Month: March 2021

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…