Publications

Anthropogenic Minerals and the Circular Economy, July, 2015

 

obraz1This report has been compiled In order to provide an easier access to the sources of documents and getting to know a draft of Polish position concerning anthropogenic minerals. In its first part, it presents the foundations of the circular approach in economy, pointing at source documents and referring to coal combustion products (CCP). Next, anthropogenic minerals are presented, their production and use as a resource with reference to the CE principles. It shows how poorly Poland performs in comparison with other select European states in terms of use of anthropogenic aggregates in particular. The third material presents the Roadmap – Circular Economy Strategy proposal of the European Commission. The next material presents an outline of Zero Waste Coal Power concept, with its areas for beneficiation of anthropogenic minerals and innovation in power engineering processes. What follows is a presentation of the original Circular Economy indicators and the methodology behind their calculation. It seems that they concentrate on the production of consumer goods and not on the area of our interest – the anthropogenic minerals. Because of this we present assumptions for the Zero Waste Coal Power and proposals for alternative CE indicators for this sector of economy. The report concludes with a draft position on CE for industries generating massive anthropogenic minerals, namely mainly mining of fossil fuels, mineral aggregates and coal based power sector. We see it as an overview of key areas important for the effective implementation of CE, and an introduction to genuine discussions in this scope.

 

 

Circular Economy Package, directions and potential scenarios of changes in the European Commission’s waste regulations

pakiet-ceOn 2 December, 2015, the European Commission has published a Circular Economy Package which also includes a Commission Communication “Closing the loop – An EU action plan for the Circular Economy” and proposals for new directives related to waste. These and other documents concerning waste and resource saving were compiled and included in this publication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY MATTERS

dlaczegoAs many circular economy opportunities have a sound underlying profitability, businesses are driving the shift towards the circular economy. Yet there are often non-financial barriers limiting further scale-up or holding back pace. Policymakers therefore can play an important role to help overcome these barriers and to create the right enabling conditions and, as appropriate, set direction for a transition to the circular economy. This toolkit aims to complement existing literature by offering policymakers an actionable step-by-step methodology to design a strategy to accelerate the transition towards the circular economy.

 

 

 

 

 

The Circular Economy and Benefits for Society, Jobs and Climate Clear Winners in an Economy Based on Renewable Energy and Resource Efficiency

 

korzysciThe central theme of this report is how to greatly enhance resource efficiency. The proposition is that a circular economy, where products are designed for ease of recycling, reuse, disassembly and remanufacturing should replace the traditional, linear ’take, make & dispose’ model that has dominated the economy so far. This, no doubt, is a major prerequisite to stay within the Planetary Boundaries

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unemployment and the circular economy in Europea study of opportunities in Italy, Poland and Germany

 

rynek_pracyThis study outlines how growth in the circular economy could create large numbers of jobs in remanufacturing, repair, recycling, servitisation and the bioeconomy, across all regions and skill levels. Crucially, it departs from similar studies by showing that many of these jobs would address persistent regional and occupational discrepancies in unemployment and would, therefore, be net jobs that bring people out of unemployment, rather than displacing workers from existing jobs. It also shows that over 90 per cent of these jobs would continue to exist after 2025, despite the predicted ‘hollowing out’ of the labour market, which is characterised by the decline in mid skill level occupations.

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