Tag: Circular Economy

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Low-carbon technologies and Russian imports

The term ‘strategic autonomy’ denotes the political goal of building a self-reliant EU economy with limited exposure to supply disruptions, like those stemming from the Covid-19 crisis. Securing access to the non-energy minerals required for building a new industrial ecosystem consistent with the EU’s decarbonisation objectives is important to achieving this goal. Rising demand for […]

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Sustainable Product Policy Initiative: A new framework for environmental performance of products

The European Commission plans to present in the end of March its flagship Sustainable Product Policy Initiative that will aim to set out a new EU policy framework for sustainable products and help achieve the EU’s climate neutrality and circular economy objectives. Among the key elements to be included in the initiative are requirements on […]

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

Circular economy business models (CBMs) are identified as important levers in the transition to a circular economy (CE). Published in the ‘Journal for Cleaner Production’, this article aims to enrich the research in the field of CBMs by focusing on the electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) sector. The study adopts a multi-case study approach and uses a sample of 31 […]

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Chemical recycling: what is the state of play globally?

Chemical recycling is increasingly being featured in the discussions around plastic waste generation globally as one of the potential solutions to address this challenge. Various chemical recycling technologies have emerged in recent years that are at different levels of development. There is growing investment interest in this group of technologies as demonstrated by various recent […]

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Barriers and enablers for implementing circular economy business models

The circular economy is a key element of the European Green Deal as a concept that can support the transition towards a more sustainable growth model. While in recent years there has been a growth of circular economy industrial applications, evidence suggests that the uptake of circular approaches in many sectors is still limited. This […]

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Chemical recycling: what role for the EU’s circularity and decarbonisation objectives?

Plastics have enjoyed exceptional growth in production for decades and are used extensively across a multitude of sectors including packaging, construction, electronics, automotive and agriculture. Prompted by concerns over plastic waste generation and impacts on terrestrial and marine ecosystems, in 2018 the European Commission published a strategy on plastics which was followed by legislative actions […]

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Study on Circular Economy developments in the GCC region and opportunities for collaboration with the European Union

This report explores developments in the field of the circular economy in the Arab States of the Gulf region (notably the members of the GCC – the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf), to identify areas where the EU and the GCC countries can strengthen their collaboration. Focusing on two GCC countries […]

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Framing the Circular Economy as an EU recovery opportunity

Recovery from the Covid-19 crisis presents an important and unique opportunity for the EU to accelerate its transition towards a climate-neutral and circular economy. While there is little dispute about the opportunities offered by the funds available for the low-carbon and circular economy, the longer-term impact on Europe’s decarbonisation trajectory will depend on the choices […]

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Circular Economy to the Rescue?

Faced with unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, governments in Europe and beyond will need to put strategies in place for reinvigorating their economies. At the EU level, circular economy is a key feature of the European Green Deal and is seen as a concept that offers potential for economic growth decoupled from resource […]