Reuse of products can reduce material demand and prevent waste: New report from European Environment Agency

The European Environment Agency has been providing a recent focus on reusing products in order to reduce material demand. Product reuse and longer lifespans hold untapped potential to cut waste in Europe Reuse of products can reduce material demand and prevent waste, which are important aspects of EU waste policy and essential for achieving a … Continue reading Reuse of products can reduce material demand and prevent waste: New report from European Environment Agency

Waste grain from breweries used by sustainable bakeries

Food waste is an issue that has to be better addressed. Larissa Zimberoff writes in the New York Times about one example of how waste grain from the brewing process is now being converted into flour that is used by sustainable bakeries.   From Brewery to Bakery: A Flour That Fights Waste For some people, … Continue reading Waste grain from breweries used by sustainable bakeries

Turning the circular economy into a development opportunity

Johanna Lehne writes on the Herald website in Zimbabwe about a new Chatham House briefing paper that addresses many of the circular economy concerns. A new Chatham House briefing paper addresses this gap.   China and the global circular economy Shifting towards a more circular economy focused on reuse, remanufacturing and recycling may provide an … Continue reading Turning the circular economy into a development opportunity

The circular economy comes to the wind industry

The wind industry has rapidly expanded and as it has evolved, often wind turbines are replaced by larger ones. George Marsh writes on the Renewable Energy Focus website about what happens with turbine blades that are replaced. Given that there are already an estimated 345,000 utility scale wind turbines installed around the world (based on … Continue reading The circular economy comes to the wind industry

Greater changes are needed for our societies to be sustainable

Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, makes a strong argument on the EEA website that we need to take a much more integrated approach for us to be truly sustainable. Circular economy in Europe: we all have a role to play Our current resource use is unsustainable. We are consuming and extracting … Continue reading Greater changes are needed for our societies to be sustainable

New scheme in London to promote resource efficiency in SMEs

A new business support programme which aims to help SMEs in London adopt and scale-up resource-efficient business models was launched this week. George Ogleby explains on the edie website.   London launches support scheme for circular economy transition The Advance London scheme will provide free practical help and advice to assist SMEs in identifying circular … Continue reading New scheme in London to promote resource efficiency in SMEs

The role of the creative industries in supporting the circular economy

Every week we are reading more about the circular economy. The founder of WWF’s Earth Hour, Andy Ridley, believes the creative industries are key to building support for the circular economy. Hannah Gould explains his views in a good Guardian article. What do you think?   Can the advertising industry sell us waste-free living? It … Continue reading The role of the creative industries in supporting the circular economy

The benefits and challenges of the circular economy

European Environment Agency has recently published an important report to support the transition to a circular economy in Europe.   Circular economy to have considerable benefits, but challenges remain The environmental benefits of adopting a circular economy in Europe could be considerable – reducing waste, and minimising the continent’s heavy dependence on imports of raw … Continue reading The benefits and challenges of the circular economy

The European Commission adopts a new policy package to start the transition to the circular economy

The European Commission recently adopted an ambitious new Circular Economy Package to help European businesses and consumers to make the transition to a stronger and more circular economy where resources are used in a more sustainable way. The proposed actions will contribute to "closing the loop" of product lifecycles through greater recycling and re-use, and … Continue reading The European Commission adopts a new policy package to start the transition to the circular economy

New report on the circular economy from the Club of Rome

The Club of Rome released its latest study on the “Circular Economy & Benefits for Society” at the European Parliament on October 20th, Brussels ahead of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, (COP 21) in Paris at the end of November. The event at the European Parliament was chaired by Claude Turmes, MEP and … Continue reading New report on the circular economy from the Club of Rome