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European Circular Economy Platform - appointed as part of Coordination Group


Alyssa Jade McDonald-Bärtl, social entrepreneur and board member of was appointed as member of Coordination Group of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (CESP).


 The European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform will focus on three pillars: Policy dialogue (Pillar I), a coordination group bringing together circular economy-related stakeholders (networks, platform, universities, business organizations, Pillar 2) as well as a website as a virtual venue for dissemination of circular economy-related content (Pillar 3).


Alyssa Jade McDonald-Bärtl: “We are delighted to be chosen to represent the voice and proof of SMEs in Europe through and show policy makers, large companies and community institutions how possible, and functional, the circular economy is.”


The goals of the CESP are sharing of best practice of circular economy currently in place, pushing companies to be disruptors in the market, highlighting the best of circular economy measures in action and encouraging local authorities to boost circular goals.


“This is a strong signal from Brussels about the future policy that will be impacting businesses across Europe, from eco-design, waste, water, and procurement which is clearly, turning greener and more sustainable”, states Juliane Reiber, CEO



Report: Effects of design measures

How do Europe's ecodesign measures affect the circular economy in low-income countries? This question was discussed in a recently published paper written by Green Alliance, a partner of UnternehmensGrün in the ACES-Project, on behalf of Tearfund.
In many low-income countries, according to the authors, the circular economy generates millions of jobs, such as recycling or reparation. In Ghana, for example, 80 per cent of electronic products are getting refurbished and more than 30,000 people work in this industry in Accra alone.

The majority of these products originate in Europe, e.g. 90 of all disposed computers from the EU end up in countries of the Global South. However, there is also a downside: the electronic devices contain a lot of toxic materials. Under appropriate conditions the recycling is save, but in most countries the recycling is carried out in informal conditions without the necessary safety regulations.

The paper draws three conclusions:

  • Ambitious, open design standards could improve the livelihoods of repair and remanufacturing entrepreneurs in the Global South.
  • Restrictive standards that allow manufacturers to exert a monopoly over repair and upgrade could damage these livelihoods.
  • Restricting the use of hazardous chemicals (like those on the list of Substances of Very High Concern) could improve the health of huge numbers of children and adults currently involved in the informal recycling of electronics.
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New Economy & Social Innovation Forum

Workshop “Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation & Entrepreneurial Skills"


Malaga, Spain (19.-22. 04.2017): For four days in April the New Economy & Social Innovation Forum (NESI Forum), took place in Malaga, Spain. It was a gathering of sustainability representatives from all over the world to share and exchange knowledge, best-practice and skills. The Biodiversity Foundation of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and the Environment organized a training workshop for Spanish aspiring entrepreneurs, bringing in the expertise of successful green enterprises to share their knowledge. was a partner in this activity.


In cooperation with, the Biodiversity Foundation of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and the Environment organized the workshop “Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation & Entrepreneurial Skills” for 30 selected participants. This activity is co-financed by the European Social Fund. The workshop was divided into three parts: presentation and knowledge sharing by successful green entrepreneurs, round tables in World Café format with different sustainability topics and wrap-up of learnings.


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Ecopreneurs for the Climate

Ecopreneurs for the Climate (ECO4CLIM) is a nonprofit organization seeking to boost the creation and scale up the impact of cooperative, sustainable, and sound businesses that tackle climate change. It began operations in 2015 with the first Global Week of Green Business and the Climate Movement (ECO4CLIM15), where more than 500 business and civil society professionals participated in 7 major European cities. In 2016, the reach has tripled, with 21 cities from 14 different countries taking part in the second edition (ECO4CLIM16) on October 24-30.


On European level, the cities involved include Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Lisbon, Madrid, Oviedo, Paris, Reading, Seville, Valencia and Vigo. In each of them, local chapters are led by our climate organizers, like GreenBuzz in Berlin, Social Nest in Valencia, Climate Change Centre Reading in Reading; in partnership with supportive institutions like UnternehmensGrün in Berlin, Oviedo Emprende in Oviedo or EntreprendreVert in Paris.


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