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Decoupling 2: Technologies, Opportunities and Policy Options

 It is possible for countries to pursue their development strategies while significantly reducing their resource footprint and negative impacts on the environment. This can take place through 'decoupling' of well-being or economic growth from resource use and environmental impact, through resource productivity increases. Many decoupling technologies and techniques that deliver resource productivity increases as high as 5 to 10-fold are already available.

This report shows that much of the policy design "know-how" needed to achieve decoupling is present in terms of legislation,...Read more

Scoping Study to Identify Potential Circular Economy Actions, Priority Sectors, Material Flows & Value Chains

The aim of the study was to provide an initial scoping assessment of potential priorities and policy options to support the transition to a circular economy in the EU. The study reviewed existing literature, identified potential priority areas for action where accelerating the circular economy would be beneficial and where EU policy has a particular role to play, and developed policy options for consideration across a range of areas.

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Kommentierung der §§ 11 und 12 des Kreislaufwirtschaftsgesetzes

Dr. Stephan Sina, lawyer and Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, commented on the provisions regarding closed cycle management of bio-waste and sewage sludge (section 11 KrWG) and quality assurance in the field of bio-waste and sewage sludge (section 12 KrWG) in a new legal commentary on the Closed Cycle Management Act (Kreislaufwirtschaftsgesetz, KrWG). The legal commentary, edited by Jahn/Deifuß-Kruse/Brandt, was published by Kohlhammer in February 2014. It provides guidance to lawyers, administrative agencies, and waste management companies with respect to the application of the new Closed Cycle Management Act.Read more

Economic Instruments and Marine Litter Control

Economic instruments and marine litter control, published in Ocean and Coastal Management, provides a comprehensive up-to-date review of the literature on the economic instruments that can reduce marine litter. The paper, written by Frans Oosterhuis, Elissaios Papyrakis, and Ecologic Institute's Benjamin Boteler, assesses their cost of implementation, level of effectiveness as well as indirect environmental and socioeconomic effects (externalities) that may arise as a result of their implementation. The article is available for download.Read more

Marine Litter in the Baltic Sea: Challenges and Opportunities - Introduction

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At the workshop "Marine litter in the Baltic Sea: challenges and opportunities" on 14. November 2013, Susanne Altvater gave an introductory presentation on marine litter in the Baltic Sea and introduced the project CleanSea. The presentation slides are available for download.

The workshop was organized as part of the CleanSea project. CleanSea is a European multidisciplinary research project, which aims to assist Member States and other stakeholders with an improved knowledge base, as well as methods andRead more

Industry and Society's Needs for Sustainable Management of Raw Materials in Europe

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28 November 2013 to 29 November 2013
Brussels
Belgium

The COBALT Opening Conference aimed to initiate (and foster existing) debate, networking and exchange on a more sustainable raw materials management in the EU among a multitude of actors from industry and business, civil society, geological surveys, policy making at EU, national and regional level and academia. Participants from 15 European countries engaged in an open dialogue, thus increasing mutual...Read more

Marine Litter in the Baltic Sea: Challenges and Opportunities (CleanSea Discussion)

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14 November 2013
Berlin
Germany

On 14 November 2013, a workshop on marine litter in the Baltic Sea took place at the Ecologic Institute's offices in Berlin. Susanne Altvater, a Fellow at Ecologic Institute, gave an introductory presentationon on the topic and on the Clean Sea project in general to German representatives of the relevant industries. Subsequently Matthias Mossbauer presented the first results of the...Read more

Potential Circular Economy Actions, Priority Sectors, Material Flows, and Value Chains

November 2013 to June 2014
The circular economy is rapidly rising up political and business agendas. In contrast to today’s largely linear, 'take-make-use-dispose' economy, a circular economy represents a development strategy that enables economic growth while aiming to optimise the chain of consumption of biological and technical materials. A deep transformation of production chains and consumption patterns is envisaged to keep materials circulating in the economy for longer, re-designing industrial systems and encouraging cascading use of materials and waste.Read more

Climate and Clean Air Coalition - Addressing Climate Change and Municipal Solid Waste

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10 October 2013 to 11 October 2013
Vienna
Austria

The meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Municipal Solid Waste Initiative, from 10 to 11 October 2013 in Vienna, brought together participating cities and initiative partners to strengthen international action to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) from municipal solid waste. The CCAC Initiative fosters peer-to-peer knowledge exchanges, provides training opportunities, and continues to build a...Read more

Contributing to Building of Awareness, Learning and Transfer of Knowledge on Sustainable Use of Raw Materials (COBALT)

May 2013 to April 2015

Rendering the use of raw materials more sustainable along their life cycle within Europe requires continuous and open debate between political, economic, societal and academic actors. The COBALT project will help foster such debate by organizing international conferences and specific sectoral dialogues. Furthermore, in order to improve existing skills towards enabling a more sustainable use of raw materials, exemplary teaching courses will be developed addressing businesses and geological surveys.Read more

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