The Global Observer – November 2022

· Circular & Regenerative Economy News around the Globe ·

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Global News and Trends

WEF – Here’s how to create a circular system for the built environment

In this article, the World Economic Forum gives you six key actions to achieve a net zero world in the building sector. Indeed, this sector must include circular economy principles to fully reduce carbon emissions. – How Greenpeace plastic circularity report impacts beauty and personal care

To solve the issue of plastic waste the industry talks a lot about a recycling but a recent Greenpeace report says under present conditions, that’s not possible.

Weforum – How circular solutions can boost supply chain resilience and decarbonization

The World Economic Forum tells you more about how COP27 appears to be one of the crucial means to achieve a net zero world. All stakeholders need to rethink their business model, collaborate to accelerate decarbonization.

Novethic – In the run-up to COP-27 : five reports warn of the coming climate catastrophe

On the occasion of COP27, many reports were published, including one by the International Energy Agency, the UN and the World Meteorological Organization. Novethic offers you an overview of these reports. 

Ellen MacArthur Foundation – How the circular economy, COP and climate change are linked

Miranda Schnitger, in a video for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, explains how the circular economy, COP27 and climate change are linked?

GreenBiz – More sustainable doesn’t mean sustainable: How to use circularity to make the shift

We are still not respecting the constraints of our planet’s limits. Even if we produce products with smaller footprints, we still use too many resources beyond the planetary limits. Building circular business models thus appears to be the best solution.

Circular – Viability of a circular economy for space debris

Orbital debris is increasing rapidly in space. Ryan Leonard and Ian D Williams from the University of Southampton present a new method for estimating the total monetary value of all debris and the total mass of all objects currently in orbit.

Circular – Key target aimed at tackling plastic pollution set to be missed

A new report challenges the commitment to use only reusable, recyclable or compostable plastic packaging by 2025.  Indeed, some infrastructures seem to lack investment. 

Yale Insights – Your Packaging Is the Problem

Caroline James, Sustainability Director at Atlantic Packaging, questions the current system of plastics recycling. She suggests more sustainable solutions for businesses and governments in line with circular economy principles.

Europe, Middle East and Africa

Médias24 – Morocco must invest $78 billion by 2050 to adapt to climate (World Bank) (in French)

Due to recent events (water scarcity, flooding…) the World Bank recommends to the country priority investments to face these events, which can cause important financial losses.

Circular – MPs call for ban on all plastic waste exports 

A ban on the export of waste from the UK by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has been introduced, with the aim of reducing the country’s contribution to global pollution.

Novethic – Duty of care: BNP PARIBAS warned about its support for new fossil fuel projects (in French)

Europe’s leading bank, BNP Paribas, has just been put on notice for its support for fossil fuels. Indeed, the bank is being attacked by three NGOs (Oxfam, Friends of the Earth and Our Common Cause). 

The Nation – Making the circular economy work for Nigerians

How to implement Circular Economy in Nigeria? Nigeria does not have a waste management system. Indeed, the linear economic model is still very present in this country but how can this be changed? 

SAP News Center – African Voices: Creating a Sustainable and Inclusive Future for West Africa

This article shows us the impact of climate change on West Africa, particularly in Nigeria and Ghana. It also informs us that environmental and social issues, despite their importance, are not the priority of many countries and companies. 

npj – City or hinterland – site potentials for upscaled aquaponics in a Berlin case study

To solve the problem of self-sufficiency for urban populations, solutions such as aquaponics were found. Here is a case study on the potential of the city of Berlin to be self-sufficient in food production.

Pyxo – For an ecological planning that is circular! (in French)

Due to recent events (heat waves, shortages …), it has become necessary to act.  Discover the signatories of a bill aiming to “create a five-year circular programming law, essential for the effective implementation of a strategic policy. »


North America

Canada’s National Observer – The road less travelled: How circular economy thinking can inform next-generation climate policy

Circular Economy appears to be the solution to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, a more strategic approach is needed to capture the real potential of « circular thinking ».

The White House – FACT SHEET: Strengthening the U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership

The United States supports the development of Indonesia, a country that shares the same values and strategic vision. President Biden has therefore proposed several initiatives in favor of human and natural ecosystems. 

The OGM – New Digital Marketplace Launched to Support Canada’s Road to Circular Economy

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference at COP 27, the Circular Innovation Council announced the launch of the Net-Zero Mission: Clean and Circular Innovation Marketplace. 

Waste Dive – What analyzing National Sword can teach us about optimizing US plastics recycling

Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley recently published a study entitled “A Recycling Reckoning: How Operation National Sword catalyzed a transition in the U.S. plastic recycling system”. They discuss the problems of the U.S. recycling system and propose solutions to optimise plastic recycling in the United States.

Waste Dive – Tracking 2022 recycling laws by state

Discover the new laws in the United States that have been introduced and/or adopted on recycling issues (extended producer responsibility, postconsumer recycled content …) 

Latin America

The University of Manchester – New Blog on The Circular Economy and The Puzzle of Formalization

A new paper based on circular practices in the biodiverse Amazon has been published by MIOIR researcher Dr Ronnie Ramlogan and honorary senior researcher Paul Dewick.

OECD – Latin America and the Caribbean: The green transition can be an economic and social game changer, says new report

The consequences of climate change are significant and increase inequalities in Latin America. According to the Latin American Economic Outlook (LEO) 2022, a green transition could generate positive impacts for all. 

Asia Pacific

The Jakarta Post – Waste reduction and circular-economy acceleration to fight against marine debris 

The World Bank states that Indonesia generates 7.8 million tonnes of plastic waste per year. Unfortunately, this problem is having an impact on local human and natural ecosystems. 

The Manila Times – APEC emphasizes bio-circular-green economy growth

The effects of climate change are worsening and accelerating. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries are considering new approaches to deal with these events.

World Economic Forum- How can China build a circular economy for mobile phones?

China is a major producer and exporter of phones but unfortunately very few of these phones are recycled. Financial innovation appears to be a solution to solve this problem and thus develop Circular Economy. 

The University of Sydney – Circularising the Port of Newcastle – Can we learn from the Port of Amsterdam?

Australia has failed to secure the future of its operations and move away from fossil fuels. Veronica Schulz, compares the port of Newcastle, the world’s largest coal port, to the port of Amsterdam which has implemented the principles of the circular economy.

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