circular practices and future opportunities. It prioritises removing barriers to a large-scale uptake of circular economy in textiles, sets out 12 key points and puts forward 38 proposals.

15 Jul 2020
EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency has launched a challenge called 'Innovating a Circular Economy for soft plastic in Ireland' under Enterprise Ireland’s Small Business Innovation Research programme. The challenge focuses on reducing/eliminating soft plastic waste generated through the provision of school meals in Ireland.

Recommendations to national policy-makers on circular public procurement

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Circular Public Procurement
Publication Date: 
04/2020
Country: 
Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Other (Russia)

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Contact: 
Birgitte Schleemann

According to the European Commission, circular procurement is "the purchase of works, goods or services that seek to contribute to the closed energy and material loops within supply chains, whilst minimising, and in the best case avoiding, negative environmental impacts and waste creation across the whole life cycle".

Circular Public Procurement (CircularPP) is a 3-year project (2017–2020) supported by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme. CircularPP has published Recommendations to national policy-makers on circular public procurement. For example, local pilots of procurement of circular products and solutions should be encouraged, as municipalities play an important role in implementing circular economy activities and can promote the use of circular criteria.

Enhancing a resource-efficient, circular economy in the food and drink industry

FoodDrinkEurope - an organisation representing Europe's food and drinks industry - has designed a website explaining what the industry is currently doing to enhance a resource-efficient circular economy.

Entitled Ingredients for a Circular Economy, the website specifically looks at the areas of farming, manufacturing, sustainable packaging and consumers, providing numerous examples of how the European food and drinks industry is helping to promote circular economy. The website also sets out policy recommendations for how to unlock further sustainable growth and innovation for a resource-efficient circular economy in the food and drinks industry. 

20 Aug 2020 to 06 Oct 2020
Nordic Innovation

Nordic Innovation launches a series of workshops, free of charge, to develop collaborative pilots across industry ecosystems, that can be scaled to successful transition towards a circular economy, critical for innovation and economic growth around the Nordics.

Circular Computing: Remanufactured Laptops go Mainstream

Engineers inspecting quality @ Circular Computings laptop remanufacting facility

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Austria, Belgium, Denmark, EU, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Other (United States of America)

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Hewlett-Packard (HP) endorses the Circular Computing and proposes remanufactured models as alternatives for new models. This action underlines a highly significant endorsement of Circular Computing’s approach to sustainability at the high end of the IT market.

The Alliance for Flame Retardant Free Furniture position paper - Unwanted toxic flame retardants preventing circularity and increasing fire toxicity

The Alliance for Flame Retardant Free Furniture states its position: Unwanted toxic flame retardants prevent circularity and increase fire toxicity

Alliance for Flame Retardant Free Furniture
Author: 
The Alliance for Flame Retardant Free Furniture
Publication Date: 
04/2020
Country: 
Belgium

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Contact: 
Gabriella Kemendi
Giorgia Murgia

The Alliance for Flame Retardant Free Furniture welcomes the new Circular Economy Action Plan and calls on EU institutions to address the unnecessary use of chemicals preventing circularity and the achievement of climate goals, such as toxic flame retardants in furniture, which endanger people’s and firefighters’ health as they migrate out of products and can lead to increased fire toxicity.

The use of such retardants is a historical, hazardous and ineffective practice which is not proven to reduce the number of fires. It is at odds with circularity objectives and their presence in furniture runs counter to the ambition to introduce and increase circularity.

Ensuring fire safety is a must, but it needs to be done in ways that are not hazardous.

Best practices on industrial symbiosis in Italy and the contribution of regional policies

Best practices on industrial symbiosis in Italy and the contribution of regional policies as a strategic lever

In 2016, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) set up a Symbiosis Users Network (SUN) to boost industrial symbiosis in Italy. The network promotes circular economy models through industrial symbiosis by focusing on operational issues.

SUN's 2019 conference was devoted to Good practices of industrial symbiosis in Italy and the contribution of regional policies as a strategic lever. The event, co-organised by SUN, Ecomondo and ENEA was held in Rimini (IT) on 7 November 2019 at Ecomondo - a leading event in Europe for new circular economy models.

Click on 2017 and 2019 to see the reports on SUN's two conferences.

Reports on ENEA-promoted conferences on industrial symbiosis are available here.

With b:bot, plastic bottle recycling counts twice

Based on a circular economic model that combines ecology and economy, b:bot is a machine and digital ecosystem for the collection of PET plastic bottles - with a real social and environmental impact.

09 Jul 2020
Tondo

The webinar session titled "Artificial Intelligence and Circular Economy" is part of a series of online events by Tondo. It will held on 9 July 2020 at 6 p.m. (in English with the support of slides).

 

19 Jun 2020
JRC -Transport

The European Commission Joint Research Centre's (JRC) EU Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for Road transport is now open for revision. Be part of the process, register as interested stakeholder and comment on the draft Technical report and draft criteria proposal.

Circulytics - a comprehensive circularity measurement tool

Circulytics

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United Kingdom
Switwerland

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Circulytics is a comprehensive circularity measurement tool which enables companies to measure circularity across their entire operation and identify opportunities to adopt or further embed circular practices.

14 Jul 2020
CINDERELA project webinar

CINDERELA invites you to this webinar on 14 July 2020 (9:30-11:30 CEST). The EU-funded project will present "CINDERELA One-Stop-Shop" (CinderOSS), its new digital platform for actors involved in chains for urban construction works with the use of secondary raw materials (SRM) recovered from local/regional waste streams.

EFIC Position paper: The Furniture sector and Circular Economy 2.0

The furniture sector and Circular Economy 2.0: the European Furniture Industries Confederation shares its views

Author: 
EFIC - European Furniture Industries Confederation
Publication Date: 
04/2020
Country: 
Belgium

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Furniture

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Contact: 
Gabriella Kemendi
Giorgia Murgia

From a “circular” point of view, the wide range of products considered to be "furniture" and the diverse use of materials in production (e.g. wood, plastics, textile, steel, glass, composites, foam) makes it a complex area to address.

The European Furniture Industries Confederation (EFIC) has drawn up a position paper that identifies challenges and opportunities linked to the circular economy transition, covering the different phases of manufacturing from supply of materials to the end-of-life phase, and that provides sector-specific expertise on EU Circular Economy policies.

The European furniture industries are ready to work together with EU institutions to create suitable tools for the sector, enabling it to move in the right direction.

Source: EFIC

Clariter - turning end-of-life plastic into new ingredients and products

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Luxembourg

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Recycling prolongs the life of plastic by re-creating plastic waste into new plastic items. Clariter is a global clean-tech company that has developed a new process to address the world's plastic waste problem.

Plan d'action Economie circulaire européen - Analyse et recommandations

INEC's analysis of the new European Circular Economy Action Plan

In March 2020, the European Commission published the new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP). Following of this publication, the French Institut National de l'Economie Circulaire (INEC) has published an analysis of the new action plan, followed by some recommendations:

  1. promote the inter-sectoral dimension of circular economy (CE);
  2. speed up the integration of the CE dimension into public procurement;
  3. introduce a coherent circular-oriented tax system;
  4. transition towards a non-financial accounting system;
  5. teach people to be circular;
  6. start a discussion on "equitable" needs;
  7. blockchain, territories and behavioural change.

To read the full report (in FR) click here.

 

Circular Schools Programme (PEC by INEC)

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The National Institute for Circular Economy (INEC) in France is launching the Circular Schools Programme (PEC), an operational project aimed at making schools a model for the circular economy.

A Better Life with MgO: a flue gas desulphurisation process with a positive net environmental impact

View of the pilot plant

LIFEPOSITIVEMgOFDG - a project co-financed under the EU's LIFE programme - is about designing and implementing a novel technique for air pollution abatement which respects circular economy principles.

Learning Hub by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Start/End date: 
16/06/2020
Country: 
United Kingdom
City: 
Cowes Isle of Wight
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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation invites everyone to discover the circular economy. You are free to explore their learning hub to learn more about the vision for a circular economy.

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