Towards a circular economy – Waste management in the EU


This report by the Scientific Foresight Unit (STOA) of EPRS- European Parliamentary Research Service examines the role of waste management in the context of a circular economy transition. The full text of the report is available here: https://goo.gl/9wrXiU

Summary:

Key challenges relate to moving beyond the perception of ‘waste as a problem’ to ‘waste as a resource’. To this end high levels of cooperation are needed between the waste industry and enterprises engaged in circular economy business models. Collecting high quality waste streams for re-use, remanufacturing and recycling also requires citizen engagement and integrated infrastructure development from the municipal to the EU level.

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DELIVERING THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY: A TOOLKIT FOR POLICYMAKER

Business leaders and governments alike are acknowledging that continued long-term value creation requires a new economic model that is less dependent on cheap, easily accessible materials and energy, and that is able to restore and regenerate natural capital. In its research to date, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has demonstrated that the circular economy is a clear value creation opportunity. As many policymakers become interested in this promising model, they envisage the important role they can play in creating the right enabling conditions and, as appropriate, setting direction to unlock it.

   * Full text of Executive Summary from  Ellen MacArthur Foundation

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* Finding your way

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1. First: Make sure you are in http://sustain.ecoplan.org (or https://sustainabiltyseminar.wordpress.com, same thing.)

2. Course blog”: Go to top right column and click the slot  where it says “* Click for free subscription.  At that point you will be sent a welcoming informing you see that you are “following the log along with xx “amazing people” (their words, not mine ;- ).  Since we are working on such a compressed timetable, I suggest you sign up for the daily updates.

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* Course strategy

Strategy  Execution Success
Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy in three short days? Instead of the usual full semester at the university with weekly lectures, heavy reading, extensive class discussions, working papers, visiting speakers, tea with your professor, and the rest. With one full week between classes for all that extensive preparatory work to be done each time. But that is not our case here. It’s 2015 and the dynamics of life, learning and work are not standing still. We need a strategy for our time.

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* Tell us who you are and what you expect

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Registered students are asked to prepare:

1, Short bio note with your background, country of origin, language(s), education to date and current/eventual career expectations or hopes – 100-200 words, with photo please

2. Paragraph or so giving your first definition/understanding of sustainable development, and finally a

3. Short statement setting out your  reasons for signing up and well as your expectations, hopes for the course (A paragraph or so will do).  

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* Our Ecological Footprints

global footprint logoSustainability starts with each of us.  So in that spirit each member of the class is asked to calculate their own ecological footprint, and then in a round table presentation report it and comment in less than five minutes. A reasonable starting point for background is the WP entry at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecological_footprint, which you are invited to read and eventually comment.

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* Defining Figures (Quick reports)

Sustainable development, the topic of our seminar, is pure concept.  It is not a “fact” as such; it is rather an ongoing and ever shifting interpretation of an planet sustainability esl-educationimperfectly understood complex system. And as such it is defined by human minds.  To get the ball rolling on this important aspect of the sustainability phenomenon here you have a very personal and very incomplete  list of a number of the people who in my view are collectively defining the field.  With  all the necessary contradictions that entails.  The one-click references are in each case to Wikipedia, and are presented as only a starting point to understand  the contributions that these splendid people are making to our more than challenging topic.

Any such listing will ultimately be very personal, even if it has been carried out by a committee, which was definitely not the case here. I have developed this particular personal pantheon of independent  thinkers, writers and doers who in my view have been among the leading influences in the move over the last half century from (a) a world not giving much attention to the broader implications of our collective choices and actions, to (b) the one that we live in today where we are at long last starting to become more aware that much of what we do, or make done, actually does impact on the future our small planet and others in many and often drastic ways.

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* Final report guidelines

hand pen computer guidelinesThe seminar paper accounts for fully half of your final grade in this course.  The way in which you present it is important and in the following we set out the standards and details of presentation that we expect will be rigorously adhered to.

Once you have absorbed the following, I invite you to have a close look at the section on Bibliographic Referencing and Citation, to which you can link  here.

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Final progress report and follow-up of 31 March 2015

Lyon, 31 March 2015

  1. Progress report:This is the last progress report I shall be issuing for this class.  Since our course is organized a bit differently from the others,  I hope you find the checklist useful.  You can see where you stand in terms of the assignments thus far submitted — unless of course I may have missed something which is quite possible, and in that case I would ask you to get in touch with me immediately so we can bring both our collaborative learning platform and your postings up to date.

Class progress 31mar14

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Monday, 16 March. Quick Weekly Update and Checklist

OUTSTANDING TASKS:

  1. Complete four short assignments — Profile, Footprint, Notable Figures, Key Terms.
  2. Check to see if you are up to date: Top menu, ASSIGNMENTS, Completed Assignments To Date, Your Name
  3. Feedback: Make an effort to follow the work of the others via (a) Sign in to our site for automatic updates; (b) Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SDED.dialogues; (c) LinkedIn at http://goo.gl/psv6Ad
  4. Complete and submit final report/essay.

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