How Israeli Policy Enables a Sustainable Water System

Chaya Levin, Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research Today, 40% of the global population is affected by water scarcity, and this figure is expected to rise to 60% within a decade. In the face of this looming reality, Israel has emerged as a leader, pioneering the way toward a sustainable water system. Israel has a growing

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The rise of the “Phenix”: giving a second life to food waste

Aurélien Acquier, Valentina Carbone According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), a third of the world’s food output is lost or wasted between the time it is produced and the time it is consumed. This statistic is all the more alarming given that agriculture and food are major industries in

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Partnerships for Circular Economy: firm-centric, consortium and market-based approaches

We wish to invite you to our upcoming “Partnerships for Circular Economy” event. The event will take place during the 28th of March and is hosted by our partners in the Paris branch of ESCP. In this event you will have the chance for a unique review of three of the eighteen case studies we

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Brussels Workshop

We are very pleased to invite you to join two events on circular economy that will take place in Brussels on February 13th and 14th 2019. This event is hosted by our partners at CSR Europe, the leading European business network for Corporate Social Responsibility.   February 13th, business-oriented workshop – Objectives: Rethink your company’s business models and discover tools to

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Stakeholder Views Report- Enablers and Barriers to a Circular Economy

In September 2018, the R2π Consortium published the Stakeholder Views Report on the Barriers and Enablers to a Circular Economy. By analysing stakeholder views on what affects the transition to a circular economy, the report provides an insight into the key obstacles and drivers of adopting circular economy business models.   By promoting the implementation

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Case Study Methodology

R2π – Transition from Linear to Circular is a European Union Horizon 2020 project focused on
enabling organizations and their value chains to transition towards a more viable, sustainable and
competitive economic model.
The mission of the project is therefore to identify and develop sustainable business models and
guidelines that will facilitate the circular economy, and to propose policy packages that will support
the implementation of these sustainable models.
A core part of this project is to work with organizations who are on the journey towards developing
circular economy business models, as well as those who have the ambition to do so but haven’t yet
We are conducting case study projects with approximately fifteen selected

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Circular Economy and the policy making on the national and European level

Throughout the recent months, the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology has been continuing its work on the national Roadmap Towards Circular Economy Transformation. Currently, it analyzes multiple valuable comments and ideas which were sent in response to the document draft published in framework of public consultations. In general, the Roadmap will consist of four parts

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The Electronics sector is one of the first sectors to implement recycling and reusing as key elements in its manufacturing lines. Examples for such business models can be found in Canon’s closed loop recycling of cartridges which has been running for over 25 years. Another example can be found in Rolls- Royce’s “Power by the Hour” product services, which is a fixed cost per flying hour service that aligns the manufacturer’s interest with those of the operator and has been running since 1962. New innovative business models that followed such as Philips Healthcare’s product life extension, and Revertia’s remanufacturing and resale of computers and other electronic devices serve as study cases and lead the way in better waste management in an ever growing industry with an ever growing demand.

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Europe produces over 58 million tons of plastic annually. Many plastic products are designed for single use such as packaging (which accounts for 40% of the plastic production) and only 30% of all plastic products is recycled. Reducing usage could decrease oil dependency and the emissions of greenhouse gases. EU Circular Economy Action Plan emphasizes on minimizing consumption and increasing reuse of plastic products and on developing technology and innovative designs that enable a wider recycling scope for plastic products. Companies such as Polysecure and Rehau manufacture products that enable tracing plastic polymers, widening the range of plastic products recyclables. The revised R2Pi legislative proposals establish an ambitious and credible long-term path for waste management and recycling. Among the objectives is a common EU target for recycling 75% of packaging and of 65% of municipal waste by 2030.

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The Aquaponics Case-Circular By Design

The R2Pi project team is working closely with an advanced and innovative aquaponics start-up, to analyse how the business model and production process are oriented to improve circularity in the food sector. With this aquaponics case study, we are investigating the business models of a promising new area of technology based on biological processes in

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