Partner publications

  • EMF- Towards a Circular Economy: Business Rationale for an accelerated transition.pdf

    Uploaded October 10, 2019

    Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2 December 2015

    Towards a Circular Economy: Business Rationale for an accelerated transition
     
    Today’s linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model, which relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy, has been at the heart of industrial development and has generated an unprecedented level of growth. 
     
    Yet increased price volatility, supply chain risks, and growing pressures on resources have alerted business leaders and policy makers to the necessity of rethinking materials and energy use – the time is right, many argue, to take advantage of the potential benefits of a circular economy.
     
    A circular economy is one that is restorative and regenerative by design and aims to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value at all times, distinguishing between technical and biological cycles. This new economic model seeks to ultimately decouple global economic development from finite resource consumption. A circular economy addresses mounting resource-related challenges for business and economies, and could generate growth, create jobs, and reduce environmental impacts, including carbon emissions. As the call for a new economic model based on systems-thinking grows louder, an unprecedented favourable alignment of technological and social factors today can enable the transition to a circular economy.

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  • EMF - The New Plastic Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics & catalysing action.pdf

    Uploaded October 10, 2019

    Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 13 December 2017

    The New Plastic Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics & catalysing action
     
    Plastics have become the ubiquitous workhorse material of the modern economy – combining unrivalled functional properties with low cost. Their use has increased twenty-fold in the past half-century and is expected to double again in the next 20 years. Today nearly everyone, everywhere, every day comes into contact with plastics – especially plastic packaging, the focus of this report. While delivering many benefits, the current plastics economy has drawbacks that are becoming more apparent by the day. After a short first-use cycle, 95% of plastic packaging material value, or USD 80–120 billion annually, is lost to the economy. A staggering 32% of plastic packaging escapes collection systems, generating significant economic costs by reducing the productivity of vital natural systems such as the ocean and clogging urban infrastructure. The cost of such after-use externalities for plastic packaging, plus the cost associated with greenhouse gas emissions from its production, is conservatively estimated at USD 40 billion annually – exceeding the plastic packaging industry’s profit pool. In future, these costs will have to be covered. In overcoming these drawbacks, an opportunity beckons: enhancing system effectiveness to achieve better economic and environmental outcomes while continuing to harness the many benefits of plastic packaging. 
     
    The ‘New Plastics Economy’ offers a new vision, aligned with the principles of the circular economy, to capture these opportunities. With an explicitly systemic and collaborative approach, the New Plastics Economy aims to overcome the limitations of today’s incremental improvements and fragmented initiatives, to create a shared sense of direction, to spark a wave of innovation and to move the plastics value chain into a positive spiral of value capture, stronger economics, and better environmental outcomes. This report outlines a fundamental rethink for plastic packaging and plastics in general; it offers a new approach with the potential to transform global plastic packaging materials flows and thereby usher in the New Plastics Economy.

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  • EMF - Reuse - Rethinking Packaging.pdf

    Uploaded October 10, 2019

    Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 13 June 2019

    Reuse - Rethinking Packaging
     
    Reusable packaging is a USD 10+ billion innovation opportunity that can deliver significant user and business benefits. Reuse models are sometimes considered burdensome or a thing of the past. However, innovative reuse models can unlock significant benefits, enabled by digital technologies and shifting user preferences. Such models can help deliver a superior user experience, customise products to individual needs, gather user insights, build brand loyalty, optimise operations, and save costs. 
     
    This work provides a framework to understand reuse, identifies six major benefits of reuse, and maps 69 reuse examples. Based on an evaluation of more than 100 initiatives and interviews with over 50 experts, it aims to inspire and help structure thinking. It provides a basic description of how different reuse models work as well as typical implementation challenges. It is not intended to be a detailed how-to implementation guide. 

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  • EMF - Circular consumer electronics: An initial exploration.pdf

    Uploaded October 10, 2019

    Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 23 April 2018

    Circular consumer electronics: An initial exploration
     
    This paper provides reflections on what a circular economy approach could look like for the consumer electronics industry. Built on insights from over 40 interviews with leading companies and researchers, the work is based on research supported by Google and undertaken by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2017. The paper focuses on smartphones, laptops, tablets, and smart home devices. It represents a first attempt at a vision for how electronics could fit within a circular economy, and actions by the industry to accelerate the transition.
     
    The transition to a circular economy presents clear opportunities for the consumer electronics industry, but there are still challenges to overcome. It is now time to decide how the new system will look and function, and exactly which steps we need to take to get there.
     

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  • EMF - Completing the picture: How the Circular Economy tackles climate change.pdf

    Uploaded October 10, 2019

    Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 23 September 2019

    Completing the picture: How the Circular Economy tackles climate change, V.1
     
    This report highlights the indispensable role that the circular economy plays in tackling the climate crisis. It aims to demonstrate how circular economy principles and strategies significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It sets out analysis on industry and the food system to illustrate how the circular economy transforms the way products are made and used, and how this transformation has the potential to reduce emissions. 
     
    It discusses initial findings indicating that the circular economy offers a unique potential to increase resilience to the physical effects of climate change, and aims to initiate a deeper exploration of the subject. Finally, setting clear priorities, the paper calls on governments,
    businesses, investors, and academia to integrate their efforts to respond to climate change with those to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. 

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  • Deutsche Bauchemie sets up 'Committee 7 Construction Sealants'.pdf

    Uploaded September 19, 2019

    At the initiative of member companies, Deutsche Bauchemie set up 'Committee 7 Construction Sealants'. The Expert Committee 7 cooperates closely with FEICA, as it deals with questions on the subject of sealants at a European level.

    #construction #sealants


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  • FEICA in the news - Auf dem Weg zur Kreislaufwirtschaft.pdf

    Uploaded August 01, 2019
    Farbe und Lack, the German edition of the European Coatings Journal (ECJ), publishes their interview with FEICA in the magazine's August 2019 issue.
     
    In the interview 'Towards a circular economy', Dimitrios Soutzoukis, Regulatory Affairs Manager at FEICA, talks about how the adhesive and sealant industry continues to innovate to become more sustainable.

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  • FEICA in the news - Towards a circular economy.pdf

    Uploaded April 24, 2019
    European Coatings Journal (ECJ), issue 4/2019: Towards a circular economy.
     
    In the interview, published by ECJ, Dimitrios Soutzoukis, Regulatory Affairs Manager at FEICA, talks about how the adhesive and sealant industry continues to innovate to become more sustainable.

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  • Cefic Facts & Figures 2018.pdf

    Uploaded December 11, 2018

    CEFIC - The 2018 Cefic European Facts & Figures provides an analysis of the latest competitive trends in the European chemical industry. The chemical industry is one of the European Union's most international, competitive and successful industries, embracing a wide field of processing and manufacturing activities.

    #statistics #reports


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  • DUCC issues paper on history of supporting REACH.pdf

    Uploaded November 05, 2018
    DUCC published a paper to highlight its activities over the last 10 years which are contributing to the implementation of some of the actions identified in the Commission report on the operation of REACH, as the result of the REACH 2017 review. (e.g. action 1 on the update of registration dossiers, action 3 on extended safety data sheets and action 12 on the interface between REACH and Occupational Safety & Health). 
     
    FEICA as member of the Downstream Users of Chemicals Co-ordination Group (DUCC) has contributed to the development of the paper, and more importantly, to the activities included therein regarding the REACH Regulation. 

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