Reports

Circular photovoltaics – circular business models for Australia’s PV industry

Circular photovoltaics – circular business models for Australia’s PV industry

Reports

This new report – which acknowledges input from NSW Circular Director and UNSW Professor Veena Sahajwalla – explores the opportunities presented by the circular economy for the photovoltaic industry in Australia by analysing the current state of play of the industry and the circular economy, outlining how circular business models could apply to the lifecycle of a photovoltaic panel, and recommending ways forward for industry stakeholders.
Re-defining Value – The Manufacturing Revolution

Re-defining Value – The Manufacturing Revolution

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Remanufacturing, Refurbishment, Repair and Direct Reuse in the Circular Economy (UN Environment)

This report connects the potential for resource efficiency, via circular economy and the processes that retain product value within the systems, with a policy-relevant lens. The report is one of the first to quantify the current-state and potential impacts associated with the inclusion of value-retention processes within industrial economic systems. In order to do that the assessment applies the different value-retention processes to a series of products within three industrial sectors and quantifies benefits in relation to the original manufactured product, such as the material requirement, the energy used, the waste as well as the costs and the generation of jobs. The report also highlights the systemic barriers that may inhibit progressive scale-up including regulatory, market, technology and infrastructure barriers, and how they could be overcome.

Queensland Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy

Queensland Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy

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The Strategy presents a strategic plan for a better way of managing waste in Queensland, by harnessing the potential value of resources that have traditionally been discarded. The Strategy’s three strategic priorities will guide the transition to a more circular economy, reduce the amount of waste disposed of to landfill, or illegally, and provide a more sustainable source of end-of-life products and materials to create new products. The Strategy will be accompanied by a series of action plans that detail the implementation of the strategic priorities, including timeframes and responsibilities.

Queensland Resource Recovery Industries – 10 year road map

Queensland Resource Recovery Industries – 10 year road map

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Working closely with industry and other stakeholders, the Queensland Government has developed a series of roadmaps focused on emerging priority sectors with global growth potential. The Resource Recovery Industries 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan (the Roadmap) is a key action under the Qld Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy (Waste Strategy). The Roadmap provides industry and other stakeholders with an overview of our plan to expand and enhance this established industry sector, and support new technologies for it to grow. It will guide the sustainable growth and development of Queensland’s resource recovery industries by facilitating investment and market-capacity building and coordinating appropriate land-use planning frameworks to realise the economic opportunity the Waste Strategy presents.

Reuse – Rethinking Packaging (Ellen Macarthur Foundation)

Reuse – Rethinking Packaging (Ellen Macarthur Foundation)

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This new release from the New Plastics Economy team provides a framework to understand reuse models, it 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. The focus of this initial work is on packaging solutions in business-to-consumer (B2C) applications. While there certainly are many reuse opportunities in business-to-business (B2B) applications, these are generally better understood and adopted at scale already.

ISO announces new technical committee – ISO-TC 323 Circular economy

ISO announces new technical committee – ISO-TC 323 Circular economy

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Standardisation in the field of circular economy to develop requirements, frameworks, guidance and supporting tools related to the implementation of circular economy projects. The proposed deliverables will apply to any organization or group of organizations wishing to implement circular economy projects, such as commercial organizations, public services and not-for-profit organisations.

Victorian Government proposed Circular Economy Strategy and Policy

Victorian Government proposed Circular Economy Strategy and Policy

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The Victorian Government is developing a circular economy policy and action plan for Victoria. In a circular economy people minimise waste and make the most of resources. Shifting to a more circular economy will grow the economy, increase jobs and reduce impacts on the environment. The circular economy policy will build on Victoria’s leading waste and resource recovery initiatives, including our response to global recycling market challenges. More than that, it will find new ways for Victorian businesses and communities to use materials more efficiently and avoid waste in all stages of making, using and disposing of the products and infrastructure we rely on every day. The government is gathering information to better understand how Victoria can benefit from more circular production and consumption.

New Plastics Economy Global Commitment Report – UN Environment and Ellen Macarthur Foundation

New Plastics Economy Global Commitment Report – UN Environment and Ellen Macarthur Foundation

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This report reveals details of industry and government efforts to tackle plastic waste and pollution. Details of how brands, governments, and other organisations are tackling plastic pollution have been set out side-by-side for the first time, thanks to this new report published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative, in collaboration with UN Environment.

APCO packaging material flow analysis 2018 (released 2019)

APCO packaging material flow analysis 2018 (released 2019)

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The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) commissioned the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney (ISF) to characterise the waste material flows through the Australian waste packaging system, using material flow analysis (MFA) methodology. MFA assists in visualising the flows of packaging materials throughout the Australian waste system, from consumption through to reprocessing. This analysis provides a comprehensive understanding of the collection, sorting and recovery systems in Australia, identifying a range of potential strategies across the value chain to improve recovery of packaging. Analysis was undertaken for the postconsumer glass, paper, metal, and plastic packaging waste systems in Australia for the 2017/18 financial year. These material flow estimates were used as a baseline for evaluating future scenarios to improve packaging waste management in Australia, towards the implementation of a circular economy for packaging. Importantly, the results provide estimates for packaging currently being collected, sorted, recovered and recycled at the end of its useful life. Efforts to improve packaging design to make it recyclable are focused at the manufacturing stage of the packaging lifecycle, and thus fall outside of the scope of this analysis.

Past Event

The Circular Economy: Models for Change

Date: 14/10/2019

This jointly hosted event, ‘The Circular Economy: Models for Change’, will showcase the Holland Circular Hotspot and some local initiatives as we explore the transition to a circular economy …

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