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German Resource Efficiency Programme II: Programme for the sustainable use and conservation of natural resources

German Resource Efficiency Programme II: Programme for the sustainable use and conservation of natural resources

Natural resources are defined as all components of nature: biotic and abiotic resources, physical space (such as land), environmental media (water, soil and air), flow resources (such as geothermal, wind, tide and solar energy), and the diversity of all living organisms.

Natural resources are essential for life on our planet, and always will be. Many natural resources, however, are in limited supply. Conserving natural resources is therefore of vital importance, including for future generations.

The Federal Government embraces its responsibility in this regard. As early as 2002, it set a target in the National Sustainable Development Strategy of doubling Germany’s raw material productivity by 2020 relative to 1994. The German Resource Efficiency Programme (ProgRess) of 2012 was directed towards achieving this target.

A Circular Economy in the Netherlands by 2050

A Circular Economy in the Netherlands by 2050
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09/2016
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Netherlands

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Helpdesk Waste Management and Circular Economy

The Government-wide programme for a Circular Economy is aimed at developing a circular economy in the Netherlands by 2050.

Its ambition is to realise, together with a variety of stakeholders, an (interim) objective of a 50% reduction in the use of primary raw materials (minerals, fossil and metals) by 2030.

It has as main priorities: Biomass and food, plastics, the manufacturing industry, construction sector and consumer goods.

Leading the cycle - Finnish road map to a circular economy 2016–2025

Leading the cycle – Finnish road map to a circular economy 2016-2025

Leading the Cycle - Finnish Roadmap to a Circular Economy
Publication Date: 
09/2016
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Finland

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Kari Herlevi

The Finnish Roadmap to achieve a Circular Economy goal is to create a shared mindset in Finnish society to promote the circular economy and determine the most effective means to do it.

The Roadmap focuses on 5 focus areas, topics that will initially be used in advancing the circular economy in Finland. Based on Finland’s traditional strengths, these topics include a sustainable food system, forest-based loops, technical loops, transport and logistics, and joint actions.

New, innovative bioenergy products from paper and pulp mills’ sidestreams utilizing novel biogas technology

EcoEnergySF Oy has a biogas plant in the area of Metsä Fibre Bioproduct Mill in Äänekoski, Finland. The biogas plant processes the wastewater slurries of the BioproductMill, and turn those into biogas for transportation, carbon dioxide for pulping process as well as fertilizers and solid biofuel for boiler plants.

Geocycle gives second life to C&DW through the cement manufacturing process

The cement industry and LafargeHolcim under the Geocycle brand, have developed strong expertise in coprocessing. This latter refers to the simultaneous recovery of energy and the recycling of mineral materials within one single industrial process: cement manufacturing. This waste treatment solution allows 100% of the material input to be recovered or recycled in the production process.

Giving plastic bottles a second life through “Bottle-to-Bottle” in Rostock

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Germany

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Every year in Rostock, Veolia converts 1 billion PET drinks bottles into so-called recyclate from which preforms/bottles can again be manufactured.

Turning coffee by-product into green energy

This joint venture is a successful and genuine example of a short circuit circular loop where Veolia and Jacobs Douwe Egberts developed a solution to use spent coffee grounds from the plant’s production process to produce steam.

Attero InfiniteFilm: high-end post-consumer film recycling

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Netherlands

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24 Kton annualy will be converted into LDPE re-granulate in the new recycling factory Attero is building in Wijster. Contaminated film is cleaned and turned into a high quality and odorless re-granulate.

ReMade in Italy: how to measure the circularity in a product

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ReMade in Italy® is the first certification scheme accredited in Italy to verify the content of recycled materials in a product.

Zero Carbon Resorts project towards Sustainable Development of the Tourism Sector in the Philippines and Thailand

Tourism in the Philippines and Thailand is receiving increasing attention as an excellent development option but with the vulnerability of developing countries to climate change it is inevitable to take the environmental performance of the tourism business into serious consideration.

Close the loop in ceramic industry

In circular economy secondary resources (i.e. end-of-life products), the industrial side streams and wastes, are the “wasted resources of today”, if they are not utilized and returned for use.

Product life extension through remanufacturing in Europe

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Belgium

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Following the successful completion of the European Remanufacturing Network project funded through Horizon 2020, the Conseil Européen de Remanufacture was launched in January 2017. It has members such as IBM, Lexmark, SKF, Panalpina, syncreon, Autocraft and others who pay annual membership subscriptions to develop, promote and exchange good practise between the remanufacturing sectors.

Cardyon: reuse of CO2 for polyols production

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Germany

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Covestro has developed an innovative technology that allows using CO2 as raw material for the production of chemical building blocks for high-quality plastics.

Cradle-to-grave recycling process at Mosca GmbH

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Germany

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Mosca's PET strap is made from 100% recycled material: the so-called "bottle flakes" are a result of recycled plastic bottles coming from the empties of discounters.

Basque Ecodesign Center

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Spain

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The Basque Ecodesign Center (BEdC) is based in the Basque Country and structured as a partnership framework between private firms, the main industrial clusters, and the Basque Government through the public agencies Ihobe and Spri. The objective of the BEdC is to help ensure that the Basque Country is an advanced region in the field of ecodesign and a benchmark throughout the European Union.

LIFE RECYPACK: public-private waste management for commercial plastic packaging

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Spain

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The LIFE RECYPACK project will implement a new public-private waste management project for commercial plastic packages in line with the circular economy criteria.

The Circular Phone Report

The Circular Phone report

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Circle Economy, Fairphone, ABN Amro, Allen & Overy, ING, PGGM, NBA, Circularise, Sustainable Finance Lab
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01/2018
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Netherlands

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Harald Friedl

The Circular Phone report provides practical answers to common financing pitfalls for circular businesses, using Fairphone as the real-life example. All learnings and contract templates created during the project are now available as open source and ready for other companies to apply to their products.

This report gives companies the tools to jumpstart and run circular business models where ownership of products is retained to a certain degree. This incentivises companies to create high-quality and durable products, while customers enjoy the performance of a product without the hassle. So far, businesses striving to implement “Product-as-a-Service” models have had the challenge of reconciling the need to find financing parties with the complexities of their own business model.

To achieve a financeable model for the Circular Fairphone Service, the Community of Practice created a blueprint for Fairphone’s business model. Through the creation of a legal template – a 1st Circular Service Contract- and a financial cash flow tool, the group has proven that the gap between the businesses and financiers can be bridged. One of the other concrete and practical outcomes was a 5-year cash flow projection that enables financiers to assess the benefits and risks of their investment.

 

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

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Netherlands

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FLOOW2 is the sharing marketplace solution for every business, organization and network.

FLOOW2 works locally and internationally, to identify needs and opportunities of asset sharing for businesses. Sharing assets may be a new concept, but it is an integral part of the development towards a more circular economy in which collaboration is key!

Circular economy, a holistic approach towards low-carbon Alpine cities

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Slovenia

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Cities and regions in Alpine Space have mainly set their low-carbon objectives and adopted relevant strategies in energy, mobility, construction aso. The project GREENCYCLE aims to introduce the system of circular economy as a holistic approach to support implementation of low-carbon strategies and provide additional 2-4 % greenhouse emission reduction to the partner cities.

At-home recycling of bioplastics - and all domestic food waste - thanks to the seriously HOT composting bin

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Netherlands

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The HOTBIN is an innovative hot compost bin that super heats your food and garden waste to 60°c. It can suit not only individual needs, but also the needs of sport clubs, canteens or schools, mixing food waste with biodegradable plastics.

Screen-lab: establishing a new reference framework to support H2020/ESIF synergies in Regions

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Belgium, Italy

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SCREEN is a Horizon 2020 project covering 17 European regions.

It aims at defining a replicable systemic approach towards a transition to Circular Economy in EU regions within the context of the Smart Specialization Strategy. The project also deals with the identification and implementation of operational synergies between investments in research and innovation under Horizon 2020, the Structural Funds and the European Investment Funds.

PolyStyreneLoop project: pioneer demonstration plant to treat up to 3300 tonnes of polystyrene waste/yr as of 2018

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Netherlands

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The PolyStyreneLoop Cooperative is the European EPS/XPS industry’s closed loop solution for the recycling of polystyrene (PS) insulation foam waste.

This project employs a ground-breaking technology to dissolve PS foam waste while also allowing for the extraction and recovery of bromine from the restricted flame retardant chemical, HBCD, which can then be used again in the production.

VinylPlus®: the Voluntary Sustainable Development Programme of the European PVC industry

VinylPlus® is the renewed ten-year Voluntary Commitment to Sustainable Development by the European PVC industry. It was developed through dialogue with stakeholders. The scheme delivers concrete results in the use of additives, traceability, collection and recycling.

From waste water to RichWater, an innovative technology for combining treatment and reuse in agriculture

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Spain

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RichWater is a EU Horizon 2020 funded project which has provided an innovative technology for wastewater reuse in agricuture. An integrated approach combining treatment and irrigation in a single system enables taking maximum advantage of nutrients.

Do you see a Building... or a Bank of recyclable Materials?

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Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom

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The BAMB project is an innovation action within the EU funded Horizon 2020 program.

BAMB will enable a systemic shift where dynamically and flexibly designed buildings can be incorporated into a circular economy. Through design and circular value chains, materials in buildings sustain their value – in a sector producing less waste and using less virgin resources.

Circular is the new black: research program towards a sustainable fashion industry

Leading the way towards a circular fashion industry, the Mistra Future Fashion research program uses the expertise of the entirety of the textile value chain to highlight challenges and solutions to make fashion more sustainable. It publishes reports and peer reviewed articles that focus on how exactly this industry can be made more "circular".

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