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When design helps to develop an end-of-life experience

In the context of product life cycles and the circular economy, the phrase "end of life" typically refers to the point at which a product or service has reached the conclusion of i...

Biofuels and oil refineries: Biden’s turnaround?

According to the International Press Agency Reuters, President Joe Biden’s administration, under pressure from labor unions and U.S. senators including from his home state of Delaw...

Circular Cities: the Rotterdam Strategy

The Netherlands have set themselves rather challenging circular goals where cities play a key role in such transition. Rotterdam, with its port and industries, outlined a pathway u...

WEEE: illegal trade of electronic waste must be stopped to achieve EU goals

Countries in the European Union collect and recover more end-of-life electrical and electronic devices than the rest of the world. This work, however, is still not sufficient to ac...

Turkey like China: stop to the import of plastic waste

It’s Turkey’s turn to be tired of accepting plastic waste from Europe. With an amendment published on May 18th in the Official Gazette, the Turkish Ministry of Commerce has banned ...

Sustainable products for the future with version 4.0 of Cradle to Cradle Certified

Designing and manufacturing sustainable products that will nourish a healthy, equitable and circular tomorrow: that's the goal of Cradle to Cradle Certified, a global standard root...

Predictive maintenance: predicting the future while saving resources

An error, a failure, a sudden malfunction. Imagining the unexpected is the goal of the predictive maintenance system that provides manufacturing companies with a prediction of a fu...

Remanufacturing: a vast untapped potential for circularity

In recent months, policies and initiatives at the European and global level have emphasised the potential of remanufacturing as the key model for the circular economy, useful in ex...

What We Waste: 41 billion bottles and cans are littered every year in Europe

There are over 41 billion plastic and glass bottles and beverage cans that every year, in Europe, escape the recycling circuit and end up in landfills, incinerators or, worse, in r...

Between work automation and ecological transition, data on the future of green jobs

New economy, new jobs. This is the equation that has been in vogue ever since Henry Ford produced the first mass-produced car on an assembly line in Detroit in 1908, a car that sol...

Second-hand IPOs and the Slow Down of Fast Fashion

Buying second-hand is nothing new. From thrift shops to car boot sales, the options for people looking to capitalise on turning possessions into cash are littered throughout histor...

To face complexity, we need to rediscover awareness of the limitations

Embracing complexity implies widening one's field of vision and learning to understand and consider the interconnections between phenomena, even those that seem too distant to matt...

The rise of the corporate circular economy professional

"Circular economy" was the fastest rising skill among all LinkedIn users in 2019, according to GreenBiz’s State of the Profession Report. Although the circular economy’s momentum i...

Performance as a product: the Chemical Leasing business model

How can different companies mutually benefit from each other’s success? Why is paying for the performance of the chemical better than paying for the chemical itself? And how can th...

Perspectives and Criticalities of CO2 Capture Techniques

Flexible, scalable and young. CO2 capture techniques promise great results in pollution reduction, from soil carbon storage to synthetic fuel production. But first the issue of cos...

Electrification and Digital Networks are Making the Energy Revolution Happen

The next 10 years will be crucial for the planet’s energy and climate future. They will also be decisive for our well-being and prosperity. Europe has set itself the goal of reduci...

How can we measure sustainability and circularity?

For several years, companies, organisations, and consultancies have been working to determine standards for measuring the level of circularity of products and activities. While som...

International Atomic Energy Agency: this is how nuclear decommissioning becomes circular

We’re back on the topic of nuclear power. 2021 may mark the tenth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, which on March 11th, 2011 rekindled the fear of the risks of atomic energy ...

The Right to Repair comes into force, but only for certain products

Spring brings a lot of news for the household appliance sector in Europe. Starting from March 1st, new energy labels have been introduced and, above all, the long-awaited and much-...

Making plastic circular is an increasingly chartered field

Streams of all things plastic floating across our oceans are now common news footage. By 2040, the amount of ocean plastic globally could triple to 29 million metric tonnes. Of the...