Quality labelling: a weapon to direct our consumption patterns towards circularity

Society and businesses are starting to realise that the resources, needed for making commercial products, are not infinite. The value of resources is still being addressed as a ‘take-make-waste’ focus, which is also a synonym for a ‘linear economy’. Powerful to establish a circular economy in the EU, the transition must be enhanced in each different product market. Meaning no industries or products can be left behind in the transition...

Part II – Policy Lab with stakeholders: what has been unearthed?

How can we make sure that the transition towards a circular economy in Europe is as effective as possible? How do we ensure that this transition will also be a just process throughout all the member states of the EU?  Our Policy Lab is one way of ensuring the matter! The week after our first workshop session for Regions, Veltha invited private stakeholders such as researchers, consultants, associations etc. to discuss...

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Quality labelling: a weapon to direct our consumption patterns towards circularity

Society and businesses are starting to realise that the resources, needed for making commercial products, are not infinite. The value of resources is still being addressed as a ‘take-make-waste’ focus, which is also a synonym for a ‘linear economy’. Powerful to establish a circular economy in the EU, the transition must be enhanced in each different product market. Meaning no industries or products can be left behind in the transition…

Part II – Policy Lab with stakeholders: what has been unearthed?

How can we make sure that the transition towards a circular economy in Europe is as effective as possible? How do we ensure that this transition will also be a just process throughout all the member states of the EU?  Our Policy Lab is one way of ensuring the matter! The week after our first workshop session for Regions, Veltha invited private stakeholders such as researchers, consultants, associations etc. to discuss…

Policy Lab with Regions: a few nuggets!

Two Fridays ago, on the 19th of March, Veltha held the first online workshop out of three as part of the Policy Lab 2.0. For those that are not familiar with it, the Policy Lab is an engagement platform in which European Regions and private stakeholders eager to foster the policy-making process towards a circular economy, can communicate and exchange ideas to identify possible scenarios and co-design solutions for a…

Time to step up the game: the European Innovation Council comes into play!

“This is the opening verse of the opening chapter of the book of endless possibilities” This is the readjusted quote from Rudyard Kipling that Mark Ferguson, Director-General of Science Foundation Ireland, selected to open the ceremony for the official launch of the European Innovation Council (EIC), a key novelty of Horizon Europe inaugurated on the 18th of March 2021, conceived to be the most ambitious innovation initiative that Europe has…

CLAIM and PlastiCircle: two different tracks, same destination.

Another episode of LOOPS has ended, but what has left behind is an open door to the world of innovation, and the changes it can truly bring to the planet we are living in. The topic of this discussion addresses one of the largest challenges of our current time: the pollution and waste of plastics, a composite material whose use is so deeply ingrained in our habits, that makes it…

US re-joining the Paris Agreement: what happened and what’s next

It has become common knowledge that climate change is a crisis that requires immediate attention and solutions. Yet, the pathway of collaboration towards reversing the damages caused so far has been interrupted by former US President Donald Trump. In this regard, he signed the withdrawal of the US from the Paris Agreement, an international binding pact signed by 196 countries in 2015, which aims at limiting global warming to below…

Debunking myths about sustainability

2 truths and 1 lie: a game, a way to communicate sustainability Who said that a sustainable lifestyle is all work and no fun? Definitely, this is not the approach of the European Commission, since Vice President, Frans Timmermans, participated in a Facebook LIVE event to play the game “2 truths 1 lie”. The public was composed of many environment-enthusiasts, such as two Climate Pact Ambassadors, the civil society and…

POMOCA and SkinAlp: a real example of circularity

Circularity has increasingly become a widespread approach in recent years. Circular economy (CE) aims to a more sustainable economic system where all waste, by-products, and end-of-life products are constantly reused, remanufactured and/or recycled resulting in a closed-loop system that minimizes the use of resources and the production of waste, pollution, and carbon emissions. In this context, the collaboration between POMOCA and Skinalp represents the perfect example of circularity where the…

LOOPS is back! A throwback to episode 2!

On Wednesday 3rd of March, we streamed live our second episode of LOOPS, our live webinar series aimed at showcasing the cutting-edge technology and innovation delivered by the H2020-funded projects in the field of Circular Economy.  This episode featured a discussion on the circularity potential within the construction industry. We had the pleasure to talk to the coordinators of HOUSEFUL and WOOL2LOOP, two H2020 projects committed to devising innovative circular…

A new Global Alliance is born: welcome to GACERE

On Monday 22 February 2021, in the margins of the fifth UN Environment Assembly, a new international collaboration has been brought to life: The Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency (GACERE), the result of the cross-border synergic cooperation between the European Commission, the United Nation Environment Program (UNEP) and the United Nation Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The Alliance is one of the results of the Circular Economy Action…

The European Map of Circular Economy

European Countries are unique. Each of them with a characterful history, culture, and sociopolitical structure, that form the distinctive features of their current identity. This fascinating one-of-a kind diversity acts as a backdrop in the circular economy scenario, and all the actors find themselves in different places, and thus performing different roles. The key understanding of why a transition from linear to circular economy differs between the European Union’s member…

The hidden side of a Circular Economy Approach

The concept of Circular Economy has gained a fair amount of momentum in the latest period of global politics, and the European Union keep being engaged in several events, plans and activities to foster the application of the concept. The Circular Economy Action Plan adopted the 11th of March 2020 within the European Green Deal Framework, represents a tangible example of this commitment, as it provides a list of initiatives…

First outcome of the Policy Lab for a Europe made by Circular Regions

In June 2020, a new initiative has been launched for promoting supportive collaboration between European Regions in the implementation of Circular Economy (CE) programs.Policy Lab 2.0 sets itself as a follow-up project of the first version of Policy Lab (SCREEN Lab), introduced in 2017 to enable EU-level and regional policymakers to mutually discuss the proposals developed between CE projects, address any arising issues, and explore possible scenarios to co-design solutions…

The Plastic Pathway towards Circularity

It is a little over a year since the EU introduced a landmark directive limiting the production of single-use plastics. This set out a series of targets but allowed member states to introduce their own legislation to meet these goals. The Netherlands and Germany took this next step recently, announcing bans on certain single-use plastic products. The German Cabinet introduced a ban on single-use cutlery and plates, plastic stirring sticks…

‘Loops’ First Episode on the Digital Circular Economy

On Wednesday 8th of July, we streamed live our first webinar for Loops, a webinar series about the innovation occurring in the field of the circular economy. Our speakers, Dr Demetriou and Vasilis Katos, both outlined key elements of their work on the circular economy and highlighted the necessary steps and precautions, the future holds. This article sums up the key points of their presentations and the main takeaways from…

Veltha’s Partners for EU Annual Kermesse: Smooth Ports and Interreg Europe

In line with our commitment to the #EURegionsweek 2020 Veltha has an exciting new partnership. As a communications manager of the REPLACE project, we will share a stand with the Smooth Ports project and Interreg Europe at the most important annual kermesse (festival) of European Territorial Cooperation. This event will happen later this year. Smooth Ports: An Introduction Smooth Ports is working on ways to reduce the emissions of ports,…

Loops First Webinar: Wednesday 8th of July at 11 am CET

What is Loops? We are pleased to introduce our newest public events initiative: ‘Loops’, a webinar series about the research and results that Horizon 2020 is producing in the field of circular economy.  Horizon 2020 is an EU research program, which has nurtured innovation in a number of fields by funding over 10 000 research proposals. Many of these are in the domain of sustainability and the circular economy, accelerating…

First results from the Regions and Stakeholders meetings in the Policy Lab, join the second!

The Policy Lab 2.0 has been launched in the month of June with an ambitious goal: to provide solutions to the challenges the European Regions face while implementing Circular Economy (CE) programs. Circular Economy is an abstract term with many different definitions, which causes different types of analysis depending on the institution involved. Thus, the way we understand circularity will change how the projects are designed and implemented. Achieving a…

Veltha’s Position on a European Green Deal

At Veltha, we are proud to be part of a European community which recognises the need for a Green Deal; a blueprint to modernise the EU’s economy and society and reorient them towards a more ‘just and sustainable future’. To achieve this, the European Commission has promised funding to find solutions focused on these principles. The next research and innovation program, “Horizon Europe” is dedicating a significant proportion of its…

Place-based circular economy transition strategy

VELTHA’s direct experiences and collaborations with regional authorities in SCREEN and REPLACE projects, as well as in the Policy Lab, lead to the acknowledgement of the local institutions as key players in the promotion of the transition toward a circular economy: in fact, these have a deep knowledge of their territories and the availability of European indirect funding to dedicate to the transition.  The strategical framework to promote the transition…

3+1 policies to get out of the COVID crisis trough Circular Economy

On the 21st of April, the President of the European Council and the President of the EU Commission presented the need to invest massively in the circular economy as part of the EU post-COVID19 recovery strategy.   The same priority to CE has been given by several member states, for example, Italy has placed this for the first time in the history of the country, the transition within the Economic planning…

Happy Birthday Veltha, a Story of Circular Economy

On 10th of May 2010 Veltha was set up in collaboration with Università della Tuscia of Viterbo-Italy with the scope to join the European research family in the fields of environment, sustainable development and eco-innovation Working on these fields, also through EU funded projects, Veltha realized in the early stage the importance of the CE for a new systemic approach to our resources supply chain. After the adoption by the…

Announcing the 1st Digital Workshop Open for EU Regional Officers

The Policy Lab will launch in the month of June with an ambitious goal: to provide solutions to the challenges the European Regions face while implementing circular economy programs. The starting point will be to co-create a guideline to evaluate the projects. Circular Economy is an abstract term with many different definitions, which causes different types of analysis depending on the institution involved. Thus, the way we understand circularity will…

Circular Economy: what kind of cooperation is needed at a territorial- scale?

Last week, we had the pleasure to attend a webinar co-organized by the student-led think tank CliMates and the social entrepreneurship association makesense. It focused on understanding the cooperation needed for the successful implementation of circular projects in cities and regions. Here we highlight the most interesting points discussed. In our interconnected world, the flows of materials evade artificial and administrative frontiers, thus it is impossible to conduct an effective…

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On the Deep Implications of Nudging in Circular Economy

The link between firms and circular economy is evident. If we think of circular economy as a set of propositions to integrate economic activities and environmental sustainability, we can easily understand how close one is to the other. There are several mechanisms linking environmental responsibility to economic outcomes. In this article, we focus on how our own behavior is key for this integration. Particularly, we examine the concept of nudging…

Why institutions matter so much for the circular economy transition?

Veltha supports and promotes the generation of circular economic development strategies that fully empower the local institutions, based on the recognition of regions (or provinces) as the most efficient authority capable of detecting and sustaining the needs of the local stakeholders through the application of bottom-up approaches that are specifically tailored to the local characteristics. In fact, the role of institutions in the local development processes has been studied in…

The Policy Lab for Circular Regions gets to a new dimension! Join now.

In 2017, Veltha and its partners on the SCREEN (Synergic Circular Economy across European Regions) project established a Policy Lab in order to ignite the analysis on circular economy projects, with a two-fold aim. Firstly, it ensured that the analysis and the proposals developed within the project were discussed both with regional and EU-level policymakers, as well as with other key stakeholders.  This is a key step in order to…

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Is it Circular Economy the latest powerful buzzword?

Certainly, the circular economy has gained momentum and, as noted by Josè Luìs Cardoso, the concept has come to stay. With the environment and the climate at the verge of the risk for catastrophes, the circular economy has already earned the status of a powerful antidote for preventing the worst from happening, or at least for lessening the negative impacts. The circular economy has not only entered the scientific debate…

Our commitment toward the European Week or Regions and Cities

The annual European Week of Regions and Cities is the most important kermesse entirely dedicated to regional policy: practitioners coming from all over Europe reunites in Brussels to showcase best practices and achieved results, as well as to discuss hot topics, this year we want to bring Circular Economy there. In the past 17 years, the event has steadily increased its centrality and visibility, reaching a record number of 9000…

The new circular economy action plan in a nutshell

On the 11th of March 2020, the European Commission adopts the new Circular Economy Action Plan ‘For a Cleaner and More Competitive Europe’ to present its policy actions targeting the progressive abandonment of the mainstream linear economic model to decouple economic growth from resource use. By leading the transition toward a circular economy, the European Union can gain an unprecedented competitive advantage and generate new sustainable and green workforce, while…

Does Europe really need to transition toward a circular economy?

Undoubtedly, the massive burden that the linear economic model poses on the ecosystem has been a fundamental factor in the development of the circular economy proposition, urged by a steady and significant increase of the demand for raw materials and exacerbated by the growing evidence of a changing climate. Natural resources represent the core of the global economy,  standing at the base of the current production patterns: these are in…

European Green Deal? Nice Plan! But who will implement it?

The tackle of pressing climate and environmental-related challenges is the most important test that our society needs to jointly address. For this purpose, the European Commission launched a lavish plan to prioritize sustainable economic growth, decoupled from the linear use of resources, through the promotion of systemic changes across economic sectors and within the society. The ambition of the European Green Deal is related to the connection of different fields…

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Why institutions matter so much for the circular economy transition?

Veltha supports and promotes the generation of circular economic development strategies that fully empower the local institutions, based on the recognition of regions (or provinces) as the most efficient authority capable of detecting and sustaining the needs of the local stakeholders through the application of bottom-up approaches that are specifically tailored to the local characteristics. In fact, the role of institutions in the local development processes has been studied in…

Does Europe really need to transition toward a circular economy?

Undoubtedly, the massive burden that the linear economic model poses on the ecosystem has been a fundamental factor in the development of the circular economy proposition, urged by a steady and significant increase of the demand for raw materials and exacerbated by the growing evidence of a changing climate. Natural resources represent the core of the global economy,  standing at the base of the current production patterns: these are in…

Veltha’s Position on a European Green Deal

At Veltha, we are proud to be part of a European community which recognises the need for a Green Deal; a blueprint to modernise the EU’s economy and society and reorient them towards a more ‘just and sustainable future’. To achieve this, the European Commission has promised funding to find solutions focused on these principles. The next research and innovation program, “Horizon Europe” is dedicating a significant proportion of its…

Veltha’s Partners for EU Annual Kermesse: Smooth Ports and Interreg Europe

In line with our commitment to the #EURegionsweek 2020 Veltha has an exciting new partnership. As a communications manager of the REPLACE project, we will share a stand with the Smooth Ports project and Interreg Europe at the most important annual kermesse (festival) of European Territorial Cooperation. This event will happen later this year. Smooth Ports: An Introduction Smooth Ports is working on ways to reduce the emissions of ports,…

US re-joining the Paris Agreement: what happened and what’s next

It has become common knowledge that climate change is a crisis that requires immediate attention and solutions. Yet, the pathway of collaboration towards reversing the damages caused so far has been interrupted by former US President Donald Trump. In this regard, he signed the withdrawal of the US from the Paris Agreement, an international binding pact signed by 196 countries in 2015, which aims at limiting global warming to below…

Time to step up the game: the European Innovation Council comes into play!

“This is the opening verse of the opening chapter of the book of endless possibilities” This is the readjusted quote from Rudyard Kipling that Mark Ferguson, Director-General of Science Foundation Ireland, selected to open the ceremony for the official launch of the European Innovation Council (EIC), a key novelty of Horizon Europe inaugurated on the 18th of March 2021, conceived to be the most ambitious innovation initiative that Europe has…

The Policy Lab for Circular Regions gets to a new dimension! Join now.

In 2017, Veltha and its partners on the SCREEN (Synergic Circular Economy across European Regions) project established a Policy Lab in order to ignite the analysis on circular economy projects, with a two-fold aim. Firstly, it ensured that the analysis and the proposals developed within the project were discussed both with regional and EU-level policymakers, as well as with other key stakeholders.  This is a key step in order to…

The Plastic Pathway towards Circularity

It is a little over a year since the EU introduced a landmark directive limiting the production of single-use plastics. This set out a series of targets but allowed member states to introduce their own legislation to meet these goals. The Netherlands and Germany took this next step recently, announcing bans on certain single-use plastic products. The German Cabinet introduced a ban on single-use cutlery and plates, plastic stirring sticks…

The new circular economy action plan in a nutshell

On the 11th of March 2020, the European Commission adopts the new Circular Economy Action Plan ‘For a Cleaner and More Competitive Europe’ to present its policy actions targeting the progressive abandonment of the mainstream linear economic model to decouple economic growth from resource use. By leading the transition toward a circular economy, the European Union can gain an unprecedented competitive advantage and generate new sustainable and green workforce, while…