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SHAREBOX

Type of evidence: 

Year: 

2017

Resource efficiency offers a major economic opportunities for the European Process Industry, both in terms of cost savings as well as opportunities to offer greener products and services. Industrial Symbiosis (IS) is the use by one company or sector of by-products, including energy, water, logistics and materials, from another. The approach that underpins SHAREBOX centres on logical work flow that covers from the identification of new symbiotic synergies right through optimised connections among companies and organisations in established symbiotic relationships. SHAREBOX will provide plant...

Inspire

Type of evidence: 

Year: 

2017

The INSPIRE project will develop innovative business models for a selection of complementary sectors that will create flexible networks based on intensified processing enabling more local production in Europe and reverse the delocalisation trends. This will be possible thanks to a clear identification of research and business (including SMEs) needs, followed by the deployment of routes (roadmap) and guideline targeting to measure and assess the performance of such novel models under different possible scenarios under a cost effective and sustainable perspective.

Products that go round: Exploring product life extension through design

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Author names: 

Conny Bakker, Feng Wang, Jaco Huisman, Marcel den Hollander

Source: 

Delft University of Technology, United Nations University

Year: 

2014

"Product lifespans of electric and electronic products are in decline, with detrimental environmental consequences. This research maps the environmental impacts of refrigerators and laptops against their increasing energy efficiency over time, and finds that product life extension is the preferred strategy in both cases: refrigerators bought in 2011 should be used for 20 years instead of 14, and laptops for at least 7 years instead of 4. Designers however lack expertise to design for product life extension (through longer product life, refurbishment, remanufacturing) and product recycling...

iCspec

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Source: 

Spire2030

Year: 

2017

The iCspec project focuses on the in-line process control of many technically relevant gases such as hydrocarbons (HC). The main purpose of the project is to develop gas analyzers beyond the state-of-the-art for fast in-line multi-component monitoring of gas compositions in a process stream and to replace currently employed analyzers as gas chromatographs (GCs) or Fourier-Transform-Infrared spectrometers (FTIRs)

CIRCULARITY INDICATORS: An Approach to Measuring Circularity: METHODOLOGY

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Source: 

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Year: 

2015

A circular economy is a global economic model that aims to decouple economic growth and development from the consumption of finite resources. Increasingly, companies see tremendous opportunity in this model, as it not only allows them to capture additional value from their products and materials, but also to mitigate risks from material price volatility and material supply. Until now, there has been no established way of measuring how effective a company is in making the transition from ‘linear’ to ‘circular’ models , nor have there been any supporting tools. The Circularity Indicators...

HISER

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HISER

Source: 

HISER

Year: 

2015

Aims to increase the recovery rate of raw materials from buildings by taking into account circular economy approaches.

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.

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