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Low-tech Economy is Needed to Overcome Scarcity

Are there enough resources and raw materials to meet the ecological transition? Does innovation and technological development help or can they be a hindrance? Are there alternative...

Circularity Gap Report 2023: here’s why global circularity has dropped to 7.2%

“The global economy is now only 7.2 percent circular; and it’s getting worse year on year, driven by rising material extraction and use”. This is how the Circularity Gap Report 202...

Ecodesign for sustainable products: what will change for consumers and businesses?

In March 2022, the European Commission published proposals to extend the scope of eco-design regulations to all physical products on the EU market. The new regulations will – most ...

Circular Washing: How to Recognise it to Avoid it

The greenwashing road is paved with good intentions, while that of circular washing – its latest and more treacherous evolution – is full of superficiality and inexperience. Yet, l...

What are Digital Twins and how they can help sustainability

Creating digital models of real systems – Digital Twins - can help reduce energy and water consumption and enable new, low-impact business models.The first example dates back to 19...

This collective wants to fix the beauty industry's packaging problem

No recycled content. No take-back program. Destined for landfill, incineration or (worse yet) the environment. This probably doesn’t sound to you like a recipe for success in susta...

Specific codes for the biobased industries are fundamental to fully exploit the circular bioeconomy potential

“The recognition of our sector through the application of specific NACE codes is an important element as it would allow a better measurement in the statistical field and the possib...

COP15: historic biodiversity agreement reached in Montreal

To protect 30% of land, oceans, coastal areas, and waterbodies on Earth. To reduce governmental subsidies that are harmful to nature by 500 billion dollars per year. To expand the ...

Coal-to-biomass transition fuels deforestation in Indonesia

Indonesia‘s efforts to reduce its reliance on coal are likely to produce increased deforestation according to a study by environmental think tank Trend Asia. The goal – to scale ba...

How to Communicate about the Circular Economy

From technical model for connoisseurs to (almost) mainstream idea: in a little over a decade, the narrative of the circular economy has experienced massive evolution. But what are ...

Global Plastic Treaty: the first round of negotiations opens in Uruguay

The first round of negotiations for the adoption of a global treaty on plastic opens in Uruguay. From 28 November to 2 December 2022, in Punta del Este, the Intergovernmental Negot...

COP27: historic agreement on Loss&Damage, but the departure from fossil fuels is still far away

COP27, the 27th U.N. negotiation of the Conference of the Parties in Sharm el-Sheikh, ended at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, with one of the worst results ever in terms of timing, sec...

COP27, how biodiversity can help climate. And vice versa

Wednesday, November 16 was Biodiversity day at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh. The fact that nature is an important ally of decarbonization is common knowledge among experts: the absorpt...

COP27, farmers demand funds for food security

Fires, floods, desertification and prolonged droughts. These are all extreme weather events that threaten the food security of the entire planet. Therefore, funds and adaptation me...

COP27: UN's 10 recommendations against climate greenwashing

“The COPs are mainly used as an opportunity for leaders and people in power to get attention, using many different kinds of greenwashing.” Despite being almost 20 years old now, Gr...

How Philadelphia wants to become a circular city

With $126 billion GDP per year, the Philadelphia metropolitan area, the city of the Declaration of Independence, is an economic powerhouse in the country with the world's largest c...

Harald Friedl, an Enthusiast for Inspiring the Circular Transition

Harald Friedl is one of the most known European advocates for the circular economy. Activist, action-accelerator, thought leader, entrepreneur, mentor, and advisor, Harald is alway...

Packaging waste: a preview of the European Commission's draft proposal

On November 30, the European Commission is due to submit its proposal for a "Regulation of the European Parliament and Council on Packaging and Packaging Waste." Renewable Matter w...

Polysilicon: the Chinese domain that violates Uyghur rights

Just by looking carefully at a handful of sand, and armed with a magnifying glass, sparkling, spiky grains can be seen. That is quartz sand, or silicon in its oxidized state. Count...

The Role of Universities and Private Institutes in Circular Economy Education

Universities perform a series of essential services for the circular transition, from defining what a circular economy really is to researching innovative solutions, from x to dial...