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22 Feb 2022
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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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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
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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)
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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.

Innovation in packaging: toilet paper products wrapped in cardboard

Dalia

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The project of LC Paper consists in the migration of all the plastic packaging of paper products (toilet paper, hand towels...) to cardboard packaging and folding.

Implementation of circular economy approaches in the electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) sector

Circularity and the electrical and electronic equipment sector: Barriers, enablers and policy insights

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Vasileios Rizos, Julie Bryhn
Publication Date: 
03/2022
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Belgium

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The article Implementation of circular economy approaches in the electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) sector: Barriers, enablers and policy insights by Vasileios Rizos and Julie Bryhn aims to enrich the research in the field of circular economy business models by focusing on the EEE sector.

The study adopts a multi-case study approach and uses a sample of 31 cases developed through the EU-funded CIRC4Life project and the snowball sampling method. 

The findings show that despite the various policy instruments in place to boost the CE transition in this sector, gaps exist which require policy attention. 

The study suggests actions to facilitate CE practices including knowledge sharing platforms and business partnerships as well as R&D project grants.

03 Feb 2022
EffiSludge for LIFE

The project EffiSludge for LIFE has found a way to clean industrial wastewater with significant environmental benefits. The project team has developed an integrated wastewater treatment method that takes an "industrial symbiosis" approach where the waste from one sector becomes a resource for another.

SmartProSys, a research initiative for sustainable chemistry in the name of circularity

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SmartProSys is a research initiative for sustainable chemistry and circular economy at the Otto von Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany (contact).

It aims to transform the linear, fossil-based process chain of the chemical industry into a sustainable, fully closed and energy-efficient cycle.

The chemical recycling process is a complex, multi-layered process with numerous components. However, this cycle should result in a final product that is dynamic, flexible, and adaptable to the environment.

05 Jun 2022 to 08 Jun 2022
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The ISPIM Innovation Conference 2022, “Innovating in a Digital World”, is a three-day event that brings together world-renowned experts on innovation management.

17 Feb 2022
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The Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP 2.0) brings opportunities for businesses. It encourages new business models which generate substantial material savings throughout value chains, making them more resilient and fostering industrial symbiosis. Innovative environmental technologies play a substantial role in helping companies make their business models and value chains inclusive and circular faster and more efficiently.

The EU policies and initiatives under the CEAP (such as the Green Claims Initiative, the Sustainable Products Initiative and the revision of the Ecodesign Directive) supported by sectoral policies also give businesses incentives to look for better alternatives. The webinar on 17 February aims to present the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) scheme and discuss its contribution to linking the circular transformation of industrial ecosystems with the innovation ecosystem and CEAP objectives.

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