Circular Economy key to COVID Recovery, says Bureau Veritas

Put Circular Economy ‘at heart’ of Coronavirus recovery, Bureau Veritas tells businesses on Global Recycling Day.
On Global Recycling Day (18 March), leading sustainability authority, Bureau Veritas is reminding firms that a move towards a circular economy business model should be at the heart of their coronavirus recovery.
Created in 2018 to help recognise and celebrate the importance recycling plays in preserving precious primary resources, this year’s Global Recycling Day 2021 will focus on #RecyclingHeroes. This will appreciate the people, places and activities that showcase what an important role recycling plays in contributing to a greener future that will the planet.
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Circular Economy Toolbox for Europe Points to Guidance, Regulations | News | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD

The UN Economic Commission for Europe released a toolbox of instruments to support governments’ adoption of a more circular economy. The instruments include legal frameworks, policy analysis documents, and good practice guidance.
Among the instruments, the document highlights UN regulations that help create a “loop” to optimize the use of resources, such as regulating the reuse of vehicle tire carcasses by renewing the tire’s tread and enabling it to have a second or third life.
Harnessing trade for circularity, one initiative aims to reduce food loss and waste in agricultural trade and supply chains.
The toolbox points to several resources on people-first public-private partnerships (PPPs), including Guidelines on Promoting People-first PPP in Waste-to-Energy Projects for the Circular Economy. Another resource is a set of good practices on promoting innovation for sustainable consumption and production.
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Prague: The circular European city you haven’t heard about yet

The Czech capital of Prague has fast become a trailblazer in establishing a local circular economy.
Circle Economy’s ‘Circle Scan’ analysed the material flows, GHG emissions and value generation of Prague’s economy to set priorities and measure the scale of issues.
Besides the Circle Scan, political endorsement and stakeholder management was instrumental in embedding the circular economy into daily decision-making processes.
Lying at the heart of Europe is a city otherwise known as the City of a Hundred Spires, renowned for its abundance of gothic architecture and UNESCO world heritage stamp. But one thing you may not know about the Czech capital of Prague is that it has fast become a trailblazer in establishing a local circular economy.
Cities are the consumption centres of the world: hotspots of resource use and global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. They’re also rapidly growing – Prague’s population alone has jumped by 11% in the past 40 years. The circular economy, with its suite of strategies suitable for urban policymakers, can deliver substantial climate mitigation opportunities, social benefits and economic opportunities.
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3 lessons from Finland on transitioning to a circular economy

A circular transition is needed to tackle a host of crises, from resource scarcity to biodiversity loss and climate change.
A circularity roadmap outlines the steps that must be taken to transition away from a linear ‘make-take-waste’ model to one that protects resources.
Finland’s example shows the right roadmap can kickstart systems-wide change.
In 2016, under the leadership of the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, Finland was the first country in the world to prepare a national circular economy roadmap. This roadmap provided a plan to move the country away from a ‘make-take-waste’ linear economy model to one that protects resources and eliminates waste along value chains.
The roadmap has proven a strong tool in starting a circular change and creating a strong commitment throughout the Finnish society. Thanks to the roadmap, the country could take clear steps for a circular transition and compile key stakeholders’ views on the essential changes and actions required for the circular transformation. Today, Finland has a variety of ongoing circular economy activities in several sectors, a governmental program for advancing circular economy, and the highest number of circular economy higher education courses in the world.
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EU launches Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency

In the margins of the fifth UN Environment Assembly, the EU, teaming up with the United Nations Environment Programme and in coordination with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, this week launched the Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency (GACERE). Part of the EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan adopted by the European Commission in March 2020 as part of the European Green Deal. The circular economy offers opportunities for spurring innovation and making the transition more equitable by creating green jobs and lowering environmental impacts. Launching the Alliance, Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, said: “The transition to a resource-efficient, clean and circular economy is increasingly recognised as a must to address the ecological crises the world is confronted with.

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UK’s first circular economy for battery metals secures deal with lead-acid battery recycling group

Technology Minerals is delighted to announce that its subsidiary, Recyclus Group, has signed a deal with a UK lead-acid battery recycling group.
This new alliance delivers a recycling process that will ensure no parts go to landfill, in an industry that has traditionally caused harm to the environment by incinerating parts or sending them to landfill.
Traditionally, the process of taking apart batteries has been very harmful to the environment over the years, with many unrecyclable parts going to landfill. Spent batteries produce 18,000 tonnes of pollution each year in the UK – which is worrying considering the increasing demand for vehicles.
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