About Circular Futures - Circular Economy Platform Austria
Multi-stakeholder platform, think tank, incubator and catalyst for projects and initiatives accelerating the transition to a circular economy in Austria and Europe
Circular Futures was initiated by the environmental umbrella organization Umweltdachverband at the end of 2016 and is a collaboration of several umbrella organizations that advocate the transition to circular economy in politics and legislation. The collaboration partners of the platform are the Umweltdachverband (UWD) in Austria, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) based in Brussels as well as the Reuse and Repair Network Austria (RepaNet) and the Association Waste Consultants Austria (VABÖ) in Austria.
We connect people, ideas and knowledge for a more circular economy in Austria
Within the framework of the platform, activities for the development of a holistic circular economy are implemented in Austria. These include round tables, workshops and events as well as the development of background papers and information materials. Our work focusses on the necessary political and legal framework for the transition to a circular economy. A central concern of the platform is to promote a progressive understanding of the circular economy in Austria, which understands the circular economy as a process of change in society as a whole and which covers both the social and economic transformation processes required for this. Accordingly, with our activities we promote the exchange between various stakeholder groups from the areas of environment, economy and social affairs and bring them to a table with representatives from politics, science and administration in order to jointly develop future-oriented solutions for a more circular economy in Austria.
Our work is embedded in a broad network of organizations and actors across Europe. From the very beginning we have worked with pioneers in the circular economy such as Circle Economy in the Netherlands, SITRA in Finland, Zero Waste Scotland in Scotland or Circular Change in Slovenia as well as the globally active Ellen MacArthur Foundation and brought them to Austria with their activities. Circular Futures is also anchored in the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform as part of the work plan of the coordination group and is represented there via the EEB.
In their study "Major Circular Economy Networks in Europe", the authors, the Institut national de l’économie circulaire and the French network Orée, identified us as a key player in the circular economy in Europe.