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Overview of entries for ‘Circular economy’

<Video> Top 5 EU Environment Issues – All you need to know for the Italian Presidency, July 2014


In this special briefing, leading environment journalist Sonja van Renssen picks out the top 5 environment issues that will be discussed by the EU institutions under the Italian Presidency:

1. Circular or zero waste economy
2. Green growth and jobs
3. 2030 climate & energy policy
4. Reforming the EU Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS)
5. Dossier of air quality

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<Report> Boosting growth and jobs: success stories from environmental policy

European Commission, June 2014

Effective environmental policy can boost jobs and growth and bring tangible benefits to citizens. At a time of continuing economic and financial difficulty, justifying investment in the environment has never been more critical.

In the current economic context, European environmental policy has proven that it can deliver positive and concrete achievements. This brochure highlights just a few of the tangible benefits of environmental policy, with examples and statistics in areas ranging from air and water to resource efficiency and waste.

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<Report> EEA Signals 2014 – Well-being and the environment

EEA, June 2014

The latest edition of Signals, an annual publication from the European Environment Agency (EEA), considers the environmental impacts of our current consumption and production system. It demonstrates how we regularly extract limited resources faster than the planet can produce them, turn them into products using environmentally harmful processes and then discard those products after a short period of use.

Our current consumption patterns have numerous and significant environmental impacts. Generally, Europeans are consuming more – eating twice as much meat compared to the amount consumed 50 years ago, which increases the demand for land and other resources. They are also becoming more wasteful – approximately one third of food is wasted in the European Union.

The publication outlines numerous ideas that could ‘green’ the economy, including improved consumer choices, increased recycling and enhancements to town planning. Collectively, these solutions could assist the transition to a circular economy, an economy in which waste becomes a re-usable resource.

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<Video> “Effective recycling at heart of Commission’s waste & circular economy package”, explains Karl Falkenberg

viEUws, June 2014

Karl Falkenberg, Director-General for Environment at the European Commission, discusses the Commission’s upcoming waste and circular economy package during Green Week 2014, entitled ‘Circular economy – saving resources, creating jobs.’

The European Union has set an ambitious goal to recycle half of all household waste by 2020, however the door to landfill is still open. The Director-General for Environment argues that to increase recycling, member states need to become a lot better at separate collection of different municipal waste streams. Moreover, Falkenberg points out that it is very difficult to define the success of recycling in Europe with current methodologies. “For the moment we are measuring what is prepared for recycling, but not what is effectively recycled”, explains the Director-General. The ambition of the Commission’s upcoming policy package will be defined both by targets and a new approach to measurement, Falkenberg underlines.

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<Video> The bioeconomy starts here!

European Commission

The Bioeconomy offers Europe a unique opportunity to address complex inter-connected challenges, while achieving economic growth. It can assist Europe in making the transition to a more resource efficient society that relies more strongly on renewable biological resources to satisfy consumers’ needs, industry demand and tackle climate change. This short introductory video outlines the main features of the bioeconomy.

<Video> Towards a resource efficient Europe – EPR for packaging waste

EurActiv, March 2014

The European Commission is reviewing European Waste legislation in line with the EU Resource Efficiency objectives. This review includes a revision of the waste management targets and Extended producer Responsibility (EPR) as one key policy tool to achieve existing and higher recycling and recovery targets for packaging waste.

This stakeholder conference will draw success factors of EPR for packaging waste with the aim to clarify EPR and the role of obliged industry and other key stakeholders working together towards more transparent and cost-effective EPR schemes.

<Report> Remanufacturing: towards a resource efficient economy

All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group, March 2014

Remanufacturing presents a huge financial and environmental opportunity for the UK. Estimates suggest that the value of remanufacturing in the UK is £2.4 billion, with the potential to increase to £5.6 billion alongside the creation of thousands of skilled jobs. Further, the remanufacturing of products results in reduced greenhouse gas emissions, material use and water consumption when compared to the manufacture of new products. Remanufacturing can be considered one element of the wider ‘circular economy’, where products and components are designed, made and reused. However due to the opportunity that remanufacturing presents to the UK’s economy it will be the sole focus of this paper.

There is no universally accepted definition of remanufacturing and there are widespread market and regulatory barriers which impede its uptake. This briefing paper identifies the opportunities and challenges relating to remanufacturing and makes recommendations to Government as to how it can overcome these.

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<Report> What does the Circular Economy mean to Small and Medium sized businesses in Europe?

FUSIONObservatory, February 2014
FUSION project: co-funded by Interreg 2 Seas

The FUSION Observatory has recently completed a survey of 286 companies in France, Belgium and the UK to hear their views on the circular economy. All of the companies questioned have shown a previous interest or are involved in the green economy and the majority of them are SMEs. More than 50% of those questioned had heard of the term and nearly 10% were thinking about it in the context of their business. They have ideas on how they could maximise the benefits of a circular economy and how it could be made more relevant to their companies.

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<Report> Towards the circular economy: accelerating the scale-up across global supply chains

World Economic Forum, January 2014

In this report, the World Economic Forum and the Foundation, with analytics provided by McKinsey & Company, acting as project adviser, joined forces to reconcile the concept of scaling a circular economy within the reality of a global economy and complex multi-tier supply chains. The key objective is to propose a very specific joint plan of action for industry leaders. The challenge of closing materials loops and regenerating natural assets is an exponential function of product complexity and supply chain length. While more localized production is experiencing a robust renaissance in some economies, we cannot ignore nor fail to tap the power of global division of labour, specialization and economies of scale.

This report sets out to emphasize that the circular economy must hold its promise not merely to the village economy, but also to a globalized economy of nine billion.It presents the concept of circularity as a tangible driver of industrial innovations and value creation for the 21st century global economy. In addition, it positions the concept for today’s global CEO as a practical business strategy to “hedge” against the complex and interconnected risks of resource competition, commodity price volatility, new materials technologies and changing consumer demands.

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<Video> Top 5 EU Environment Priorities – all you need to know for 2014

viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, 08/01/2014

In this special briefing, viEUws take a look at the top 5 environment issues that will be discussed by the EU institutions under the Greek Presidency. In particular, one of DG Environment’s priorities will be waste and resource efficiency, with a ‘circular economy’ package expected to be presented by European Commissioner for Environment, Janez Potočnik, in spring.

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