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Using horse manure to power horse shows

Fortum HorsePower

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Finland

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Finnish energy company Fortum had developed a circular renewable energy service, dubbed HorsePower, that used recycled materials to provide a bedding management service for stable-owners, as well as using manure for energy.

ecoBirdy: Children’s furniture made from recycled plastic toys

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Belgium

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EcoBirdy has come up with a way to recycle mixed plastics, and then uses the resulting material to make recyclable children's furniture.

Confindustria's circular economy project

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Italy

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Confindustria has developed an initiative which targets opportunities provided by the circular economy model, encourages knowledge-sharing and raises awareness about good practices being implemented in Italy.

Refind's Battery Refund machine: old batteries in, coupons for new batteries out

Battteries

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Sweden

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Coop Norway, Energizer and Swedish Refind Technologies have come up with a battery refund machine. People can drop off dead household batteries and walk away with coupons to put towards the price of new batteries.

Luxembourg's Circular Economy Strategy

Government of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg

The Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg is a frontrunner in many economic sectors, including finance, construction, data-driven innovation and space resources.

In recent years, the country has sought to position itself as a hotspot for the circular economy (CE) and many ongoing public and private initiatives support this claim.

Based on these fruitful experiences and the recognition of the CE as a high priority by the Luxembourg government, which has made it a major feature of the 2018-2023 Government agreement, the current strategy aims to take the CE in Luxembourg to the next level. It identifies proven regulatory, financial and information management methods and tools for boosting circular initiatives, and proposes a methodology for using them in a number of key economic sectors.

Circular construction and renovation - Actions and recommendations to the Federal government for accelerating the circular economy in construction

Circular construction and renovation

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Federal Council for Sustainable Development (FRDO-CFDD)
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11/2020
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EU

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The final study report on Circular construction and renovation - Actions and recommendations to the Federal government for accelerating the circular economy in construction proposes actions to be taken by Belgium's federal government (and thus the regional levels as well), with a view to accelerating renovation and circular construction with respect to building materials.

More specifically, the study aims to identify relevant instruments, obstacles and measures which are either needed or already underway, and to issue general recommendations for the federal authorities. The study does not address ways to put these measures into effect or possible changes in the instruments.

BIOCOSI: developing BIOdegradable and COmpostable packaging

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The Italian project BIOCOSI (BIOdegradable and COmpostable packaging for sustainable, circular and smart industry) has come up with a revolutionary solution to the problem of wastewater in the dairy sector.

Circular economy: Putting ideas into practice

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German Advisory Council on the Environment
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01/2021
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Netherlands

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Michiel De Vries Herschberg Contact details

This report, published by the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU), discusses the regulatory and economic tools needed to promote a circular economy.

Circular economy has come to be regarded as the solution to the problem of resource scarcity while at the same time acting as a motor for jobs and welfare in Europe and Germany. However, only a small proportion of the demand for materials is currently met by circularity, since waste management is lagging behind the requirements of a circular economy.

The goal of reducing material flows must be anchored politically and greater attention must be paid to sufficiency. Products must be designed to be compatible with a circular economy and high-grade recycling must finally become a reality.

19 Apr 2021
CIRCULAR CITIES PROGRAM POLAND

The "Circular Cities Program Poland", funded by the MAVA Foundation, aims to help prepare an analysis of the current waste flow in partner cities and to devise a strategy enabling them to move towards the circular economy. The official launch of the reports will take place on 19 April 2021.

27 May 2021
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This event on 27 May will present the innovative approaches taken by five European projects (FOODRUS, CO-FRESH, FAIRCHAIN, LOWINFOOD, PLOUTOS) working on synergies to address sustainable agri-food value chains.

Mater: chairs from spent brewery grain

Mater Mask stool

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Denmark

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In Denmark, the interior design company Mater has developed chairs made out of brewery waste. The production method uses plastic waste and the grain left over from beer production at the Danish brewery Carlsberg.

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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Denmark

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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.

Herning and DFD do their bit to keep useable clothes in use

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The partnership between Herning and DFD has led to a new circular business model for the work clothing used by the municipality’s technical operations department.

RecyOuest: How to clean plastic used in farming without water

RecyOuest

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France

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RecyOuest is a green economy start-up that recycles contaminated filamentary thermoplastics such as agricultural nets and twines.

Purrot: A self-cleaning vibrating Rotor-filter to separate manure or treat waste water

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PURROT is a filter  that can mechanically separate organic matter and nutrients from liquid, without using chemicals.

Circular Soap in Park Split Hotel, Croatia

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Croatia

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The Croatian project titled "Responsible Business for a Clean World" involves collecting unused soap in hotels and sending it to a soap factory, where it is cleaned, sterilised and recycled into new soap products, which are then offered back to customers at the hotel.

Purified Metal: Responsible processing of contaminated steel scrap into high-quality raw material

EIT

Purified Metal Company can responsibly process contaminated steel scrap into a high-quality raw material.

Residuos do Nordeste: an education and awareness campaign on the circular economy

Residuos do Nordeste

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Portugal

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Residuos do Nordeste, an intermunicipal waste management company based in North-Eastern Portugal, is running an education and awareness-raising campaign called "Educar para uma Economia Circular" related to the top of the waste management hierarchy: prevention.

Studio Thomas Vailly's flower power: how to make leather and glue from sunflowers

Studio Thomas Vailly

Studio Thomas Vailly's project makes use of what is left of the sunflower crop to produce innovative materials.

TailoredTile reinvents wall decoration

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Portugal

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TailoredTile creates decorative tile pieces completely made of recovered plastic. The company also promotes circular economy by accepting used tilegrams in exchange of purchase discounts, as this material can be crushed and shaped more than once.

Sonae Arauco: Sustainable wood-based panels made from wood industry by-products

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Sonae Arauco is a wood-based panel producer that contributes to the circular economy through the recovery of wood waste. It has developed a close value chain that reuses and recycles the wood residues generated during the production process. 

eCO2blocks: making construction materials from industrial waste, water not fit for drinking and CO2

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eCO2blocks creates an alternative – or a complementary material – to cement by producing building blocks made from industrial waste and water which is not fit for drinking.

Da Vide: reducing CO2 emissions when producing paper, paints and pens from by-products of grapevines

Da Vide project

In the Douro Valley of Portugal, the research and development project Da Vide has created a range of products using grapevine residues – from paper to pens – avoiding the use of plastics and wood and using agricultural waste as a resource.

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