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Circular Regions: A digital platform mapping circular case studies

Circular regions

Circular Regions is:

  • developing a suite of practical and effective tools to help organisations in the circular economy and related areas, such as bio-economy, social economy, regenerative economy and carbon neutrality, to catalogue, categorise, contextualise and connect data and resources;
  • a platform dedicated to mapping circular case studies including: business models, strategies, policies, economic incentives and educational and behavioural shift resources utilising a holistic framework;
  • bridging bottom-up and top-down circular economy approaches alongside their partners in the north and south through mission-oriented, data-driven solutions to empower individuals and organisations.

For more information, contact: info@circularregions.org

Neue Effizienz gemeinnützige GmbH

Neue Effizienz

Neue Effizienz is an institution for knowledge transfer and research in the area of energy and resource efficiency based in Wuppertal, Germany. As a regional association, it is funded by the municipalities, public utilities and regional economic development institutions of Wuppertal, Solingen and Remscheid.

Neue Effizienz promotes innovation as well as science and technology transfer in the fields of energy, circular economy, new mobility and smart cities. bergisch.metall, a competence network for the metal industry, fouses on the circular economy; the bergisch.circular project assists the municipalities with the establishment of intermunicipal structures and initiatives supporting the circular transformation.

24 Nov 2022 to 25 Nov 2022
Circulariti 2022

Circularity is a new dedicated annual circular economy conference organised by Planet Ark’s Australian Circular Economy Hub (ACE Hub). Circularity 2022 aims to propel the Asian-Pacific region’s economy into the future by showcasing the best of circular design, practice and research. The event brings thought leaders together to discuss solutions and catalyse action across the Asian-Pacific region.

27 Sep 2022
EUFIC webinar

In a one-hour webinar on 27 September, EUFIC’s Research Lead, Dr Betty Chang, will present good practices for information-based campaigns to reduce food waste.

02 Sep 2022
Data collection on FLW prevention initiatives along the food supply chain

The European Commission is launching a survey to collect data on food loss and waste prevention initiatives along the food supply chain. 

This survey aims to collect relevant information by 3 October 2022 on both ongoing and concluded food waste prevention initiatives in order to analyse their efficiency,  effectiveness, and impacts.

31 Aug 2022 to 02 Sep 2022

From 31 August to 2 September, the national student conference 'Circular Insights 2022' will take place in Wuppertal, North-Rhine Westphalia. Students and graduates from all fields of study will meet with companies to focus on the joint development of possible solutions paving the way for a sustainable and circular future. You can still register for this event.

14 Oct 2022

14 October 2022 | International E-Waste Day: Recycle it all, no matter how small! This year, the main focus of International E-Waste Day will be on those small electrical devices that we no longer use, but keep in drawers and cupboards or often toss in the bin.

08 Jul 2022

Medwaves, the UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production, is about to launch the Switchers Policy Hub, a space for policymakers aiming to enable the transition towards a green and circular economy in the Mediterranean region.

Policymakers and other organisations are asked to respond to a survey by 15 July 2022 to help Medwaves build a more impactful Policy Hub.

14 Jun 2022
European Commission

The European Commission has published a call for proposals on “Social innovations for a fair green and digital transition”, under the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) strand of the European Social Fund+.

Growth without economic growth

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EEA briefing
Author: 
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
Country: 
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.

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.

31 May 2022
Balearics

The Balearic Islands have adopted a new law on urgent measures to promote the sustainability and circularity of tourism, introducing a strategy for circularity.

All you need is food: this awareness campaign in Italy promotes circular behaviour to reduce food waste

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Italy

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Food waste causes loss of materials and energy, environmental damage and negative effects on people's health and quality of life. In response to this, two Italian consumers' associations have decided to provide a series of nationwide services and activities, investing in innovative tools that promote the information needed to curb daily food waste.

30 Jun 2022
Re-think Circular Economy Forum Napoli 2022

The Re-think Circular Economy Forum in Naples is designed to present macro-trends, possible evolutionary paths and the main projects of the circular economy in Naples and the rest of the Campania region, as well as across Italy and at international level. The Forum was set up to promote the development of the circular economy.

01 Jun 2022
CESCY - Towards a Circular Economy: Competences for Youth

On 1 June 2022, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Circular Economy – Sustainable Competences for Youth project will jointly host an interactive conference with experts in circular economy competences and youth, policy makers, academics and business representatives.

During this conference, participants will learn more about the outputs from the CESCY project, but will also be given the opportunity to share their views on the topics at stake, as well as to hear from speakers and participants from different sectors and backgrounds.

25 May 2022
WINPOL

The Final Conference of the WINPOL project on 25 May will give an overview of the work accomplished over more than four years. It will review the successes achieved at project level and the progress made in the use of intelligent systems and policies in the field of waste management.

05 May 2022
REthinkWASTE

The REthinkWASTE project is organising a webinar on Pay As You Throw and Know As You Throw models on 5 May.

28 Apr 2022
European Commission logo

On Thursday 28 April The European Commission invites you to an online event on the methods for measuring the life cycle performance of products and organisations: the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and the Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF).

Three narratives about food waste and their social impact

France's Law Against Food Waste: do new narratives serve social justice?

Three narratives about food waste and their social impact
Policy Brief
Author: 
Sina Leipold, Kaja Weldner, Marius Hohl
Publication Date: 
12/2021
Country: 
Germany

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France's Law Against Food Waste has become an international model for sustainable food policy. The law is often described as combining economic efficiency with environmental protection and social equity. However, stakeholder narratives cast doubt on whether this French CE law really contributes to social justice in the long run. This discourse analysis shows that:

  • the ban on food waste institutionalised a narrative about food waste that prioritises profit over social equity
  • the traditionally dominant solidarity narrative about food waste has been pushed back by the emerging CE discourse
  • As a consequence of this shift, activities enacted in the name of the CE may counteract social equity goals (for instance by establishing competition with charities).

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Healthy diets save more resources than food waste reduction

Healthy diets save more resources than food waste reduction

Healthy diets save more resources than food waste reduction

Policies are focusing on halving food waste to help conserve increasingly strained food resources. However, expanding their scope of action to include dietary changes and complement targets with resource footprints has greater potential to save resources while avoiding trade-offs.

This paper shows that in Germany:

  • Healthy, plant-based diets are more effective at reducing land and biomass use than halving food waste
  • A combination of more plant-based food consumption and food waste reduction in distribution and consumption is most effective at saving resources
  • Focusing exclusively on food waste reduction as a policy target can be detrimental to the overarching goal of saving resources because it deflects attention away from more effective alternatives.
27 Jun 2022 to 29 Jun 2022
3rd Symposium on Circular Economy and Sustainability

The 3rd Symposium on Circular Economy and Sustainability will take place in Chania, Greece on 27-29 June 2022. Researchers, practitioners and entrepreneurs are invited to submit both empirical and theoretical papers that are broadly consistent with any of the topics covered by the Symposium.

Learning after the flood - waste management in focus

Thinking Circular®

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Author: 
Eveline Lemke
Publication Date: 
03/2022
Country: 
Germany

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134 people died in the devastating flooding in the German region of Ahrweiler in July 2021, caused by a climate change-induced weather situation. Over 400 000 tonnes of waste were created by the floods in one night. 40 000 households were hit, and massive damage to infrastructure such as roads, schools and hospitals was reported. The situation was described as being similar to the massive destruction following a war.

Thinking Circular’s report summarises the process of waste management and learning from this regional crisis.

The Circular Economy and Green Jobs in the EU and Beyond

The Circular Economy and Green Jobs in the EU and Beyond

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Author: 
Janis Brizga and Saïd El Khadraoui (Editors)
Publication Date: 
02/2022
Country: 
Belgium

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The circular economy is a model of production and consumption that is underpinned by a transition to renewable energy and materials. It is a resilient system - good for business, people and the environment. The book titled The Circular Economy and Green Jobs in the EU and Beyond examines what the circular economy means, why the transition from a linear economy to a circular one is important, and how we can achieve it.

The book offers clarification on the meaning and the implications of the circular economy across different contexts – economic, social, cultural, legal and international. Particular emphasis is placed on the implications for jobs and different business models as well as on questions of equity.

22 Feb 2022
European Commission

The European Commission is preparing a legislative proposal on the Right to Repair, headed “Sustainable consumption of goods – promoting repair and reuse”. The overall goal of the initiative is to extend the time during which consumers use the product before discarding it.

The public consultation and call for evidence are currently ongoing and will run until 5 April 2022.

A textile evaluation by Clear Fashion: Buying less but better!

Clear Fashion

Clear Fashion, independant expert of garment evaluation, is a solution that informs consumers on brands' practices and clothes' impact, and enables fashion brands to communicate their scores, in order to bring more transparency in the fashion industry.

Economic incentives: EPR Schemes and the European Green Deal: Challenges & Opportunities

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Extended Producer Responsibility Schemes (EPR) are increasingly used across Member States to finance proper waste management. The workshop discussed the take-aways, benefits but also shortcomings of EPR Schemes, in order to focus on the various areas of improvements. Particular emphasis was placed on the role played by eco-modulation of fees.

Circular Procurement: ‘From strategy to results’ – how circular procurement can make the change in the energy transition

Start/End date: 
02/03/2022
Country: 
EU
City: 
Brussels (online)

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This workshop used the concrete example of procurement of charging stations for electrical vehicles to link circular procurement to the energy transition.

Cities and Regions: Accelerating system change for a circular transition in cities and regions

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The Cities & Regions Leadership Group in 2021 continued the work on the analysis of indicators to measure the transition to the circular economy in cities and regions.

This workshop capitalized on those discussion points, gearing the discussions towards the definition of operational cooperation leads between different initiatives supporting CE transition in cities and regions.

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