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Czech Circular Hotspot

Czech circular hotspot

The Czech Circular Hotspot's (CCH) mission is to facilitate cross-sectoral and international cooperation in the field of circular economy. The ambition of the platform is to create a space where public and private sector can cooperate to accelerate the transition towards Czech circular economy.

The CCH is organized by the Institute for Circular Economy which is a non-governmental organisation that promotes circular economy principles since 2014. INCIEN is built on 5 pillars:

  1. Czech Circular Hotspot
  2. Academy
  3. Think-tank
  4. Consultancy
  5. Advocacy.

 

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.

HOOP Network of Cities and Regions

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The HOOP Network of Cities and Regions seeks to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and mutual learning among cities and regions willing to recover valuable resources from urban bio-waste and wastewater to make bio-based products. By joining the network, they gain information on innovative urban bioeconomy solutions and engage in activities relevant to their specific situation and interests. Participants have direct exchanges with the eight HOOP lighthouse cities and regions, sharing experiences and expertise, and can be invited to the project's events.

The HOOP network is only open to organisations that plan, organise or operate municipal waste management or wastewater treatment activities, for instance local or regional authorities and waste management companies.

TCO Certified stands for environmentally and socially responsible IT purchases

TCO Certified

TCO Certified has 30 years' experience of driving sustainable development in the IT industry. By continuously developing criteria and verification methods, TCO Certified tackles new challenges such as circularity, hazardous substances, and socially and environmentally responsible manufacturing. 

All criteria are mandatory, which means that all products must meet all the criteria for their product category to be certified according to TCO Certified.
 
The need to go circular has become especially pressing as digitalisation continues to grow and with it the consumption of electronic devices. TCO Certified’s circular criteria help purchasers lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduce e-waste and extend the life of IT products.

Plataforma Madeira Circular

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Madeira Circular Platform provides a forum bringing together key actors for the transition to the circular economy (CE), including the civil society, businesses, public administrations and the scientific and academic communities.

Its main objective is to create the communication channels necessary to carry out and promote collaborative action and to support the implementation of the guidelines of the Madeira Circular Agenda, which are much needed to encourage the circular movement.

The Platform is a community of stakeholders in the form of a portal to support the Autonomous Region of Madeira in the transition to the CE and featuring good practices leading to the efficient and sustainable use of resources all along the business value chain.

Circusol: Circular business models for a sustainable solar power industry

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Circusol Circular Business Models for the Solar Power Industry - is an Innovation Action project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme, bringing together 15 partners from 7 European countries to develop and demonstrate business solutions for the circular economy in the solar power sector.

Photovoltaics (PV) currently accounts for about 5 % of world’s electricity generation capacity. As the PV and EV (electric vehicle) markets grow, so will their demand for raw materials, as well as their "waste" output. How to make sure that the material aspect of the energy transition will also be sustainable? Product-Service Systems (PSS) could be the answer.

Interested in what Circusol is doing (newsletter, events, sharing knowledge, feedback, etc.)? Join its Network!

BDI-Initiative Circular Economy

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The BDI Initiative Circular Economy (CE) was created in April 2021 by the Federation of German Industries.

It is a network of more than 50 members that defines the potential of CE and the necessary framework conditions through practical exchange. To this end, they are in close dialogue with policymakers in Berlin and Brussels and with the sciences community.​ ​

Circular Valley

Circular Valley

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Why do we need a Circular Valley? Emissions resulting from “linear economy” pose a major threat to the environment and to us. We need a place to cooperate on solutions to reduce emissions and “closed cycles”.

Why is the Rhine-Ruhr region ideal? The Rhine-Ruhr region in Germany combines industries in need of solutions with already existing solution providers and a broad scientific landscape. It is also a cosmopolitan region with a rich industrial tradition.

How to start? The development of the region towards a “Circular Valley” has started with an Accelerator for Circular Economy topics to attract talent to work with companies from the region and beyond.

Application phase for Batch #2 starts in September 2021. It is for start-ups supporting the EU Green Deal and CEAP.

 

Rezero: campaigning for a zero-waste economy

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Based in Barcelona, Rezero is a non-profit organisation that, in collaboration with social and economic actors in Spain, aims to push the model of production and consumption towards zero waste, including the Jo Soc Coco (#IamCoco) conscious consumption campaign.

Rezero creates knowledge and promotes innovative ideas, regulations and projects so that companies, public administrations and people can live without toxic materials or products left unused.

Its activities target:

  • Reduction of waste management costs for organic and food waste with social and environmental benefits
  • Engagement of private stakeholders (i.e. individuals, grocery retail sector, restaurants) in food prevention and recovery activities
  • Donation of uneaten and/or unsold food to charities or for animal feed.

RECYCLO: Urban platform for the circular economy

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RECYCLO is a multi-stakeholder cooperative society (SCRL). It provides consultancy, training and business development, with the objective of raising awareness about urban waste.

It offers a collection service tailored to urban constraints and catering for professionals. It helps them to reduce the quantity of waste produced and to sort it more effectively. Its projects are conducted by means of partnerships with private and public initiatives, and tackle issues such as recycling smartphones, biomaterials, putting orange peels to use and creating a compost site in Brussels.

European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils Network (EEAC Network)

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The European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils Network (EEAC Network) brings together advisory bodies offering independent advice to national or regional governments and parliaments on climate change, environment and sustainable development.

The vast majority of EEAC members work in particular on the transition towards a circular economy model. With representatives from academia, civil society, the private sector and public bodies, the EEAC network brings together experts with years of experience producing analysis and recommendations that should enhance the shift to a circular economy at sub-national, national and the EU level.
 

Green Tech Cluster in Austria

Green Tech Cluster

Welcome to Green Tech Valley, focussing on Climate and Circular Solutions. The Green Tech Valley is located in the south of Austria and is internationally regarded as the hotspot for innovative energy and environmental technology.

The Green Tech Cluster initiates growth through innovation. It brings together around 220 companies and research institutions shaping green solutions of the future. With 20 global technology leaders within an hour’s drive, the location forms one of the highest concentrations of companies in this industry.

Have a look at their Don't waste / Invest campaign: One-stop-shop recycling solutions for a wide range of waste fractions derived from Austrian excellence in achieving one of Europe's highest recycling rates.

SUSTAINair: circular economy for the aviation and aerospace sectors

SUSTAINair

SUSTAINair is an H2020-funded platform developing circular economy principles for the aviation and aerospace design, manufacturing, operations and end-of-life phases. This EU-funded research project aims to make the entire supply chain ecosystem greener, in line with the Circular Economy Action Plan, and to set new standards for aerospace manufacturing, enabling an increase in cross-sector synergies.

The SUSTAINair project provides the aviation sector with a path to a more cost-effective, low-carbon economy, while tackling the increase in resource consumption, waste and emissions. Because of this, the SUSTAINair project has been endorsed by the Future Sky research initiative of the Association of European Research Establishments in Aeronautics (EREA).

 

The Danish Knowledge Centre for Circular Construction launches a network for professionals

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VCØB aims to guide, support and involve actors from the construction value chain in Denmark. They help identify issues and barriers to the circular economy in construction, through increased knowledge sharing and dialogue.

Ultimately, VCØB wants Denmark to have a flexible market for the circular economy. It is working on:

  • gathering and providing technical expert knowledge, facts and figures on the circular economy for all actors in the construction value chain
  • developing new knowledge and tools, both as part of their own activities and in collaboration with other networks and stakeholders
  • conducting a number of activities, such as partnering with networks/projects, conferences, workshops and webinars.

Hungary's Circular Economy Platform

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The Circular Economy Platform was officially established in November 2018 in Hungary as an initiative of the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary (BCSDH), the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Ministry of Innovation and Technology.

The aim of the platform is to facilitate the paradigm shift and joint thinking, along with building a community of forward-thinking change leaders and sharing business solutions that make a real impact. For the new model to develop and spread, collaboration and knowledge sharing are required, with the involvement of businesses, government and science.

Danish DigitalLead

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DigitalLead is Denmark's national cluster for digital technologies. They organise yearly network sessions on circular economy called Green Tech - Cirkulær økonomi.

Employees and managers in related businesses can join the network and participate in meetings to discuss the development of the circular economy and how digital technologies can be applied.

A Circular Economy Network run by the Swabian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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The Circular Economy Network of Swabia is organised by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) of the Bavarian part of Swabia (Germany). It is open to companies that are members of the CCI. The network organises discussions and exchange of experiences on circular economy topics.

Current topics mostly handle activities in the field of waste disposal.

WFZruhr: a network with an added value

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WFZruhr is a network of public organisations and private companies who share circular economy competences in the Ruhr area (Germany). The network members cover the whole range of circular economy services.

WFZruhr allows member companies to take part in industrial symbiosis processes, to cooperate in the field of waste management and to receive support on circular economy issues (including IT, management, etc.).

WFZruhr also organizes top-class events on key circular topics.

The Danube Goes Circular - a platform for collaboration and awareness raising

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Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia

The Danube Goes Circular is a circular economy platform, under the Interreg MOVECO project, which involves sixteen partners from the ten Danube countries. The platform offers a space for collaboration, awareness raising and a market place for reusable materials. Hence, it provides opportunities for trading materials and expanding their circularity.

Moreover, the platform offers information on how to extend a product’s useful life cycle and on legal requirements and business good practices linked to the promotion of circular economy.

Another benefit of the platform is that various stakeholders interested in circular topics can team up, which would ideally encourage the formation of partnerships.

For more information on the strategy named The Danube goes Circular, please click here.

The Confederation of Danish Industry: Network for Circular Economy

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The Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) is a private business and employers' organisation representing approximately 18 000 companies in Denmark. They aim to provide the best possible corporate conditions for their member companies.

The DI network for circular economy (text in Danish only) aims to create a platform for companies that are interested in, working with or want to be updated on the circular economy. It organises three meetings a year, and is open to members of the Confederation of Danish Industry. The network has around 150 members and growing.

Repair my stuff: an online platform for finding professional repairers

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Repairmystuff is an online platform based in Ireland which supports, promotes and encourages the repair industry in Ireland.

It promotes a circular economy by providing a free online space for repair companies. It aims to give consumers more options for accessing repair services throughout the country. It also provides consumers with a search tool which suggests service providers according to what needs to be repaired and where in the country the person is located.

Product categories include:

  • clothes and bags
  • monitors, TVs and displays
  • electronics
  • fitness and sports
  • furniture and upholstery
  • large and small appliances
  • lawnmowers and garden machinery
  • leather and shoes
  • musical instruments
  • watches and jewellery
  • others.

Nordic circular cooperation in CIRCit Norden

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CIRCit was a 3½-year research project, spanning the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Sweden. The objective was to help their industry to discover and implement the opportunities of the circular economy.

This project was part of the Nordic Green Growth Research and Innovation Programme funded by NordForsk, Nordic Energy Research and Nordic Innovation.

The project focus areas for the circular economy were:

  1. Sustainability screening
  2. Business modelling
  3. Circular product design and development
  4. Smart circular economy
  5. Closing the loop for a circular economy
  6. Collaborating and networking for a circular economy.

The project webpage contains 101 circular economy case studies in the Nordic region and several scientific publications.

Madaster: online register and 'material passport'

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Germany, Netherlands, Other (Norway and Switzerland)

Madaster is a platform to register and document a range of materials or products. It offers its services to individuals, companies or public sector institutions that wish to collect and store data about their materials. Madaster stores the data in a secure and efficient way.

Most importantly, the platform offers updated information about the circular values and potentials of the owned materials, thus expanding opportunities for more efficient green management of resources. With the data, Madaster provides the clients with a “material passport” that enables them to use it for moving towards a circular economy.

Madaster has a global focus and operates in several countries (e.g. The Netherlands, GermanySwitzerland, Norway and China).

Fab City Global Initiative for self-sustainable cities

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Fab City Challenge is an initiative launched in 2014 by the then mayor of Barcelona, “challenging” cities to become self-sustainable by 2054. Since then, the project has expanded to a global network of 28 cities and one country (Georgia), cooperating with each other to improve, implement and exchange their urban practices.

The end-goal is for each city to produce everything they consume. In order to reach its objective, the Challenge vividly promotes increased collective action and co-designed solutions for the common well-being of the planet. That is the main idea of its Manifesto, which contains 10 guiding principles for promoting sustainability and liveability – with actions at local and regional levels.

CIRCLES - the network of organisations contributing to the circular economy in the Eastern Netherlands

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CIRCLES is a platform dedicated to disseminating circular economy solutions in the Eastern Netherlands. It encourages entrepreneurs to participate in the green transition, promoting their sense of ownership in the transition process. It offers a space for stakeholders to interact and exchange views on circular economy – digitally or physically - or simply a space to establish partnerships.

Several organisations – public, private and NGOs – interact in a range of ways, including workshops, publications, opportunities to access finance. One of the initiatives, for instance, consists of a space to submit ideas. If viable, cooperation with regional universities can be established, and entrepreneurs can collaborate to reach solutions.

The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra: leading the way to a circular economy

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The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra is a future fund collaborating with partners to research, trial and implement bold ideas that shape the future. It aims to make Finland a pioneer in sustainable well-being.

Since 2015, Sitra has been working to lead the way to a circular economy – a new kind of society in which everyday lives and well-being are no longer based on excessive consumption and fossil fuel use.

Currently, Sitra’s work focuses on supporting a fair transition to a circular economy and investigating how business can be based on sharing instead of ownership. Sitra is also working to advance circular trade policies, to increase the understanding of environmental effects of digitisation and to explore the potential of the circular economy to safeguard biodiversity.

Circular Change

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CIRCULAR CHANGE

Specialized in establishing and nourishing dialogue between different stakeholders particularly in the process of creation of circular economy (CE) roadmaps, it is promoting new narratives, orchestrating interests, exchanging knowledge and enabling innovation. 

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CIRCULAR STRATEGIES

  • Strategic consulting in the field of CE and innovation
  • Sustainable and circular brand, product and service development
  • Stakeholder mapping, orchestration and circular collaboration

ROADMAPPING PROCESS

  • Co-creation, development and implementation of CE roadmaps on national or local level

EXPERT CONTRIBUTION

  • Research, reports and scenarios
  • Coaching for circular frontrunners
  • Keynote speeches, moderating, workshops, lectures.

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