The circular economy is about reducing the amount of waste we generate. How does it differ from recycling?
‘When some people think of the circular economy they tend to think about recycling materials, but it is actually much more than that. It is thinking of ways to maintain the value of the product before recycling or recovering a material.
‘Currently we have a linear economy where we make, use and dispose of products, which is incredibly wasteful. A circular economy means keeping products and materials in use for as long as possible.
Improving the evidence base about these impacts can help policy-makers decide on priorities and weigh potential policy options against each other. It can also contribute to achieving a better integration of the circular economy in strategic policy processes such as the European Semester.
A conference on the impacts of the circular economy transition in Europe has been organised in the context of the CIRCULAR IMPACTS project.
These projects were selected among 79 proposals which were submitted by the deadline of 27 February 2018 for the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 one-stage call - Greening the economy in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
Grant agreements are now being prepared for signature so that the new projects are ready to be launched as of November 2018 onwards.
118 successful applicants to the first stage of the two-stage calls for proposals were invited to submit full proposal by 4 September 2018.
- it has been developed by an innovator with legal representatives in a EU or associated country;
- it mitigates impacts from floods, droughts or extreme weather events;
- it is at a technical readiness level (TRL) of 4 or higher (i.e. a prototype has been developed and is ready for further testing in the lab or field); and
- it is a structural, software or nature based solution.
The workshop was the occasion for public discussion on the recently published ICT4Water Digital Single Market for Water Services Action Plan, for welcoming new members, and for listening key stakeholders’ views on digitalisation applied to the water sector.