The EU is funding a whole range of innovative projects across Europe to advance towards a more sustainable, circular and competitive economy. The European Commission will showcase some of these circular solutions at the World Circular Economy Forum 2017 on 5-7 June in Helsinki, Finland.
Business leaders, experts and decision makers will meet for three days in June to discuss solutions for a transition to a stronger and more circular economy. The conference – which is co-organised by the European Commission – will showcase solutions that foster a more efficient use of resources to the benefit of both the environment and the economy.
Circular business solutions to meet the Sustainable Development Goals
The European Commission will give centre stage to EU-funded innovative circular business solutions on 5 June 2017 (14:15-15:45 Eastern European Time). In a session called "17 circular SMEs meet the 17 SDGs", entrepreneurs will present how their business solutions contribute to achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and a more sustainable, circular economy.
Managing water resources in fast-growing economies
DAFNE project funded through the EU's Horizon 2020 programme presented by VISTA GmbH, Germany
The DAFNE project is working on an integrated approach for water resources management in fast-growing developing countries, in particular in Africa. A company specialised in remote sensing applications for hydrology and agriculture, VISTA develops process models, for example, on water balance or crop growth based on satellite data. Read more
Smart logistics for waste collection and recycling in European cities
SmartWASTE project funded through Horizon 2020 SME Instrument presented by Enevo OY, Finland
As part of the SmartWaste project, Enevo develops more efficient systems for waste collection and management in European cities. The Finish company pilots a logistical solution which allows emptying bins when they are going to be full rather than collecting bins that do not need emptying. This will save unnecessary costs, time, gas consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Read more
Renting and repairing system for children clothes
CLOSERR project funded through the EU's CIP Eco-innovation programme presented by TaleMe, Belgium
With support from the EU's Eco-innovation programme, the Belgian company TaleMe has launched a renting system for both high quality and eco-friendly children clothes. By extending the children clothes' length of use, the system helps reduce textile waste, greenhouse gas emissions and water footprint. Read more
SOL-BRINE project funded through the EU's LIFE programme / ZERO BRINE project funded through Horizon 2020 presented by SEALEAU, Greece/Netherlands
SEALEAU is a spin-off of the SOL-BRINE project which developed a solar-powered system for the treatment of brine from desalination plants. The innovative treatment system eliminates brine as waste while at the same time producing two marketable by-products: salt and water. An upcoming Horizon 2020 project (ZERO BRINE) will look at how the supply chain of water and minerals can be re-designed to fully exploit this new system. Read more
An online platform to help organisations re-use unwanted items
REBus project funded through the EU's LIFE programme, case study Globechain, UK
The REBus project helped organisations and small businesses to develop and implement resource-efficient business models. Globechain, a company from the UK which set up an online re-use platform for redundant commercial items, was one of the project's case studies. Read more
Recycling LCD visual displays
Revolve Project funded through the EU's CIP Eco-innovation programme presented by Votechnik, Ireland
Supported by the EU's Eco-innovation programme, Votechnik developed a fully automated, low-cost technology for recycling Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) panels. By separating the liquid crystal glass panel and the mercury from the LCD display, the system enables further downstream recycling. Read more
Cities cooperate for a circular economy
FORCE project funded through the EU's Horizon 2020 programme presented by Letbæk Plast, Denmark
The 22-partner strong FORCE project will pilot eco-innovative solutions for avoiding and recycling waste in four European cities: Copenhagen, Hamburg, Lisbon and Genoa. The Danish company Letbæk Plast is one of the partners. They design, develop and manufacture innovative plastic solutions made from recycled material and reusable. Read more
A sustainable logistics system for fresh produce
Usa e Riusa project funded through the EU's LIFE programme presented by CPR System, Italy
As part of the Usa e Riusa project, the Italian company CPR System has set up a network of "processing centres" using reusable, foldable and recyclable crates for the packaging and transport of vegetable and fruits from the field into the supermarkets. The logistics system reduces packaging waste to almost zero – and brings down prices of fresh produce. Read more
Making cities more resilient to climate change
RESCCUE project funded through the EU's Horizon 2020 programme presented by OptiCits, Spain
The RESCCUE project works on models and tools for city managers which will help cities withstand and recover quickly from multiple shocks and maintain continuity of services. OptiCits is a start-up that developed an innovative methodology to assess and improve urban resilience and participates in the project. Read more
A technology for recycling maritime waste
RETRAWL2 project funded through the EU's CIP Eco-innovation programme presented by Plastix A/S, Denmark
Supported by the EU's Eco-innovation programme, the Danish cleantech company Plastix set up a system to transform marine litter such as discarded fishing nets and trawls into high-quality plastic materials. Their innovative recycling technology helps to tackle the growing problem of ghost nets – which cause severe harm to sea life and considerable economic damage. Read more
In addition, the session will feature circular economy solutions developed by small businesses funded through the EU's SWITCH-Asia programme for sustainable consumption and production.
Not in Helsinki? You can watch the session via webstreaming.