What circular approaches can contribute to reducing the footprint of the textile and garment industry? while people bought 60% more garments in 2014 than in 2000, they only kept the clothes for half as long. Only 1% of material used to produce clothing is recycled into new clothing (globally). Reason enough for representatives from the European Commission, Circle Economy, research, and the textile industry to discuss the required technical, social, and business innovation, supported by policy, education and changes in production and consumption practices in the textile industry at the WCEF Acclerator Session. Watch the Replay.Continue Reading
Author: Susanne Müller
The EU’s Circular Economy transition for plastic and textiles: Opportunities and challenges for trade partners in emerging markets
A new policy paper developed under the Switch to Circular Economy Value Chains project, evaluates how EU policy is driving the transition to the circular economy, its impact on global value chains and how developing country producers can navigate changing markets.Continue Reading
WATCH THE RE-PLAY Circular policies without borders
What are the implications of EU circular policies on producers and exporters in developing countries. Watch the replay of our session at @WCEF2022 on policy, trade, and finance context for the #plastics and #textile #industry in developing markets towards a #CircularEconomy.
Catalysing policy change for Circular Economic Transition through local enterprises in East Africa
How can solutions my mirco and small enterprises create better policies, improved governance and social equality, across the fields of alternative energy, waste recycling, and ecosystem services? The EU co-funded Green Economy Coalition will illustrate experience of local green enterprises in East Africa that are already adapting and evolving towards circular and green production of goods and services.Continue Reading
Increasing circularity of fashion
Take a deep dive into the textiles industry. The session will underscore the significance of the sector with its significant proportion of carbon emission. Speaker will highlight the potential of circular business models and design to reduce the negative impacts of textile production. Find our more.Continue Reading
Locally Led Solutions to Accelerate Circularity within Businesses
With a viable business case in mind, more and more enterprises consider joining the circular economy but lack support of locally led service providers. What does it take to revitalising regional service providers and ensure best practice support is available to businesses investing in circularity from the local level? Watch the replay.Continue Reading
Realizing circularity for a just transition towards net-zero economies in the Mediterranean
How can circular strategies reduce emissions and carbon-neutral alternatives in key value-chains for the Mediterranean economy? Join the discussion to explore crucial cross-border and cross-sectoral partnerships needed to action system changes in food, construction and plastics.Continue Reading
COP27: 1.5 Degree Lifestyle: sustainable consumption policies enabling climate action in the Mediterranean
How can our consumption contribute to climate change mitigation? This question is at heart of this side-event at #COP27. Aiming at systemic transitions, the event explores demand-side and behavior change mitigation pathways.Continue Reading
Recipes for Change: how a sustainable food system can curb carbon emissions
This side event at the COP 27 event will show-case the role of circular economy approaches in curbing emissions along the food value-chain providing successful examples funded by the EU though its SWITCH regional programmes. Get more information.Continue Reading
Learn more on Team Europe
Team Europe is Europe’s answer to a changing geopolitical landscape that increasingly requires collective, swift and decisive action at multilateral and country level.It is about sending a strong message of European partnership and solidarity to build back better in a green, just, sustainable and inclusive way, while being responsive to human development priorities. If you want to know more, join the INTPA Academy.
Save the Date: COP27 – Food System and Climate Change
On 6-18 November 2022, Egypt is hosting the 27th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh. The EU set an ambitious roadmap towards a climate-neutral circular economy, where economic growth is decoupled from resource use. What role do food systems play in climate change mitigation? For more information, join us at our Side Event at COP 27.Continue Reading
SwitchMed Connect is back!
SwitchMed is excited to announce that the programme’s flagship event will take place on 9-10 November in Rimini (Italy). It will be the first in-person edition of the second phase of the SwitchMed programme. SwitchMed Connect is gathering Mediterranean stakeholders to build synergies, exchange knowledge, and scale up eco and social innovations. Find out how to register.Continue Reading
The EU renews its commitment to support Asia and Central Asia
At SWITCH-Asia Annual Event in Bangkok, the EU renews its commitment to support Asia and Central Asia in their efforts moving towards an inclusive green and circular economy through responsible consumption and production policies and actions.Continue Reading
WeMed Award 2022: apply now to win the Mediterranean sustainability award!
For this second edition, the WeMed Award, organized by MedWaves and Texfor, will shed light on the textile and clothing sectors. The WeMed Award is a flagship initiative of the UNEP/MAP Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development.Continue Reading
Join us online – still time to register for Online Participation at the EDD!
The European Development Days bring together the development community, sparking new collaborations and initiatives that address the world’s most pressing challenges. Online Registration is still open. Find out more.Continue Reading
New SWITCH-Asia Grant Projects Contributing to the Circular Economy
A new publication gathers information on ongoing SWITCH-Asia projects in 2022. The SWITCH-Asia Grants Programme funds pilot projects helping companies adopt cleaner technologies and more sustainable industrial practices, as well as helping consumers to act more responsibly in their daily choices and lifestylesContinue Reading
4th Mozambique-EU Economic Round Table
The 4th Mozambique-EU Economic Round Table organised by the EU DElegation and partners on the 12th of May 2022 debated “Opportunities for the private sector in the transition towards a greener and smarter society”. Discover more.Continue Reading
Join the European Development Days!
Through inspiring sessions and debates #EDD22 offer a unique forum where thought-provoking ideas are shared to create a more sustainable world . Do you want to shape the international agenda on development? Discover where to register!
Raise Awareness & Drive Engagement – guided by SWITCH-Asia
Communicating Effectively about Sustainable Consumption and Production – the SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility collected lessons learnt from project, policy and advocacy work. Discover their insights.Continue Reading
Making Sustainable Products the Norm
With the Regulation on Ecodesign for Sustainable Products, the European Commission is proposing new rules to make almost all physical goods on the EU market more friendly to the environment, circular, and energy efficient throughout their whole lifecycle from the design phase through to daily use, repurposing and end-of-life.Continue Reading
Towards Circular Textile and Fashion Value Chain: WATCH the Replay
On the sidelines of the European Union-African Business Forum 2022, a webinar organised by the African Development Bank’s Fashionomics Africa initiative and DG INTPA with UNEP and the SWITCH to Green Facility showcased circular business models, and participants discussed opportunities for investments and trade cooperation within Africa and the European Union. Find out more.Continue Reading
New Learning Opportunities on the Circular Economy
If you want to deepen your knowledge of the circular economy, how to shape the transition, create circular policies and programme, DG INTPA and the SWITCH to Green Facility have developed e-courses. Know more on these learning opportunities on offer.Continue Reading
Towards a more Sustainable, Digital and Circular Textile and Fashion Value Chain – Insights from circular textiles initiatives across EU and Africa
Listen to encouraging stories of innovative textile and clothing entrepreneurs who are already embracing circular approaches at the #EABF – the Europe Africa Business Forum. Join our online event that will discuss how fashion entrepreneurs and MSMEs in Africa can build more sustainable, resilient, and circular textile value chains. Get more information.Continue Reading
DG INTPA at GEC Global Meeting
Be part of the Green Economy Coalition Global Meeting! @EU_Partnerships will be speaking on how to accelerate a green and fair recovery. Visit the complete programme and learn where to register.Continue Reading
EU’s international cooperation on Circular Economy
How circularity cuts carbon emissions, this issue is discussed at a virtual COP26 side event hosted by the EU on November 6th. The event illustrates the different pathways for the transition by highlighting experience from the SWITCH-Asia and Switch Africa Green programme. Register now.Continue Reading