Circular Economy

Incorporating circular economy systems to achieve sustainable growth!

 

The EC has adopted a Circular Economy Action Plan, in the framework of the European Green Deal, Europe’s new agenda for sustainable growth. A circular economy is a system aiming at preserving the value of products, materials, and resources, while minimizing the use of resources and the creation of waste, pollution, and carbon emissions, by avoiding discarding materials and encouraging their return to the product cycle at the end of their use. The process commences from the design and production product phase, creating new business opportunities, fostering sustainable consumption, and ensuring that the resources used are kept in the EU economy for as long as possible. The main objective is to make Europe the first digitally enabled circular, climate-neutral and sustainable economy through the transformation of its mobility, energy, construction and production systems, restoring its ecosystems and biodiversity, and managing sustainably natural resources to ensure food security and a clean and healthy environment.  The EU has the ambition to lead the transition to a sustainable, climate-neutral, circular and environment-friendly economy in full compliance with the United Nations 2030 Agenda, the Paris Climate Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity, as reiterated in recent communications, notably “Clean Planet for All” and “Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030”.

ViLabs applies traditional and innovative methods, , focusing on circular economy concepts:

  • Literature review on past efforts and initiatives and mapping of needs and shortcomings
  • Investigation and mapping of present challenges and tensions in democratic institutions
  • Policy design and recommendations to improve, refine and reshape circular economy policies and concepts

Related to Circular Economy, ViLabs offers the following services:

Relevant EU-funded projects

SIEUGREEN

Relevant Scientidic Publications and Initiatives

Publications

  • Moumtzi V., Kipourou K., Vontas A. (2019) Facilitating cities to deploy urban agriculture technologies in the transition to the circular economy: The SiEUGreen deployment methodology ICCE 2019, 17th International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment – 16-20 June 2019 Thessaloniki, Greece, article is under publication.
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