Circular Economy

Circular Economy
Closing the Loop with EU Funds

Thematic corner devoted to circular economy

What is a Circular Economy?

Circular Economy is a sustainable economic model where materials and goods are looped back into the system: it aims to minimise the extraction of raw materials and eliminate waste, all while using energy from renewable resources. As oposed to the current linear economic model (take-make-use-dispose), a circular economy is restorative and regenerative by design. The transition to a Circular Economy requires cooperation of all players involved in the economy (households, companies, public sector), so that one player’s waste becomes another’s “food” or fuel. The importance of “closing the loop” has been recognised by the European Commission and EU Funds offer a single public-funded opportunity of a coordinated EU-wide transition to a Circular Economy.

Watch the Ellen McArthur Foundation’s video explaining Circular Economy:

What is the EU doing to close the loop?

EU Countries’ Transition towards Circular Economy

Poland and the Czech Republic rank near the top of the list of the EU’s most circular economies, partly because they produce significantly less waste than Western European countries –

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SMEs & Circular Economy: Meet Interreg Project CESME

How can regional and local authorities and business development agencies improve relevant policy instruments and design support packages to assist SMEs in their transition towards a circular economy? In its Circular

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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ON CIRCULAR ECONOMY

European Parliamentar Research Service (EPRS) published an excellent infographic overview of circular economy: from materials to waste, with a special focus on smarter use of resources and actions taken so

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MEET SITRA – FINLAND’S LEADING DRIVER TO CIRCULAR ECONOMY

The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra has been selected as the winner of the public-sector category of The Circular Awards. Sitra is at the forefront of the Finnish road map to

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CIRCULAR ECONOMY STAKEHOLDER PLATFORM

A joint initiative by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform is a virtual open space which aims at promoting Europe’s

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EU STRATEGY FOR PLASTICS

By 2030, all plastic packaging in the EU should become recyclable. The Commission’s Strategy for Plastics also highlights the need for a legislative instrument to reduce the impact of single-use

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CIRCULAR ECONOMY PACKAGE

In 2015, European Commission has adopted an ambitious Circular Economy Package to help European businesses and consumers to make the transition to a stronger and more circular economy where resources

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TRANSITIONING TOWARDS CIRCULAR ECONOMY WITH INTERREG

A Systemic Approach for Regions Transitioning towards a Circular Economy: The RETRACE project aims at promoting systemic design as a method allowing local and regional policies move towards a circular economy when

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ETCP’s Contribution to Closing the Loop

Training and study visit: Fostering a transition towards smarter & greener cities with EU-Funded projects and programmes

Join us in Helsinki during EU Green Week to learn more about Sustainable (Urban) Development in EU Policies. This event is organised in partnership with Sitra, Finland’s leading driver of the circular economy.