"Do you have the choice to refuse plastic when buying products such as food, drinks and
cosmetics?". The only way to stop plastic pollution is for big companies to move away from single-use plastic! Tell them to invest in the "Circular Economy" business model solutions.
The European Commission has presented a global strategy to try
to stop the production of plastic waste that floods our oceans... And our bodies.
(iv) Have a look to the latest on SMART-E
Project led by The University of Salford in UK on "Sustainable Manufacturing through Advanced Robotics Training in Europe", creating the advanced technologies at the heart of Industry 4.0. #LeanManufacturing
A vision for a better future: "For some, a circular economy is a renaming of some very familiar activities, like recycling, going to zero waste or making something useful from waste. That all seems pretty
easy to grasp, and once people realise this must be about closing the loop then they get busy with marketing the new label. Unfortunately, this interpretation is incomplete and misses out on the most powerful aspects of the circular economy and its potential
to transform the way our economy works. Here's how a circular economy could
change the world by 2030." K. Webster
(v) "Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) is the creation and qualification of a Circular Economy. It allows us to share the present with the future with
grace and dignity. It’s really about Quality first and making sure that things are designed to be Safe and Healthy in Biological or Technical Cycles. It’s about ensuring that things are designed to go back to soil safely, or back
to industry safely without contaminating each other. That’s the first order of business because if we recirculate poisonous things, it’s even worse." W.
Check out the brand-new Co/Lab, designed by William
McDonough + Partners. It's the first commercial Mass Timber building in the D.C. metro area. It includes circular materials that are Cradle to Cradle Certified, which meant the building earned U.S.
Green Building Council (USGBC)LEED v4 Platinum certification: “We designed HITT’s
Co|Lab based on our concept of building like a tree. Instead of just talking about the minimal environmental footprint we talk about beneficial environmental footprint – not just minimizing negative emissions – we talk about optimizing
positive emissions.” said WM+P’s founder, William McDonough.
(vi) Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy 2018 (RISE) is a policy scorecard and an important tool to help governments assess
whether they have the necessary policy and regulatory frameworks in place to drive progress on the energy transition. It enables governments to measure their performance against regional and global peers. The report can also be used by the private sector to
identify investment opportunities for sustainable energy projects, products and services in national markets.
2018 is the second edition produced by Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank Group and contains many new features over the inaugural 2017 report, including policy time trends since 2010, a greater emphasis on tracking
policies that support enforcement, broader coverage of the heating and transportation sectors, and a pilot assessment of the policy environment for clean cooking in a dozen large access-deficit countries.