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.

Strategies of the Austria Recycling and Waste Management Industry
Strategien der österreichischen Recycling- und Abfallwirtschaft
German
Author:
Österreichischer Wasser- und Abfallwirtschaftsverband
Published:
2018
Sector:
Sector-specific
Type of resource:
Book / Guide / Handbook / Report
Country: Country- specific
Target Group: Professionals from companies
free
The recycling and waste management sector in the Austrian Water- and Waste Management Association (ÖWAV), represented by stakeholders of the private management, of the industry, of civil engineering offices, of the federal states, of the federal government as well as of science and research, has set itself the goal of the primary ecopolitical fields of Austria as well as calling for clear measures to reach the respective goals. Besides other, the implementation of eco-design on basis of the European eco strategy constitutes an essential field of activity for all sectors involved. In order to allow a more efficient recovery of waste and an increased use of secondary raw materials, an interaction between industry and waste management respectively an appropriate consultancy service of the recycling industry is crucial. Eco-design needs to be given priority in production development and in production processes and must also be demanded more strongly.
EcodesignExtended producer responsibilitySDG 12Waste management
Sustainable Process Index web based tool
Der Sustainable Process Index
German
Author:
Krotscheck, C., M. Narodoslawsky
Published:
1996
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Software / Tool / Online calculator
Country: General
Target Group: Professionals from companies, VET teachers and trainers
free
Sustainable Process Index has a "nickname" Ecological footprint. The tool is authored by Krotscheck and Narodoslawsky and represents a scientific version of footprint aimed at calculation of environmental impact. Tool has a very good results of the proportion "time needed for calculation/quality of result
Ecological FootprintSustainable Process Index
Innovation Management
Inovačný manažment
Slovak
Author:
Pavol Molnár
Published:
2007
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Book / Guide / Handbook / Report
Country: General
Target Group: Professionals from companies, VET teachers and trainers
free
This Slovak publication contains scientific method of benchmarking comparison of alternatives (e.g. product characteristics), enabling to set up a price of innovated product suited for circular economy. We aim to use this methodology together with Czech partner as a functionality of the diagnosis tools.
Aggregated indicatorsBenchmarking comparisonInnovation Management
Circular economy:educational resources
Circular economy:educational resources
English
Author:
Ellen Macarthur Foundation.
Published:
2019
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Video
Country: General
Target Group: Professionals from companies, VET teachers and trainers
free
KUMU map browsing through the educational resources produced by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
EducationMapResources
Circular Consumer Electronics: An initial exploration
Circular Consumer Electronics: An initial exploration
English
Author:
HMF: Marco Meloni, Francois Souchet, Darien Sturges, Author
Published:
2018
Sector:
Sector-specific
Type of resource:
Book / Guide / Handbook / Report
Country: General
Target Group: Professionals from companies, VET teachers and trainers
free
This paper provides reflections on what a circular economy approach could look like for the consumer electronics industry. Built on insights from over 40 interviews with leading companies and researchers, the work is based on research supported by Google and undertaken by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2017. The paper focuses on smartphones, laptops, tablets, and smart home devices. It represents a first attempt at a vision for how electronics could fit within a circular economy, and actions by the industry to accelerate the transition.
ConsumerElectronicsLifetime
Organising for the Circular Economy – A workbook for developing Circular Business Models
Organising for the Circular Economy - A workbook for developing Circular Business Models
English
Author:
Jan Jonker, Ivo Kothman, Niels Faber, Naomi Montenegro Navarro
Published:
2018
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Book / Guide / Handbook / Report
Country: General
Target Group: Professionals from companies, VET teachers and trainers
free
Making a workbook on circular economy and specifically Circular Business Models (CBMs) is unavoidably a collective activity. The workbook is based on the presumption that the CE will only become reality in the business community if it can lead to a business model, because business models are the foundational component of companies.In the national study a model was developed that provides the basis for Circular Business Models (CBMs). This model underpins this workbook, which was developed with a team in the period 2017-2018.
Business modelCyclesStrategies
Enablers and Barriers to a Circular Economy
Enablers and Barriers to a Circular Economy
English
Author:
Joanne Houston and Elisa Casazza, CSR Europe; Marie Briguglio and Malta Jonathan Spiteri, University of Malta
Published:
2018
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Book / Guide / Handbook / Report
Country: General
Target Group: Professionals from companies
free
Transitioning from linear to circular economy business models, however, is not simple. There are numerous obstacles at company and value chain levels, as well as from EU and local level policy perspectives. The report provides a simple, yet rich overview of the barriers and enablers of circular economy business models as identified by stakeholders, drawing upon a range of interviews, workshops and events, and a survey conducted with representatives of the European business sector.
BarriersEnablersSolutions
MOVECO – Circular Economy Innovation Tools
MOVECO - Circular Economy Innovation Tools
English
Author:
Moveco Interreg Danube project
Published:
2018
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Regular course / Training
Country: General
Target Group: Professionals from companies, VET teachers and trainers
free
Moveco (Mobilising Institutional Learning for Better Exploitation of Research and Innovation for the Circular Economy) proposes the Circular Toolbox including information, collaboration, qualification and financing tools to promote the transition towards a circular economy.
Circular economyCircular toolboxMoveco
Circular Economy: An Introduction
Circular Economy: An Introduction
English
Author:
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Published:
February 2019.
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Mooc / Online Training
Country: General
Target Group: Professionals from companies, VET teachers and trainers
free
This course explores the Circular Economy: how businesses can create value by reusing and recycling products, how designers can come up with amazingly clever solutions and how you can contribute to make the Circular Economy happen.
CourseIntroductionMooc
Ecodesign for a circular economy
Ecodiseño para una economía circular
Spanish
Author:
IHOBE
Published:
2016
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Book / Guide / Handbook / Report
Country: General
Target Group: Professionals from companies, VET teachers and trainers
free
This report explains what circular economy is and the different existing processes (remanufacturing, reverse logistics...). It includes real practical cases too.
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