The Circular Economy Team

New EU project to ease circular economy initiatives at EU ports

On 18 October, 13 partners from 6 EU Member States conducted the kick-off meeting of the European Project ‘LOOP-Ports – Circular Economy Network of Ports’ in Valencia. The main goal of the LOOP-Ports project is to facilitate the transition to a more circular economy in the port sector, where products, materials and resources are maintained in the economy for as long as possible, and the waste generation minimized.
This project, coordinated by the Port of Valencia and funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) through the EIT Climate-KIC initiative, will run for 26 months, ending in November 2020.

Messaging the Circular Economy

As more companies commit to innovative circular economy and sustainability strategies and investments, there is an increased need to learn the best practices for successfully communicating these decisions externally. This publication, Messaging the Circular Economy, showcases (1) tactics companies are taking to educate customers on their circular products, ambitions, or service offerings, and the opportunity the circular economy represents in the United States; (2) perspective pieces from nonprofit organizations, communications and advisory firms, academia, and trade associations on how to communicate to external stakeholders about circularity; and (3) research on what messages resonate with which audiences.

Paris joins the circular economy| #LivingCircular

In July 2017, Paris rolled out its “Circular Economy Plan”: a concrete 15 point roadmap to 2020.  In 2050, cities will be home to 65% of the world’s population – bringing with them the major economic and ecological challenges of our time. They need to take up the challenge of sustainability now – the circular economy offers a concrete solution. It is based on using resources in a loop to give waste a second life.  Among the cities already committed to the circular economy Paris is a pioneer. In recent years, the French capital has encouraged businesses, shops and citizens to adopt more circular practices.

Guest post: Food sovereignty in Barcelona –

La Boquería, one of Barcelona’s most famous open air markets, screams Spain, or at least Southern Europe (Catalans these days are having a hard time calling themselves Spanish). It’s noisy and a bit chaotic, but teeming with positive energy. Tourists and locals mill about while vendors shout the offers of the day from all corners of the building. Fruits and vegetables are sold alongside fresh seafood, and of course, there’s a bar inside where you can enjoy a cold cerveza or an early afternoon tapa.  Most of us in Europe and the United States don’t live in a place where a market like this could exist.

Five ways a circular economy can work for the poor –

Tearfund have been leading the way in applying circular economy thinking to low income countries, and drawing out lessons for development. Their latest research paper is called Bending the Curve, and they have scoured the literature on the circular economy to identify proven interventions that are demonstrably pro-poor.  The paper outlines five proven ideas, and a series of evolving and then speculative ideas too. At their best, these kinds of circular economy interventions can create jobs, deal with waste, and improve nutrition and health at the same time.

United Nations moves to tackle $62.5b yearly eWaste generation

Seven United Nations (UN) entities have come together, supported by the World Economic Forum (WEF), and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), to call for an overhaul of the current electronics system, with the aim of supporting international efforts to address e-waste challenges.  The entities called for a systematic collaboration with major brands, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the academia, trade unions, civil society and associations in a deliberative process to reorient the system, and reduce yearly waste of resources with a value greater than the gross domestic product (GDP) of most countries.

Project Lodestar Models A Pathway To Recycle ‘All Plastic’ Waste In An Advanced Plastics Reprocessing Facility

Recycling Technologies, on behalf of the project’s partners, today announces the publication of the results of Project Lodestar. This case study shows the potential for waste site operators to recycle ‘all plastics’ by combining state-of-the-art mechanical and feedstock recycling in an advanced Plastics Reprocessing Facility.  Project Lodestar was led by Recycling Technologies, joining forces with leading global stakeholders, including petrochemical companies and consumer brand companies.

An interview with Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech: “We want to see a Carbon Smart Future take off”

“Our goal is to reduce carbon and to do this we must adopt new approaches by using alternative feedstocks, including existing wastes and residues instead of fossil. Today we have an abundance of carbon in all the wrong places. We can turn it from a liability to an opportunity by using it again and again”. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech, on of the most dynamic and growing bioeconomy companies at world level

Could rubber from dandelions make tires more sustainable? | Global Ideas | DW | 10.03.2021

In 1931, Soviet scientists were on the hunt for a natural source of rubber that would help the USSR become self-sufficient in key materials.  They scoured the vast and various territories of the Soviet Union and tested over 1,000 different species looking for an alternative to the South American rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensi. Eventually, on the steppes of Kazakhstan, they found one.   By 1941, the Russian dandelion, Taraxacum koksaghyz, supplied 30% of the USSR’s rubber.

My Virtuoso Profile – “A Travel Advisor on Why Sustainable Tourism Matters” – LIVE YOUR LUSH LIFE – TRAVEL!

My Virtuoso Profile – “A Travel Advisor on Why Sustainable Tourism Matters” Expert insight on how to travel with a purpose. “Instead of Fly and Flop, my travel mantra is Stop and Sop,” says Virtuoso advisor Sheila Gallant-Halloran. “Sop up the culture and experience, immersing yourself wherever you are.”   Gallant-Halloran, a travel advisor for 12 years, has long championed sustainable tourism, and feels strongly that we can have a trip of a lifetime while also making a positive impact on the local communities and places.

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority Announces Half A Billion Dirham Investment Plan To Develop Sustainable Tourism Projects In The Emirate

Announced at Arabian Travel Market 2021, the Authority highlights over 20 projects across the destination including Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest peak, from the Basecamp Jais and Jais Wings Paragliding to a fixed Hot Air Balloon viewing platform, Earth Hotels Altitude and more  
Investment will also support retail, hospitality and cultural projects such as a mega beach-front development by Marjan, new world-class hotels, a scallop farm and an aerial art installation – the Flying Arch

How ‘sustainable’ is California’s groundwater sustainability act? — High Country News – Know the West

Beneath the almond and citrus fields of the San Joaquin Valley lies an enormous system of aquifers that feeds some of the world’s most productive farmland. Hundreds of miles north and east, along the Nevada border, is the Surprise Valley, a remote, high-desert region undergirded by cone-shaped hollows of sediment that hold deposits of water. 

Circle Lab, biggest global open access innovation platform for the circular economy, launches 1.000 new case studies – Circle Economy

After a successful launch in March 2018, Circle Lab introduces a new product feature today: the world’s biggest circular economy database, openly accessible and searchable for everyone. This is the result of a joint effort with many partners, geared towards making the best knowledge on the circular economy available to the public globally. The goal? To encourage anyone who wants to support the transition towards a circular economy to contribute their know-how to an ever-growing knowledge base.

The power of megatrends

It is said that underpinning all movies in history there are ultimately only 36 formulae to tell a story, be they arthouse productions or action-packed blockbusters. In the same vein, in our recent book, Understanding How the Future Unfolds: Using DRIVE to Harness the Power of Today’s Megatrends, we investigated some of the megatrends that are potentially fundamental in many events and issues currently observed in the world – much like the underlying narratives that serve as the backbones of movies.