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Circular Flooring – new products from waste PVC flooring

Circular Flooring - Pioneering Recycling Process for PVC Waste

Circular Flooring focuses on the recovery of the PVC compound from post-consumer PVC floor coverings and the separation of legacy plasticisers in order to create a recycled material for the manufacturing of new PVC floor coverings.

Synergies for Green Growth: a transversal White Paper by the Interreg MED Green Growth Community

Synergies for Green Growth

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Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom, Other (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro)

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This transversal White Paper by the Interreg MED's Green Growth community displays the horizontal approach towards cooperation on Circular Economy and Green Growth in the Mediterranean as well as challenges, success factors and lessons learned.

Fit for a circular future: Competitiveness & Innovation

White Paper #4 - Fit for a circular future: Competitiveness & Innovation

Fit for a circular future
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CT BETA, University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVic - UCC), Fondazione Ecosistemi, Italy , Regional Council of Durrës, Albania, University Consortium for Industrial and Managerial Economics (CUEIM), Italy
Publication Date: 
09/2019
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Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom, Other (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro)

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Mercè Boy Roura

The fourth Thematic Working Group (TWG) set up by Interreg MED's Green Growth community implemented and assessed solutions to promote competitiveness and innovation of Mediterranean SMEs in a circular economy.

The TWG's White Paper addresses the following issues:

  • smart specialisation, public-private partnerships and innovative funding;
  • lack of effective clusters for companies and stakeholders to connect, work together and transfer innovations;
  • limited access of SMEs to tools, services and funds driving innovation;
  • limited consumer awareness and interest in “green” and “circular” products and services.

 

 

Zero Waste: problems become opportunities

Zero waste: problems become opportunities in Waste Prevention & Management - a White Paper by Interreg MED's Green Growth community

Zero Waste
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CT BETA, University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia, Fondazione Ecosistemi, Regional Council of Durrës, Albania, Dynamic Vision, Greece, University Consortium for Industrial and Managerial Economics (CUEIM), Italy
Publication Date: 
09/2019
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Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom, Other (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro)

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Mercè Boy Roura

The third of the four Thematic Working Groups created by the Interreg MED's Green Growth community addressed waste reduction, prevention and management.

This White Paper promotes solutions to reduce organic (livestock) and inorganic waste, and maps technologies, systems, and strategies for proper waste management. It illustrates issues - e.g. over-production/application of high-nitrogen slurry and manure and need to treat it, as well as lack of treatment of agrifood waste - and highlights the projects’ contributions to achieve full use of resources through their life cycle to create a circular economy.

Among the results: policy guidelines based on four Struvite Precipitation (SP) plants to stimulate innovation and set up a common legal framework for struvite as fertilizer.

White paper 2: Green smart public services

Promoting Green and Smart Public Services within Mediterranean Municipalities to move towards a Circular Economy: a White Paper by Interreg MED's Green Growth community

Towards Circular Towns and Cities
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CT BETA, University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVic - UCC) , Fondazione Ecosistemi - Italy, Regional Council of Durrës - Albania, Dynamic Vision - Greece, University Consortium for Industrial and Managerial Economics (CUEIM) - Italy
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09/2019
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Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom, Other (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro)

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Mercè Boy Roura

The second of four Thematic Working Groups created by the Interreg MED's Green Growth community was tasked with promoting green public procurement (GPP) by which public authorities seek to procure goods and services with reduced environmental impact throughout their life cycles.

This White Paper provides solutions for GPP and addresses issues linked to the lacking integration of sustainability and circular economy criteria in GPP and the provision of public services. It also highlights the need to develop the capacity of private actors to adopt eco-innovation and green energy in order to participate in green e-tenders.

The main objective is to examine public procurement in the context of long-term impacts, with specific attention paid to the role of public authorities.

Make More With Less: Enhancing Resource Efficiency in the Mediterranean Agro-food Sector and Cities for a Circular Economy

Make More With Less: Enhancing Resource Efficiency in the Mediterranean - a White Paper by Interreg MED's Green Growth community

Make More With Less
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BETA, University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVic - UCC), Fondazione Ecosistemi, Regional Council of Durrës, Dynamic Vision, University Consortium for Industrial and Managerial Economics (CUEIM)
Publication Date: 
09/2019
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Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom, Other (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro)

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Mercè Boy Roura

The first of 4 Thematic Working Groups created by the Interreg MED's Green Growth community focused on Sustainable Consumption and Production by enhancing Resource Efficiency in the Mediterranean agrofood sector, as well as in urban areas through the implementation of the Smart City Concept.

The White Paper zooms in on the difficulties that companies face in:

  • measuring their environmental footprint and resource efficiency;
  • the use of low-cost, low-tech, labour-intensive and rudimentarily-equipped greenhouses;
  • the lack of energy efficiency and renovation of EU buildings.

It then presents the projects' solutions and the benefits of resource efficiency for the environment and the economy. The projects were monitored according to the EU CEAP's indicator framework.

The Circularity Gap Report, Norway

The Circularity Gap Report, Norway

Cover of the Circularity Gap Report, Norway

The Circularity Gap Report Norway is an in-depth analysis of how Norway consumes raw materials to fuel its societal needs. Currently, 97.6% of materials consumed each year never make it back into the economy.

Norway also has one of the highest per capita consumption rates in the world (44.3 tonnes per person). At 2.4%, its circularity rate is below the global average (8.6%). Each year Norway consumes 235 million tonnes of materials - metals, fossil fuels, biomass and minerals - to meet its internal needs.

However, the report reveals how Norway could see a 20-fold increase in its circularity by restructuring its businesses and industry through 6 key actions in the following fields:

  • construction
  • food
  • energy
  • repair, reuse and recycle
  • transport
  • forestry and wood products.

DigiCirc - Digital innovations for the Circular Economy

The EU-funded DigiCirc project aims at enabling the digitalisation of the Circular Economy by building upon the innovation potential of SMEs. It accelerates innovation by identifying cutting-edge circular economy solutions and by promoting business development and start-up growth.

DigiCirc will build and coordinate an innovative network of stakeholders that will set the foundation for an open space for innovation performed through the DigiCirc accelerators.

45 circular innovations, addressing sectoral challenges and generating new value chain, will be selected through open calls in three domains:

  • Circular cities
  • Bioeconomy
  • Blue economy.

For more information on open calls (the first on Circular cities to be launched in November) and the accelerator programme click here.

Improved recycling of packaging thanks to innovative solvent-free adhesives

Adhesives for improved recycling of packaging

A solvent-free adhesive that is suitable for recycling and also for bonding of recycled plastic films has been developed by Henkel to be used for multilayer packaging.

Recycling packaging laminates through a process that separates composite materials

flexible packaging laminates

Saperatec is able to reclaim all individual raw materials from composite materials, thus making them available for recycling.

The EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan: setting the world’s largest single market on a transition towards a circular economy

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This case study on the EU's Circular Economy Plan (CEAP) by the Ellen McArthur Foundation reflects back on the steps which the European Commission took to take a lead in circular economy policies globally. From initially aiming at improving resource efficiency, to redefining growth with positive social, environmental, and economic benefits, this case study analyses this policy-making process.

The CEAP was a comprehensive body of legislative and non-legislative actions adopted in 2015, which aimed to transition the European economy from a linear to a circular model. It mapped out 54 actions, as well as four legislative proposals on waste.

By rethinking resource efficiency and material flows, the European Commission has developed a framework to promote systemic change.

Nordic Circular Hotspot

Nordic Circular Hotspot logo

The Nordic Circular Hotspot aims to be the leading resource and collaborative learning hub on circular economy in the Nordics.

This Hotspot works to connect stakeholders in the Nordic region, such as local and regional governments, business, communities, knowledge institutions and academia, to (co-)develop and initiate practical circular solutions, business models, projects and initiatives. The aim is to be the go-to place in the region for everything circular in the region to faster accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

WaysTUP!: Transforming urban waste into valuable products

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Greece

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The WaysTUP! project wishes to demonstrate the establishment of new value chains for urban bio-waste used in the production of high value purpose products, through a multi-stakeholder approach according to circular economy principles.

Donar - Furniture from recycled felt

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Slovenia

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The Donar company was established in 1989 in Slovenia, as demand for office interior development was growing. Starting as a small business, Donar has developed into one of the key players in design furniture with the highest environmental standards.

Incremental Circular Economy as a Serious Sustainability Problem

Business model innovation and the circular economy; what relationship?

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DENNIS PAMLIN , MADELEINE ENARSSON
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12/2019
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Sweden

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The relationship between innovating business model and the circular economy is complex and rapidly evolving. So, how can we turn the focus on the circular economy into a driver for global sustainability?

The report titled "Incremental Circular Economy as a Serious Sustainability Problem" aims to understand the relationship between business model innovation and the circular economy.

It also seeks to guide companies, intrapreneurs in companies, and organisations working towards a circular economy. And, finally, it aims to provide a structure to understand very different approaches and their outcomes.

European Investment Bank and national promotional banks launch the Joint Initiative on Circular Economy

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European Investment Bank
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10/2019
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EU

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On average, a European citizen produces half a ton of waste a year. This amounts to 2.5 billion tons yearly for the entire European Union.

The Joint Initiative on Circular Economy (JICE) is a partnership between the EU’s largest national promotional banks and institutions and the European Investment Bank to invest at least €10 billion in the circular economy by 2023.

It provides loans, equity investment, guarantees, innovative financing structures and technical assistance.

The initiative will support projects that prevent and eliminate waste, increase resource efficiency and promote circular business models. Eligible projects can be submitted to the respective JICE partners.

The City of Helsinki’s Roadmap for Circular and Sharing Economy

Circular and sharing economy to help tackle sustainability challenges in Helsinki

Helsinki Circularity Roadmap
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06/2020
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Finland

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The roadmap is about promoting circular and sharing economy in the city of Helsinki. The main four focuses are construction, procurements, green waste and sharing economy and business opportunities related to circular economy.

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Leona Silberstein

The City of Helsinki’s Roadmap for Circular and Sharing Economy is one of the 147 actions in the Carbon-neutral Helsinki 2035 Action Plan.

The roadmap includes the following four focuses:

  1. construction
  2. procurement
  3. green waste and
  4. sharing economy and new business opportunities in the circular economy.

The goals for each focus are set until 2035, with interim goals and supporting practical actions for each one.

Reducing plastic consumption and increasing the use of recycled plastic are among the main topics of the roadmap.

This roadmap is the result of debates in workshops with experts from both inside and outside the City. A team of representatives of the City’s Environmental Services coordinated the work.

European project BIOnTop: Promising results in development of new recyclable and compostable packaging

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European project BIOnTop obtains promising results in development of new recyclable and compostable packaging. In its first year, BIOnTop has achieved good results in its experimental work on copolymers and compounds with customized biodegradability and multifunctional coating solutions with customized properties.

The Waste management Datacenter by LIPOR monitors waste flows, citizen’s participation and contributes to landfill diversion

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Portugal

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LIPOR, the Intermunicipal Waste Management Service of Greater Porto, specializes in the treatment and recovery of municipal waste. Their digital platform, the Waste management Datacenter, optimizes the monitoring waste flows and the recovery of materials, which contributes to the reduction of biodegradable urban waste landfill disposal and the preparation of materials for reuse and recycling.

Surplus capacity? Waste it no more: FLOOW2 facilitates B2B Asset Sharing

B2B Sharing Marketplace

FLOOW2 is working locally and internationally, to identify the need, and the opportunities of asset sharing for businesses by offering a sharing marketplace solution for every business, organization and network.

Parksharing, the B2B sharing marketplace for local collaboration and matchmaking on business parks

Parksharing is the B2B marketplace for businesses who want to share assets, materials, facilities, services and personnel locally.

PharmaSwap, the sharing marketplace to reduce medication waste

PharmaSwap

PharmaSwap is a unique sharing marketplace for pharmacists, hospital-based or otherwise. It creates transparency in the supply and demand for expensive medicines.

Zero waste, 100 % recycled mix plastic shipping pallets by Stabilplastik

Stabilplastik

Stabilplastik is Europe's only manufacturer of zero waste 100 % recycled mix plastic pallets.

Mapping the circular maker movement: from a literature review to a circular maker passport

Pop Machina Research Project - Mapping the maker community ecosystem and the urban metabolism processes

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Julie Metta, Kris Bachus
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07/2020
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Belgium

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Julie Metta

The Pop-Machina project is an EU-funded research project exploring the maker movement contributions to cities’ transition to the circular economy.

This 2nd deliverable 'Mapping the maker community ecosystem and the urban metabolism processes' draws a collection of definitions to characterise the circular maker movement. A set of original tools, including a decision tree, a taxonomy, indicators and maps of the circular maker movement are developed to delineate the circular maker movement, with a focus on the Pop-Machina seven pilot cities.

Eventually, pilot story-boards present the current status of the circular maker movement in the city, with the disclosure of the circular maker passports, characterising the movement in each pilot.

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.

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.

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