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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Help turn the linear into a circular economy with your green business idea and apply to the Green Alley Award, Europe’s first startup prize promoting digital circular economy solutions, recycling innovations and ideas for waste prevention. Applications including a customized pitch deck must be sent by 1st July 2018 at www.green-alley-award.com/apply. The offer: At the finals in
Circular economy is a great business opportunity to improve economic growth, produce substantial net material cost savings, create more jobs and increase innovation (click here to know more). Still, many barriers persist. Some companies managed to overcome them to take practical steps towards the transition. What is the circular economy? The circular economy is a system
ICEDE Research Group at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (USC) is contributing to the paradigm shift towards Circular Economy from research and university education. Within the R2PI project, the group is currently coordinating the consortium work related to case study development as well as leading investigation on two ambitious business models for Circular Economy
The mission of the Green Alley Award is simple: helping Europe’s most innovative businesses in the circular economy to flourish in the market. We are Europe`s first startup prize for innovative ideas on how to turn waste (back) into a valuable resource and want to give these promising businesses the visibility they deserve. With our