Articles

The Needs of Green Chemistry

The transition of the classical chemical sector based on fossil feedstock such as coal, oil and gas, to greener chemistries, based on renewable feedstock, holds an enticing perspec...

WCEF19's Mission: Transform the Global Economy

The World Circular Economy Forum 2019 edition, third part of the Finland-born event, showed the “circular” world’s vitality and complexity. Established in 2017 by SITRA – the Finni...

Intelligent Plastic Designed for Chemical Circularity

The Brett Helms Research Group, part of the California-based Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has synthesised a new type of plastic polymer – poly(diketoenamine)s or PDKs – t...

Investing With Little Vision

To begin with, some clarity: what is a multilateral development bank (MDB)? MDBs are financial institutions founded by one or two countries with the goal of aiding economic develop...

High-Quality Recycled Plastic 

Each year, eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the sea. An amount that is bound to double in the next twenty years and quadruple by 2050. It is as if a lorry load of plastic ...

New Life to Plastic and Industry 4.0. A Boost for the Circular Economy

The green revolution has already started: that of the circular economy, innovative recovery of materials and solutions to problems plaguing our planet. This is what Ecomondo has be...

Circular Economy Club Launches the Circular Cities Week

LONDON – The Circular Economy Club (CEC) has announced it will celebrate its global “Circular Cities Week” event from October 28th to November 3rd, 2019. The goal of the event: pus...

Biopolymers: In the Right Place

Plastic. An essential material that for decades has been managed inadequately. An unsustainable cycle from the cradle to the grave. The lack of circularity is disastrous with resul...

Itelyum: Sustainable Governance for Circular Economy

Itelyum has been circular since before the concept was even defined. Thanks to a series of strategic acquisitions (discussed in issue 27 of Renewable Matter, ed.) the company has e...

Circular Economy 3.0

In recent years the concept of Circular Economy has received growing attention, both in the worlds of science and of policy making. Some scholars and practitioners present it as a ...

Avoid Collapse: Designing an Equitable Circular System That Preserves Humanity

We have the opportunity to change the course of our shared history with the amount of information we have gathered so far. By learning from scientists and experts we can propose ne...

The Europe to Come

It is a fact. The circular economy has been a pillar of the outgoing EU Commission and Parliament. “The political power of this idea is obvious,” explains Frans Timmermans – Vice-P...

The Real Value of Food

  As a EESC member, Peter Schmidt, has a first-hand view of how food can take on a leading role in reaching sustainability objectives and how it is affected by regulation, polic...

Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference

Environmental Communication Should be More Emotive   Interview with Thierry Libaert, member of the EU Social and Economic Committee by I. N. B.     As an expert in environm...

A Reflection on the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform

There is an interesting conversation to be had on stakeholder engagement. It is now common in many processes that aspire to achieve a transformation of one kind or another to incor...

Thailand: A Very Biotech Bioeconomy

Abundant natural resources, highly skilled workforce, important petrochemical industry and a government that sustains the decarbonisation process with conviction and a plan to incr...

Circular Japan

Kamikatsu, a rural municipality with 1,500 inhabitants located on the wooded island of Shikoku in the Japanese archipelago, performs a record household separate waste collection wi...

The Mixed State of the European Bio-Based Economy

Looking at the current state of the bio-based economy in Europe, one has to draw a mixed conclusion. Research and technology development continue to advance and some fields, like f...

Italy Has a New Bioeconomy Strategy

Sustainable and increasingly circular. That’s how the Italian bioeconomy should be, according to the updated version of the national strategy presented on 14th May at the Presidenc...

Itelyum: Circular Economy, Systemic Vision

A few years ago, in his book Corporation 2020, economist Pavan Sukhdev explained how companies going forward would have to behave differently to those in the so-called “brown econo...