Category: Education in Circular Economy

The Role of Circular Economy in the Oversaturated Fashion Industry

There’s no doubt that clothes and fashion have long been an integral part of almost every aspect of our culture and society. The global fashion industry is estimated to be worth around 2,6 trillion euros, which represents 2% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Nevertheless, the sector’s significant use of finite resources and materials, makes it the second most destructive industry, after oil, for the environment. Considering this, the…

Circular Economy: The Face of Rural Territories

Circular Economy is a consolidated theme in the EU agenda as well as in the agenda ofother regional and national institutions. Nonetheless, it has been less explored andimplemented in the mainly rural regions, even though the challenges these regions faceare crucial, especially those related with the agri-food sector. In rural communities, the main challenges are very deeply linked with the challengesfaced by the current agricultural system. Some of the main…

EU Bans and the Rise of Circular Economy From It

To tackle the global challenges facing the world, many solutions have been adopted. In thecurrent situation the world is facing with plastics, recycling them is not enough. The circulareconomy method of taking it back to the manufacturing of plastics is believed to be the bestmethod of decreasing the amount of plastic waste in Europe and abroad. EU banEuropean Union’s directive 2019 ban of single-use plastics as of the 3rd of…

Circularity Success Stories: How 3 European Cities Have Made Circular Governance a Reality

In 2015, the EU adopted its first ever Circular Economy Action Plan. Renewed in 2020, it is acornerstone of the European Green Deal, and a key building block of the 2050 climate neutralitygoal. However, while a circular Europe is a target we need to strive for, it is still far from being areality: for instance, the recycling rate of waste is an aggregate of 55% in the EU, and only…

The Influence of Various Schools of Thought on Circular Economy

The concept of Circular Economics has received tremendous interest from policymakers, researchers, and academia in recent years worldwide. It has been believed that this concept dates to the 1980s in European Union when Germany and the Netherlands introduced waste preventoria and reduction schemes to the Dutch Parliament. Later, several steps were taken, and initiatives were introduced to accelerate the transition towards C.E. in E.U. Meanwhile, China’s central government accepted the…

Why do we need a Circular Economy

Our planet’s natural resources are declining due to an unsustainable economic growth, fast urbanization, rapid global population growth, and mass production. Every year, 100 billion tonnes of materials enter the global market, from which only 8.6% are recycled. From 200 years back until now, the dominant economic model was the take-make – waste or so called a linear economy model. The traditional economy model resulted in serious problems such as…

Circular Economy Indicators

An economic indicator is a statistic about an economic activity that allows to analyze current performance and predicate the future performance that can be used to measure the change in a phenomenon or process. According to U.N. (2017), “indicators are signposts of change along the development path. They describe how to track intended results and are critical for monitoring and evaluation”. Indicators can lead to simplifying and clarifying information available…

Circular economy in Europe: alliance building on the radar

One of the main buzzwords that resonates from the talks about circular economy is the term “collaboration” on multiple fronts, among different actors and at various levels of governance. Building bridges is indeed an extremely crucial engine in the creation of a well-oiled circular machine. However, turning this principle into a pragmatic action is not that simple and some territories might be better equipped or with ideal existing conditions that…

Circular Economy in the Italian Recovery and Resilience Plan

It is well known that Italy will benefit from the highest quota of the “NextGenerationEU”, the temporary financial instrument drafted by the European Commission to help member states recover from the coronavirus pandemic. In particular, Italy will receive a total of 172,7 billion of euro and the Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, affirmed that such money will be used to render Italy greener, more digital and committed to research and…

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…