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Eco-conception: ecodesign, ecological design, environmental design, life cycle design

Eco-conception

As a part of the circular economy, Eco-design is a way for enterprises to reduce the impacts of their products or services at each step of their life cycle.

Since 2012, UCM help SMEs to integrate this approach in order to make their business less impacting, but also compatible with the evolution of the reglementation, cost-effective and connected to the new customers markets.

You want to improve your life cycle management? Take opportunities in the Circular economy? Or even change your business model? Don’t hesitate to make your first step with us. We propose short and mid-term supports, customs tools and seminars, and grant research for circular projects.

30 May 2018
How do we assess projects' circularity?

A specific task of the SCREEN project is dealing with a common agreement on a specific set of "evaluation criteria for circular economy projects".

01 May 2018
Glasgow leads the circular events challenge initiative

Three circular solutions – developed by over 60 people from 13 countries across the world – are set to help transform Glasgow's thriving events industry.

07 Jun 2018
Policy Conference of EUSEW 2018

This year edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week will host a session titled ' Circular Economy – Energy and More'  on the 7th of June at 11.00-12.30 in Brussels.

24 Feb 2019 to 27 Feb 2019
World Resources Forum 2019

WRF 2019 will host a series of ‘deep-dive’ workshops as part of the conference program and invites interested organisations to design and submit a workshop proposal now.

Circular Business Models for the Built Environment

Circular Business Models for the Built Environment

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Guglielmo Carra, Arup, Nitesh Magdani, BAM
Publication Date: 
03/2017
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EU

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To support the transition to the circular economy, governance, regulations and business models will play a crucial role. More importantly, circular business models (CBMs) would allow the retention of an asset at its highest value over time and support enhancement of natural capital. Different CBMs will be required at different stages of a lifecycle of an asset and may work independently or collaboratively. Successful implementation of these business models will require action from designers, suppliers, service providers, contractors and end-of-life companies by sharing materials, systems, energy, as well as information and services.

From waste to resource productivity: evidence and case studies

From waste to resource productivity: evidence and case studies

From waste to resource productivity: evidence and case studies

All societies produce waste, though its characteristics and what happens to it depend on cultural, economic and political factors at local, national and global scales. New business models, technological innovations and social enterprise have the potential to reduce waste. Policymakers have a key role to play in supporting these efforts by fostering better communication between stakeholders; through regulation that prioritises reuse and quality recycling; and by encouraging resource efficiency through education, research and manufacturing initiatives.

24 Feb 2019 to 27 Feb 2019
 World Resources Forum 2019 - Closing loops

WRF 2019 will host a series of ‘deep-dive’ workshops as part of the conference program and invites interested organisations to design and submit a workshop proposal now.

04 Jun 2018
Exposition de produits et solutions de l’économie circulaire  en Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Les Rencontres de l'économie circulaire en Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes se dérouleront le 4 juin 2018 à l'Hôtel de Région de Lyon.

15 May 2018
Making bioeconomy circular: How far can circular economy principles be applied to the bioeconomy?: How far can circular economy principles be applied to the bioeconomy?

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Brussels
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Belgium

Making bioeconomy circular: How far can ciruclar economy principles be applied to the bioeconomy?

Development of deconstruction wood waste use as energy recovery in cement plants

Development of deconstruction wood waste use as energy recovery in cement plants

French cement producers plan to increase alternative fuels use from 44% of the fuel mix to 50%, by 2025. To support this initiative, they aim, in collaboration with construction and recycling trade organisations, to double the amount of wood waste used in the energy supply of cement plants.

How the Circular Economy can benefit from the Digital Revolution

How the circular economy can benefit from the digital revolution

How the Circular Economy can benefit from the Digital Revolution

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Romain Pardo
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04/2018
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Belgium

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Rebecca Castermans

In a circular economy, materials are more durable and easier to repair, reuse and recycle while waste is turned into a resource. In addition, processes from production to waste management become more resource efficient. Innovative business models enable companies to create value by selling services rather than products. Digital technologies will be pivotal in bringing about this systemic change. The European Union has to make the most of digital solutions for the benefit of a circular economy. This requires addressing the barriers to their uptake, enabling the free flow of data across borders, fostering trust in the data economy, and maximising synergies between the digital and circular economy agendas.

KATCH_e: Knowledge Alliance on Product-Service Development towards Circular Economy and Sustainability in Higher Education

KATCH_e: Knowledge Alliance on Product-Service Development towards Circular Economy and Sustainability in Higher Education

KATCH_e: Knowledge Alliance on Product-Service Development towards Circular Economy and Sustainability in Higher Education
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Irina Celades
Publication Date: 
09/2017
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Portugal

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Cristina Sousa Rocha

The Knowledge Alliance on Product-Service Development towards Circular Economy and Sustainability in Higher Education (KATCH_e) is a 3-year EU funded project that was launched in January 2017. KATCH_e brings together 11 partners from four EU countries to address the challenge of reinforcing the skills and competences in the field of product-service development for the circular economy and sustainability in the construction and furniture sectors. It develops training materials targeting universities, researchers, practitioners and businesses for the development of sustainable product-services. The main results of KATCH_e are:

  • KATCH_e Curriculum;
  • KATCH_e Course with 10 Modules;
  • MOOC;
  • KATCH_e Tools;
  • Innovative product ad product-service concepts;
  • Business strategies towards circular economy;
  • Didactic recommendations for learning approaches on circular economy.

Circularity Gap Report

Circularity Gap Report

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Marc de Wit , Jelmer Hoogzaad, Shyaam Ramkumar, Harald Friedl , Annerieke Douma
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01/2018
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Netherlands

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Melanie Wijnands

Our world economy is only 9.1% circular, leaving a massive ‘"circularity gap". This alarming statistic is the main output of this first Circularity Gap Report, in which we launch a metric for the circular state of the planet. The Circularity Gap Report provides a framework and fact-based to measure and monitor progress in bridging the gap, year on year. Being able to track and target performance via the Global Circularity Metric will help us engage in uniform goal-setting and guide future action in the most impactful way. Closing the circularity gap serves the higher objective of preventing further and accelerated environmental degradation and social inequality. The transition to circularity is, therefore, a means to an end. As a multi stakeholder model, a circular economy has the ability to unite a global community behind an action agenda, engaged and empowered both collectively and individually. Its systemic approach boosts capacity and capability to serve societal needs, by embracing and endorsing the best humankind has to offer: the power of entrepreneurship, innovation and collaboration.

16 May 2018

Tthis event will discuss the key barriers to the market transformation and the policy mix needed to remove these barriers and accelerate a large scale adoption of circular economy business models, technologies and practices.

The Role of Business in the Circular Economy: Markets, Processes and Enabling Policies

The role of business in the circular economy: Markets, processes and enabling policies

The circular economy is attracting significant interest worldwide, as evidenced by the numerous government strategies, business commitments and partnerships devoted to its development. At the EU level, the Action Plan for the Circular Economy and several other policy documents have demonstrated a strong commitment to move towards a low-carbon and circular economy. While the calls for a new economic model grow louder, it is clear that the transformation of markets and industries on a large scale will not be an easy achievement. It will require well-designed and ambitious policies to foster the transition as well as new business models. Against this background, CEPS brought together executives from major multinational companies as well as representatives of business associations, non-governmental organisations and research institutes to form a Task Force charged with tackling the immense challenges associated with the circular economy. This report is the outcome of their deliberations. It analyses the key obstacles that need to be addressed, explores numerous policy areas at the EU and national level where support can act as a catalyst for market transformation, and puts forward actionable policy recommendations.

Make the most of these beets: increasing diversity and building resilience in the sugar industry

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United Kingdom

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There are plenty of hot startups with a new technology that can accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

Yet some of the best examples rely on the gradual evolution of processes and a precise understanding of energy and resource flows. Continual improvement, collaboration and systems thinking are very much on display at the British Sugar’s Factory in Norfolk.

Clothes rental - helping to reduce textile waste, greenhouse gas emissions and water footprint

Tale Me clothes renting

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Belgium, France

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Tale Me is the first European dressing room to rent clothing for maternity and babies/children from 0 to 6 years old.

Green and Circular Economy Strategy, Government of Catalonia

Strategy of the Government of Catalonia: Promoting Green and Circular Economy in Catalonia

Green and Circular Economy Strategy of the Government of Catalonia
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05/2015
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Spain

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The Strategy for Promoting Green and Circular Economy of the Government of Catalonia aims to foster sustainability as a strategic area to attain economic recovery, increase competitiveness, create jobs, and reduce environmental risks. This strategy is structured into key policies' areas for promoting green and circular economy: the generation of demand and creation of markets, the improvement of the access to funding, the stimulation of research, development and innovation, the boosting of internationalisation and the promotion of employment and entrepreneurship. This strategy therefore contextualises the concept of green and circular economy in Catalonia. At the same time, it is a strategic roadmap that establishes the main areas of work for the medium-term, which are essential to promote this model in Catalonia.

04 May 2018
Consumer protection in a circular economy

The International Conference on Consumer Protection in a Circular Economy aims in the first place to explore the “circular economy” concept and strategies from an interdisciplinary perspective, and, secondly, to identify and critically assess “circular economy” legal instruments in various steps of the value chain and with regard to new economic models, while paying increasing attention to the most pressing consumer protection issues.

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