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19 Oct 2022

This #EURegionsWeek in-person side event @ImpactFactoryMechelen on 19 October will inspire those who want to support and accelerate the transition to a circular economy in their cities.

Registration is now open.

The agenda includes:

  • a site visit of the Impact Factory in Mechelen (Belgium),
  • showcasing the impact of Urban Resource Centres (URC) in The Hague, Oslo and Opole
  • the nuts and bolts of developing and operating a URC, including various business models as well as on the ground challenges and opportunities.

Resourceful Cities Circular Transition Stories

Resourceful Cities

In September 2019, nine Resourceful Cities embarked on their journey to develop next-generation urban resource centres as a way to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. 

The nine cities together with their local stakeholders were all able to deliver a high-quality Integrated Action Plan. Every one of those action plans is not just an expression of their resilience in times of crisis: it is also a manifestation of their individual response to their local context and needs.

This publication summarises their collective journey as a network and tells the story of each of the nine partner cities from their own perspective. Their journey shows that cities are big enough to make a difference and small enough to make it happen.

Circular Regions: A digital platform mapping circular case studies

Circular regions

Circular Regions is:

  • developing a suite of practical and effective tools to help organisations in the circular economy and related areas, such as bio-economy, social economy, regenerative economy and carbon neutrality, to catalogue, categorise, contextualise and connect data and resources;
  • a platform dedicated to mapping circular case studies including: business models, strategies, policies, economic incentives and educational and behavioural shift resources utilising a holistic framework;
  • bridging bottom-up and top-down circular economy approaches alongside their partners in the north and south through mission-oriented, data-driven solutions to empower individuals and organisations.

For more information, contact: info@circularregions.org

ICLEI’s journey towards circular procurement

Renewable Matter

Type:

Article
Author: 
Giorgio Kaldor
Publication Date: 
09/2022
Country: 
EU, Italy

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There can be no doubt that circular demand creates opportunities for circular supply. But how can closed loop criteria be integrated into public procurement, which represents nearly 14% of Europe's GDP? To figure it out, Renewable Matter interviewed Helena O'Rourke-Potocki and Simon Clement, respectively circular economy and procurement officer and senior coordinator on the circular economy at ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.

ICLEI is a global network working with more than 2 500 local and regional governments committed to driving local action towards a social and ecological transition. In future, whether purchasing services or products such as buildings, furniture and food, local authorities will need to look for increasingly sustainable supplies.

29 Sep 2022
Circular Economy 4.0

A Circular4.0 community is being built in the Alpine region. In the heart of the Julian Alps, on the shores of the Lake Bled in Slovenia, a full-day Circular4.0 final conference will be organised on 29 September 2022 - in parallel to the global World Future Verse conference - to discuss digital technologies as enablers to foster the transition of SMEs to the circular economy in the Alpine Space Area.

05 Oct 2022
C3 webinar series

Local governments play an essential role in guiding their cities into circular action and overcoming the main barriers to change. But how exactly can cities lead the circular economy transition? One of the most important steps is developing a holistic and cohesive Circular City Strategy, one that provides information and direction to enable local stakeholders, both within and outside the municipality, to get involved and engage in the process.

In this third of a series of Circular City Centre (C3) webinars on 5 October 2022, representatives from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Circle Economy will present the third C3 guidance document on how cities can develop a circular city strategy.

Neue Effizienz gemeinnützige GmbH

Neue Effizienz

Neue Effizienz is an institution for knowledge transfer and research in the area of energy and resource efficiency based in Wuppertal, Germany. As a regional association, it is funded by the municipalities, public utilities and regional economic development institutions of Wuppertal, Solingen and Remscheid.

Neue Effizienz promotes innovation as well as science and technology transfer in the fields of energy, circular economy, new mobility and smart cities. bergisch.metall, a competence network for the metal industry, fouses on the circular economy; the bergisch.circular project assists the municipalities with the establishment of intermunicipal structures and initiatives supporting the circular transformation.

24 Nov 2022 to 25 Nov 2022
Circulariti 2022

Circularity is a new dedicated annual circular economy conference organised by Planet Ark’s Australian Circular Economy Hub (ACE Hub). Circularity 2022 aims to propel the Asian-Pacific region’s economy into the future by showcasing the best of circular design, practice and research. The event brings thought leaders together to discuss solutions and catalyse action across the Asian-Pacific region.

12 Oct 2022
Level(s)

In October 2020 the European Commission launched Level(s), the new EU common language for assessing the sustainability performance of buildings.

At this year's European Week of Regions and Cities, the Commission will be running a special webinar to show how Level(s) can help the buildings sector contribute to EU climate and circularity objectives within cities and regions.

05 Dec 2022 to 07 Dec 2022
ICGreenDeal2022 Conference

Purpose of the International Conference on Strategies toward Green Deal Implementation – Water, Raw Materials & Energy (ICGreenDeal2022), organised by the Division of Biogenic Raw Materials, Mineral and Energy Economy within the Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, is to present the issue of climate change and ways to prevent it.

Contributors are invited to submit papers in the fields of water, raw materials and energy.

08 May 2023 to 11 May 2023
Going Green - CARE INNOVATION 2023

Going Green – CARE INNOVATION 2023 will provide a platform for presenting up-to-date progress on the circular economy and the development of resource-efficient electr(on)ic products and services.

This international symposium on 8-11 May 2023 will compare the three major economic regions - Europe, America and Asia - in the presence of high-level speakers from global electr(on)ic and recycling companies, research institutes and environmental & consumer organisations.

Leading industrialists, research directors, environmental experts and scientists will analyse the state of play regarding:

  • producer responsibility
  • environmentally-friendly electr(on)ic & automotive product development
  • resource scarcity and criticality
  • clean production, green marketing, logistics and end-of-life strategies.

Through a wide range of presentations, the contribution of the electr(on)ic & automotive industry to sustainable development in general will be discussed, and the necessary products, technologies and services will be identified.

13 Sep 2022 to 15 Sep 2022
V FIEC logo

The International Circular Economy Forum (FIEC) is the largest annual circular economy event in Peru, and aims to inspire the public and private sectors, academia and civil society to work towards a place-based, just transition towards the circular economy in Peru. This year's event will take place on 13, 14 and 15 September 2022 and will address a wide array of trending topics, such as how collaborative networks contribute to circular ecosystems.

27 Sep 2022
DiCE Lab webinar on AI

On 27 September 2022 Digital Circular Economy Lab organizes a webinar together with Cognizant on Artificial intelligence for a circular economy.

ITENE Research Centre for circularity in packaging

ITENE is a research centre specialised in packaging. It specialises in developing circular solutions along the supply chain, from raw materials development to final waste management. To meet the sustainability requirements, it develops technological solutions focused on new materials and recycling technologies as well as responding to requirements in terms of safety, design and functionality in packaging.

Besides offering services to the industry ITENE attracts a community of over 4 000 companies and 10 000 professionals, is a member of the leading organisations in its field, and plays an active role in a wide range of sectoral fora and initiatives. Formed in 1994 as a private association with non-profit purposes, it is located in Valencia (Spain).

12 Sep 2022 to 14 Sep 2022
TBMCE 2022

For the fifth consecutive year, on 12-14 September 2022, the TBMCE - Technologies and Business Models for Circular Economy - conference will bring together representatives from business, research and innovation as well as educational institutions, trade associations, and governmental and non-governmental organizations, to address the current challenges of technological development and the responsibility of society on its transition from fossils to renewables, from linear to circular, and also to explore trends, exchange ideas, share best practices and the latest knowledge on technologies and business models for the circular economy while building new collaborations and connections for breakthrough projects of the future.

Foodvalley NL Upcycling Community: a platform devoted to food upcycling

Foodvalley

There are major benefits to be gained from residual flows that are used to a limited extent in food production. By scaling up the use of residual streams for human consumption, we can take a big step towards a circular sustainable food system. But because these residual flows require pioneering work in cooperation with various organisations, an impactful chain transition is not realised.

To accelerate the transition of upcycling of residual streams towards food, co-creation and rock-solid cooperation are needed. The Upcycling Community started by Foodvalley NL is a safe environment where organisations can develop their ideas together and gain inspiration from each other. With the right support and a mix of cross-sector organisations, we make a circular impact. 

Trade for an inclusive circular economy: A framework for collective action

Trade for an inclusive circular economy: A framework for collective action

Photo credit: Copyright © Samsul Said/Bloomberg/Getty Images
Author: 
Jack Barrie, Latifahaida Abdul Latif, Manuel Albaladejo, Ieva Baršauskaitė, Alexey Kravchenko, Amelia Kuch, Nanno Mulder, Melissa Murara, Antoine Oger, Patrick Schröder
Publication Date: 
06/2022
Country: 
EU, United Kingdom, Other (Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia-Pacific)

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The framework for inclusive circular trade is designed to help guide trade and trade-related circular economy and development policies, practices and agreements to ensure these all work towards a shared goal of an inclusive circular economy.

This paper sets out a framework for inclusive circular trade, intended to enable a pathway in which circular trade helps to promote fair, inclusive and circular societies. The framework was developed through the work of an alliance of organizations spanning Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe.

Chatham House does not express opinions of its own. The opinions expressed in this publication are the responsibility of the authors. A Spanish translation of the paper is also available as a PDF.

06 Oct 2022
Circular Business Roundtable

INNOWO invites stakeholders to take part and present their companies at the online roundtable session on 6 October 2022 during Circular Week 2022. Six thematic in-depth virtual discussions will take place with entrepreneurs representing companies developing innovative and sustainable solutions from a particular branch of the circular economy: Waste Management, Textiles, Food & Bioeconomy, Packaging, Construction and Online Platforms & Sharing Economy.

Exploring tools from regenerative economics for a balanced transition towards a circular EU27

Exploring tools from regenerative economics for a balanced transition towards a circular EU27

Cleaner Production Letters
Author: 
Filippos K. Zisopoulos, Dominika A. Teigiserova, Daan Schraven, Martin de Jong, Xin Tong, Robert E. Ulanowicz
Publication Date: 
08/2022
Country: 
Netherlands

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Are there limits to robustness in our socio-economic metabolism? And is 100% circularity rate in the EU27 theoretically possible? Can we use principles and indicators from regenerative economics to develop (rather than just grow) regenerative circular economies?

These aspects are being discussed together with Dr. Dominika Alexa Teigiserova, assistant prof. Dr. Daan Schraven, prof. Martin de Jong, prof. Xin Tong, and prof. Bob Ulanowicz in the paper entitled: Are there limits to robustness? Exploring tools from regenerative economics for a balanced transition towards a circular EU27.

This peer reviewed paper is open access and published in the special issue "Sustainable Cities in the Context of Economic Transformation and Climate Change" of the Cleaner Production Letters journal.

Tarkett and Aquafil are closing the loop on carpet tiles

Closing the loop

Tarkett has developed a technology at its Dutch Waalwijk carpet production facility enabling the separation of the two principal components of carpet tiles. Its recycling centre creates two streams of materials that can be recycled and transformed into high-quality resources for new products.

Circular flooring partnership by Tarkett & IKEA

Tarkett & IKEA circular project

Tarkett is pioneering post-use flooring recycling in Europe. It is working with IKEA to transform used Tarkett flooring from the IKEA Kungens Kurva store into new flooring.

Ragn-Sells and Tarkett are developing carbon negative circular raw materials from waste

Ragn-Sells and Tarkett cooperation

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Country: 
Estonia, France

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Tarkett is working with the Swedish environmental company Ragn-Sells to develop carbon negative mineral fillers for vinyl flooring by 2025, using Estonian oil shale ash.

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