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Closed Loop Infrastructure Group

PACE Partners Closed Loop Partners, the Coca-Cola Company, Procter & Gamble and Unilever are contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda 

  • Support Manufacturers to Increase Sourcing of Secondary Components (Capital Equipment, CTA 8)

  • Strategically Plan Sorting and Recycling Facilities, in Compliance with Trade Regulations (Plastics, CTA 7) 

 

Ambition 

The Closed Loop Infrastructure Group (CLIG) aims to build a circular economy supported by strong infrastructure that ensures all valuable materials – from plastics to paper, glass and aluminium – are recovered after use, kept in circulation and never go to waste. CLIG funds replicable, scalable and sustainable recycling and circular economy infrastructure projects across collection, sortation, processing and new technologies in recycling. Each of the funds in the Infrastructure Group invest alongside one another to bridge existing financing gaps, scale solutions and build on synergies across the funds’ networks to scale circular economy infrastructure across North America. 

 

Objectives for 2021 

In 2021, the Closed Loop Infrastructure Group will undergo third-party verification of impact processes and performances and continue to support investees in its Closed Loop Beverage Fund and Closed Loop Infrastructure Fund. The Group also launched the Closed Loop Circular Plastics Fund as an industry-led investment fund that provides catalytic financing to build circular economy infrastructure, upgrade recycling facilities and spur technological innovations to source, process and return post-consumer and post-industrial polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) plastic into manufacturing supply chains in the U.S. & Canada for use as feedstock for future products and packaging. 

 

Partners 

Closed Loop Partners, the Coca-Cola Company, Procter & Gamble and Unilever (PACE Partners) 

3M, Colgate Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health, Keurig Dr. Pepper, PepsiCo, The Walmart Foundation, Amazon, Danone North America, Danone Waters of America, Nestlé Waters North America, Starbucks, DOW, Lyondellbasell and Nova Chemicals 

The Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag

PACE Partner Closed Loop Partners and Ocean Conservancy are contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Plastics

2. Incentivize and support product design for reuse and recycling of plastics 

10. Investigate environmental and socio-economic impacts of renewable material inputs for plastics 

 

Ambition 

The Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag has committed more than $15 million to launch the Beyond the Bag Initiative that aims  to reinvent the single-use plastic retail bag by identifying, testing and implementing viable design solutions and models that more  sustainably serve the purpose of the current retail bag. The consortium members support the research in exploring reusable systems, altogether bagless solutions and innovative materials for a less wasteful future.

 

Objectives for 2021 

In 2021, the Consortium has analysed a pool of over 450 sustainable bag submissions from more than 60 countries and selected nine winners to the Beyond the Bag Challenge based on their ability to maintain the convenience of the single-use plastic bag, delight the customer, complement existing retail environments, reach a broad range of consumers and create long-term value. In August, the Consortium launched a series of tests and first-of-a-kind multi-retailer pilots to advance sustainable alternatives to the single-use plastic bag and accelerate their potential to scale.

 

Partners 

Closed Loop Partners, Ocean Conservancy (PACE Partners) 

CVS Health, Target, Walmart, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Dollar General, Kroger, The TJX Companies, Inc., Ulta Beauty, Ahold  Delhaize USA Brands, Albertsons Companies, Hy-Vee, Meijer, Wakefern Food Corp., Walgreens, Conservation International and Ideo 

Circular for Zero Environmental Strategy

PACE Partner Novo Nordisk is contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Plastics

2. Incentivize and support product design for reuse and recycling of plastics 

3. Address hygiene and safety concerns to promote plastics reuse 

 

Ambition 

In response to the issues such as growing consumption, industrialisation and urbanisation which threaten both the environment and the health of people around the world, Novo Nordisk has adopted a new environmental strategy – Circular for Zero – the aspiration to have zero environmental impact. Through this strategy, among other goals, Novo Nordisk aims to find new ways to design products that can be recycled or re-used, reshape our business to minimise consumption and waste, and work with suppliers who share Novo Nordisk’s goals.  

 

Objectives for 2021 

A key focus area in the Circular for Zero strategy is Circular Products. Novo Nordisk has developed a framework for circular product design that defines product circularity for devices and secondary packaging and sets direction towards zero environmental impact. Circularity is achieved through four levers that span the entire product flow: (1) Design for expected lifetime, (2) Design for sustainable materials, (3) Design for no waste in production, and (4) Design for recycling after use. 

CO2, resource consumption and waste are the key environmental challenges, and Novo Nordisk measures how well their products perform on circularity measured as the CO2 impact per patient per year, the share of sustainable plastic as well as the recyclability of the product at the end-of-life. All device development projects use these three indicators to guide decisions on how to make products more circular. 

 

Partners 

Novo Nordisk (PACE Partner) 

Insulin Pen Take-back Programme

PACE Partner Novo Nordisk is contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Plastics

6. Set-up functioning collection systems

3. Address hygiene and safety concerns to promote plastics reuse 

 

Ambition 

Novo Nordisk has a clear ambition to become a fully circular company and, in this spirit, is initiating the Insulin Pen Take-back Programme with the aim to target an urgency that the pharmaceutical industry can unite on. For people living with diabetes, their insulin pen is an essential daily companion. Even if an insulin pen consists of around 77% plastic, it cannot be thrown into the plastic recycling bin along with empty juice bottles and food packaging. The Insulin Pen Take-back Programme will launch a take-back pilot from users and scale up the recycle process used to dismantle the pens and reuse the plastic and glass parts in new products. 

 

Objectives 

The programme pilot in Denmark has resulted in the creation of a 15-partners cross public and private partnership, Returpen. In order to recycle the plastic parts, Novo Nordisk was able to work with a Danish design firm to create office chairs from the discarded plastic and lamps made from the glass from the discarded insulin vials. The upcoming objectives of this programme are to conclude the pilot programme in Denmark, to scale up the programme - specifically by designing pilot solutions for the UK, France, Brazil, China and the US - and to develop a take-back strategy roadmap.

 

Partners 

Novo Nordisk (PACE Partner) 

 

See the full list of partners of the Denmark pilot Returnpen here 

Sustainable Business Model Innovation Framework

PACE Partner TNO 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 (Electronics, CTA 4; Textiles, CTA 4; Plastics, CTA 5)

 

Ambition 

The Sustainable Business Model Innovation Framework aims to support organizations to make a systemic shift to sustainable business. It assists the steps of the business model innovation process to support decision-making and attitudes towards circular and sustainable innovations. It combines multi-actor and multi-value business model design with multi-level analysis from the national, regional, sector and value chain economic structures, as well as impact and lifecycle analysis and material flow models and approaches. 

 

Objectives for 2021 

TNO has expanded its work on Sustainable Business Model Innovation. Currently, a portfolio of several projects on ‘collaborative business modelling’ has been set up and a broader team is working on several national and international applications in circularization of, among others, Smart Industry (Industry 4.0, Materials Passports and a circular business model typology), flooring industry, small food supply chains and food waste. In 2021, the focus lies on the expansion of the portfolio on Collaborative Business Modelling, on the concept for governance of the Materials Passports and on the community of practice in circularity and servitization in Smart Industry.   

 

Partners 

TNO (PACE Partner) 

BoP Inc, Nyenrode Business University, The Next Organization, University of Twente 

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 

BioSustainable Technology

PACE Partner the Government of Canada is contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda 

  • Incentivize and Support Product Design for Reuse and Recycling of Plastics (Plastics, CTA 2)  

  • Incentivize and Support Design for Longevity and Recyclability (Textiles, CTA 1) 

 

Ambition 

The Government of Canada, through the Canadian Plastics Innovation Challenge, is financing Singular Solutions project to develop a BioSustainable™ Additive that could help plastic textile waste to biodegrade in long-term composting landfill facilities, creating topsoil-quality humus without generating harmful microplastics. Through this action, Canada is funding the development of this additive that will contribute to circularity requirements for plastic and textile waste. 

 

Objectives for 2021 

The Singular Solutions Inc. BioSustainable™ Additive Project is currently at the proof of concept stage, which is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2021. If chosen, the next steps could consist of developing the pilot production for (1) the recycling of synthetic textile and agricultural films into lumber-like structural materials, (2) the converting of non-usable plastic waste into digestible matter and (3) completing the lab scale development to capture CO2, collect organic waste and use digestible matter to produce bioplastics. 

 

Partners 

The Government of Canada (Funder, PACE Partner) 

Singular Solutions Inc., Devonshire Group Inc. 

Plastics Pact Network

PACE Partner the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Governments of Canada, Chile, the Netherlands, South Africa and WRAP are contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Plastics

1. Agree which plastics can be eliminated and prepare the market to phase them out  

4. Stimulate consumer adoption of plastic reuse

6. Set-up functioning collection systems    

 

Ambition 

The New Plastics Economy, initiated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, has set out a vision for a circular economy for plastics, whose realization will require unprecedented levels of collaboration, both globally and at national and regional levels, to work towards solutions tailored to each and every local context.  

 

In this spirit, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Plastics Pact Network aims to bring together businesses from across the plastics system, governments, NGOs and others in the national and regional (multi-country) context to implement solutions towards a circular economy for plastic, tailored to each geography. These solutions could relate, for instance, to the following areas: 

  • Eliminate unnecessary and problematic plastic packaging through redesign and innovation.  

  • Move from single-use to reuse where relevant 

  • Ensure all plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable, or compostable 

  • Increase the reuse, collection, and recycling or composting of plastic packaging 

  • Increase recycled content in plastic packaging 

 

Each pact is led by a local partner organisation, and has set specific, ambitious plastics' circular economy targets, reporting on progress every year. 

 

Objectives for 2021 

To date, pacts are covering 27 countries across North America, South America, Europe, Africa and the Pacific, all working towards a common vision of a circular economy for plastics. Further pacts are in development, and set to launch in 2021. 

 

Partners 

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, The Governments of Canada, Chile, the Netherlands, South Africa and WRAP (PACE Partners) 

A full list of participating Plastics Pacts, their targets and organisations involved can be found here

Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative

PACE Partner IGES is contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Plastics

2. Strategically plan sorting and recycling facilities in compliance with trade regulations

 

Ambition 

The Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative (HOCCI) seeks to strengthen the institutional capacity to support the operationalization and localization of the Philippines’ upcoming National Plan of Action for the Prevention, Reduction, and Management of Marine Litter (NPOA-ML) and the development of improved data collection and waste management systems. HOCCI aims to enable local governments and communities in the Philippines to reduce marine plastic pollution. Its approach is based on three action levels: 

  • Community level: where pilot initiatives are developed and tested. 

  • National level: to develop proofs of concept and local implementation mechanisms.  

  • Regional and global level: with the aim to contribute to Regional (ASEAN) and global practices and policies (such as the SDGs and UN-Habitat Waste Wise Cities Assessment Tool) 

 

Objectives for 2021 

In 2021, HOCCI’s main objective is to localize the national plan of action for marine litter in six partnering cities in the Philippines. For this purpose, many activities will be conducted, among which: waste surveys using WaCT (Waste Wise Cities Tool); city stakeholder workshops on 3Rs; developing a marine litter action plan; implementation of the pilots; development of knowledge products, capacity building and/or information, education, and communication; development of three policy papers; monitoring and evaluation of progress in implementing the city marine litter action plan; sharing good practices, lessons learned and future actions. 

 

Partners 

IGES (PACE Partner) 

UN-Habitat

Considerations and Criteria for Sustainable Plastics from a Chemical Perspective

PACE Partner RIVM is contributing to the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Plastics

10. Investigate environmental and socio-economic impacts of renewable material inputs for plastics

5. Guide and support news business models for environmental, financial, and social triple-win  

 

Ambition 

To be considered sustainable, plastics must be managed within a sustainable materials management system (a Circular Economy) to avoid the creation of waste, toxics and pollution. Sustainable plastics must be part of a holistic and principle-based approach to sustainable material flows.  

 

RIVM is working with the OECD working group "Considerations and Criteria for Sustainable Plastics from a Chemical Perspective" to develop sustainable criteria from the chemical perspective for plastics.

 

Objectives

The objective of the OECD working document is to inform designers who select plastics for use in products, as well as policy makers and those who procure products, on considerations and criteria for plastics based on principles of sustainable product design for which there is considerable consensus. 

 

Partners 

RIVM (PACE Partner) 

OECD working group "Considerations and Criteria for Sustainable Plastics from a Chemical Perspective" joint collaboration of OECD Chemicals Committee and the OECD Working Party on Resource Productivity and Waste.