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07 Oct 2021
European Commission

The roadmap Policy Framework on biobased, biodegradable and compostable plastics has been published on the European Commission’s portal. You are welcome to give your feedback on it until 27 October!

Spirit of Progress 2030: Diageo's action plan to help create a more inclusive and sustainable world

Diageo
Commitment Targets
Sustainable management of water
To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Reduce water use in Diageo's operations with a 40% improvement in water use efficiency in water stressed areas and 30% improvement across the company.

Sustainable management of water
To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Replenish more water than Diageo uses for their operations for all their sites in water-stressed areas by 2026.

Sustainable management of water
To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Invest in 150 projects to improve access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in communities near Diageo sites and local sourcing areas in all of Diageo's water-stressed markets.

Sustainable management of water
Start Date: 
October 2021

Engage in collective action in all of their Priority Water Basins to improve water accessibility, availability and quality and contribute to a net positive water impact.

To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Achieve zero waste in Diageo's direct operations and zero waste to landfill in Diageo's supply chain.

To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Ensure 100% of Diageo's packaging is widely recyclable (or reusable/compostable).

To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Continue to reduce packaging and increase recycled content in Diageo's packaging (delivering a 10% reduction in packaging weight + increasing the % recycled content of the packaging to 60%).

To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Ensure 100% of Diageo's plastics are designed to be widely recyclable (or reusable/compostable) by 2025 and achieve 40% recycled content in Diageo's plastic bottles by 2025, and 100% by 2030.

Sustainable agriculture management
To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Provide all of Diageo's local sourcing communities with agricultural skills and resources, building economic and environmental resilience (supporting 150,000 smallholder farmers).

Sustainable agriculture management
To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Develop regenerative agriculture pilot programmes in 5 key sourcing landscapes.

Accelerate to a low carbon world
To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Become Net Zero carbon in Diageo's direct operations.

Accelerate to a low carbon world
To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Reduce Diageo's value chain carbon emissions by 50%.

Accelerate to a low carbon world
To be achieved by: 
November 2030

Use 100% renewable electricity across all of Diageo's direct operations.

rhinopaq: reusable and recyclable shipping packaging as a B2B service

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Germany

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rhinopaq provides reusable shipping packaging boxes made of polypropylene, which can be reused up to 20 times.

29 Sep 2021 to 30 Sep 2021
Pop-Machina

The Making It Circular Challenge is a two-day event on circular economy for plastics in Europe. This free-of-charge event will take place online on 29-30 September 2021.

15 Sep 2021
Plastics without borders

The European Union, the Canada Plastic Pact, the Circular Economy Coalition and the project Reducing Plastic Waste in Canada are hosting a WCEF21 two-hour Accelerator Session on circular economy for plastics with a focus on global supply chains on 15 September 2021.

Impacts of COVID-19 on single-use plastic in Europe's environment

Impacts of COVID-19 on single-use plastic in Europe’s environment

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Schmutz, M., et al., 2020, Cotton and surgical masks - what ecological factors are relevant for their sustainability?, Tsukiji, M., et al., 2020, Waste management during the COVID-19 pandemic: From response to recovery, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
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06/2021
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EU

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The COVID-19 pandemic is having an immense impact on societies across the world. It has caused millions of deaths worldwide and challenged our health systems and economies. The pandemic - and responses to it, involving lockdowns, use of personal protection equipment and stay-at-home measures - has far-reaching health and economic consequences.

This briefing deals with the less visible effects on our environment and climate originating from changed use of single-use plastics due to the pandemic.

France’s Anti-waste and Circular Economy Law: eliminating waste and promoting social inclusion

France’s Anti-waste and Circular Economy Law

France’s Anti-waste and Circular Economy Law is a great example of cross-sectoral collaboration. Policymakers, municipalities, NGOs and businesses worked together with the public administration to identify a richer range of needs, solutions, and policy measures. As a result, the law is ambitious and contributes to a system-wide transition towards a circular economy.

This case study by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation is part of a series of case studies that exemplify elements of the Universal circular economy policy goals (2021) in practice.

Pryme: A game changer in plastic recycling

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Netherlands

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Pryme converts plastic waste into valuable products on an industrial scale. It has developed a new approach to an existing and proven chemical recycling technology. Pryme has optimised the pyrolysis process by adding proprietary characteristics.

CleanBags: A machine for disinfecting medical bags for recycling

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CleanBags machines empty and internally disinfect bags used in healthcare facilities. The disinfectant used is chlorhexidine digluconate which has a broad spectrum of action, meaning that it acts on bacteria and viruses, even COVID-19.

Antri Constantinou

Summary of Wallonia's strategy

Circular Wallonia

Wallonia logo

This model reinforces Wallonia's objective of renewing its industry and will ensure that the region is better able to cope with future crises.

The strategy will achieve this by fully integrating the alterations and adaptations required by climate change, and by making Wallonia more independent in terms of resources and global supply chains.

Wallonia’s vision is based on the following guidelines:

  • Moving towards a carbon-neutral economy;
  • Moving towards a resilient and inclusive economy;
  • Stimulating innovation as a catalyst with emphasis on the digital transition and nature-based solutions.

Particular attention is paid to the six value chains: Construction, Plastics, Food, Water, Textiles and Metallurgy

Policy options to eliminate additional marine plastic litter by 2050 under the G20 Osaka Blue Ocean vision

Policy Options to Eliminate Additional Marine Plastic Litter by 2050 under the Osaka Blue Ocean Vision

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International Resource Panel
Publication Date: 
07/2021
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Other (Global)

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The International Resource Panel think piece provides policy options to reduce marine plastic litter and achieve the Osaka Blue Ocean Vision, which voluntarily commits G20 countries to “reduce additional pollution by marine plastic litter to zero by 2050 through a comprehensive life-cycle approach”.

The report shows the marine plastic litter trends relevant to 2050, summarizes the current plastic policy landscape and explores policy upstream and downstream interventions to reduce marine plastic litter and to transition to a circular plastic economy. They include, among others, actions to design out waste, incentivise reuse, and exploit market-based instruments.

Recovering contaminated plastics from automotive, construction and electrical appliance industry waste

NonTox

The European NONTOX Project aims to eliminate hazardous and unpleasant substances from plastic waste and thus convert non-recyclable plastics and recycling waste into new resources.

25 Jun 2021
Aimplas

Aimplas coordinated the European Life Ecomethylal Project, which has ended with the construction of a plant capable of extracting up to half a kilo of methylal from each kilo of non-recyclable waste.

Leadax: Circular building materials out of PVB waste

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Netherlands

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Leadax uses high-tech material and production knowledge to develop and manufacture 100% circular materials out of discarded PVB for waterproofing buildings.

Green Serendipity: Renewable plastics for packaging and products

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Netherlands

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Green Serendipity is an international consultancy firm with a focus on renewable plastics for packaging and products. It advises businesses on how to develop circular concepts and strategies for packaging and products. 

Groningen Seaports: working towards a bio-based, circular economy

Groningen Seaports logo

Groningen Seaports is the economic operator, developer and port authority for the port of Delfzijl, Eemshaven and adjoining industrial sites. Groningen Seaports is at the forefront of the circular economy with an innovative circular cluster and ongoing sustainable investments. They facilitate mechanical and chemical recycling and specialise in recycling plastics.

TOMRA: Resource recovery playbook

Resource Recovery Playbook

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White paper
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TOMRA
Publication Date: 
01/2021
Country: 
Germany, Other (Norway)

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As an impact leader and frontrunner promoting resource circularity, TOMRA has extensively explored, analysed and collaborated with value chain partners to address the ever-increasing global problem of waste. This white paper presents the challenges, projections and opportunities involved in managing post-consumer waste in developed and developing countries. It describes how society can speed up the transition to a circular economy by collecting and recycling waste, especially plastic packaging and other carbon-intensive materials.

The white paper can be downloaded from TOMRA's website, but this requires registering in a third party's data base and submitting your email address

Gr3n: chemical recycling of PET bottles and food containers is now possible at a reasonable cost

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Switzerland

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The Gr3n projects aims to contribute to the fight against plastic proliferation in the world by introducing an innovative process for profitable plastic recycling. This process uses microwave technology on a chemical reaction, and results in a ground-breaking, economically efficient chemical recycling process for PET.

BE O Lifestyle: From oil-based plastic to bioplastic

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Netherlands

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BE O Lifestyle is a Dutch company which has developed a form of plant-based plastic that it uses to manufacture water bottles. The bottles are made from sugar cane residue and are reusable, completely environmentally-friendly - and nice to look at!

16 Jun 2021
Recyclers Talks

Going the extra mile on the road towards a climate neutral and circular economy is a must to achieve the targets set by the European Green Deal - and tyre recycling is key. Tyres are complex products made from the very best quality raw materials, such as rubber, steel and textile fibres.

Recyclers have invested heavily in recovering more materials from end-of-life tyres while creating non-outsourceable jobs and contributing to environmental sustainability. However, there is still considerable room for improvement in the European Union with a view to optimising tyre recycling.

Join Recyclers’ Talks #4 | Boosting Tyre Recyclers - Essential to the European Green Deal on 16 June to discuss what is needed to achieve more circularity in tyres and a more sustainable value chain. Find out how different players in the tyre value chain can contribute to this goal.

Nic&Mic: Upcycling waste while supporting employment

Nicmic logo

Ocean Sole takes the world's most widely worn shoe, the flip flop, and turns it into art, and the Dutch company Nic&Mic sells it in the Benelux countries. Ocean Sole is Kenya-based and began with the desire to clean up beaches that were heavily polluted with plastic and flip flops. Ocean Sole has grown to employ 90 Kenyans.

CuRe: Low energy molecular polyester recycling

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Netherlands

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CuRe has discovered a smarter and scalable technology for creating a fully circular polyester chain. It rejuvenates any type of used polyester by removing the colour and converting it into clear pellets with the same properties as virgin grade polyester.​ In July 2020, a pilot plant in Emmen (Netherlands) was opened for rapid scale-up.

FIBI-buffer: a sustainable alternative for protecting products during transport

FIBI

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Netherlands

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FIBI-buffer is an eco-friendly alternative to Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) or Polyurethane (PU) foam used to protect products during transport. It is a unique and patented product which offers high-quality protection, is universally applicable, is price competitive, can be reused again and again, and is biobased and 100% compostable.

01 Jun 2021
European Commission logo

On 31 May, it was announced that the European Commission issued guidance on the EU rules on single-use plastics and adopted an Implementing Decision on the monitoring and reporting of fishing gear. These rules aim to reduce marine litter from single-use plastic products and fishing gear and promote the transition to a circular economy.

Grown uses mycelium and agricultural waste to create fully biodegradable and toxic-free alternative to EPS and EPP

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Netherlands

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Grown is a biotechnology company that has developed an innovative use for mycelium - the network of mushroom roots - as binding agent for agricultural waste to create fully biodegradable and toxic-free packaging or insulation material.

Borealis: producing renewable polypropylene from renewable propane

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Austria

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Borealis manufactures polypropylene using renewable feedstock provided by Neste. Specifically, Neste produces renewable propane and Borealis converts it to renewable propylene and subsequently to renewable polypropylene.

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