Author: Daniela Brucoli

Loops #6: circular economy and digital technologies land on the soil of agriculture

On the 13th of May, Veltha hosted the 2021 6th episode of Loops, where the agriculture sector took centre stage thanks to the contribution of CYBELE and WATER2RETURN, two innovative projects that are following the ambition of revolutionising one of the strongest systems deeply rooted in tradition: the agricultural sector. Agriculture nowadays face multiple challenges: 9.1 billion people are expected to populate earth in 2050 and with an increasingly small…

Circular economy and Regions: how do they become familiar with each other?

Circular economy is often perceived and described as a complex system, in need of a new set of skills, knowledge and expertise channelled at structurally reorganising the existing mechanism of today’s economy. This is in fact undoubtedly true. Moving to a circular model implies growing responsibilities mainly focused on re-examining the allocation, use and type of resources, seeking and providing new forms of support, devising new policy frameworks, coordinating the…

Circular economy and climate change: what’s the underlying thread?

Recently, we all have witnessed that the concepts of circular economy and climate change have started to make their way in the current talks in combination with each other, in the definition of what would be the preliminary conditions for a successful strategy to move out of the current crisis and avoid the potential threat of its consequences. Those that at first seem to be two separate and stand-alone aspects…

A new LOOPS – a new step closer to our common destination

It’s been more than three months since we streamed live our first episode of Loops and it keeps on going at full force. Yesterday, on the 22nd of April, our fifth episode of Loops took place, and another side of the multifaceted innovation was unveiled. What we brought in the spotlight this time, was the current situation of composite materials and the innovative approaches that are being produced to move…

The textile wears innovation – a trip to the discovery of REACT and NEW COTTON

We’ve all become quite familiar with what LOOPS represents to us. And every episode is an occasion to catch up with the avant-garde research to gain a few insights into what is going on in the world of innovation. Episode #4 of LOOPS features a discussion about one of the largest sectors in the world in which both consumers and producers are equally protagonists – the industry of textiles. Behind…

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…

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…