The World Resources Forum conference will take place in Davos, Switzerland, 11-14 October 2015. The overall theme of the conference is “Boosting Resource Productivity by adopting the Circular Economy” with key topics:
- Circular economy and decoupling
- Technological innovation, business and finance
- Targets, indicators, and benchmarks for resource use
- Lifestyles and education
The Call for papers has recently been published with submission deadline: 1st May 2015.
The European Commission’s decision to ditch the Circular Economy package of waste, recycling and incineration laws, was confirmed, despite the objections of the EU Parliament and national environment ministers. Legal procedures to officially dump the legislation should be completed in the next couple of months, the Commission told EurActiv.
The final decision has been taken and nothing could be foreseen that would change the executive’s mind at this stage, EU sources said.
The 17th European Forum on Eco-innovation explored the dynamics of green jobs creation. More than 150 experts debated the potential of circular economy to drive businesses’ competitiveness and create employment.
Over the last decade 3 to 4.2 million jobs were created in European eco-industries. Recent studies at national level and for different sectors indicate a positive trend in employment generation coming from the transition to a resource efficient circular economy.
The European Environment Agency has published the report Signals 2014: Well-being and the Environment focusing on resource-efficient and circular economy in Europe. The report warns that we are extracting and using more resources than our planet can produce in a given time.
Europe must make the transition from its current linear economic model towards a more circular one. This was the key topic of discussion at this year’s Green Week, entitled ‘Circular economy – saving resources, creating jobs’.
The European Commission Directorate-General Environment has produced a website page explaining what is a circular economy and the benefits it will bring to Europe in terms of new growth and job opportunities. It provides basic information on circular economy and several links to other sources of information including a new factsheet on the circular economy in three languages English, German and French.
The build-up of 'circular' supply chains that increase the rate of recycling, reuse and remanufacture could generate more than $1trn (£600bn) a year for the global economy by 2025, according to a new reportr released at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Davos.
The report, by the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, calls for companies to understand the opportunities available through a circular business model.
This year sees the European Environment Agency (EEA) start a new five-year work programme and establish a new set of environmental policy priorities. The Multi Annual Work Programme will run from 2014 to 2018 and seeks to improve knowledge in areas related to EU environmental and climate policies already in place, and monitor progress towards the objectives and targets in Europe’s 2020 agenda.
European businesses could save £330bn by 2020 if they worked together to create a more resource efficient economy, according to a new roadmap launched by the government-backed Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
WRAP has today stepped up its campaign to create a "circular economy" in which products are designed more efficiently and waste is turned into a valuable resource that can be re-used.