Knowledge Hub

The Knowledge Hub is an interactive resource centre, which gathers useful information for Vocational Education and Training teachers and professionals from companies who seek for knowledge and inspiration on zero waste and circular economy. Here, you will find scientific and “grey” literature, standards and legislation, books, good practices, case studies, presentations, videos, software, methods, tools and other relevant resources.

Precious Plastic Promotional Video
Precious Plastic Promotional Video
English
Author:
Dave Hakkens
Published:
2016
Sector:
Sector-specific
Type of resource:
Video
Country: General
Target Group: VET teachers and trainers
free
Dave Hakkens is a Dutch designer offering freeware solutions (e.g. technical descriptions how to built-up a recycling machine at home) how to start own small business with recycling plastics. He has already inspired thousands of people around the world to follow his ideas. For free.
CommunitiesFreewareMachinesSharewareWorkspace
The Product-Life Institute
The Product-Life Institute
English
Author:
Product-Life Institute
Published:
Undetermined
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Website
Country: General
Target Group: VET teachers and trainers
free
The main focus of the Product-Life Institute is on practical strategies and approaches to produce higher real wealth and economic growth with considerably lower resource consumption. Its main objective is to open new frontiers of economic development towards a Performance Economy (or Functional Service Economy), which focuses on selling performance (services) instead of goods in a circular economy, internalizing all costs (closed loops, cradle to cradle).
Circular economyCradle to cradlePerformance economyPolicyPrinciplesSharing economySharing society
The circular economy, design thinking and education for sustainability
The circular economy, design thinking and education for sustainability
English
Author:
Deborah Andrews
Published:
2015
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Article / Scientific Article
Country: General
Target Group: Professionals from companies, VET teachers and trainers
paid
The origins of the Linear Economy – the ‘take-make-use-dispose’ model of consumption – date from the Industrial Revolution and the global economy developed around this model. Various social, economic and environmental factors mean that it is no longer sustainable. A radical new model – the Circular Economy – is being advocated but as yet it is not widely practiced. This paper proposes that designers are crucial to the development of this new economic model; furthermore, this model facilitates education for sustainability and enhances employability.
Circular economyDesign for SustainabilityEducation
Sustainable Materials – With Both Eyes Open
Sustainable Materials - With Both Eyes Open
English
Author:
Julian M. Allwood, Jonathan M. Cullen
Published:
2012
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Book / Guide / Handbook / Report
Country: General
Target Group: Professionals from companies, VET teachers and trainers
paid
This evidence-based survey presents a holistic vision of options for a sustainable future by going beyond efficient and clean production to the inclusion of material efficiency and the reduction of demand. Beginning with an all-encompassing examination of the uses of the five most important materials—steel, aluminum, cement, plastic, and paper—this exploration delves into the entire life cycle of these materials, from smelting and goods manufacture to final recycling. Through evidence drawn from this analysis and real-world commercial enterprises, the study submits creative solutions for achieving manufacturing efficiencies and the same functionality or services using less material, and identifies potential economic outcomes from these scenarios
EfficiencyMaterialsSustainability
Managing resources in a cycle – Communication network with waste consultants
Ressourcen im Kreislauf führen - Kommunikationsnetzwerk mit AbfallberaterInnen
German
Author:
Markus Meissner
Published:
Undetermined
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Presentation
Country: Country- specific
Target Group: Professionals from companies
free
Cooperation is one of the three principles of circular economy. Different examples of cooperation in this field range from Building Information Modeling (BIM) to circular supply chains to component exchanges to industrial symbiosis. The Austrian company BauKarussell is cited as an example of cooperation in the construction sector. In addition to preparing building products, building materials, building elements and equipment objects for re-use they also offer services like local construction supervision during dismantling. Re-use too is a service cause it needs 1) planning and 2) sales and storage.
Building Information ModelingCircular supply chainsCommunication networkCooperationWaste consultants
RepaNet
RepaNet
German
Author:
Matthias Neitsch 
Published:
Undetermined
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Project
Country: Country- specific
Target Group: Other, Professionals from companies
free
RepaNet is an environmental and employment creation project based in Graz, Austria. It was part of a development partnership within the EQUAL Community Initiative, part of the European Union's Structural Funds. It is notable for the way it combines three complementary goals: the ecological goal of cutting waste by repairing and reusing things instead of throwing them away, the social goal of providing jobs for long-term unemployed people and the local economy goal of supporting small firms and building regional value.The initiative is a triangular partnership involving small firms as well as NGOs and the public sector. The co-ordinartors see this as a 'win-win-win situation': The local authority and the ministry prize the environmental benefits, the chamber of commerce sees benefits for local firms, and the labour market service sees disadvantaged people back in work. RepaNet is not just creating jobs that are sustainable in resource terms, but is also building attitudes and practices that are vital for the long-term development of the local economy. It is a training ground where consumers can learn to reuse waste, businesses can learn to co-operate and politicians can learn to think in terms of balanced growth.
Employment creationPrivat-public partnershipRe-use networkRegional valueReuseSocial enterprise
Multiple equilibria resulting from game theory analysis of anegotiationbetween small family business and wholesalerunder circular economy conditions
Multiple equilibria resulting from game theory analysis of anegotiationbetween small family business and wholesalerunder circular economy conditions
English
Author:
Martin Dolinsky, Tessa Dunlop
Published:
2017
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Article / Scientific Article
Country: General
Target Group: Professionals from companies
free
Paper shows the use of game theory, an advanced prediction mechanism in the circular economy field. Game theory is used in the field of behavioral economics, both disciplines have been awarded with Nobel prize several times.
ForecastingGame theoryHuman behavior
Project Management
Project Management
English
Author:
Gray, Clifford F., and Erik W. Larson
Published:
2006
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Book / Guide / Handbook / Report
Country: General
Target Group: Professionals from companies, VET teachers and trainers
free
Project Management book offers practical examples in the field of critical-path method and related optimum cost-time point analysis. This knowledge is usable for planning of circular economy projects capacities (resources & cost scheduling).
Project ManagementResources & Cost Scheduling
ReUse Innovation Challenge
ReUse Innovation Challenge
German
Author:
ÖKO-Service Beschäftigungs GmbH, Verein ARGE Müllvermeidung, Verein BAN
Published:
Undetermined
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Project
Country: Country- specific
Target Group: Other, Professionals from companies
Free, available on request
The main objective of the Re-Use Innovation Challenge is to find concepts and viable business models for the so-called „Reuse park“ in Puchstraße 41 in Graz (Austria). This park should not only be conceived as a place for retail of the reused products, but it should also promote other activities, services and experiences around the „reuse“ topic, such as repair cafés, creative workshops and other events. At the same time, an economically viable business model for the management of such a "reuse park" should be developed. The best concepts will be rewarded with an exclusive support package worth up to 50,000 euro. People with an entrepreneurial spirit, potential founders and start-ups can submit their concepts until Monday, April 15, 2019. The final pitch will be won by those who demonstrate the best mix of idea, team, market potential, business model and social impact.
Business modelsInnovation challengeRe-use parkStartups
BauKarussell – social urban mining
BauKarussell - Beschäftigung und Kreislaufwirtschaft
German
Author:
M. Meissner & C. Pladerer (pulswerk GmbH, Vienna, Austria); M. Neitsch (Re-Use und Reparaturnetzwerk Österreich, Vienna, Austria), T. Romm (Romm/Mischek ZT, Vienna, Austria)
Published:
Undetermined
Sector:
Sector-specific
Type of resource:
Project
Country: Country- specific
Target Group: Professionals from companies
Free, available on request
BauKarussell is the first Austrian cooperation that addresses reuse in buildings at large scale. Together with property developers, the consortium removes selected materials and products to make them available for the new buildings. The operational work is performed by transit employees from social enterprises. These former unemployed people gain work, training and support to find their way back to the labour market. In parallel, the consortium (Caritas Wien, DRZ VHS Wien, RepaNet, Romm/Mischek ZT und pulswerk GmbH) develops internal structures to finally found a legal entity for BauKarussell. Within two operational pilot objects, BauKarussell has at least prevented 450.300 kg of waste prevented due to reuse. Furthermore, 74.000 kg of material was collected separately and handed over for recycling. Finally, 171.000 kg of impurities that impede recycling of construction and demolition waste were removed. The revenues and the cost savings due to the reuse of material have allowed the social enterprises to provide app. 7.600 working hours. The project is supported by the government of Vienna, the Federal Ministry of economy and the Foundation for waste prevention of Austrian packaging systems.
Recycling construction materialRecycling of construction and demolition wasteSocial enterpreneurshipWaste management
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