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Second REBus newsletter: In this edition read about the first Dutch & first UK pilot launches,  an upcoming H2020 Brokerage Event, a project partner profile on KTN, and much more..

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REBus Newsletter: July 2015 Edition
Contents

REBus News

  • Launch of first REBus pilot in Netherlands: ProRail goes circular with procurement of office furnishings
    Dutch rail infrastructure management company, ProRail has embraced circular procurement, furnishing their new office in Utrecht by entering a ten-year acquisition and maintenance contract with Desso. This is one of many pilots being delivered with the expert help and support from REBus.
  • Launch of the first REBus pilot in the UK: Argos rolls out its Gadget Trade-in service
    Working in partnership with WRAP, major UK retailer Argos has rolled out an innovative new Gadget Trade-in service in over 750 stores across the UK. Customers benefit from this service by being able to recycle their old gadgets and, financially, by receiving an Argos voucher for the value of the returned item.
  • Save the Date: Circular Horizons 2016/17, 10 September 2015, London
    Brought to you by REBus and KTN this is a European Business Brokerage event for Horizon 2020 funding for resource efficient business models and the circular economy. Join the event to find out about expected European funding calls for 2016 & 2017, hear from some of the REBus pilots, network with other European stakeholders, and learn about existing projects and potential proposals in resource efficient business models and the circular economy.
    Registration is now open.
  • Resource Efficient Business Models: The Roadmap to Resilience and Prosperity
    On 3 March, the Aldersgate Group launched their report on how circularity can be embedded into business processes and featured key evidence from their members' experiences to date. The report also describes the initial output of the REBus project. Keynote speaker Steve Wallace, Aldersgate Group Director, reflected on the launch in a thought piece and emphasised the need for a regulatory framework that propels the transition to circularity forward.
Partner profiles: KTN

Established by Innovate UK to build better links between science, creativity and business, the Knowledge Transfer Network has specialist teams covering all significant sectors of the economy, from defence and aerospace to the creative industries, the built environment to biotechnology and robotics. Our expertise in connecting sectors, disciplines and skills with the right collaborations and business approach is what helps unlock the tremendous hidden value in people and companies.
KTN connects people. To speed up innovation, solve problems and find markets for new ideas. Working with large and small companies, government agencies and research organisations, with tech hubs and startups, public funding bodies, VCs and private investors, KTN has built a unique network that helps enterprising people and companies reach the full potential of their innovative capabilities.
Scottish Institute of Remanufacture - call for funding proposals

The Scottish Institute of Remanufacture (SIR) will co-fund collaborative projects between universities and businesses to increase the amount of remanufacturing conducted, or to improve current remanufacturing operations. SIR invites applications for the support of collaborative projects between an industry partner and an academic partner, in all areas of remanufacture. For further information please contact Dr Jacqueline Balfour, Business Development Manager.
 
Green Alley Awards 2015 – green business innovation competition

Green Alley is a circular economy start-up competition looking to link the best entrepreneurial brains from across Europe. The deadline for applications is 15 September 2015. Take a look at the website for further details.
 
Employment and Circular Economy

REBus partner WRAP and Green Alliance published a report highlighting the potential of the Circular Economy to create 500,000 new jobs. This was found to be most significant in regions where unemployment is higher, such as the North East and West Midlands, and among low to mid skilled occupations, where a higher rate of job losses are projected for the future.
What’s happening
  • Global financial institution, ING has published its latest report Rethinking finance in a circular economy. The report stresses the major business opportunities of the circular economy and how financial institutions can facilitate its transition.
  • Results from Innovate UK’s call for circular economy business models have now been published. Innovate UK will be investing £800k into feasibility studies for the retaining value in durable goods through reuse, remanufacture or leasing/maintenance.
  • The global think tank Club of Rome has released an interim report highlighting the benefits of the circulate economy, which concludes that it could cut carbon emissions by almost 70% by 2030.
  • During a recent debate for viEUws, Karl Falkenberg, Director-General for Environment at the European Commission, disclosed that a proposal for the next Circular Economy Package is expected for Autumn. The Commission provided opportunities to share views in last month’s Stakeholder Conference and there is still a chance to take part in the debate via the Public Consultation on the Circular Economy, which will close on 28 August 2015.
  • H&M and Puma have partnered with Worn Again to close the loop on textile fibres by 'recapturing' polyester and cellulose from old or end-of-use clothing and textiles. *

*The example above is not a REBus pilot.

What's coming next
 
Forward

With the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Community - LIFE12 ENV/UK/000608 REBus


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