World Economic Forum: Here’s how a circular economy could change the world by 2030 (Article October 2019)

Article from World Economic Forum, 29 Oct 2019 by Leanne Kemp, Chief Executive Officer, Everledger:

“Let me share my vision of 2030

By then, we are living in a global circular economy that has become ‘intentionally transparent’. This open mindset has released a surge in trust throughout the world’s supply chains that encourages higher visibility and greater control over responsible sourcing. We now have ethical and sustainable circular supply chains in which the rewards are shared equitably, right from local communities through to the primary consumer and beyond.More

CEO Guide to the Circular Bioeconomy (report by WBCSD and BCG, November 2019)

WBCSD released the CEO Guide to the Circular Bioeconomy, a call for the shift towards a sustainable, low-carbon, circular bioeconomy.

It presents a USD $7.7 trillion opportunity for business by 2030, establishing the circular bioeconomy as a nature-based solution that addresses five of our greatest environmental priorities.

While the global population has doubled over the last 50 years, resource extraction has tripled.More

Buying less is better than buying green for the planet and your happiness! (Study from University of Arizona, October 2019)

A new study found that people who consume less are happier than those who engage in other pro-environmental consumer behaviors, like buying environmentally friendly products.

Humans’ overconsumption of resources — from the food and clothes we buy to the methods of transportation we choose — is a leading contributor to global climate change, says University of Arizona researcher Sabrina Helm. Therefore, it’s increasingly important to understand the choices consumers make and how those decisions affect the health of a planet with limited resources.More

Her er klimaeffekten af at handle second hand – produkt for produkt (Avfall Sverige, August 2019)

Ny rapport fra Avfall Sverige:

“Att återanvända kläder sparar tio gånger mer koldioxid än att återvinna materialet för att skapa nya textilier.

Varje mobil som återanvänds istället för att skrotas sparar cirka 60 kg koldioxidekvivalenter.

De högsta koldioxidbesparingarna genereras enligt Avfall Sverige genom förebyggande av textil samt av elektriskt och elektroniskt avfall.More

181 major US businesses commit to act fairly and sustainably (published August 2019)

A welcome development this week was the declaration from 181 chief executives of US companies to operate in a way that values and recognizes all their stakeholders.

The signatories to the Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation, organized by Business Roundtable, includes commitments to:

  • Respect communities and the environment by embracing sustainable business practices;
  • Deal with suppliers and partners fairly and ethically;
  • Invest in their employees, fostering diversity and inclusion;
  • Demonstrate transparency and effective stakeholder engagement.

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Artificial intelligence and the circular economy (report from Ellen McArthur Foundation, January 2019)

This paper offers a first look into the cross-section of two emerging megatrends: how AI can accelerate the transition to a circular economy. It finds that AI can enhance and enable circular economy innovation across industries.

A circular economy, in which growth is gradually decoupled from the consumption of finite resources, offers a response. Its principles are to design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use, and regenerate natural systems.More

Efter CØ (Cirkulær Økonomi) kommer BØ (Behold-Økonomi) (Aktuell Hållbarhet, marts 2019)

Uddrag af artikel 1. marts 2019 af  Björn Anderberg, redaktör, Aktuell Hållbarhet:

“Inget varar för evigt och det är intressant att fundera på vad som kommer efter hållbarhet. En bubblare i flera år har varit cirkulär ekonomi, CE, som presenteras som en lösning på alla möjliga samhällsproblem kopplade till klimat, konsumtion, avfall, design och resursutnyttjande.

Men teorierna inom cirkulär ekonomi är ofta tillkrångliga och svårbegripliga och den cirkulära ekonomi framstår mer och mer som en kalkon, en fågel som flaxar och flaxar men aldrig riktigt lyfter.More

Most U.S. companies say they are planning to transition to a circular economy (Fast Company, February 2019)

When Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport remodeled a terminal, it didn’t buy light bulbs; instead, the company signed a contract for “light as a service” from Signify, the company formerly known as Philips Lighting. Signify owns the physical lights, giving it the incentive to make products that last as long as possible and that can be easily repaired and recycled if anything breaks.

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