Biodiversity

Bioenergy and europes quest for a circular economy

Type of evidence: 

Author names: 

Lisa Benedetti

Source: 

Eubioenergy

Year: 

2015

"Europe is on the move to become a ‘circular economy’ which is more competitive and resource efficient. The goal is a more circular flow of materials and energy so that Europeans use and consume in a way that creates minimal waste and puts less pressure on natural resources on this continent and other parts of the world. Sounds like a common sense plan…right? Yes, but one important question arises. Why isn’t the Commission including different types of biomass (biological material) as part of the circular economy equation?" (...

Resource efficiency in practice - Closing mineral cycles

Type of evidence: 

Author names: 

Marion Sarteel et al.

Year: 

2016

"The issue of closing mineral cycles was analyzed in eight European regions and the results are presented in the report "Resource Efficiency in Practice – Closing Mineral Cycles". The authors of BIO IS, Ecologic Institute, AMEC, Danish Technical University, University of Milano and LEI, identified measures that support the closing of mineral cycles within the study regions. For each region, practical and strategic options to reduce the nutrient surplus further were derived." (http://ecologic.eu/14069)

Regulatory barriers for the Circular Economy: Lessons from ten case studies

Type of evidence: 

Author names: 

Joost van Barneveld et al.

Source: 

Technopolis Group, Fraunhofer ISI, thinkstep, Wuppertal Institute

Year: 

2016

This report takes a look at several circular economy practices and identifies regulatory barriers that obstruct their full potential. Subsequently, recommendations are provided on how to overcome these barriers.

Advancing Resource Efficiency in Europe: Indicators and waste policy scenarios to deliver a resource efficient and sustainable Europe

Type of evidence: 

Author names: 

Dr. Jane Beasley, Ray Georgeson

Source: 

European Environmental Bureau

Year: 

2014

The EEB’s report utilized a baseline scenario created by projections related to existing waste policy. They expanded upon this baseline by proposing policy adjustments in the form of new formulations and altered target setting, which they conclude could result in substantial positive environmental, social, and economic impacts. The report also emphasizes a strong belief in the success of in-creased regulatory policy moving forward.

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