Agriculture/food/forestry/bioenergy

The Litte Book of Biofuels

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BirdLife International, European Environmental Bureau (EEB), Transport & Environment (T&E)

Year: 

2014

"With the launch of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) in 2009, Europe’s demand for biofuels has skyrocketed. To meet this new demand, the global production of biofuels has also increased significantly. In fact, did you know that every car in Europe uses a blend of biofuels? That’s how common this product has become. Biofuels use vegetable oils, cereals, sugars and waste fats – mainly extracted from rapeseed, soy, palm trees, corn and wheat – to create energy. Because biofuels are derived from plant products, any increase or decrease in their use has a direct impact on agriculture...

Towards the Circular Economy Vol. 2: opportunities for the consumer goods sector

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Source: 

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Year: 

2013

"The report focuses on fast-moving consumer goods, which currently accounts for about 60 per cent of total consumer spending, 35 per cent of material inputs into the economy, and 75 per cent of municipal waste. Importantly, the consumer goods sector absorbs more than 90 per cent of our agricultural output - possibly our most embattled resource in the future." (https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/publications/towards-the-circul...)

Resource efficiency in Europe - Policies and approaches in 31 EEA member and cooperating countries

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Author names: 

Paweł Kaźmierczyk, Mikkel Stenbæk Hansen, Jens Günther, David McKinnon, Christian Loewe, Fredrik Lingvall, Tamas Kristof Kallay, Jozsef Szlezak, Bettina Bahn-Walkowiak, Marton Herczeg, Dominic Wittmer

Source: 

EEA

Year: 

2011

"This report provides an overview of resource efficiency policies and instruments in 31 member and cooperating countries of the EEA’s Eionet network. A detailed survey was conducted during the first half of 2011 to collect, analyse and disseminate information about national experiences in developing and implementing resource efficiency policies, with the goal to facilitate the sharing of experiences and good practice. The report reviews national approaches to resource efficiency and explores similarities and differences in policies, strategies, indicators and targets, policy drivers and...

Resource Efficiency: Potential and Economic Implications

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Author names: 

Paul Ekins, Nick Hughes et al.

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International Resource Panel

Year: 

2017

"This report examines the potential for increasing resource efficiency in industrialized countries, including the G7, emerging economies and developing countries. It focuses on the use of natural resources and the environment, including energy, land, water, raw materials: biotic and abiotic, marine and freshwater, oceanic and terrestrial. The evidence base includes the recent and ongoing work of the International Resource Panel, as well as that of a number of international organizations that have addressed this issue. The report also seeks to identify transboundary effects and discusses...

A Circular Economy in the Netherlands by 2050

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Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

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Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

Year: 

2016

This program explores the challenges and possibilities for realizing a circular economy by 2050 in the Netherlands. Both current and follow-up steps are identified for this purpose. The following barriers for the transition to a circular economy are mentioned: regulations, the non-internalisation of external effects, the lack of knowledge for technical, social and system innovation, non-circular behaviour of citizens and professionals, adaptation problems in the production chain, consolidated investments and interests, limited influence in the international playing field. The Dutch...

Sustainable alternatives for land-based biofuels in the European Union: Assessment of options and development of a policy strategy

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Author names: 

Bettina Kampman, Anouk van Grinsven, Harry Croezen

Source: 

CE Delft

Year: 

2012

Discusses sustainable biofuels, alternatives to land-based biofuels, how to meet the RED and FQD targets sustainability, and developing scenarios for 202 with respect to the EU.

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe

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Source: 

European Commission

Year: 

2011

Construction accounts for 50% of all extracted material use in the EU. The European Commission calls for a further strengthening of resource efficiency in buildings and construction by considering the lifetime costs of a building rather than just the initial costs and also better infrastructure planning. They have set the 2020 milestone to have the majority of rennovation and constuction standards to be of high efficiency standards.

The Circular Economy: A review of definitions, processes and impacts

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Author names: 

Vasileios Rizos, Katja Tuokko, Arno Behrens

Source: 

CEPS

Year: 

2017

Transforming the linear economy, which has remained the dominant model since the onset of the Industrial Revolution, into a circular one is by no means an easy task. Such a radical change entails a major transformation of our current production and consumption patterns, which in turn will have a significant impact on the economy, the environment and society. Understanding these impacts is crucial for researchers as well as for policy-makers engaged in designing future policies in the field. This requires developing an in-depth knowledge of the concept of the circular economy, its processes...

PLUREL

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"PLUREL consists of five interrelated research modules: Module 1 describes the underlying driving forces (such as demographic or climate change, resource availability and economic crisis) of recent urbanisation processes in the form of future scenarios. Module 2 translates these general trends into demands on land use, resources and public participation in the interface between rural, peri-urban and urban areas looking at the pan-European scale. Module 3 studies the regional strategies to steer developments in the urban fringe, against the setting of these pressures or demands on a local,...

WATSIM

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"WATSIM is world trade model for agricultural commodities. It currently covers twelve regions, including the EU, and 29 commodities. The model integrates different types of trade policies, such as tariffs and quotas, safeguards and export subsidies."

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