Circular City

Moving from a linear to a circular economy means minimising the waste and pollution by reducing, recycling and reusing. The City of Amsterdam aims to redesign twenty product- or material chains. The implementation of material reuse strategies has the potential to create a value of €85 million per year within the construction sector and €150 million per year with more efficient organic residual streams. Amsterdam set up an innovation program on the circular economy; www.amsterdamsmartcity.com/circularamsterdam. By converting waste into electricity, urban heating and construction materials, the Amsterdam Electricity Company generates 900 kWh per 1000 kg of waste. 75% of the sewage system is separated for waste and rain water and the silt which remains after treating waste water is converted into natural gas. Share your innovative concepts and ideas on circular economy here.

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EC-Link Platform

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You would like to connect with Urban Environmental Sustainability practitioners and researchers in China and exchange your approaches to green transport, clean energy, compact urban development, water and solid waste management, green buildings and municipal finance? Then sign up to the EC-Link platform! The platform links Eco Cities across Europe and China, offering inspiring examples from both sides of Eurasia and enabling direct contacts to the innovators. With the help of an integrated translation tool, posts can be translated into Chinese and English with just one click. Use of the platform is free of charge: http://eclink.org/bbs/#/?lang=en

A description of how the platform works can be downloaded here: http://eclink.org/ec_platform/upload/document/EC-Link_Users'%20Guide-EN.pdf

EC Link

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#NordicTalks Sustainable Fashion Days 2020 1st Webinar Free event

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Welcome to #NordicTalksSFD2020 where several leading Nordic and Dutch fashion profiles will talk about sustainable fashion. Production, retail, consumer perspective as well as social and environmental aspects will be touched upon to get an overall understanding on the complexity and how we as individuals can make change happen.

1st WEBINAR 16th September 2020 | 15:00 – 16:30
GREEN FASHION. GREEN FUTURE | Is the Future of fashion Green?
With a call for sustainable fashion that is more conscious (buying less, using better materials), fair (social justice in the supply chain, livable pay) and circular (sharing/renting business models, longevity, repairing and clothes with stories), how does a sustainable fashion company look like? What do they produce, where, in what way and in what quantities? Who are their customers? Who are the producers? What materials do they use, how do they sell clothes and for how much?

Insights into the big systemic changes transforming the industry and recreating the trends. Is sustainable collection the answer? Or do we need a strategic change and new business model? How to achieve this?
Big brands, new brands. Collaboration with innovative start-ups and scaling of ideas

2nd Webinar, 23rd September 2020 | 15:00 – 16:30. – CONSUMERS TURNING GREEN.
3rd Webinar, 30th September 2020 | 15:00 – 16:30. – WE KNOW NOW.

FREE OF CHARGE

#Nordictalks Sustainable Fashion Days 2020 is organized in collaboration with the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands, Finnish Dutch Chamber of Commerce, Danish Dutch Chamber of Commerce, Norwegian Dutch Chamber of Commerce, Embassy of Sweden in The Hague, Embassy of Denmark in the Netherlands, Royal Norwegian Embassy in The Hague, Embassy of Finland in The Netherlands

Welcome to join!

For more information: https://bit.ly/2Qa4pRw

Online event on Sep 16th
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From now on....according to Eva Gladek

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The world is turned upside down since the corona crisis. This gives us the space to think about a complete ‘reset’. How can we restructure existing dysfunctional systems? In this RESET series, Pakhuis de Zwijger will showcase the perspectives of a variety of thought leaders who will reflect on this present-day situation.

In this RESET edition, moderator Jurgen is interviewing Eva Gladek, founder and CEO of Metabolic. We return to a new normal now. Is it possible to create a new normal, a complete reset? To create a new future? Eva replies how she ran back home to Amsterdam from New York, the day the lockdown restrictions were put in place: “I think the shutdown of normal activities has created space to reflect. It was a good time to re-examine the greater state of the world. How are we going to handle this as we move forward?”

Eva continuous: “Questions arise, is this world ever going to be the same? How will it effect our work? Metabolic did well during the lockdown, we saw the interest in sustainability increasing. Organisations are opening up to new ways to cope and work on a sustainable future. Metabolic is an ecosystem of organisations, to help organisations to be part of the transition to create a fundamentally sustainable world. We’re looking at the root causes that need to be solved and how to correct those and move society in the right direction. We’re addressing them like ninjas: apply pressure on the right pressure points that are at the root of these causes.”

Circular economy
An important concept for this is the circular economy, where processes are actually designed to work in a waste free, regenerative way right from the start. Eva: “It’s like a natural eco-system, where everything is re-absorbed or re-purposed. We have to mimic natural systems and their intelligence. So we adapted the definition of a circular economy to include seven main pillars of performance, including social aspects.”

Eva: “From now on we will re-imagine the economy and escape the 9 to 5 grind’ is mentioned. We have been thinking about green recovery plans the wrong way. There is actually a positive future if we take the opportunities that this crisis has created to move into a new, more sustainable circular economy. We have to use this opportunity to talk about deep economic reform, to create a better economy. Building Back Better is a way to move forward from COVID-19. But we should go much further then the current greenwash that takes place.”

Automation
Eva: “Automation is not just about jobs. Historically the invention of machines and fossil fuels increased efficiency and caused an amazing transition. Keynes predicted that in a 100 years we would only have to work 15 hours a week, driven by increases in prosperity. By now, we know that this prediction was wrong. While the world’s GDP has gone up 35 times and the population increased just 4 times in size in the past 100 years, there should be a huge increase in overall prosperity. But again, this is not the case. The rise in automation has created a dramatic inequality. Our economic system is designed to create this inequality.

Continuous growth of our economy results in a similar, exponential growth of ecological destruction. We’re crossing the planetary boundaries of what constitutes a sustainable planet.”

Reform the system
Eva: “This current system needs to be reformed: Building back to create a genuinely better, circular world. There is a lot we can do. What we need to do is work together to bring genuine change. We shouldn’t focus on growth as such, but on the wellbeing of populations. We have to create an economy that allows people to participate themselves, instead of being forced to work in mindless jobs.”

Matthew Moroney
Matthew is co-founder of Raise Green, an investor marketplace for local impact investing in clean energy and climate solution projects. Matt: “How can the system be changed to make it more inclusive and how can it contribute to local communities? How can we connect capital to all these new projects that are starting up worldwide to move us in the right direction? We notice that the interest in sustainable investing is growing rapidly, funds are created, but the actual investment in viable projects lags behind. Verifiability of sustainable projects is an important requirement for these funds to start flowing.”. Raise Green screens all projects before they go open for investment on 5 pillars: revenue, ambition, impact, social and environmental.

Time for Action
Matt and Eva agree that the time for action is now! No more waiting for endless reports, what they think is needed is getting all these new projects up and running and start learning by doing, every step on the way.

Do you want to watch the full livestream? Visit the website of Pakhuis de Zwijger: <https://dezwijger.nl/programma/from-now-on-according-to-eva-gladek>

The discussion of this evening is exactly the discussion that needs to take place. The time for action is now! The transition from a linear to a circular economy asks for collaboration between the public and private sector, something we work on every day, together with partners like Metabolic. Learning by doing, every time.

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Province of Noord-Holland subsidises circular economy knowledge exchange (in Dutch)

De provincie Noord-Holland wil de aandacht voor de noodzaak en kansen van een circulaire economie bij de inwoners van Noord-Holland stimuleren. Daarvoor stelt zij in 2020 €25.000,- beschikbaar (max. €5.000,- per project) voor stichtingen en verenigingen die via kleinschalige activiteiten dit onderwerp bij bewoners voor het voetlicht brengen.

Voor meer informatie over deze (en andere) subsidieregeling(en) kan je terecht bij het subsidieloket van de provincie Noord-Holland. Deze is te vinden in de bijgevoegde link. Subsidieaanvragen kunnen tot en met 30 oktober 2020 worden ingediend.

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Parksharing: for local collaboration and sharing between businesses

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The importance of working together locally, sharing together, and matching supply and demand between companies is increasing. More than ever, we see local entrepreneurs helping each other and purchasing products or services from one another. Working together from the catering industry to healthcare pays off. Parksharing enables entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations to take concrete steps towards local cooperation and sustainable entrepreneurship.

Connecting, collaborating and sustainability
We connect companies and organizations at local level through Parksharing. The platform shows which companies and organizations are in the municipality and what they can do for each other. Companies can then offer and purchase their products and services among themselves. After all, why find a distant friend when you have a good neighbor?

In addition, companies can match and share the supply and demand of company resources, materials, residual flows, services, personnel and facilities. For some companies, there is a great demand for materials, resources or extra manpower, while for other organizations equipment is idle or staff are temporarily available.

Think very concretely about: forklift trucks, storage space, parking spaces, partial mobility, residual flows and materials, transport capacity, meeting rooms, surplus stock, knowledge, sustainable projects or business cases, workplaces, technical staff and warehouse employees, for example.

PARKSHARING FOR LOCAL COLLABORATION AND SHARING

The importance of working together locally, sharing together, and matching supply and demand between companies is increasing. More than ever, we see local entrepreneurs helping each other and purchasing products or services from one another. Working together from the catering industry to healthcare pays off. Park sharing enables entrepreneurs, companies and organizations to take concrete steps towards local cooperation and sustainable entrepreneurship.

CONNECT, COLLABORATE, SHARE AND BECOME SUSTAINABLE

We connect companies and organizations at local level through Parksharing. The platform shows which companies and organizations are in the municipality and what they can do for each other. Companies can then offer and purchase their products and services among themselves. After all, why find a distant friend when you have a good neighbor?

In addition, companies can match and share the supply and demand of company resources, materials, residual flows, services, personnel and facilities. For some companies, there is a great demand for materials, resources or extra manpower, while for other organizations equipment is idle or staff are temporarily available.

Think very concretely about: forklift trucks, storage space, parking spaces, partial mobility, residual flows and materials, transport capacity, meeting rooms, surplus stock, knowledge, sustainable projects or business cases, workplaces, technical staff and warehouse employees, for example.

PARKSHARING SCAN

To accelerate this new and circular development from ownership to use, we have developed a ParkSharingScan. This allows companies to calculate in advance what they can potentially earn and save by sharing assets, materials, services and facilities, both in euros and in energy and CO2.

The first results of the SharingScan are already promising: 10.3 million euros potential savings in costs, 7.5 million CO2 savings and more than 11.5 million KwH in energy savings.

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Impact Hub Amsterdam Report: COVID-19 as a Tipping Point

How the crisis connects – and how it may accelerate the transition to a sustainable food system.

Climate change. Loss of biodiversity. Famine and obesity. A national nitrogen crisis. Our current ways of food production and consumption are not sustainable. The call for change grows louder – and is now accelerated by COVID-19. Does COVID-19 provide the much-needed tipping point for change?

This report investigates two timely questions: how has COVID-19 impacted sustainable food entrepreneurs? And how can we use these insights to accelerate the transition to a sustainable food system?

One of the key findings: COVID-19 stressed the importance of resilience. It cleared schedules to focus on new, long-term strategies, and gave rise to an important means to resilient and innovative entrepreneurship: collaboration. Interested to learn more? Read the report here: https://bit.ly/COVIDFoodReport (in Dutch, with an English summary).

Covid-19 as a Tipping Point was created with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Stichting DOEN, and Amsterdam Impact.

Food Ecosystem
This report is part of Impact Hub Amsterdam's Food Ecosystem. The Netherlands is the second largest exporter of agro-food products worldwide. What if we used this position to make a real impact across the food chain and accelerate the transition to a more sustainable food system? Read more about our Food Ecosystem at http://bit.ly/IHAFoodEcosystem.

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Amsterdam seeks start-ups for six-month residency programme

The City of Amsterdam is seeking the latest cohort of innovators for its Start-up in Residence programme, with this year’s themes being sustainability/circular economy and mobility. During a six-month programme, selected companies get the chance to pilot their products and services in the city and at the end, the municipality may become a launch customer or collaborate with the businesses in other ways.

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Urbact Civic eState and the Amsterdam Whole Commons Catalog

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In the Urbact Civic eState project Amsterdam works together with several European cities to locally adopt progressive policies on the urban commons. As a first step the Amsterdam Foundation Onschatbare Waarde ('invaluable value’), together with Amsterdam commons initiatives, made the beautiful catalog Heel de Stad, Heel de Aarde (the whole city, the whole earth) during the past 6 months. A guide with all kinds of tips and tools, ideas and projects, people and books for everyone who is or wants to work collectively.

Heel de Stad, Heel de Aarde is inspired by the Whole Earth Catalog. Like in the original Whole Earth Catalog, experts and doers share reviews of all kinds of books and practices. The Catalog - in short - shows the positive and practical ways in which we can shape the future and shows that we not only have to look at the government or the market, but also start ourselves: in commons!

The Catalog is available online in Dutch via http://heeldeaarde.net - and you can also request one hard copy (with poster). And via https://wijamsterdam.nl/verhalen/lege-supermarkt-ga-naar-het-voedselbos you will find an interview with Natascha, the editor in chief, and a short introduction video about the commons in Amsterdam.

<http://heeldeaarde.net/> and <https://urbact.eu/civic-estate>

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Zéger Nieuweboer, Founder , posted

Biologische Stadsboeren Coöperatie in de stad Arnhem

In de Corona tijd is de belangstelling toegenomen voor lokaal voedsel produceren, lokaal voedsel verwerken en lokaal voedsel consumeren. Naar het voorbeeld in Amsterdam ( stadsboeren.org ) is nu de tijd rijp voor een Biologische Stadsboeren Coöperatie Arnhem Groen in de stad Arnhem.

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Schijnerg Group

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Creating the next-generation renewable energy digital platform, focusing on machine learning-based consulting and sustainable community. Additionally, it provides engineering consultancy which is 100% digital through machine learning optimization. Furthermore, it also transforms the data to solve unique to our client need and it embarks a lifelong companion for clients to grow from installation to decommissioning.

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Sagar Nalini Ratilal Bavarva, Founder & Chief Researcher , posted

Bees Digital Farm

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Ever since the 20th century most of the countries across the globe are still using the traditional way of farming and it’s still going on for the demand and supply of people. As we all know that by the year 2050, the 80 % estimation of the world population will have been living in urban areas which can lead the total population of the world to increase by 3 billion people. With this large amount of increase in population, scientists and researchers are quite worried about the farmland which will be required to generate such a huge demand for food supply to fulfill the necessity to survive. Noticing this fact in mind as what would be the future source of alternative solutions to solve such a type of problem a concept was proposed named “In-House Farming”.

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Anne-Ro Klevant Groen, Marketing and Communications director at Fashion for Good Experience, posted

Meet the Innovators South Asia

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In our next Meet the Innovators series, you’ll be hearing from a few innovators in the first batch of our South Asia Innovation Programme which kicked off at the beginning of the year.

We’ll be joined by two innovators, who will share the disruptive solutions they are working on and you the audience will once again have an opportunity to ask plenty of questions. Fashion for Good's International Expansion Manager Priyanka Khanna will host this session, giving a brief intro on how we work alongside these innovators through our Innovation Platform.

Innovators Pitching:

Parth Patil - CEO of Infinichains
InfiniChains is a leading end-to-end track and trace solution using blockchain, AI and Cloud Computing to help brands and manufacturers to digitise sustainability practices. Through real-time data, efficiency and storytelling, they bridge the fragmented gaps between the different sustainability systems of farmers, manufacturers and brands.

Adrian Jones and Graham Ross - Founders of Blocktexx
BlockTexx turns textile waste into a resource, stimulates the production of new products and meets consumers demands to reduce the environmental impact of our everyday clothing.

Online event on Jul 9th
Anne-Ro Klevant Groen, Marketing and Communications director at Fashion for Good Experience, posted

A CUT ABOVE: Theme Launch at Fashion for Good

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With a little creativity, we can reimagine how our clothes are designed, made and worn.

Join us for an exclusive first look at our new theme! For “A CUT ABOVE”, we’ve curated a selection of pioneering brands breaking boundaries and taking fashion to the next level with their originality, creativity and a whole lot of imagination.
This unique online event will run PechaKucha style, with a selection of the brands featured in the theme sharing their insights into how they are reimagining their own design processes.

You’ll discover how materials are sustainably sourced, learn about precise designs, assembly techniques that minimise waste and modular outfits that create never-ending styles. We'll also dive into the ground-breaking new technologies that are moving fashion into the digital domain.
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BRANDS

FLAVIALAROCCA
This collection of modular garments uses hidden zippers to construct and deconstruct garments, creating new combinations that transcend occasion and season. This prolongs the product lifecycle, reducing environmental impact. Made in Italy, the collection uses only recycled and natural materials, with a transparent and traceable process.

UNSPUN
Unspun pairs body scan technology and software to collect thousands of metrics on your fit to make the perfect fitting pair of jeans. They don’t have inventory, produce responsibly and use low impact fabrics. They aim to create a future of closed loop, zero-waste supply chains for jeans. Their body scan is only available in Europe here at the Good Shop.

WIRES
Co-founded by Lily Cole, Wires is on a mission to reduce plastic and material waste in eyewear. Handmade in Italy using traditional wire craft, the frames are made of stainless-steel wire and the lens rims are 3D printed, reducing the amount of waste produced compared to conventional eyewear manufacturing.

EMROCE
Devoted to the seas. The surf friendly, zero-waste swimwear collection by Emroce is made using a pattern making method which eliminates waste in the cutting process. The collection uses high quality Italian fabrics made with ECONYL® nylon fibre that is regenerated from recovered fishing nets and other nylon waste.

SENSCOMMON
senscommon is a minimalist apparel label enhancing everyday living through the use of natural, innovative textiles, designing future standards in collaboration with sustainable, forward-thinking partners. Believing that designers have a responsibility for anything new they bring into this world, senscommon engineers smart clothes, each designed to address a specific need and purpose.

THE FABRICANT
The world’s leading digital fashion house shows what is possible with clothing that is digital, never physical. Using 3D design and animation at the intersection of technology, fashion and sustainability, The Fabricant shows that digital fashion can open up a new fashion world which greatly reduces the environmental impacts of the current system, promoting a sustainable fashion future.

Online event on Jul 16th
Amsterdam Economic Board, posted

Mindchange nodig om met climate change om te kunnen gaan

We moeten toe naar een ander systeem, waar macht en verantwoordelijkheid weer aan elkaar gekoppeld zijn. Dat kwam naar voren tijdens de MRA University van dinsdag 2 juni. Alleen zo kunnen we toewerken naar een circulaire en klimaatneutrale economie.

‘De coronacrisis laat zien dat we snel kunnen veranderen. Dat is ongelofelijk hoopvol. Maar het is geen garantie dat we na de crisis een betere of een slechtere wereld bouwen.’, stelt Thomas Rau, architect, oprichter van Madaster en vooraanstaand denker over de circulaire economie. Een echt duurzaam herstel vraagt om een mindchange. Hij adviseert om daar actief aan te werken. ‘Laat het opbouwen van de economie daarom niet alleen over aan mensen uit het oude systeem.’

Lees verder: https://amsterdameconomicboard.com/nieuws/mindchange-nodig-om-met-climate-change-om-te-kunnen-gaan

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Anne-Ro Klevant Groen, Marketing and Communications director at Fashion for Good Experience, posted

Future of Fashion: Lab Tour with Spinnova

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On the 30th of June, Spinnova opens their doors for virtual tour of their lab and offices – giving a behind-the-scenes look at how they are shaping the future of fashion by creating more sustainable fibres. Spinnova’s ground-breaking innovation turns wood pulp into fibre without the use of harmful chemicals. These fibres can be recycled several times over and the entire process uses up to 99% less water than conventional cotton.
Join our guide Lotta Kopra, Chief Commercial Officer at Spinnova, who will share insights into their process as well as what the future holds for Spinnova, along with Fashion for Good’s Innovation Manager Georgia Parker as moderator.

Online event on Jun 30th
Peter Oei, Programma manager , posted

Challenge: looking for a biobased modular circular building system in Almere

Do you know startups with innovative building systems? Please inform them about this challenge.

SIGN initiated the challenge by the ministry of Agriculture to incorporate biomass from horticulture in building systems. The winner can design the Entreegebouw at the Floriade and build it as well. In total €55.000 is available.
For more info: https://www.innovatieglastuinbouw.nl/apps/news/item/111/

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Rhea Srivastava, Master's student , posted

Master's thesis: Looking for interviewees involved in Schoonschip project

Greetings everyone, my name is Rhea and i am pursuing my master's in Urban Management and Development.
I am currently writing my thesis on decentralised smart energy systems accelerating neighbourhood circularity (through the case of Schoonschip, Amsterdam), aiming for an integrated result in the energy and circularity transition as well as to fill the gap in literature about neighbourhood circularity.
Consequently, I am looking to interview people who were involved in the Schoonschip project, including experts, project developers, community members, municipality etc. The interview would be focusing on conditions such as technological, economic, institutional, socio-cultural and environmental (depending on the interviewee's background) associated with the development of Schoonschip and its energy systems. Your valuable insights will be fully acknowledged in the final publication.

Kindly contact me if you are willing to contribute to my research or if you know someone who could help me out. I would be grateful! Thanks in advance!

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Jochem Kootstra, Redacteur at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, posted

De Week van Re-Store bij HvA - Organisch afval slim benutten

Organisch afval zoals aspergeschillen, een klokhuis of een restje aardappelpuree: in de grote steden van Nederland wordt het mondjesmaat gescheiden ingezameld. Het verdwijnt met de rest van ons afval in de afvalverbranding. Zonde, want slim verwerken van groente, fruit en etensresten (GFE-afval) kan bijdragen aan een duurzame toekomst. Gemeenten en andere opdrachtgevers staan voor de vraag wat een goede manier van afvalverwerking is. Een nieuw ontwikkelde tool door onderzoekers van de Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA) geeft hier meer inzicht in.

De Week van Re-Store bij Urban Technology

Tijdens de Week van Re-Store van 15 t/m 19 juni kom je meer te weten over het tweejarig onderzoek Re-Store: de waarde van organisch afval. Van eindpublicatie tot de ontwikkelde tool, verdiepende artikelen en video’s, de hele week staat in teken van het slim benutten van GFE-afval.

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Mathieu Dasnois, Communications Manager at Metabolic, posted

Metabolic Impact Report is live!

Last year we worked with some incredible partners to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable economy. From future-proof food systems, and circular products and services, to finance within planetary boundaries, and resilient cities and regions, this report reflects on some of the key outcomes and projects that emerged across the Metabolic ecosystem in 2019. Follow the link to learn what we've been up to!

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Julie Chenadec, Head of Communications at SDIA - Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance, posted

Refurbishment survey

The CEDaCI project launches an online survey on refurbishment of ICT equipment. The questionnaire can be found in the link below.

The CEDaCI project is building a circular economy for the data center industry. The project, funded by the European Union, is developing circular solutions to reduce the environmental impact of the IT equipment used by the data center industry (DCI).

All important findings and results of the CEDaCI project will be made public at www.cedaci.org to help DCI on its way to circularity.

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