These 17 innovators are helping accelerate the transition to a global circular economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Wesley Spindler, Senior Manager & Circulars Program Director, Accenture Strategy & Emmeline Cardozo, Business Strategy Consultant, Accenture The Circulars Accelerator launched its applications for its second year on UpLink, the World Economic Forum’s open innovation platform. The Circulars […]

3 ways the circular economy is vital for the energy transition

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: James Pennington, Associate Director, Circular Economy Lead, Deloitte Reaching net-zero goals is a massive undertaking, requiring an urgent systems-wide change in how we live and work. Making the needed changes at speed to support the energy transition is […]

5 circular economy business models that offer a competitive advantage

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henrik Hvid Jensen, Chief Technology Strategist NEE, DXC Technology Concerns about climate change mean the transition to a circular economy is gathering pace. Strengthened by attractive business models, political support and societal pressure, the circular economy will become […]

5 barriers to using recycled materials to boost the circular economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mayuri Wijayasundara, Lecturer, Deakin University Recycled materials could be used across manufacturing to make production processes greener and more sustainable. Significant challenges remain in terms of gaining widespread buy-in from manufacturers to use of recycled materials instead of […]

Circular economy: Commission takes action against five Member States to improve waste management

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Annual waste generation from all economic activities in the EU amounts to 2.5 billion tonnes, or 5 tonnes per capita a year, and each citizen produces on average nearly half a tonne of municipal waste. In its Circular Economy Action Plan, the Commission has […]

These Dutch cities are using the circular economy to conserve water

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content The Netherlands has a national strategy to fully embrace the circular economy by 2050. Amsterdam is working with utility companies to recycle used water. Rotterdam is filtering medicine residues from wastewater to […]

How changemakers in Bangkok are popularising the circular economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adithya B Kumar, Global Shaper, Bangkok Hub, Consultant, UNDP & Irvan Aditya Sutiono, Curator, Bangkok Hub, Venture Manager, Zipmex & Liepa Olsauskaite, Global Shaper, Bangkok Hub, Head of Brand Activation, Polymateria // EMF Circular Pioneer Cities tackling interconnected […]

How tech is helping Egypt’s informal recyclers build a circular economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Laila Iskandar, Founder and Member of the Board, CID Consulting Cairo’s informal waste collectors (zabbaleen) are a distinctive part of the city’s street culture and currently collect 50-60% of its waste. A group of multinationals, backed by Egypt’s […]

Circular economy: Commission provides guidance for harmonised application of Single-Use Plastic rules and advances on monitoring of fishing gear

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission provides guidance on the EU rules on single-use plastics and adopts an Implementing Decision on the monitoring and reporting of fishing gear placed on the market and waste fishing gear collected. These rules aim to reduce marine litter from single-use […]

Electronics can trigger a more circular, sustainable world – here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michael Murphy, Chief Product Compliance Officer & Vice President Compliance Engineering and Environmental Affairs, Dell Technologies Transitioning the electronics sector to circular practices is complex but necessary for a more sustainable future. Re-using materials, adapting supply chains, and […]

Embracing technology as a service will fuel the circular economy. Here’s how.

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Sheeran, Managing Director, Worldwide Channel and SMB, HPE Financial Services Technology as a service has the potential to generate significant growth opportunities for any industry. It offers sustainable outcomes, specific to each industry. Offering as-a-service requires the […]

The circular economy transition is a multi-million opportunity for Africa – here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Al-Hamndou Dorsouma, Acting Director Climate Change & Green Growth, African Development Bank The circular economy offers a promising opportunity for economic development, value creation and skills development for Africa. New research shows that creating five new industries in […]

4 ways the circular economy can help heavy industry reduce emissions

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christoph Willing, Senior Engagement Manager, McKinsey, Hamburg office The majority of industry emissions comes from 4 material groups: Steel, cement, aluminum, chemicals. Global demand for the 4 focus materials is expected to increase – exacerbating the emission challenge. […]

17 innovations accelerating the transition to a circular economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emanuela Orsini, Digital Content Specialist, World Economic Forum Geneva The Circulars Accelerator Cohort 2021 is supporting innovators to scale their ideas for a more circular economy. The circular economy, which aims at reducing and eliminating waste and continuing […]

The next decade is critical for the climate. Here’s how the circular economy can help

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Naoko Ishii, Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, University of Tokyo Net zero cannot be achieved by decarbonizing the energy sector alone. Circularity is needed to tackle climate goals within the next decade. Many of our environmental calamities – […]

3 reasons why embracing the circular economy can be powerful for middle income countries

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Maria Carolina Schmidt Zaldívar, Minister of Environment of Chile and President of COP25, Ministry of Environment of Chile The circular transition is crucial to building a resilient economy, protecting social wellbeing, and mitigating the climate crisis. The move […]

To build a resilient world, we must go circular. Here’s how to do it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility & Frans van Houten, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Philips The best way to build resilience against future pandemics and the impact of climate change is to move to […]

Aluminium can help to build the circular economy. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Greg Barker of Battle, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, En+ Group & Anthony Robert Hobley, Executive Director, Mission Possible Platform, World Economic Forum A circular economy approach could reduce emissions from the production of key materials […]

The world needs a circular economy. Help us make it happen

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Frans van Houten, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Philips & Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility The circular economy could be a $4.5 trillion business opportunity. Only 9% of the global economy is circular at […]

Here’s how businesses can make the circular economy a reality

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alain Bejjani, Chief Executive Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Half of all existing plastic was manufactured in the last 13 years. Less than 10% of all plastic has been recycled. Corporations like Dell, PepsiCo, British Telecom and Majid Al […]

To build a circular economy, we need to put recycling in the bin

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alexandre Lemille, Co-founder and general secretary, African Circular Economy Network Too often the concept of a circular economy is muddled up with some kind of advanced recycling process that would mean keeping our industrial system as it is and […]

The world’s economy is only 9% circular. We must be bolder about saving resources

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Janez Potocnik, Co-chair, International Resource Panel & Antonia Gawel, Head of Circular Economy Initiative, World Economic Forum The immense progress in human development over the past century has provided incredible opportunities for many, yet it has been largely fuelled […]

Here’s how a circular economy could change the world by 2030

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: 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 […]

Innovation and entrepreneurship can cut waste and deliver the circular economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content My five year old daughter asked me recently if could take a bag and her gardening gloves to school. I said yes, of course – but why? She replied that at recess, she […]

Closing the loop: Commission delivers on Circular Economy Action Plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. All 54 actions under the plan launched in 2015 have now been delivered or are being implemented. This will contribute to boost Europe’s competitiveness, modernise its economy and industry to create jobs, protect the environment and generate sustainable growth. The European Commission today published […]

These 11 companies are leading the way to a circular economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Thornton, Senior Writer, Formative Content 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 […]

4 key steps towards a circular economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Antonia Gawel, Head of Circular Economy Initiative, World Economic Forum Moving towards a more circular economy is a logical proposition. Use less natural resources, reduce pollution, tackle climate change, enhance consumer satisfaction, while also improving the bottom line. The […]

It’s time for the circular economy to go global – and you can help

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Frans van Houten, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Philips & Naoko Ishii, CEO & Chairperson, the Global Environment Facility It is time for a radical rethink about our relationship with natural resources. We must move away from our current ‘take-make-waste’ […]

5 surprising ways to reuse coffee grounds

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Authors: John McKenna, Formative Content Every day more than 2 billion cups of coffee are consumed across the globe. Most of the coffee grounds used to make those cups are thrown away, with six million tonnes sent to landfill […]

EU invests in green projects and bans single-use plastics while climate change requires more to be done

It was last Thursday when the European Commission approved a 243 million euros package for LIFE programme projects which will improve the environment and reduce carbon emissions. This action enhances the EU climate position ahead of the COP24 in December and may have substantial influence to the rest of the parties. Apart from that, the […]

Main results of EU Environment Council, 25/06/2018

This article is brought to you in association with the European Council. Circular Economy On 25 June the Environment Council adopted conclusions on delivering the EU action plan for the circular economy. The Council reconfirmed the potential of the circular economy to achieve sustainable growth and to reduce the dependency of the EU on non-renewable primary […]

UN Environment Assembly 2017: where the world convenes to #BeatPollution

The third session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) is concluding today in Nairobi, Kenya, with more than 4.000 heads of state, ministers, business leaders, UN officials and civil society representatives to partake in this three-day meeting. Pollution and the ways to eliminate all its forms is the target of every leader, activist, scientist […]

EU to fail 2050 Green targets due to lack of European citizens’ engagement

The European Environment Agency (EEA) published last Tuesday a report that shows the substantial efforts that have been made in the EU regarding the objective of “living well within the limits of the planet”. It also clearly states that substantial steps must be made in order to be able to reach the environmental goals by 2050, one of which […]