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Rethinking Ownership

PACE Partner Sitra is contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda 

  • Guide and Support New Business Models for Environmental, Financial, and Social Triple-Win (Plastics, CTA 5; Textiles, CTA 4; Electronics, CTA 4) 

 

Ambition 

The overall ambition of Rethinking Ownership is to change the narrative on product ownership and circularity. Through this action, Sitra seeks to support businesses in adopting producer ownership models to reduce the consumption of materials and extend product-life. Additionally, it aims to provide information for decision makers in the EU on how the producer ownership models and the EU's sustainable product policy framework are key for mainstreaming circular business models.  

 

Objectives for 2021  

The Rethinking Ownership published a report in December 2020 which outlines how, by 2030, companies will have transitioned from simply selling products to renting, maintenance and returns. Sitra is now organizing workshops, studies and events on the topic. 

 

Partners 

Sitra (PACE Partner) 

Consumer Impact Action Panel - Electronics Club

PACE Partner Sitra is contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Electronics 

5. Encourage bring-back by consumers

6. Set up effective collection systems

3. Transform Consumption Modes to increase market demand for circular products and services

 

Ambition  

The Consumer Insight Action Panel is a European multi-stakeholder initiative designed to support the transition to the circular economy by generating, applying and testing consumer behavioural insights in circular strategies. It aims to provide support to evidence-based policy and business circular economy innovations co-developed in collaboration with civil society organisations and think-tanks, through a better engagement and understanding of consumers.

 

As part of this initiative, the Electronics Club has brought together about ten organizations from different stakeholder groups in the electronics sector who are committed to better engage consumers, understand consumer behaviour and test behaviourally-informed approaches in retail stores, neighbourhoods and households to increase repairing of electronics, improve product maintenance and boost their returning through take-back schemes. 

 

Objectives for 2021  

In 2021, three pilot interventions on take-back schemes and the French repairability index will be performed and evaluated, also with the aid of a sustainability assessment framework prototype. Moreover, the club will interview experts on the topic of fairness in the circular economy, derive targeted policy recommendations and insights and provide club members with know-how and supporting materials to further improve their circular offers and engage consumers through circular strategies.

 

Partners 

Sitra (PACE Partner) 

CSCP, Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) 

BOOST Tech to Build

PACE Partner the Government of the Netherlands is contributing to the following Call-to-Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Electronics 

10. Integrate and advance decent work in the transition to a circular economy for electronics

8. Strategically plan and install sorting, pre-processing, and recycling operations

4. Guide and support new business models for environmental, financial, and social triple-win

 

Ambition 

The BOOST programme in Mombasa aims to push Kenya's circular economy. It consists of three pillars: 

  • Boost your technology: a factory where computers from the Netherlands and Belgium are refurbished with minimal impact on the environment, job opportunities are created and better working conditions are achieved. 
  • Boost your business: a testing ground for start-ups that develop digital and other solutions to societal problems.  
  • Boost your learning: a training and education centre for building knowledge and creating awareness. Here, ICT professionals are trained, organisations are educated and awareness is raised on e-waste management, sustainable working conditions and circular economy principles. 

 

Objectives for 2021 

The BOOST programme aims to create 50 direct jobs and 300 indirect jobs by the year 2022. It will also build the capacity of around 1500 ICT related professionals across the value chain partners and raise awareness of at least 10.000 people in the Mombasa region to the health, safety and environmental hazards of e-waste and the importance of properly maintaining and disposing of it. 

 

Partners 

The Government of the Netherlands (PACE Partner) 

MDF Training and Consultancy, CrossWise Works, GoodUp, Close The Gap, NITA. 

Digitalisation and Natural Resources Project

PACE Partner Sitra is contributing to the following Call-to-Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Electronics 

1. Incentivize and support product design for circularity 

 

Ambition 

The Digitalisation and Natural Resources project aims at finding out how the actual material and resource requirements of the increasing demand in the ICT sector can be met within a circular approach. It stems from the acknowledgment of how digital solutions are essential to the transition to a circular economy and to the reduction of emissions, and from the question of ‘how the digitalisation megatrend is really sustainable?’.  

By providing information on the raw material needs of digitalisation, the results of this project are intended to support the decision-making process. 

 

Objectives for 2021 

The project – financed by Sitra – has started in December 2020 and ended in June 2021.  

Its objective was to examine the mineral resources required for digitalisation and the challenges and solutions related to them, particularly in Finland and the EU. To do so, it has looked at the following areas: 

  • Definition of digitalisation and characterising the field 
  • Overview of the need for mineral raw materials related to digitalisation 
  • Case studies: smartphone and smart TV 
  • Challenges in the EU and Finland and proposals for measures 

 

Partners 

Sitra (PACE Partner) 

 

GTK, VTT, SYKE 

Circular and Fair ICT Pact

PACE Partner the Government of the Netherlands is contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Electronics 

3. Transform consumption modes to increase market demand for circular products and services 

 

Ambition  

The Circular and Fair ICT Pact is an international procurement-led partnership to accelerate circularity, fairness and sustainability in the ICT sector initiated by the Netherlands. The Pact aims to set up networks of procurers in every participating country or region. These networks will be connected internationally to share knowledge, work out harmonized criteria, guidelines and tools, and talk to the market about future developments. They will leverage their collective procurement power, in close dialogue with the ICT supply side, to accelerate the transition towards a circular and fair ICT sector. 

 

Objectives for 2021  

The Pact has been signed officially by the coordinating organizations on June 14. In the next months, the Pact will install a Steering committee, with the objective of taking action to promote the uptake of CFIT commitments and ambitions by individual procuring organizations and buyer groups. 

 

Partners 

The Netherlands (I&W: Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management) (PACE Partner) 

UN One Planet Network, Circular Innovation Council of Canada, Governments of Belgium (FIDO), Germany (BMU), Norway (DFO), the United Kingdom (DEFRA), Austria (BMNT) and Switzerland (FOEN) 

 

Circular Electronics Initiative

PACE Partner IVL is contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Electronics 

3. Transform consumption modes to increase market demand for circular products and services 

 

Ambition 

The Circular Electronics Initiative aims to encourage organizations and consumers to take a more responsible approach to the electronic goods they use by raising awareness on the importance of circular economy in the electronics industry. 

 

Objectives for 2021  

TCO Development is the project lead and managing this initiative. The core activities include, the annual event #CircularElectronicsDay. Additional activities such as joint articles, press releases, webinars can be arranged throughout the year under the umbrella of the initiative. 

 

Partners 

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, DELL (PACE Partners) 

3stepIT, Advania, ATEA, Blocket, Chalmers Industriteknik, Circular Computing, Closing the Loop, Dustin, ETIRA, European Remanufacturing Council, Godsinlösen, Greenlyfocus, iFixit, Inrego, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, Lenovo, Recipo, Smithereens, TCO Development, Towards Zero Waste, Tradera and WEEE Forum.

Circular Jobs Monitor

PACE Partners Circle Economy, Goldschmeding Foundation, UNEP and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation are contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda  

  • Integrate and Advance Decent Work in the Transition to a Circular Economy (Electronics, CTA 10; Textiles, CTA 9; Plastics, CTA 9) 

  • Investigate the Socio-Economic Impacts of a Circular Economy for Textiles (Textiles, CTA 10) 

  • Investigate Environmental and Socio-Economic Impacts of Renewable Material Inputs for Plastics (Plastics, CTA 10) 

 

Ambition 

The Circular Jobs monitor is an online tool to provide policymakers, economists, and labour organisations with insights into the relationship between the circular economy and the labour market. These insights facilitate the design of evidence-based strategies for promoting the circular economy, required education pathways, and a benchmark of current circular activity against which to monitor future progress. 

 

Objectives for 2021  

The objective is to scale through digital tools by extending and increasing the functionality of the Circular Jobs Monitor, including linking data on the trends and evolutions in the labour market over time and monitor practical examples of how circular strategies impact jobs and skills on the Knowledge Hub. 

 

Partners 

Circle Economy, Goldschmeding Foundation, UNEP and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (PACE partners) 

TU Dortmund, University of Sussex Business School, HIVA at KU Leuven 

Circular Economy Training Pilot Projects

PACE Partner Sitra is contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda 

  • Incentivize and support product design for circularity (Electronics, CTA 9) 

  • Integrate and Advance Decent Work in the Transition to a Circular Economy (Textiles, CTA 9; Electronics, CTA 10) 

 

Ambition 

The goal of the Circular Economy Training Pilot Projects is to support the education requirements and improve needed skills to support the transition to a circular economy. By embedding circularity to education, the aim is to ensure that the transition is just and the employment possibilities and skill requirements are met. 

 

Objectives for 2021 

The objective is to embed circular education into secondary professional education based on needs identified by industries. In early 2021 Sitra published a working paper, which looked at skills and education requirements in plastics, textiles, construction and electronics. 

 

Partners 

Sitra (PACE Partner) 

Trade Union Pro, the Finnish Association for the Development of Vocational Education and Training AMKE, the Union of Professional Engineers in Finland, the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland, Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK, Technology Finland, Industrial Union, the Finnish Association of Civil Engineers RIL, the Finnish Construction Trade Union and the Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries RT. 

 

Circular Electronics Partnership: Our vision of a circular electronics industry - March 2021

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