Circular Economy

WHAT WOULD IT MEAN IF APPLE STOPPED MINING FOR IPHONE MATERIALS?

22 April 2017

Apple hopes that it’ll eventually be able to manufacture iPhones, iPads, Macbooks, and other products using exclusively recycled materials, rather than relying upon mining finite resources. Released as part of the company’s annual environmental report, the announcement has understandably garnered significant media attention, but perhaps more importantly it offers a clear lens to think about the question, what could it mean if a large company that produces hi-tech, complex products entirely wiped out its demand for mined materials?

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Urban Biocycles, a new publication about organic waste and circular economy from Ellen MacArthur Foundation

29th March 2017 – Brussels –

UrbanBiocycles.EMFThe Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum have published a paper that  focuses on the volume of organic waste flowing through cities. The paper is called Urban Biocycles and was presented in the annual Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA2017) in Brussels.

The paper addresses the conversation about the opportunities to capture value from organic waste in the form of the energy, nutrients and materials, by applying circular economy principles.

You can download the paper here or directly on The Ellen MacArthur Foundation website. You can join the conversation on Twitter following @circulareconomy


Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference. EU commission will continue delivering the Circular Economy Action Plan

29th March 2017 – Brussels –

Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 22.41.40The EU Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee met in Brussels on the 9th and 10th of March for the Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference. The conference was an opportunity to show the key deliverables achieved so far since the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan in 2015, and to debate future deliverables with stakeholders. All topics, from promotion of water reuse and plastics strategies to products and waste legislation, were discussed and shared with the stakeholders.

For more information about the Key Initiatives for 2017 and more information about the conference, click here. You may be interested as well in the proposal “Towards a circular economy: a zero waste programme for Europe”, which was the first proposal for a circular economy action plan.


Economia circular en Latinoamerica

2 April 2017 – America Latina –

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America Latina no solamente representa el 44% del cobre mundial, el 49% de la plata, el 65% de
l litio, el 20% de las reservas de petróleo del mundo, el 33% de las reservas de agua dulce y el 20% de los bosques nativos de nuestro planeta, también representa una economía emergente y un lugar de cambio.
El modelo económico actual hace que se generen 160 millones de toneladas de residuos sólidos al año en America Latina (un promedio per cápita de 1,1 kg/día) del cual menos del 3% se reutiliza o recicla, asegura el Banco Mundial. Generar iniciativas de economía circular en el continente puede generar grandes oportunidades para la region y el mundo.

El articulo completo puede leerlo haciendo click aquí. La información fue tomada de CirculateNews.


ING REPORT FINDS CIRCULAR SOLUTIONS COULD SAVE 11% OF GLOBAL WATER DEMAND

10 April 2017 – UK –

The World Economic has cited “a global water crisis” as the biggest threat facing humanity during the next century. Meanwhile, global water demand is projected to increase by at least 2% annually over the next few decades, which is only likely to exacerbate current challenges. In that context, ING has released a new report, Less is More: Circular Economy Solutions to Water Shortages, which claims circular solutions in the water sector could cut global demand by 11%.

Focusing on the potential of water solutions based on circular economy principles in six regions: Northern India, California, Ghana, UAE, Bangladesh and the Netherlands, ING and Deltares analyse the opportunities.

Read the full story here.