Circular Economy

Circular Economy

The concept of circular economy is a model of production and consumption, based on extending the lifecycle of products and reducing waste to a minimum. Conversely, the traditional linear resource extraction and processing methods are responsible for half of total greenhouse gas emissions and more than 90% of biodiversity loss and water stress. This is why decoupling resource use from economic growth is more important than ever.

Managing the life cycle of natural resources, from extraction to waste is essential to achieve sustainable growth and develop a resource-efficient, circular economy. Circular economy systems keep the added value in products for as long as possible so that they can be productively used again, creating further value and eliminating waste. Transition to a more circular economy requires changes throughout value chains, from new ways of turning waste into a resource to new modes of consumer behaviour.

To achieve a climate-neutral and resource-efficient economy, the European Commission launched a Circular Economy Action Plan as part of the agenda for sustainable growth. The plan focuses on the sustainable design of products and a mode of consumption to empower consumers that would allow waste prevention and keeping the resources used in the EU economy for as long as possible. However, according to the last EEA report, circular economy initiatives in Europe are still at an early stage and would benefit from more investments in upscaling promising innovations and in monitoring progress towards circularity.

Objectives

  • Promote the circular economy transition by sharing expertise between members.
  • Encourage the use of biogas and support the regions on the design and implementations of the plans.

BiogasAction

BiogasAction aims at promoting the production of sustainable biogas throughout the EU, especially by exchanging best practice, creating new business models, and increasing investments in biogas production.

Best practices >

Biomass Criteria for Sustainable Energy Development in the Central and Eastern EU Member States

Biomass Criteria for Sustainable Energy Development in the Central and Eastern EU Member States

Read on to find out how EAP has been leading a national policy-making process for improved utilisation of biomass for heating and advocating the sustainable energy development of the local communities with high biomass-dependency.

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YmpyräKS: Towards Sustainable and Circular Business

YmpyräKS: Towards Sustainable and Circular Business

To support SMEs in their transition to a more sustainable approach in Central Finland, the Regional Council, together with the City of Jyväskylä, the Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurs have created a platform for business about mutual learning in sustainability.

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Construction and demolition waste in Central Finland

Construction and demolition waste in Central Finland

Discover how CIRCWASTE reduces, reuses and recycles construction and demolition wastes in Central Finland.

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Webinars >

7614Circular Economy

FEDARENE Webinar: Circular Economy beyond energy: recycling and reducing waste

Circular economy is not just about energy, it is a lifestyle! Learn all about how different stakeholders can transform their operations to become more sustainable.

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7608Circular Economy

FEDARENE Webinar: The energy dimension of Circular Economy

Find out all about the energy dimension of circular economy such as the biogas potential, public procurement, etc.

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7543Circular Economy

FEDARENE Webinar: Introduction to Circular Economy

Here's your inspiration to explore and delve into the topic of circular economy!

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