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Cattlechain: bridging the gap between livestock farmers and consumers

Unless you are a vegetarian, pescatarian or vegan, chances are you would not let a juicy ribeye steak pass you by. Would you? Even though countries may have different meat preferen...

Oil Recycling: Italy is an excellence in Europe, thanks to CONOU

CONOU has a long and interesting history. As a consortium, it has been operating since 1984. Its mission is to collect and recycle hazardous waste materials ranging from waste oil ...

The Merchants of Doubt

Credit Kayana Szymczak  2020 will mark the tenth anniversary of the publication of Merchants of Doubt, a book that in Europe and the USA has had an impact due to its capaci...

Biofuels: Aiming for a Greener and Cleaner India

With wind, solar and biomass gaining prominence and replacing age old sources such as coal, oil and even nuclear energy, there is space for virtuous companies to enter new markets ...

How GPP Works in Lombardy

With the approval of the new Public Contracts Code in 2016, Italy is the only European country that has made Green Public Procurement mandatory. This means that all public authorit...

Rethinking the Chinese Economy

  When was the circular economy idea first introduced in China? “As far as I know the idea of circular economy (CE) was first introduced in China in the late 1990s, by research...

The Circular Republic of China

In Shanghai, the city’s administration excels in its commitment to electronic waste recycling, an ongoing ordeal that emerged from China’s digital boom. Urban mining potential is b...

The Great Trade Challenge

A shock with worldwide repercussions: China’s ban on plastic waste imports, introduced at the beginning of 2018, has left the global recycling market reeling. The loss of the large...

How Green is Your Mine?

Western public opinion currently perceives China as a country whose prodigious economic growth has come at the price of unsustainable levels of environmental pollution. Although th...

Palm Oil Bioeconomy

Malaysia has an abundance of natural resources – especially, and controversially, of palm oil – and a public sector that favours innovation and attracts investments. These are the ...

Short-Term Profits for the Few: Populism and Agribusiness in Brazil

The Amazon is on fire. We can do something. Although these are both truthful messages, they must be put into context.  Indeed, scientific data about fires has often been reported ...

Regeneration: Planting Trees is the Secret Weapon for Reversing the Climate Emergency

“When I think that a man alone, reduced to his own simple physical and moral resources, was enough to cause this land of Canaan to spring out of the desert, I do find that, after a...

The Fight Against Climate Crisis Starts From the Bottom

According to data from the FAO, land conversion and organic soil drainage are responsible for approximately 10% of greenhouse gas emissions. It is precisely because of drainage tha...

Colombia Chooses the Circular Economy

Last November, Colombia’s Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development announced that it would launch the country’s first National Circular Economy Strategy. This initia...

A Circular Economy Must be a Social Economy

Back in 2015, the refugee crisis uncovered Europe’s ugliest face: thousands of people drowning in the Mediterranean, dying in the attempt to reach safe borders, just as the world’s...

Algeria's Hard Path Towards a Circular Economy

2019 has been a complex year of transition for Algeria: street protests lasting over eight months led to the resignation of long-governing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and the i...

Reconnecting With the Original Value of Food Through Fermentation

  We waste a third of the food we produce, and this is also because we forget where it comes from and what its real value in environmental terms is. At Noma in Copenhagen, the s...

The Doughnut Comes to Amsterdam: How to Create a Thriving City for a Thriving Planet

Applying principles from Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics, more than 40 officials from the city are collaborating with circular economy experts to re-imagine the future for cities...

In-House Training

It is a well-known fact that enacting industrial transformation processes is no easy feat. CEOs, CTOs and Sustainability Directors understand that they need to accelerate the trans...

A New Focus for Canon

  The Japanese corporation Canon is striving to become a leading force in the circular economy. To ensure a more efficient use of limited resources and reduce waste, Canon is ma...