“We have to think of buildings as material depots,” says Thomas Rau , a Dutch architect who has been working to develop a public database of materials in existing buildings and their potential for reuse. There are now over 2.5m square metres of building matter logged in his Madaster database, and he is currently working with the city of Amsterdam to catalogue the components of every public building in the city. “Waste is simply material without an identity,” he says. “If we track the provenance and performance of every element of a building, giving it an identity, we can eliminate waste.”
"The architects of the latter project, Lacaton & Vassal, have a rallying cry that all our cities would do well to adopt from now on: 'Never demolish, never remove or replace, always add, transform, and reuse!'"
"He has developed the concept of “material passports”, a digital record of the specific characteristics and value of every material in a construction project, thereby enabling the different parts to be recovered, recycled and reused. His firm recently put the principle into practice with its new headquarters for Triodos, Europe’s leading ethical bank, which he says is the world’s first totally demountable office building. With a structure made entirely from wood, it has been designed with mechanical fixings so that every element can be reused, with all material logged and designed for easy disassembly."
"...Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) introduced the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020 Tuesday, a comprehensive piece of legislation that is being hailed as a first-of-its-kind attempt to address the root causes of the crisis on the national level.
"We need to turn off the faucet, not just run for the mop." - Oceana chief policy officer Jacqueline Savitz.
"The bill has several ground-breaking components.
"One of the fundamental elements of the Circular Economy is recycling, and its role in materials permanence within the production cycle. According to PMMI's new market intelligence report, '2019 Trends and Advances in Food Packaging and Processing,' almost two of every three food manufacturing companies are looking for recyclable packaging solutions, and the vast majority of participants in the study developed at least one major change in their packaging materials to increase recycling facility.
Strong obstacles, however, impede the recyclability of many materials for flexible packaging and their use in manufacturing products similar or different from the original ones. In this same PMMI report, a packaging engineer from a multinational beverage manufacturer stated: 'Flexible packaging with barrier films cannot be recycled, so we need more innovative solutions.'"
“That is our vision, to focus on monomaterials without losing properties, and always taking into account recyclability, both theoretical and practical”
"...It seems important to highlight how initiatives towards monomaterials are going to involve the use of compatibilizers and other resins, so that materials - even polyolefins - must be made compatible in order to be mixed and recycled together with polyethylene."
Ethical Corporation: Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches metrics tool in bid to speed circular economy
“'Having good data and metrics for measuring baselines and progress is absolutely crucial, and in the circular economy space it’s a challenge,' Morlet said, adding that it is something the foundation has been working on for a number of years."
"Linear supply chains are a significant threat to the future of our planet in terms of biodiversity loss, pollution and global warming."
"While the free-to-use tool will initially be used internally by companies to measure their circular economy performance against other companies in the same industry, using an A+ to E scoring system, in future it could evolve into a benchmark that could be available to ESG investors, in the same way that companies are scored on their climate, water and deforestation risk through the data they supply to CDP."
We're excited to be working on a slate of unique and relevant content for you at the RCBC 46th Annual Conference on Circular Economy. The theme this year: 20/20 Foresight: Transforming Tomorrow:
Keynote On the Road Ahead
On June 11, we kick off the morning with an opening keynote from Bryan Buggey, Director, Vancouver Economic Commission. Known for his beliefs that the transition to a low-carbon circular economy is a massive economic opportunity, Bryan shares his thoughts about the progressive municipal, regional, provincial and federal priorities related to climate and the economy. Hear how Vancouver’s integrated Greenest City Action Plan, Renewable City 2050, Zero Waste 2040, and the response to the 2019 declared Climate Emergency, fit into the local business community. Bryan outlines how the Vancouver Economic Commission is accelerating the transition by supporting innovation, trade, investment and the move to a circular economy.
Participate in a Town Hall
We're excited to expand upon last year's successful town hall on a whole new level. This year delegates from nonprofits, government, and industry sectors will caucus with peers on the afternoon of June 10 to unify their voices in a roundtable discussion on waste reduction and circular economic policy issues. The three groups will then gather to provide the town hall a cross-pollination of ideas in plenary. You’ll gain valuable insight and feedback from this dialogue to inform your own decision making process.
Join our holistic policy advocacy approach and be part of the collaboration that builds the realities of a greener tomorrow together.
A Focus on Plastics Waste
Waste plastics is on everyone's mind in Canada these days, not just B.C. Building off our compostable plastics workshop facilitated last November, we’ll feature an expert panel (scientists, processors, local government) to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by the national attention given this global-scale issue.
We'll also provide any updates from the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment's (CCME) plan on zero waste plastic to understand the best opportunity to tackle plastic packaging through a systems-wide approach.
These are just some of the exciting events we have planned; stay tuned as we share more in the following months!
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