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Green and digital "twin" transitions: process of structuration and evolution of circular economy and industrial digitalisation

Green and digital "twin" transitions: process of structuration and evolution of circular economy and industrial digitalisation

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Carlos Montalvo, Kristina Karanikolova, Fernando Diaz Lopez
Publication Date: 
06/2021
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Netherlands

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Over the past decades concepts such as sustainability and industrial development have slowly come to the same operational logic, as demonstrated by a growing interest in exploring and describing the synergy between developments in the circular economy and industrial digitalisation. There is agreement on their complementarity evolution paths, but no outlook is available regarding the co-evolution staging and structuring. This paper based on desk and empirical research presents an approach to outline the likely path of evolution.

So far, the notion of transition to sustainability has been applied in single sector studies, while reality indicates that the systemic change required cuts across thematic technologies and sectors. The approach taken can be useful to enrich current analyses.

28 Jun 2021 to 09 Jul 2021
Horizon Europe Info Days

From 28 June to 9 July, join the European Commission's experts online for the Horizon Europe Info Days. This 10-day event will enable prospective applicants and other EU research and innovation stakeholders to get information and ask questions about the new features, main funding instruments and processes of Horizon Europe.

18 Jun 2021
Research into circular economy perspectives in the management of textile products and textile waste in the European Union

This study aims to provide information about circular economy perspectives in the management of textile products and textile waste in the European Union. The report improves the understanding of current value chains in the manufacturing and retailing of apparel products in the EU and provides a detailed picture of material flows in the EU textile sector in a global context. 

Recommendations for the EU Strategy for Sustainable Textiles from Environmental Civil Society Organisations

Environmental CSOs' Recommendations for the EU Strategy for Sustainable Textiles

Environmental CSOs' Recommendations for the EU Strategy for Sustainable Textiles
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European Environmental Bureau (EEB)
Publication Date: 
06/2021
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Belgium

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This joint position paper from the Wardrobe Change coalition contains recommendations for the EU Strategy for Sustainable Textiles. It has been signed by 25 civil society organisations. The paper sets out recommendations structured around four overarching principles:

  • Make sustainable textile products the norm
  • Drive resource-sufficient textile consumption
  • Leave the linear business model behind
  • Hold the EU textile industry responsible for its role in the world.
23 Jun 2021

The EU has put forward several ambitious initiatives that support the transition to a circular building sector. These initiatives include the EU Action Plan for a Circular Economy, the Renovation Wave, the New European Bauhaus and the framework for lifecycle assessment of buildings. Regions and cities have a crucial role to play in the transition to a circular economy and the implementation of these EU initiatives.

15 Jun 2021
Conference on the Future of Europe

The Conference on the Future of Europe is collecting ideas on how to use resources more efficiently in a circular economy. As well as sharing your own ideas, you can also find other ideas from across Europe.

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.

11 Jun 2021

Discover the ECESP Coordination Group's work plan 2021 to advance the circular economy and bring the community together. The Group members will use their expertise and tackle issues in eight key areas identified as essential for the transition to a more circular economy.

06 Jul 2021

The textile industry has also been identified as a priority sector for the EU’s move towards sustainability in the European Green Deal and the New Industrial Strategy for Europe, due to its high use of resources and high impact on the environment. The upcoming EU Strategy for Sustainable Textiles aims at shifting the European Union to a circular economy where textiles are designed to be more durable, reusable, repairable & recyclable.

On 6 July 2021, EuRIC, RREUSE, RVO, SMEunited and the ECESP are organising a #EUCircularTalks policy Q&A. Registrations are now open.

10 Jun 2021
EFSA survey

You are encouraged to participate in a survey that the European Food Safety Agency is launching to complement and prioritise the set of circular economy areas and practices which might pose risks to food/feed safety and the environment.

Safe Jobs in the Circular Economy

Safe Jobs in the Circular Economy

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Author: 
Vera Weghmann (Public Service International Research Unit)
Publication Date: 
09/2020
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EU

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The circular economy promises a move away from a linear model of growth (extract, make, dispose) to a sustainable model (recycle, reuse, remake, share). This report, Safe Jobs in the Circular Economy, commissioned by the European Public Service Union (EPSU), focuses on the role of labour in the transition to a circular economy and, in particular, the health and safety of workers operating waste and wastewater management systems.

18 Jun 2021
Textile workshop

The European Commission is organising a series of targeted stakeholder workshops to gather input on challenges and gaps as well as opportunities for the textile sector in the transition towards sustainability.

02 Jul 2021

The University of Turin, the Leadership Group on Food waste, food systems and the bioeconomy and the ECESP will be holding a #EUCircularTalks event on the role of cities in boosting the circularity of food systems. The event aims to share insights and best practices on how we can help design and build circular food systems that foster the Urban Food Transformation.

18 Jun 2021
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The European Commission is organising a series of targeted stakeholder workshops to gather input on challenges and gaps as well as opportunities for the textile sector in the transition towards sustainability. The fourth workshop on 18 June 2021 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CET will focus on “product design for sustainability in the textile value chain”.

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.

19 Jul 2021

Understanding today's deconstruction practices is crucial to understanding the challenges and opportunities of the renovation wave. Join us on 19 July at 3 p.m. CEST for the #EUCircularTalks on the relevance of deconstruction design to enable the renovation wave.

16 Jun 2021
Nordic

Against the backdrop of the upcoming Sustainable Products Initative, and the recently presented proposal for a Batteries and Waste Batteries Regulation, policy makers and representatives from the Nordic business community come together to discuss how they can best ensure sustainability and circularity in future products and material cycles.

01 Jun 2021
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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.

31 May 2021
WS Textile Strategy

The European Commission is organising a series of targeted stakeholder workshops to gather input on challenges and gaps as well as opportunities for the sector towards sustainability.

The third workshop (15 June 2021) focuses on sustainable consumption and circular business models in the textile sector. 

Green Alley Award: rewarding the most innovative circular start-ups

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EU, Germany

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The Green Alley Award is Europe’s first prize for start-ups active in the circular economy, launched in 2014 by the Landbell Group.

The initiative aims at supporting a climate-neutral circular economy by encouraging and promoting promising business ideas to turn waste into resources and fight the abundance of plastic waste in our economy.

Effective Recycling Concrete Technology: aggregates from 100% recycled CDW do not compromise on quality

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Czech Republic

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ERC-TECH is a company based in the Czech Republic that provides the construction sector with know-how, licenses and products to reuse 100% of construction and demolition waste in concrete mixtures and other products suitable for use in various construction activities.

Circular lighting by Signify

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Netherlands

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Signify was the first lighting company to develop 3D printing of luminaires at scale. As part of its commitment to doubling its positive impact on the environment and society, Signify has committed to doubling its circular revenues to 32% by the end of 2025.

SCALITE®: creating interior design applications from fish scales

Fish scales

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France

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SCALITE® is a material produced by SCALE and is made completely from fish scales, a by-product of the fishing industry. The material is manufactured in stone-like blocks which are suited to many applications in interior design and decoration for the hospitality and retail sectors, offices and homes.

SeRaMCo: recycling CDW into concrete precast products

SeRaMCo

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Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands

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The Interreg North-West Europe project SeRaMCo (Secondary Raw Material for Concrete Precast Products) focused on researching and promoting the use of secondary raw materials from construction and demolition waste (CDW).

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