Tag: circulareconomy

LOOPS 2.0 #5: Recovery of Raw Materials

The 5th episode of Loops returned to the world of raw materials.  Held on December 16th, the session gave voice to other two European projects that target the recovery of raw materials as their priority goal.  The demand for raw materials is rising and is becoming increasingly more difficult to meet. Europe’s access to raw materials is becoming a serious issue, especially when dealing with rare materials such as Tantalum…

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…

Policy Lab with Circular Regions – A new Chapter

On the 1st of October 2021, Veltha hosted the first digital workshop for regional officers, thus inaugurating a new 3-month session of the Policy Lab for circular Regions. During this workshop, we had the honour to welcome 19 regional officers from 11 European countries. Two broad events have been brought to the front during the session: .  1)The importance of the European Week of Regions and Cities in relation to…

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…

LOOPS: the end of season I

Ladies and gentlemen, we finally got to the epilogue of this incredible eye-opening journey through the planets of innovation that are being explored by the H2020-funded projects. To end with a bang, we decided to conclude the session by addressing one of the most pressing issues of our time: the management of water in remote areas of the Mediterranean territories. Because of water scarcity, the Mediterranean Regions face significant challenges…

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…

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…

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…