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Date and Time: 
Friday, September 16, 2016 - 10:00 to 16:30

Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham 

The PLATE seminar offers you the opportunity to find out about the latest developments in product lifetime policy and practice, planned obsolescence, reuse and repair set within the policy and civil contexts of the UK and EU.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 09:00 to 13:00

London

This study by researchers at Plymouth University and Plymouth Marine Laboratory, looked beyond the immediate benefit of beach cleaning on the local environment and examined the well-being, educational value and behavioural intentions of participants, compared with other coastal activities such as rock pooling or walking.  It found that the environment was perceived as less restorative when engaging in a beach clean but that the activity was more meaningful than the others. 

Date and Time: 
Monday, November 7, 2016 - 09:30 to Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 17:45

University for the Creative Arts, Epsom

Organised by the Centre for Sustainable Design at UCA as part of the ‘Towards Sustainable Product Design’ series of conferences, this conference will provide a platform to discuss the opportunities and challenges related to Circular Economy innovation and design related to products, services, technologies and new business models.  The event will create a unique space for learning, networking and thinking.  Delegates will come globally from large companies and SMEs, as well as academia, government and non-governmental organisations. 

Date and Time: 
Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 11:00 to Friday, September 2, 2016 - 13:15

Ålesund, Norway

Circular Ocean’s first conference aims to bring together key stakeholders who are involved in striving towards a more circular economy in relation to fishing nets and ropes particularly. 

Green Alliance’s new report examines the state of the mobile market, which is stagnating, due in part to the slowing pace of innovation in mobile phones over the past few years, with new devices taking much longer to become functionally obsolete.  This is resulting in the emergence of a new mobile market, based on capturing the value that exists in older devices.  This circular market is poised to grow, with resale estimated to grow four to five times faster than the growth in the overall smartphone market in 2016. 

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 18:00 to 20:30

University of Surrey, Guildford

Resource efficiency is one of the major challenges facing our society in the 21st century. In order to increase the resource efficiency of our industrial system, we need to move from a linear to a circular economy. A circular economy is an economic and industrial system based on the reuse of products and raw materials and the restorative capacity of natural resources. 

The construction industry accounts for approximately 60 per cent of UK materials use and one third of all waste arisings.  Commonly buildings are stripped out every few years and often torn down well short of their design life, with little in the way of products or materials being reclaimed for reuse. 

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has updated its 2011 Plastics Market Situation Report, providing an update of key developments over the past few years. The report finds that significant improvements have been made by local authorities, the recycling industry and other parts of the supply chain towards achieving a circular economy for plastics.

With the forthcoming London Mayoral election not far away in May 2016, Green Alliance, in collaboration with the Campaign for Better Transport, CPRE, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, London Wildlife Trust, National Trust, RSPB and the WWF, looks at the major challenges facing London and sets out big ideas and practical means which would help the new Mayor achieve a greener, fairer capital and a better place to live and work. 

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