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Circular economy strategies and roadmaps in Europe: Identifying synergies and the potential for cooperation and alliance building – Study

Circular economy strategies and roadmaps in Europe: Identifying synergies and the potential for cooperation and alliance building

Circular economy strategies and roadmaps in Europe


Giacomo Salvatori, Frank Holstein, Kai Böhme
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Circular economy strategies have been under development in European cities, regions, and countries in the last few years. 33 strategies have been adopted since 2014, and at least 29 more are under development. Existing strategies were reviewed for this study, to identify similarities and differences, and to assess the involvement of civil society organisations, and potential for collaboration.

The study argues that documents developed in the future should put more focus on including broader sections of value chains, and on ensuring inclusive partnership approaches in all phases of the strategy’s cycle. To date, circular economy strategies show different degrees of inclusiveness in terms of value chains and partner involvement. Limited inclusive approaches can be explained by the exploratory nature of most strategy documents. This includes a stronger involvement of civil society organisations in earlier phases of strategy development, and not just for dissemination and citizen involvement.

The study highlights the role of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform in gathering and sharing civil society’s knowledge and making sure it is fed into the policy cycle for circular economy.

ecoHORNET develops multi-system burner with ecological combustion procedure to create pyrolysis gas, oil and biochar

ecoHORNET W2B recycling eco station

ecoHORNET, a Romanian SME, has developed a recycling station that uses pyrolysis technology to transform industrial biomass, household waste and sewage sludge into bio-gas, bio-oil and biochar in addition to creating thermal energy for hot water and air generators.

Plastics recyclates: Plastship offer services for better quality and marketability

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plastship, successfully launched in May 2019, is a German digital startup that has created a trading and service platform for buyers and sellers of regrinds, re-granulates and recyclates.

06 May 2019
Environmental Protection Agency

A 600.000 EUR funding programme to support innovators in Ireland to develop and demonstrate consumer and business solutions that will stimulate the circular economy is now open for applications.

Innovation and Circular Economy in the Mountain Forest Supply Chain: How to Close the Loop?

Innovation and Circular Economy in the Mountain Forest Supply Chain: How to Close the Loop?


Sarah Whitaker, Euromontana
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Mountain areas face specific natural conditions, such as slope, climate, and soil types, that make the exploitation of mountain resources difficult.

Other challenges associated with connectivity and transport make economic activity all the more challenging.

The adoption of the circular economy will be particularly important in mountain areas which contain exceptional primary resources such as forests, water, and minerals, and provide ecosystems services such as carbon sequestration, clean water, landscapes, and recreation. Maximizing the value of extracted resources and managing them sustainably is particularly important for maintaining a high quality of life in mountain territories.The circular economy can create new economic opportunities that will provide much needed employment and economic growth in mountain areas.

The development of the circular economy in mountain areas will allow inhabitants to benefit from resources and services available in the mountains. It will also drive the development of new approaches, for example in governance, technology, or in the building of novel tools, in so doing providing new opportunities for jobs and growth in mountain regions.

This study focuses on the forest sector as the sector is particularly adapted to a circular approach in mountainous areas in Europe.

12 Apr 2019 to 11 Jun 2019
Romania's strategy for the transition to a circular economy

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Constanta, Cluj-Napoca, Buzsu, Timisoara, Brasov, Calarasi, Craiova, Bucharest

IRCEM and the Romanian Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the Department for Sustainable Development, as well as other 12 ministries and other partners, will participate in 8 different working groups, one in each region of Romania, in order to develop Romania's Strategy for the Transition to a Circular Economy (ROCES) 2020-2030.

La Polveriera: recycling old military warehouses into a vibrant space for civic and social initiatives

La polveriera

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The "Polveriera" is an urban regeneration project that converted an ancient military warehouse into a beautiful civic centre hosting several activities: learning and residential centre for disabled people, offices for cooperatives and NGOs, co-working space, auditorium, a shop and a restaurant-cafè. 

11 Apr 2019
Breakfast at Sustainabilitiy's

The ICLEI Europe Brussels Office organises the 29th Breakfast at Sustainability's entitled Fostering the circular food economy through stronger rural-urban linkages.

16 May 2019 to 17 May 2019
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The 4th Circular Change Conference will address the circular economy situation on the ground and explore the everyday challenges of circular companies.

12 Jun 2019 to 13 Jun 2019
Baltic forum
The Forum will explore the strong linkage between the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea region and the growing challenges.
11 Apr 2019 to 13 Apr 2019
ECO Med green expo
Sicily hosts ECO-Med 2019 - its first Green Expo on the circular economy from a Mediterranean perspective.
09 Apr 2019
FEAD event

From Setting Recycling Targets to Achieving Them - Workshop Organised by FEAD will take place April 9 in Brussels to discuss the implementation of waste management strategies and pathways towards moving up the waste hierarchy.

Circular and Bioeconomy Centre: promoting industrial symbiosis in Lapland

Kemi-Tornio's circular economy innovation platform

The Circular and Bioeconomy Centre is based on a cross-sectoral industry co-operation involving mining, metal, and forest industries and service companies in the Kemi-Tornio economic region, and accounts for about 80 % of Lapland's industrial production.