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Turning Cork Ethical

Cork is a valuable material: more than 40 years are needed to obtain a single cork. It is a noble material that embodies the history of its native land. It can be 100% recovered an...

Nà¸rrona: Outdoor Fashion Changes Clothes

For Jørgen Jørgensen, CEO of Nørrona, sustainability is a life goal. In the business world there is often talk of a “value proposition” to be made to customers through a company’s ...

We Are Still in Time

Photo Credit: MCC Thomas Koehler   In October, the IPCC – that under the auspices of the United Nations studies the effects of climate change – published a ...

Towards a Sustainable and Prosperous Europe

  2018 has been a turning point for the transformation of Europe into a more sustainable and circular society. The year started with good news for innovation frontrunners in the...

Circular Economy Academies

  “We will all become ‘circular’ because it is the right thing to do, but I don’t think it is necessary for every person to know in detail what the circular economy is: it will be...

Are Universities Ready for the Circular Economy?

University of Bradford. ©Tim Green aka atouch/Wikimedia Commons/cc-by-2.0   Looking at the numbers and expectations regarding the development of a circular economy in Eu...

Sustainable and Circular: This is How Brussels Envisions the Bioeconomy

Phil Hogan   Carlos Moedas   “A turning point, a milestone.” This is how Carlos Moedas and Phil Hogan – respectively European Commis...

Regenerating Local Territories with the Bioeconomy

The new European Strategy for the bioeconomy places emphasis on the territorial dimension: rapidly developing local “bioeconomies” throughout the continent. The geographical focal ...

A Way Out of the Crisis

Greece’s rescue package amounts to €290 billion over the last eight years. However, for Athens it mainly boils down to blood and tears. According to the Organisation for Economic C...

The Chemical Industry Says Goodbye to Fossil Fuels

Michael Carus, in his latest paper on the process of industrial change from a fossil-fuel-based system to one founded on renewable energy, cites the concept of “creative destructio...

Keeping CO2 Underground. Naturally

Two pieces of news – and not just one as the media have chosen to focus on – emerged from the latest IPCC report published last October. Indeed, everybody concentrated on the 1.5 °...

Carbon Smart Circular Economy

A carbon-proof circular economy? For Dr. Jennifer Holmgren this is not an impossible task. LanzaTech is working to create a large scale industrial Carbon Capture and Usage project ...

How to Redirect Capital Towards Circularity

The potential role of sustainable investments in the transition to a circular economy is the focus of a study undertaken in 2018 by the Italian Sustainable Investment Forum and CON...

France Turns Towards the Circular Economy

Following an intense consultation phase with stakeholders (businesses, councils and citizens), in April 2018 the French government licenced the roadmap that will guide the country’...

Occitania, a Positive Energy Region

Toulouse – the Occitania region’s capital – is a lively and historically rich city that has developed along the Garonne river. Known for being home to the Airbus headquarters and t...

The Life of Mines After Mining

Mining is an increasingly hot topic in the global community. Germany, a country traditionally considered to be a green leader, is just one example of the struggles faced when enact...

Being Sustainable in the Coloured Gemstone Business

The multibillion-dollar coloured gemstone industry is active in nearly 50 countries; contributing to the livelihoods of millions of people worldwide. Although it is difficult to ob...

Cobalt Shortages Ahead

The rapid growth in electric vehicles is creating an enormous demand for cobalt, causing high prices and supply chain issues for this critical material. Cobalt is a ferromagnetic ...

Solaris Tobacco Crop, a New Hope to Power Africa's Biofuel Jetliners

Solaris is a humble crop, largely ignored by farmers across Africa because it contains none of the lucrative nicotine found in other tobacco varieties. Solaris is a non-GMO rop tha...

Fighting Cholera with Waste

Yemen is suffering from a devastating humanitarian crisis. In the midst of civil war, most people no longer have access to energy and organic waste piles up in the streets. This al...