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Consumer Insight Action Panel – Electronics Club Final Report

Final Report

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Rosalyn Old, Leon-Johannes Reuss, Isabelle Rumpenhorst, Imke Schmidt, Raymond Slaughter
Publication Date: 
06/2022
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Germany

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This report:

  • sets out the background to the Circular Electronics project of the Consumer Insights Action Panel (CIAP),
  • shares information on the multi-stakeholder circular Electronics Club at the heart of the work, and
  • provides an overview of the methodology followed in gathering insights, designing and running interventions, and evaluating results and sustainability of the pilots.

It is designed not only to provide an overview of the project’s activities, but also to share learnings, findings and models that could support potential future initiatives in the field of circular electronics and beyond.

Discussing the Social Impacts of Circularity

Discussing the Social Impacts of Circularity

Social Impact Report

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Rosalyn Old, Isabelle Rumpenhorst, Imke Schmidt, Raymond Slaughter
Publication Date: 
06/2022
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Germany

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Circularity offers pathways to achieve a more sustainable production and consumption and to provide benefits to society. Although sustainability entails an ecological, economic, and a social dimension, the discourse on social aspects seems to have been less prevalent than on economic and environmental ones. Hence the need to further explore the social impacts of circularity and its potential societal benefits.

The aim of this report is to frame, address and better understand questions related to the social impacts of the transition to a Circular Economy. The report synthesises the gathered insights into key emerging themes and identifies gaps or areas of potential in the field as part of the Consumer Insight Action Panel (CIAP) project, led by the CSCP and funded by Sitra and DBU.

The Taxshift: An EU Fiscal Strategy to Support the Inclusive Circular Economy

The Taxshift: An EU fiscal strategy to support the inclusive circular economy

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Femke Groothuis (The Ex'tax Project), Advisors: Peter Gersen, Henk van Cappelle (The Ex’tax Project), Research: Arnoud van der Werf, Raúl van Kleef (The Ex’tax Project), Knowledge partners: Cambridge Econometrics, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC
Publication Date: 
06/2022
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Netherlands

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The EU Green Deal includes a commitment to shift the tax burden from labour to pollution. EU companies seek to adopt circular practices, but financial incentives in their tax systems curb circular growth.

This study presents a roadmap for a rebalancing of the tax mix, both at national and EU levels. It assesses the impact of 20 taxshift measures significantly decreasing the tax burden on labour while increasing taxation of resource use and pollution.

The analysis shows that a well-considered, broad-based tax reform could lead to more jobs, higher economic growth, fewer emissions and less dependence on imports. It also shows that it is possible to design policy measures addressing environmental issues (Polluter Pays Principle) and social issues (leaving no-one behind) simultaneously.

Growth without economic growth

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EEA briefing
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Zora Kovacic (European Centre for Governance in Complexity), Roger Strand (European Centre for Governance in Complexity), Silvio Funtowicz (European Centre for Governance in Complexity), Lorenzo Benini (EEA), Ana Jesus (EEA)
Publication Date: 
01/2021
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EU

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By building on the insights from previous EEA reports on drivers of sustainability transitions, this briefing explores alternative ideas about growth and progress with the aim of broadening the sustainability debate.

Economic growth is closely linked to increases in production, consumption and resource use and has detrimental effects on the natural environment and human health. It is unlikely that a long-lasting, absolute decoupling of economic growth from environmental pressures can be achieved at the global scale. Societies need to rethink what is meant by growth and progress and their meaning for global sustainability.

The briefing outlines how circular economy may not deliver the transformation to sustainability when growth strategy still leads to increased material consumption.

Thinking beyond borders to achieve social justice in a global circular economy

Thinking beyond borders to achieve social justice in a global circular economy

Thinking beyond borders to achieve social justice in a global circular economy
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Yasmina Lembachar (Circle Economy), Joel Marsden (Circle Economy), Anna-Sophie von Schwerdtner (Circle Economy)
Publication Date: 
06/2022
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Netherlands

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Across the globe, current approaches to sustainability are leaving lower-income countries behind. The authors of this paper believe a different vision for the future can be built, but transitioning to a circular economy, where waste is eliminated, materials are used and reused at their highest value, and nature is regenerated, won’t be socially just by default.

It is necessary to design the transition well to ensure that workers aren’t left behind, labour rights are uplifted, social benefits are maximised, and a wide range of approaches to circularity are recognised. 

This brief highlights where we are headed if we do not take action, and illustrates key levers to address current oversights on circularity and its relationship to power, trade and technology.

MERLIN: a project increasing the quality and rate of multilayer packaging recycling waste

MERLIN project logo

The MERLIN project (Increasing the quality and rate of MultilayER packaging recycLINg waste) aims at designing innovative solutions for all the processes required to increase the quality and rate of recycled plastic materials coming from multi-layer packaging waste. MERLIN’s new solutions will meet the growing number of plants that are seeking effective solutions.

Roadmap - Towards the Circular Economy in Montenegro

Roadmap CE in Montenegro

The Roadmap - Towards the Circular Economy in Montenegro aims to steer the transition to a circular economy in Montenegro. It is based on systemic thinking and outlines the main drivers, horizontal and priority areas, opportunities for circular transformation and recommendations for the way forward.

The strategy identifies five focus areas (food and forest systems, the built environment, tourism and manufacturing) that are highly interconnected and, through the principles of industrial symbiosis and synergies, can result in systemic change.

The roadmap is an outcome of collaboration between the Montenegrin Chamber of the Economy, UNDP, Circular Change and Deloitte BiH.

A Compendium of Small Scale Actions to Promote the Circular Transition in Cities

A Compendium of Small Scale Actions to Promote the Circular Transition in Cities

Resourceful Cities

Small Scale Actions (SSA) are a new element introduced for this round of URBACT action planning networks (2019-2022). This compendium summarises all of the SSAs carried out within the Resourceful Cities Network. It aims to support and inspire other cities which want to accelerate their circular transition.

A wide range of SSAs were carried out by Resourceful Cities partners, each one responding to an identified need within the individual city context. Actions included promoting citizen engagement and participation, enhancing knowledge and raising awareness of the circular economy, business support, data collection and monitoring and trialling new business models.

Coffeefrom: processing coffee grounds into a durable and resistant alternative to single-use plastic

Coffeefrom

Coffeefrom is an innovative project from Italy, the second circular economy project run by Il Giardinone Cooperativa Sociale. It has built a supply chain based on the recovery and processing of industrial coffee grounds. Coffee grounds from the food industry are blended with biopolymers to become a new bio-based material that is a durable and resistant alternative to single-use plastic.

Osservatorio Innovazione Packaging

Osservatorio Innovazione Packaging

The project Osservatorio Innovazione Packaging (Observatory for Innovative Packaging) aims to trigger innovation in the area of packaging. It collects, prepares and provides case studies, knowledge and experience in order to promote circular, collaborative and responsible innovation projects along the packaging chain.

One of the observatory's goals is to create a regional and national "network of networks" within the packaging sector so as to foster connections between stakeholders. The platform contains:

  • < 500 case studies
  • < 120 insights (articles, podcasts, reports, books, videos and papers)
  • < 50 Italian and international industry events
  • 3 research items.

Phosphorus recovery by BioDryer and P-Series pyrolysis from sewage sludge and organic waste

Biodryer

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Italy

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Bioforcetech aims to reduce energy and labour costs while reducing emissions and generating by-products (fertilisers) with added value. The company's vision is simple: instead of transporting "waste", machines are designed to autonomously transform organics into value. Bioforcetech's technology locally transforms organic streams into renewable energy and biochar.

RECIS - Circular Economy Network on Islands

Recis

The Circular Economy Network in Islands (RECIS) is a non-profit association based on the island of Gran Canaria.

It studies and disseminates circular economy solutions to resource scarcity and environmental fragility, which hinder the development of island territories. It also promotes the circular economy in islands and nurtures good practices and sustainability. The network takes a broad approach, since many of the problems facing islands require multidisciplinary solutions.

The network focuses on:

  • problem generation (waste generation, energy consumption)
  • circular solutions with companies or institutions managing these resources
  • experts providing opinions and solutions
  • public administrations
  • researchers who will be able to develop new methodologies

LIFE CIRC-ELV Project: channelling plastic from end-of-life vehicles back into the manufacturing chain

LIFE CIRC-ELV Project

The LIFE CIRC-ELV project has developed a new process for managing end-of-life vehicles to recover bumpers and fuel tanks, recycle the materials and use them to manufacture pipes and new parts for vehicles. Using this recycled plastic in products from this industry and others will help reduce the carbon footprint by 85%.

Circularity in the built environment in Europe

Circularity in the built environment in Europe

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Tamara Streefland
Publication Date: 
05/2022
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Netherlands

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The built environment has a huge impact on the environment. This means that it is a key lever for achieving both the goals set by the Paris Agreement and many other sustainability objectives. Activating that lever will require a long-term transformation of the entire sector.

The circular economy is a way to secure resources, limit impact and promote affordability.

The Metabolic Institute, supported by the Laudes Foundation Built Environment Programme, set out to explore the circularity of the built environment in Europe. The resulting snapshot lays out key challenges, needs and opportunities in this field.

This exploration fed into the process of shaping a new programme starting in May 2022: Accelerating the Circular Economy in the Built Environment.

Youth competencies in the circular economy labour market – A taxonomy of competencies

Youth competencies in the circular economy labour market – A taxonomy of competencies

Youth competencies
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Lowmerism OÜ, AEGEE-Europe, Common Gold, REDU - Rete Educare ai Diritti Umani, Mentes Empreendedoras, Zink! Asturias
Publication Date: 
01/2022
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Belgium

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In the research Youth competencies in the circular economy labour market – A taxonomy of competencies, 50 circular entrepreneurs across Europe were interviewed on the competences that are relevant in their work. The central question is: How should young people be equipped to shift the labour market towards circularity and sustainability?

The results provide an overview of the types of skills, knowledge and attitudes that characterise circular entrepreneurship and leadership. The study concludes with a discussion on the role of youth workers in developing these competences.

This report is the second intellectual output of the Circular Economy - Sustainable Competences for Youth (CESCY) project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the EU.

Mapping of national status quo on circular economy and sustainability implementation generally and for youth

Mapping of national status quo on circular economy and sustainability implementation generally and for youth

Mapping of national status quo on circular economy...
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Lowmerism OÜ, AEGEE-Europe, Common Gold, REDU - Rete Educare ai Diritti Umani, Mentes Empreendedoras, Zink! Asturias
Publication Date: 
08/2020
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Belgium

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The aim of this study is to report on the status quo of circular economy and sustainable practices implementation at the EU level, as well as in Estonia, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.

This status quo is considered from different perspectives – rules, social norms, funding, knowledge and education, knowledge dissemination vehicles and implementation of the circular economy vision – and involves different stakeholders: state (national government, regional/local government and municipalities), public companies, public and private universities, civil society, private businesses, cooperatives, association of companies and transnational corporations.

This is the first intellectual output of the Circular Economy - Sustainable Competences for Youth (CESCY) project.

The Ecosynergy System: a Systemic Solution for Circular Economy

Ecosynergy System

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Slovenia

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The EcoSynergy System project tested a new economic framework of circular economy, food and nonfood producers, information and awareness of citizens, industry and education, ethical and environmental activities and new technologies.

Tackling root causes - Halting biodiversity loss through the circular economy

Tackling root causes - Halting biodiversity loss through the circular economy

Circular economy interventions in four key sectors can halt global biodiversity loss and help the world's biodiversity recover, finds this study.

Tackling root causes - Halting biodiversity loss through the circular economy, written by experts from Sitra and Vivid Economics, is the first to quantify the role a circular economy can play in tackling global biodiversity loss, targeting the four sectors with the largest impacts:

  • food and agriculture
  • construction
  • textiles
  • forest and forestry

Circular interventions in these sectors can halt biodiversity loss even if no other action is taken. And more than that, the study finds that the world’s biodiversity can recover to 2000 levels by 2035, if the circular interventions are implemented.

An International Agreement on Natural Resource Management - An overview of opportunities and challenges

An International Agreement on Natural Resource Management. An overview of the opportunities and challenges

An International Agreement on Natural Resource Management: An overview of the opportunities and challenges

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Colette van der Ven, Founder & Director TULIP Consulting
Publication Date: 
02/2022
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Belgium

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Urgent global action is required to address unsustainable material resource use. This report explores the possibility of, and analyses the implications associated with, developing an international agreement on the management of natural resources.

Why an international agreement?

An international agreement could support

  • incentivizing action on a global level
  • generate awareness to tackle the issue of resource management
  • solve the issue of uncoordinated actions at various regional and governance levels.

The report also looks at the extent to which Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), many of them including provisions relevant to developing circular solutions, cover natural resource management and could be leveraged to enhance resource efficiency.

Romanian Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform

ROCESP

The Romanian Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ROCESP) was launched at national level by the Ernest Lupan Institute for Research in Circular Economy and Environment (IRCEM).

ROCESP members include local and central government institutions, academic, research and innovation institutions, businesses and civil society representatives.

The platform aims to promote and reinforce circular economy measures at national level and to facilitate cross-sectoral dialogue in Romania. It acts through 11 working groups, such as: Social and collaborative economy, Urban and territorial development, Energy efficiency, Education and training for the circular economy, Mobility and transport, Materials, Goods and packaging.

Resourceful Cities, or developing next-generation urban resource centres to serve as catalysts of the local circular economy

Resourceful Cities

Resourceful Cities is an URBACT Action Planning Network of European cities that want to develop next-generation urban resource centres to accelerate the transition to the circular economy. The idea for this network arose from one of the actions identified by the Urban Agenda Partnership on Circular Economy under its ‘better knowledge’ pillar - namely to promote Urban Resource Centres for waste prevention, re-use and recycling.

Broadly these centres serve as connection points for citizens, new businesses, researchers, and the public sector to co-create new ways of closing local resource loops, while promoting waste prevention, re-use, repair, and recycling. Their precise manifestation will differ from city to city in response to the local context and needs identified.

OLEAF4VALUE: Olive leaf multi-product cascade based biorefinery

OLEAF4VALUE

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Spain

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The EU-funded OLEAF4VALUE project has set up a consortium of highly experienced partners to develop a valorisation system for the olive leaves biomass. The consortium will address all levels of the value chain: raw material, biorefining, post-extraction technologies, market validation and sustainability assessment.

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