Circular Futures - Circular Economy Platform Austria

The transition from a linear to circular economy is an endeavour whose success hinges on the cooperation of many diverse stakeholders across all sectors of society and that requires innovation at all levels. It not only affects technology, ecology, and economy but also requires social, political, and cultural change. The involvement of all stakeholders, particularly consumers, is essential to this and needs active promotion and support. In this regard, an understanding of the circular economy model and an appreciation of the underlying problems, that drive unsustainable production and consumption – from resource extraction to the market for secondary raw materials – are vital to ensure broad acceptance of the necessary intervention measures. 

 

Objective and target audience

The objective of the platform is to establish a solution-oriented multi-stakeholder platform as a think tank, incubator, and catalyst for projects and initiatives necessary for a successful transition to a circular economy in Austria. Plattform Kreislaufwirtschaft Austria aims to bring together professionals across relevant industries and civil society. The target groups of Plattform Kreislaufwirtschaft Austria include:

  • Non-governmental organizations (environmental organizations, social organizations, development organizations) Citizens’ initiatives
  • Government representatives, particularly from the Austrian Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism (BMNT) 
  • The Austrian Environment Agency
  • Municipalities
  • Agriculture and forestry representatives
  • Industry and Trade, Progressive Enterprises (SMEs)
  • Consumers
  • Politicians
  • Science and Research

 

 

180, 000 extra jobs by 2030 

Implementing the circular economy in the EU could create 180, 000 extra jobs by 2030 and 2 million jobs in the longer term.

 

 

What we do

Circular Futures offers:

  • A website that serves as a central information and communication platform;
  • Knowledge events on the circular economy to inform and mobilise stakeholders;
  • Targeted capacity-building for relevant stakeholders through workshops, trainings, and the publication of project information;
  • The coordination of local activities and strengthening of regional networks;
  • The involvement of relevant stakeholders in political processes (consultations, strategy/guideline developments, etc.) through information-sharing and mobilization. 

As a central networking and information platform, this website aims to increase visibility of diverse stakeholders’ work (case studies, best practice examples, publications), promotes networking activities, and informs about topical political initiatives and developments. 

The online presence will further capacitate direct outreach to rural areas of Austria through the circulation of digitally accessible information, in addition to trainings and workshops in these regions. 

The thematic focus of Plattform Kreislaufwirtschaft Austria is determined and modified according to current developments in relevant circular economy research and politics and are essentially oriented around the Commission’s action plan. The thematic priorities of Plattform Kreislaufwirtschaft Austria are further refined through targeted research with its stakeholders in order to coordinate the content and format of this platform around the needs of its target audience.

The established main thematic areas for the period fall 2017-spring 2019 are:

  • Bioeconomy
  • Plastics
  • Product Policy: Eco-innovation, Eco-design, Eco-labelling, Repair, Reuse, Recycling

 

 

Main thematic areas for the period fall 2017-spring 2019:

Bioeconomy

Plastics

Product Policy

 

Project Partners

"Circular Futures - Plattform Kreislaufwirtschaft Österreich" is a collaboration between the Umweltdachverband and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), the Reuse and Repair Network Austria (RepaNet), and the Verband Afallberatung Österreich (VABÖ), a waste disposal consultancy association with 355 local environmental and waste consultants.

Umweltdachverband

Umweltdachverband (UWD) initiated and leads this project.

As a nonpartisan platform, the Umweltdachverband represents 36 environmental and nature conservation organizations with approximately 1.4 million members throughout Austria. For more than 40 years, the Umweltdachverband has been paving the way in sustainable development and in safeguarding individuals’ right to lead healthy, environmentally diverse lives.

The objectives of the Umweltdachverband are, on the one hand, to protect the environment through direct conservation initiatives, and on the other, to raise societal awareness, especially by supporting its member organizations.

European Environmental Bureau 

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) was founded as a non-governmental organization in Brussels in 1974. It is an umbrella organization with over 140 environmental organizations across Europe. Its primary objectives are to protect and improve the condition of the environment in Europe.

As an intermediary/the environmental voice of its members, the EEB provides a powerful channel for its organizations to contribute to and participate in environmental decision-making processes in Brussels. The European Environmental Bureau operates an information service, organizes various working groups, and generates position papers on topics of environmental relevance and specifically on subjects that need stronger representation at EU-level. It represents member associations at the European Commission, European Parliament, and the Council of the European Union. Furthermore, the EEB supports and accompanies member organizations in their activities addressing European environmental issues at national levels. The EEB is part of the Green 10, a coalition of ten of the largest European environmental organizations. Through this network, the Umweltdachverband is able to utilize the expertise and diverse proficiencies of EEB member organisations.

 

200 organisations in Austria and Europe

 

The three project partners UWD, EEB and RepaNet represent more than 200 organisations in Austria and Europe. 

 

 

 

Reuse and Repair Network Austria (RepaNet) 

The Reuse and Repair Network Austria (RepaNet) is the voluntary interest group of reuse enterprises and networks in Austria. RepaNet is committed to strengthening the framework conditions for the recycling and reutilization of used products and to creating employment opportunities in this field for disadvantaged groups in the labour market, especially through social integration.

Through this cooperation partner, Plattform Kreislaufwirtschaft Austria can draw upon an Austrian-wide reuse network and its associated reservoir of industry expertise, as well as its European network RREUSE (Re-use and Recycling European Union Social Enterprises. 

Verband Abfallberatung Österreich (VABÖ)

The Verband Abfallberatung Österreich (VABÖ) is the trade association of municipal environmental and waste consultants in Austria. VABÖ is devoted to promoting circular economy among the population, administration, and private enterprise at both the national and international level. The tasks of this consultancy body consist of both providing sustainable environmental and waste guidance and directly promoting and executing waste prevention measures. Through partnership with VABÖ, Plattform Kreuslaufwirtschaft Austria can benefit from the resources and knowledge of the 355 consultants aligned under this association. 

 

 

355 local environmental and waste consultants are involved through the project partner Verband Abfallberatung Österreich (VABÖ), a waste disposal consultancy association in Austria.