The Circular Europe Network (CEN) is proud to announce the launch of its website and database of good practices on circular economy:

The website features a comprehensive database of best practices on circular economy from cities and regions, available in full to ACR+ members. These factsheets are accessible via an interactive map on the homepage of the website. In particular, some of the factsheets offer an overview of general circular economy strategies and governance at both local and regional levels. Users can also browse using different criteria – Instruments, Business models and Resources - and as such can access a wide range of concrete cases, for instance product service systems in Brussels, waste prevention in Catalonia or industrial symbiosis in Kalundborg.

The database capitalises on the 20 years of expertise ACR+ brings to the network and its involvement in many projects related to resource efficiency and circular economy, including the Pre-waste project. The database already includes about sixty cases and will be updated on a regular basis.

Upon navigating through the site, users will also have access to reports and publications. For example, the CEN general guidelines on circular economy strategies by local and regional authorities published by ACR+ last May. The website is organised so as to provide quick and direct access for all users to information about the network and its activities, along with the possibility of viewing a summary of all available factsheets.

The Circular Europe Network is an ACR+ initiative to support local and regional authorities in being ambitious on circular economy. It gathers ACR+ members committed to improve their resource strategies and strenghten the sustainable development of their territory. The CEN builds on the expertise of European front runners within the ACR+ network in order to gather, analyse and exchange information on efficient circular economy strategies implemented by cities and regions.

Find out more on the Circular Europe Network

Between the 21st and the 29th of November, the 2015 edition of the European Week for Waste Reduction takes place. The EWWR 2015 will take place under the patronage of the European Parliament and focuses on the issue of Dematerialisation - Doing more with less!

The EWWR 2015 will be implemented all over Europe (and beyond!) with the aim of promoting the implementation of awareness-raising actions about sustainable resource and waste management during a single week. The EWWR, in fact, represents an occasion to engage with and spread awareness on the hot topics of the 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!, as well as on Dematerialization.

Dematerialization, standing for a way to use less or no material to deliver the same level of functionality to the user, has been adopted as the main theme for the 2015 edition of the EWWR. Dematerialisation includes the idea of replacing products with services, as well as of improving the use of materials (by reusing products, by substituting materials, by using fewer materials for a specific function). Solutions like sharing economy, services replacing products, and improved materials will become essential and more and more important towards resource efficiency.

The EWWR therefore invites everybody warmly to get started by organising a simple activity during the EWWR 2015 and to spread awareness on Dematerialization through their actions! Participating is simple: Just visit the EWWR website and find a large database full of examples and ideas of what action to organize, as well as all information on how to participate. Furthermore, there are a lot of support tools available that help Action Developer in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of their dematerialisation action!

The EWWR welcomes any type of action related to Dematerialization and to the 3R’s, and involves public authorities, associations, NGOs, businesses, schools and individual citizens. Actions can take the most various forms and can vary from conferences and contests to exhibitions, workshops, information campaigns and much more.

In the past six editions, more than 24.800 actions have been organised all over Europe and beyond. Help us to beat the record again in 2015 and to implement more actions than in any other edition of the EWWR before!

Be part of the European thrive for a sustainable change andregister your action for the EWWR 2015!

You can find more details and information on the EWWR Website. For any further question please do also not hesitate to write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The award winners of the European Week for Waste Reduction awards have been rewarded at the EWWR awards ceremony held on 27 May 2015, in Budapest. After the finalists for the EWWR awards had already been announced in March 2014, the announcement of the winners ended the breathtaking suspense that filled the air of the Budapest Congress Centre.

The EWWR awards rewarded the most outstanding awareness-raising actions implemented during the EWWR 2014 in each of the categories of Action Developers: Administration/Public Authority, Association/NGO, Business/Industry, Educational Establishment, Citizens, and Others. You can find the names of the winners release in a Press Release and find out more about all finalist actions in the comprehensive Press File.

We invite you to have a look at the pictures of the awards ceremony here: Available soon

The awards ceremony took place in the scope of a two-day congress held the 27th and 28th of May in Budapest: “New approaches to the national waste management”. Having closed the conference “Moving away from landfill & incineration: circular economy in practice”, jointly organised by ACR+ and NWMA, the EWWR awards was the occasion to give concrete examples on how to implement a circular economy.

More information about the European Week for Waste Reduction

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