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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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Janis Brizga and Saïd El Khadraoui (Editors)
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02/2022
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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.

Circular Infrastructure: the road towards a sustainable future

Circular infrastructure: the road towards a sustainable future

Circular Infrastructure

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Rijkswaterstaat, Holland Circular Hotspot, TNO, The (Dutch) Circular Construction Economy Transition Team
Publication Date: 
01/2022
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Netherlands

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The availability of a quality infrastructure system – networks of roads, railways, bridges and waterways – is a prerequisite for all economic activity to flourish and is also paramount for people’s health, wellbeing and safety. Infrastructure is very important for human society - but its adverse environmental impact on our planet is undeniable.

To mitigate the long-term catastrophic effects of climate change and depleting material resources, a circular economy for infrastructure is crucial. The publication Circular Infrastructure: the road towards a sustainable future aims to bring this aspect into the limelight to inspire action by public actors and practitioners.

Outcome document of the Leadership Group on Building and Infrastructures

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28/02/2022
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EU
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Brussels

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The built environment has a significant impact on a multitude of sectors, on local jobs and on quality of life. The construction sector accounts approximately for 50% of materials extracted in Europe, and is responsible for more than 35% of Europe's waste.

17 Mar 2022
Agora Industry

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Online (Brussels/Berlin)
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Belgium

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The EU’s second Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP 2.0) is now moving ahead, with further elements expected in March and July 2022. Will this package deliver what is required in terms of industrial decarbonisation? A renewed focus on carbon budgets, combined with climate neutrality by mid-century, means the EU’s green industrial transition must increasingly harness the enormous greenhouse gas abatement potential offered by enhanced circularity and materials efficiency for the most CO2-intensive materials and products.

Join the discussion at an Agora Online Event on 17 March at 9:00-11:00 CET!

Industrial Transformation 2050 - - Pathways to Net-Zero Emissions from EU Heavy Industry

Industrial transformation 2050

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Material Economics
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10/2019
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Sweden

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Karolina Vikingsson Contact details

There is an intense debate about how to close the gap between the current climate policy and the aim of the Paris Agreement to achieve close to net-zero emissions by mid-century. The materials and chemicals that heavy industry produces are essential inputs to major value chains: transportation, infrastructure, construction, consumer goods, agriculture.

Material Economics' study Industrial Transformation 2050 - Pathways to Net-Zero Emissions from EU Heavy Industry starts with a broad mapping of options to eliminate fossil CO2-emissions from production, including many emerging innovations in production processes. It also integrates them with the potential for a more circular economy: making a better use of the materials already produced and so reducing the need for new production.

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.

22 Feb 2022
European Commission logo

This European Commission consultation is accessible to all stakeholders to express views about a possible policy to tackle microplastic pollution. In addition, the consultation will be used to collect additional information about sources, monitoring, known initiatives to limit emissions and potential measures to abate emissions.

Last date for contributions: 17 May 2022.
 

Final year of the RepescaPlas Project: a complete management system for marine plastics

Repescaplas

AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre, has now completed the fourth and final year of the RepescaPlas project. The project has developed a complete management system for plastic waste recovered from the sea and subsequent recycling into products of commercial value.

Recovo: linking up sellers and buyers of deadstock fabric

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Recovo is a B2B platform located in Spain which specialises in selling on deadstock fabric which would otherwise be classified as textile waste.

The platform helps EU-based brands and suppliers to give a second life to unused fabric: this reduces the amount of resources needed to meet buyers' needs and cuts down on the amount of waste to be processed. The platform uploads photos and information on fabric remnants put up for sale by producers which can then earn money from products rather than paying for waste disposal. Buyers can order samples, then buy as much of the fabric as they want which is delivered straight to them. 

A user-friendly platform promoting circularity and combating waste!

Lenka Homolka

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.

Retailers, Consumers and Skills: Enabling Circular Electronics: Skills for cities, businesses and consumers

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While digital networking is of great advantage for everyday life, the incredible amounts of electrical devices bring with it some particularly ecological risks, especially with regard to the use of resources. This is why the European Commission in the New Circular Economy Action Plan announced a Circular Electronics Initiative. There are still many challenges to be discussed during this workshop.

Construction and Infrastructure: Circular opportunities in buildings and infrastructure

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This workshop brought together experts from various organisations to discuss topics like the undervalued importance of infrastructure in tackling climate change, discuss the markets for secondary resources, the relevance of deconstruction design to enable the renovation wave, and stress value-chains collaboration.

Textiles: EU Textiles Strategy and Sustainable Product Initiative: What would an ambitious textiles strategy look like?

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02/03/2022
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EU
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Brussels (online)

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At a moment when the EU stakeholders hold their breath for the EU Textiles strategy to be published, this workshop aims to give a final signal to the policy makers that a high level of ambition needs to be maintained in the upcoming proposal in order to create a watershed moment for the textile production and consumption, and more importantly for its global impact on the society and environment.

22 Feb 2022
Green Growth online communication workshop

The Green Growth Community (GGC) is organising a new online edition of a communication training on 22 February. This session will help participants communicate their projects or initiatives in the field of sustainability and circular economy more effectivelly.

Circular Economy: Leveraging a Sustainable Transformation

Circular Economy: Leveraging a Sustainable Transformation

Nachhaltigkeitsrat

It has been established that the circular economy has a high leverage effect and some progress in this field has been made, but the circular economy has yet to top the political agenda. A strategic approach to circularity is urgently needed and should be developed, managed and implemented in a cross-ministerial capacity in line with efforts at EU level and together with partner nations.

Against this backdrop, the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) recommends organising the transition to circularity via a new, cross-ministerial governance mechanism coordinated by the German Federal Chancellery. RNE’s statement covers a further 13 recommendations, ranging from the need for social safeguarding instruments to expanding education and research.

Incubation Forum for Circular Economy in European Defence (IF CEED)

IF CEED

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EU

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The Incubation Forum for Circular Economy in European Defence (IF CEED) aims to apply the circularity approach of the EU Green Deal to European defence by engaging a cooperative community, including EU defence ministries, industry, institutes, research centres, financial institutions, academia and other bodies at national and international level.

Nine working groups called "Project Circles" cover the following themes:

  1. Critical Raw Materials
  2. Additive Manufacturing
  3. Materials for Textiles
  4. Sustainable Ecodesign
  5. Waste Framework Directive Art. 9.1.i
  6. EMAS Uptake Strategy
  7. Green Procurement
  8. Circular Data
  9. Spare Parts Management.

Based on circular economy principles, the key goal of IF CEED is to incubate collaborative projects and their respective consortia.

Network Governance and Circular Economy Hubs: The power of network governance for a successful circular transformation. Transition brokers, Circular Economy Hubs & Networks – message from the ground

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02/03/2022
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EU
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Brussels (online)

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This workshop aims to better understand the key ingredients for the successful circular transformation as well as the definition of the optimal profile of the transition broker.

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

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02/03/2022
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EU
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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.

Food Waste, Food Systems and Bioeconomy: Circular value chains in the bioeconomy sector

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02/03/2022
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EU
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Brussels (online)

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This workshop session was divided into three different thematic blocks focussing on:

  • Module 1: Agri-plastics and circularity - best practice and the road ahead
  • Module 2: Bio-based Industry trends and utilization of secondary biomass
  • Module 3: Food waste and youth: how universities can help inspire action 
15 Feb 2022
EC

The European Commission is currently working on a revision of the Waste Framework Directive. This revision aims to improve the overall environmental outcome of waste management in line with the waste hierarchy and the implementation of the polluter pays principle. The call for evidence is open for feedback until 22 February 2022.

17 Feb 2022
EC

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Brussels (online)
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Belgium

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The 1st meeting of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste in its new mandate (2022-2026) will be held virtually on 17 February 2022.

Microplastics from textiles: towards a circular economy for textiles in Europe

Microplastics from textiles: towards a circular economy for textiles in Europe

EEA

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European Topic Centre on Circular Economy and Resource Use (ETC/CE) for the EEA (2021
Publication Date: 
02/2022
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EU

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Awareness is increasing about the presence of microplastics in our environment and their negative impact on ecosystems, animals and people. The wearing/washing of textiles made from synthetic fibers is one recognised source of microplastics in the environment. Textiles and plastics are among the key value chains in the EU circular economy action plan.

It is possible to reduce or prevent the release of microplastics from textiles by implementing sustainable design and production processes and caretaking measures that control microplastic emissions during use, and by improving disposal and end-of-life processing.

This briefing aims to improve our understanding of microplastics released from textiles from a European perspective and identify pathways to reduce or prevent this release.

Textiles and the Environment The role of design in Europe's circular economy

Textiles and the environment: The role of design in Europe’s circular economy

EEA

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European Topic Centre on Circular Economy and Resource Use (ETC/CE) for the EEA (2021)
Publication Date: 
02/2022
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EU

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Circular design is an important enabler of the transition towards sustainable production and consumption of textiles through circular business models. The design phase plays a critical role in each of the four pathways to achieving a circular textile sector:

  1. longevity and durability
  2. optimised resource use
  3. collection and reuse
  4. recycling and material use.

This briefing aims to improve our understanding of the environmental and climate impacts of textiles from a European perspective and to identify design principles and measures to increase circularity in textiles. It is underpinned by a report from the EEA's European Topic Centre on Circular Economy and Resource Use available here.

 

Nir-vana innovation network for the development of sustainable business

Nir-vana

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Spain

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Nir-vana is an open innovation platform where innovators can find the right opportunity and develop their innovation ecosystem. It offers everything one needs to grow one's innovation ecosystem.

Circular economy (CE) projects are obviously part of the content of the Nir-vana platform, since CE is a key to sustainability. Many of the projects are uploaded to the platform by users and others are embedded from other sources such as the Enterprise Europe Network. Nir-vana is also open to connect with other sources of CE proposals.

Participants to the platform can share their valuable ideas with agents outside their company and seek collaboration with others to carry out innovative projects - whether they are part of a company or a freelance professional, an entity or researcher.

Quick Scan Circular Business Models - a white paper

Circulaire Maakindustrie
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Jan Jonker, Niels Faber, Timber Haaker
Publication Date: 
02/2022
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Netherlands

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Circular business models

This white paper on Quick Scan Circular Business Models - Inspiration for organising value retention in loops from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy offers an approach for developing a circular business model. It is based on a classification for existing and future circular business models developed in 2021. It consists of seven basic models geared primarily to the manufacturing industry, although it can also be used in other sectors.

The paper is divided into three parts:

  1. an introduction explaining the background and central concepts
  2. an overview of the seven circular business models comprising the classification, and
  3. the actual Quick Scan.

The interactive Quick Scan version can be found here.

Wegozero: mapping businesses with zero waste potential in Europe

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Netherlands

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The zero waste consultancy wegozero has mapped more than 1000 businesses with zero waste potential in four European cities. Its maps are available for a monthly subscription and aim to tell people which businesses in their city are sustainable and geared to circular thinking.

04 Feb 2022
LIFE calls for proposals 2022

The submission deadlines for LIFE calls for proposals 2022 have been communicated. All LIFE Calls for proposals 2022 are expected to be published on the Funding & tender opportunities portal on 17 May 2022.

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