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Are we ready for circular economy? Towards zero waste in construction

Are we ready for circular economy? Towards zero waste in construction

Abstract Over the past decade, the concept of circular economy (CE) has emerged encouraging a rethinking of the way products are designed so that they can be “made to be made again”, turning the conveyor belt of consumerism into a circle (a closed-loop supply chain) and hence eliminate waste. The construction sector, especially, is known to be one of the main contributors of material waste-to-landfill. This paper investigates (i) the causes ...
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The circular economy is a golden opportunity. Don’t let it go to waste

The circular economy is a golden opportunity. Don’t let it go to waste

At the heart of the Paris Agreement is a goal to keep global temperature rises well below 2˚C. The popular action area is around energy – both energy efficiency and renewable energy. Yet very large opportunities lie elsewhere as well, one of which is being virgin resource-efficient.
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Redesigning for the circular economy means connecting more closely with your customers

Redesigning for the circular economy means connecting more closely with your customers

Sustainability has become a more poignant topic in 2019 as a growing number of consumers voice concerns about the negative environmental impact derived from our continued dependence on the world around us. In fact, according to a recent Nielsen report, 48 percent of consumers in the United States claim they would modify their consumption habits to reduce their impact on the environment.
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No Trust, No Dust Incinerators Are Not A Suitable Solution For Lebanon

No Trust, No Dust Incinerators Are Not A Suitable Solution For Lebanon

Once again, the issue of the incinerators that the Beirut Municipality is pushing for, is brought to light with a projected meeting taking place at the municipality to pass the agreement on moving forward with the project despite objections from key local experts and environmentalists, and no clear information on the project’s location or indicators on the project’s environmental costs and health risks on surrounding communities, as well as its...
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How to globalize the circular economy

How to globalize the circular economy

Set up an international platform to share data and experiences, and coordinate industrial policies and trade to conserve resources and energy, urge Yong Geng, Joseph Sarkis and Raimund Bleischwitz.
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5 ways to make the waste-free 'circular economy' a reality

5 ways to make the waste-free 'circular economy' a reality

Governments and businesses are sitting on a massive opportunity to lessen their climate impact and drive up revenue and consumer satisfaction by moving toward a circular economy. A "circular economy" is one that can:
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These 11 companies are leading the way to a circular economy

These 11 companies are leading the way to a circular economy

The circular economy is more than just a buzz phrase. With the global population predicted to approach 9 billion people by 2030, we are using more resources than the planet can provide. Our future depends on reusing what we have in a sustainable way. Fortunately one resource that is unlimited is innovation, and many companies are developing ingenious ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.
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On the menu: Transforming global food systems

On the menu: Transforming global food systems

Europe these days is all about food. Not just eating it or shopping for it, but setting the table for its sustainable future.
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Circle of Life needs Circular Economy. A Definition.

Circle of Life needs Circular Economy. A Definition.

Circularity refers to a circular economy, which is an economic system aimed at making most out of resources. The circular vision is a world without waste. The approach is regenerative and as such in contrast to the traditional linear economy, which has a “take, make, dispose” model of production.
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The circular economy: Four million business models and counting

The circular economy: Four million business models and counting

Many ideas for the design of business models for the circular economy have been put forward. Some are based on case studies, others derived from theory. But why is it so difficult to provide a comprehensive overview of circular economy business models? The answer is simple: because there are so many of them.
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