P3 : Circular economy

P3 : Circular economy

Priority 3 - Transition towards a place-based circular economy refers to Policy objective 2 ‘A Greener, low-carbon Europe’
In comparison to the whole of the EU, the NWE area is relatively advanced when it comes to adopting approaches for a resource-efficient circular economy, but further advancements should be made. In particular, the benefits of the transition are not evenly distributed across all territories, industrial sectors and societal groups.
Priority 3 aims to promote a more effective transition towards circular economy by giving access to its benefits to all. This priority contributes to the new Circular Economy Action Plan ‘For a cleaner and more competitive Europe’ (European Commission, 2020e) as well as to multiple UN SDGs, including SDGs 7 on energy, 8 on economic growth, 11 on sustainable cities, 12 on responsible consumption and production, 13 on climate change, 14 on oceans, and 15 on life on land.

SO 2.6 : Promoting the transition to a circular and resource efficient economy

The North-West Europe (NWE) region is considered relatively advanced in terms of resource efficiency, with regions having a relatively low material consumption per capita despite their high economic performance. However, improvements are needed to further transition to a more circular and resource efficient economy across the NWE Programme area. Disparities across the different territories and stakeholders in NWE regions need to be addressed. The transition from a linear to a circular economy requires joint efforts by stakeholders across all sectors with a variety of approaches.

SO 2.6 : Promoting the transition to a circular and resource efficient economy

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Circular Conversion Cascades to Transform Residual Biomass to Carbon Products

The CASCADE project, part of the Interreg NWE initiative, aims to address the significant waste of 37 million tonnes of residual biomass per year in North West Europe (NWE), representing a potential s

Status : ongoing

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REcycling of NUtrients to close the fertiliser CYCLE

Europe is importing annually over 6 million ton of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) fertiliser. NPK pricing is coupled to energy, mining, synthesis and transport costs. Russia and Ukrain

Status : ongoing

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Hemp as a driver of circularity in the textile industry: from field to recycled fibre

Hemp4Circularity is an Interreg NWE project that aims to implement an innovative, local and biobased ecological fibre - the long fibre hemp - in the textile value chain of North-West Europe, from grow

Status : ongoing

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Developing biobased & recycled / reused material solutions for retrofit

Limiting carbon intensive raw material use in the construction sector is a key priority all through NWE and should not only be dealt with in new built but also for the growing deep energy retrofit mar

Status : ongoing

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