Category: Policy Models

What role does the EU play in nature restoration?

Europe’s habitats are continuing to be destroyed, and ecosystem degradation is becoming a major issue across Europe. The call for nature restoration is growing and the demand for change is on everyone’s mind. Restoration can have a massive impact on the future of Europe, creating benefits for biodiversity, by improving upland forests and water retention for climate adaptation. Moreover, restoration can play a major role in economic and social development…

LOOPS 2.0 #3: Circular solutions improving the life cycle of textiles

The textile industry, an ever-growing industry with a high demand that leaves major environmental impacts throughout the world. Clothes, footwear, and household textiles are responsible for water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and landfill, with 10% of the global greenhouse gas emissions caused by the production of textiles. A change needs to be made and these impacts have to be addressed. Do you want to know how to tackle these impacts?…

The Policy Lab Spring to Action and Becomes an Incubator for EU Project Proposals

Veltha is proud to announce that our Policy Lab is shifting its approach. The think tank will not only be a container of information exchange, but also a booster for practical use. After a massive amount of knowledge exchange, interaction, and research with European regions, it’s time to get down to business. From the experience and lessons learned from our earlier Policy lab period and after our participation in the…

A call to tackle textile waste: 11 Countries write a joint letter to the EU

In a joint letter sent in the first week of October 2021, eleven European countries have reached out to the European Commission in an effort to demand new measures to tackle the issue of waste in the textile industry. The joint letter was signed by eleven ministers from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden. The letter is a follow-up to the roundtable discussion…

COP26 is Here: Join us and Be Part of the Change!

The COP 26 (UN Climate Change Conference), hosted by the UK in partnership with Italy, will take place from 31 October to 12 November 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. The purpose of this conference is to negotiate the Kyoto Protocol and establish legally binding obligations for developed countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to put a halt to the globe’s temperature rise and tackle climate change. COP26, in particular, is…

COP26 is coming: What are the Perils of Climate Change Policies Inertia?

The United Nations Climate Change Conference brings together the parties (197 countries or states) that have signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, an international environmental treaty established to combat the effects of human interference in the climate system. Its supreme decision-making body, the Conference of the Parties (COP), meets annually to assess progress in that subject. Its purpose is to negotiate the Kyoto Protocol and establish legally…

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 2nd outcome of the Policy Lab has been officially released

We are pleased to announce that Veltha has issued the second publication of the Policy-lab 2.0 and it is now fully available online. A short reminder of what the Policy Lab represents The Policy Lab 2.0 sets itself as a follow-up project of the first version of the Policy Lab (SCREEN Lab from the H2020 SCREEN project), introduced in 2016 to enable EU-level and regional policymakers to mutually discuss the…

The Policy Lab 2.0 – The end

After three months of dialogue and discourse surrounding circular tools in EU regions, the Policy lab period for this term has come to an end. Regional officers and private stakeholders from all parts of Europe have come together to foster sustainable policies concerning circularity. The main research question for this term orbited around the identification of the most suitable tools for an equitable transition towards a circular economy in the…