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8 December 2016

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How to unleash investment in the circular economy

Frido Kraanen is Principal Director Societal Impact for Dutch pensions service provider PGGM. He was a speaker at the 20th European Forum on Eco-innovation, which took place in Tallinn, Estonia on 26-28 October 2016. Here, he discusses lessons learned by PGGM in redirecting investment towards more circular and resource-efficient business models.

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European Eco-Innovation Forum examines the financing needs of pioneering SMEs

The 20th European Forum on Eco-Innovation, which took place in Tallinn, Estonia, from 26-28 October 2016, showed that small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) are taking a pioneering role in developing circular economy business models, which could in time be scaled up to have an economy-wide impact. The European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE) 2016-2017, given out during the forum, recognised some of these pioneering companies, which are working in areas as diverse as crop protection, baby food, smartphones and tourism.

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Shoes as a solution to ocean plastic

German sportswear giant Adidas has set itself the goal of producing 1 million pairs of UltraBOOST Uncaged sports shoes by the end of 2017. It might not sound unusual that Adidas is producing large numbers of sports shoes, but these shoes are different – they are made from plastic recovered from the oceans.

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Upcoming events
EU Conference on Plastics: create circular breakthroughs and close the plastics loop, Rotterdam, NL
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
8-9 December 2016
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Save the Planet – South-East European Exhibition and Conference on Waste Management and Recycling
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7-9 March 2017
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5-6 June 2017
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