Please see below some useful reference documents on reuse, recycling and the social economy. Use the buttons to navigate to the relevant sections.
This Circular Economy Action Plan provides a future-oriented agenda for achieving a cleaner and more competitive Europe in co-creation with economic actors, consumers, citizens and civil society organisations. Published 2020.
This Communication sets out a European Green Deal for the European Union (EU)
and its citizens. It resets the Commission’s commitment to tackling climate and
environmental-related challenges that is this generation’s defining task. Published 2020.
The overarching piece of legislation covering all waste management in the EU with new measures including obligations to measure and eventually set targets for all types of reuse. Published 2018.
The European Commission’s Communication document outlining its action plan to support the transition towards a circular economy. Published 2015.
The first EEA report in a series on the Circular Economy, describing the overall concept. It draws attention to the benefits and challenges in transitioning to a circular economy and highlights ways to measure progress.
This second EEA report in the series highlights mechanisms for circularity, production ‑ consumption trends, systemic drivers of product design and use, and their implications for the governance of the transition to a circular economy
The Government’s Climate Action Plan is committed to net zero carbon energy systems by 2050 for Irish society and in the process, creating a resilient, vibrant and sustainable country. Chapter 12 covers actions to be taken in the area of Waste and the Circular Economy.
The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Brunton T.D., held Climate Action Forums in communities around the country. This Infographic was provided to attendees as a summary of the 183 actions outlined in full Climate Action Plan 2019.
The Government released its first quarterly progress report on the Climate Action Plan 2019 and states that 85%, or 149, of the actions due for delivery in Quarter 2 and 3 of 2019 have been delivered, with the remaining in progress and due for delivery by the end of the year. The Climate Action Delivery Board will continue to monitor progress.
The Climate Change Advisory Council is an independent advisory body tasked with reviewing national climate policy, progress on the achievement of the national transition objective and progress towards international targets. This is the Climate Change Advisory Council’s third Annual Review of progress towards transition. Published 2019.
Ireland’s National Strategy for Resource Efficiency, incorporating the National Waste Prevention Programme. Published 2014.
The National Waste Prevention Programme is a Government of Ireland initiative, led by the EPA, which supports national-level, strategic programmes to prevent waste and drive the circular economy in Ireland. CRNI is funded through this programme. Published 2018.
Watch the introductory video here.
Ireland’s roadmap on moving away from an over dependence on landfill, by reducing waste and maximising the resources that we can recover from waste. Published 2012.
Ireland’s three regional plans are statutory documents required under the Waste Framework Directive, that set out the strategy, policies and actions for the prevention and management of wastes in a safe and sustainable manner. Published 2015.
This report provides an overview of progress made on waste prevention projects during 2018. Published 2020.
Progress report from Eastern Midlands Waste Region on the implementation of their Regional Plan.
A study for the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) by Dr Simon O’Rafferty
Northern Ireland’s Strategy for Resource Efficiency, aiming to move the emphasis from resource management to resource efficiency.
This programme is designed to have a favourable impact on the Northern Ireland economy, helping to promote and support ‘green jobs’, and for the protection of the environment and conservation of resources
The purpose of this Circular is to promote the wider use of environmental and social considerations in public procurement with specific regard to the Climate Action Plan 2019
This brochure provides guidance on circular procurement, where public authorities purchase works, goods or services that contribute to closed energy and material loops within supply chains.
The EPA’s guidance document to assist the public sector to implement and maintain procedures for green public procurement, including consideration of reuse elements. Published 2014.
The Department of Environment (DCCAE) has published as part of an Interreg Project, a series of policy papers to exchange experiences & practices and improve on resource efficiency through Green Public Procurement (GPP).
These voluntary EU Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria aim to facilitate public authorities in the purchase of products, services and works relating to furniture including refurbishment, new furniture and the end-of-life services.
The Minister for Community and Rural Development, Michael Ring T.D., launched the National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland 2019-2022 on 18 July 2019 (view Minster Ring’s keynote address here). There have been calls for such a policy for many years and its publication represents a key milestone for social enterprises in Ireland. Published 2019.
To boost social enterprise, 16 EU countries have adopted new legislation during the past decade and 11 countries have created explicit policies to support its development, according to a new synthesis report ‘Social enterprises and their ecosystems in Europe.’ Published 2020.
Prepared by WRAP and the Green Alliance, this shows the potential of the circular economy to deliver employment opportunities across a range of skills to the Northern Ireland economy. Published 2015.
In 2017, Volunteer Ireland conducted research into the impact volunteering has on the health and well-being of volunteers. Combining focus groups with the results of a national survey of volunteers, the report concluded that volunteering has a positive impact on volunteers in a multitude of ways. (source: Volunteer Ireland website)
This report is based on the current status of the circular economy and expert predictions of how the circular transition will play out over the next 10 to 20 years. We outline how the circular economy may have specific implications on aspects of the labour market. Published 2020.
The report examines and extrapolates common challenges and opportunities experienced by distinct country groups and provides action pathways for each. Our world is now only 8.6% circular. The global economy is consuming 100 billion tonnes of materials a year for the first time ever, but the cycling rate of resources has gone into reverse. Circle Economy. Published 2020
The analysis by Ecopreneur shows that this work requires leadership, targets, and new resource policies across the EU, as aligned and harmonised as can be. Published 2019.
This report takes a first step towards quantifying the potential for circular economy opportunities to reduce GHG emissions, examining materials flows and value chains, identifying relevant approaches and their cost-effectiveness. It also considers barriers and policies that could overcome them.
Scotland’s first Circular Economy strategy demonstrating ambition and leadership in the area of reuse. Published 2016.
This strategy sets out how England will preserve its stock of material resources by minimising waste, promoting resource efficiency and moving towards a circular economy.
This report shows potential impacts of the ambitious Welsh plan to drive preparation for reuse through setting targets, supporting third sector and promoting a reuse standard.
Case studies showing how municipalities around the world are transitioning to low-carbon economies and are enabling greater energy and material efficiency, lower pollution and GHG emissions and job creation. C40 & Climate-KIC. Published 2018
A review of 250 of the biggest global fashion brands and retailers ranked according to how much they disclose about their social and environmental policies, practices and impacts.
This report describes the environmental and social impact of the fashion industry and examines new economic models that could help improve the sustainability of the fashion industry.
This guide, produced by the London College of Fashion’s Centre for Sustainability, was provided to attendees of the 2020 BAFTA Awards. Guests were asked to incorporate sustainability into their fashion selection, such as re-wearing, renting or buying vintage.
This report outlines a vision for a new textiles economy where clothes, textiles, and fibres are kept at their highest value during use and re-enter the economy afterwards, never ending up as waste.