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España Circular 2030: the new Circular Economy Strategy for a #FuturoSostenible in Spain

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At the beginning of June 2020 the Spanish Government published España Circular 2030, the new Strategy for Circular Economy in Spain until 2030. It contains circular economy objectives and a series of strategic orientations for the period 2020-2030. 

The strategy:

  • sets up a series of objectives for 2020-2030 which will, inter alia, allow a 30% reduction in the national consumption of resources and a 15% reduction in waste generation (as compared to 2010);
  • contributes to Spain's efforts to transition to a sustainable, decarbonized, resource-efficient and competitive economy;
  • takes the form of successive three-year action plans providing for concrete measures to deliver on circular economy.


    Holy-wood upcycles old-fashioned furniture into designer creations

    Holy-wood upcycling social entrepreneurship ecodesign carpentry

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    Holy-wood is an association of craftsmen who design designer furniture with locally recovered wood in an ethical and holistic approach.

    Circular Change promoting Creative & Circular

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    Within the ECESP, Circular Change has promoted the role of creative industries with a focus on circular design.

    IRCEM and its Strategy for Romania's Transition to Circular Economy

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    History of IRCEM - the Romanian Institute for Research in Circular Economy and Environment “Ernest Lupan” - and development of ROCES - Romania's Strategy for the Transition to a Circular Economy (ROCES) 2020-2030

    Copa-Cogeca shares its members' initiatives on tackling food waste during the COVID-19 crisis


    Copa-Cogeca is sharing the initiatives of its members that demonstrate the many actions taken by EU farmers and cooperatives to deal with the Covid-19 crisis.

    Circularity Gap Report Austria

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    In June 2019, Altstoff Recycling Austria (ARA) and Circle Economy released the Circularity Gap Report Austria, the first measure of circularity for a nation state.

    04 Jun 2020
    Tondo Webinar

    The webinar series organised by Tondo represents an opportunity for companies, start-ups and experts from all over the world to have a clearer overview of the status of the circular economy and how it can enhance innovative business models and concepts with lower environmental impacts.This third session will continue to focus on circular cities around the world, in this specific case Rotterdam.

    20 May 2020
    ACR+ News

    ACR+ has created 3 new working groups on circular economy focusing on governance, procurement, and monitoring. They will bring together front-runners and learners to work on improving local and regional strategies on circular economy and resource efficiency.

    Knowledge brokerage between Slovenia and Portugal on waste collection facilities and communication strategies

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    05/09/2018 to 05/09/2019
    Portugal, Slovenia

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    Between 2018 and 2019, knowledge brokerage between Slovenia and Portugal took place on waste collection and treatment, reuse and repair facilities as well as communication strategies.

    Scaler Quick Guides – Helping industries increase efficiency through resource sharing


    SCALER provides mechanisms to accelerate the journey towards efficient and quick implementation of industrial symbiosis in the European process industry. They do this by developing action plans and adapted solutions to industrial stakeholders and communities.

    SCALER works closely with a wide range of stakeholders including industrial networks, consultancies, researchers and policy makers at various geographic and political levels, to deliver practical tools and guidelines for industry actors engaging in resource efficiency, reuse and sharing.

    To achieve this goal, SCALER is developing a set of reports and guides. They offer insights into how businesses can start industrial resource synergies with other companies to minimise their waste and create more value from their production.

    07 Sep 2020 to 08 Sep 2020

    L'édition 2020 de Produrable - le grand rendez-vous européen des Acteurs et des Solutions de l'Economie Durable - sera à l'enseigne de 'Sobriété, Solidarité, Prospérité... pour un New Deal Européen'.

    Circular Economy Research Center (CERC)


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    Circular economy will profoundly impact business. The Circular Economy Research Center of the Paris based École des Ponts Business School wants to enable current and prospect students as well as the alumni of the School to sharpen their knowledge on the upcoming transformation and to be enabled to understand it, embrace it and prepare for it in their domains of professional interest.

    Circular Economy for the Data Centre Industry (CEDaCI)

    CEDaCI platform

    The Circular Economy for the Data Centre Industry (CEDaCI) aims to enable trans-sectoral and transnational learning and develop circular economy solutions for the Data Centre Industry in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK by:

    • Building a transnational / trans-sectoral network and a co-creation platform for sharing knowledge and expertise
    • Establishing regional and transnational Working Groups
    • Utilising co-creation methodologies in 8 workshops
    • Jointly defining concrete circularity solutions to address the project pilot studies.

    By joining this network you will receive innovative insights into circularity solutions and share ideas within a multi-professional network.

    To become a member, you may apply by 30 September 2020.

    Danish Strategy for Circular Economy

    In 2018, the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food and the Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs launched a Strategy for Circular Economy, based on recommendations by an Advisory Board for Circular Economy. The strategy will be implemented in the period 2018-2022. The government launched initiatives within six thematic areas:

    1. Strengthening enterprises as a driving force for circular transition
    2. Supporting circular economy through data and digitalisation
    3. Promoting circular economy through design
    4. Changing consumption patterns through circular economy
    5. Creating a proper functioning market for waste and recycled raw materials
    6. Getting more value out of buildings and biomass.

    INEC publishes a study on identifying major circular economy networks in Europe


    Institut National de l'Economie Circulaire, Orée
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    Circular economy (CE) appears everywhere in Europe to be an adequate response to the challenges of resource scarcity. Driven by the development of the European CE Package, many initiatives to accelerate the transition are emerging, both on governmental and private levels, but they lack coordination.

    In the wake of the new Circular Economy Action Plan published by the European Commission in March, the "Institut National de l'Economie Circulaire" (INEC) - member of the ECESP Coordination Group -  and Orée have co-authored a study identifying the major CE networks in Europe in order to strengthen the cooperation needed to achieve CE ambitions. By so doing they have pursued their common aim to develop and disseminate a vision of an inclusive and unifying CE.

    Read the full study.

    Circular Fashion MOOC: Design, Science and Value in a Sustainable Clothing Industry

    Wageningen MOOC

    The fashion industry has a big influence on the global economy and is known for its social and environmental impact. This online course by Wageningen University & Research is an introduction to circular fashion, brought by 30 experts from academia and practice.

    After this course, you will be able to:

    • Understand the role of sustainability and circularity in fashion
    • Understand the importance of design for disassembly and recycling
    • Evaluate new biobased materials for textiles and understand the change in production processes
    • Disrupt current thinking and mindset in the industry and manage the transition to circular fashion
    • Understand economic paradigms and new forms of value creation for circularity in the fashion industry

    Read more and enrol.

    The Netherlands Institute for Circular Construction


    The Netherlands Institute for Circular Construction (Nederlands Instituut voor Circulair Bouwen):

    • develops national and international research and innovation projects;
    • provides various types of knowledge transfer in these research and innovation projects;
    • increases the visibility of innovation and icon projects and
    • supports project and construction teams with technical, contractual and financial aspects of a circular construction process.

    Its key areas are modular construction, high-quality recycling, circular business models and circular contracting.

    17 Apr 2020
    Municipal Waste Europe

    Between 2018 and 2019, knowledge brokerage between Slovenia and Portugal took place on waste collection and treatment, reuse and repair facilities as well as communication strategies.

    PackAlliance - European alliance for innovation training & collaboration towards future packaging


    PackAlliance is a Knowledge Alliance that brings together academic and industry partners from 4 EU countries (ES, PL, FI and IT) committed to fostering Academia-Industry collaboration for the development of new skills and competence building for innovation towards the transition of the plastics packaging industry to a circular economy model.

    restado - Marketplace for the reuse of construction material

    restado - reuse of construction material

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    Austria, Germany, Switzerland

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    Scope: is a marketplace matching construction materials coming from demolition or oversupply with the demand in new construction projects.

    Économie circulaire et événementiel : une mutation nécessaire pour le secteur

    Économie circulaire et événementiel : une mutation nécessaire pour le secteur


    Le secteur de l’événementiel est plus que jamais concerné par les enjeux de durabilité et de préservation des ressources. Conscients de la nécessité de concilier l’organisation d’événements et l’économie circulaire, les acteurs du secteur doivent se mobiliser davantage afin de mettre en œuvre les leviers d’action existants.

    Dans le cadre de la nouvelle loi française, de nombreuses mesures sont pertinentes:

    • Des objectifs de réduction des emballages plastiques et la fin du plastique jetable en 2040
    • La lutte contre le gaspillage (alimentaire)
    • Les mesures favorisant le réemploi et la réutilisation
    • La gestion et la valorisation des déchets
    • Les dispositions relatives aux filières à responsabilité élargie des producteurs (REP) engageant une réflexion sur la filière événementielle


    From waste to wealth: a digital matching platform finds new high-value reuse options for your materials or (waste) products

    circular economy waste management

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    Excess Materials Exchange (EME) is a young and innovative technology company whose digital matching platform aims to find new high-value reuse options for materials or (waste) products for companies.

    From digging to building: construction site excavations make perfect, low-emission new bricks

    Circular building earth building Compressed earth blocks

    At its production site in Brussels, BC materials blends and transforms ordinary earth streams - what some consider to be waste - into perfectly circular building materials.

    26 Mar 2020

    At times of Covid-19 quarantine, Belgian startup ASmartWorld who reconditions second-hand smartphones, took the initiative to distribute them free of charge in old people's homes to help guests reconnect with their families.