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Dear reader,
This is State of Green's Global Challenge Newsletter - a number of exclusive newsletters focusing on the global challenges concerning Energy, Water, Cities and Circular economy. In connection to the upcoming event Circular City Week - New York, this newsletter will focus on global resource and waste challenges and solutions. 

In this newsletter you will find:

  • The challenge: Global resource consumption and waste creation is increasing
  • News: Circular City Week NY and other related news
  • Video: The Danish waste model
  • White Paper: Circular economy - Denmark as a circular economy hub
  • Three Danish state-of-the-art solutions to global resource and waste challenges

Key challenge: Global resource consumption and waste creation is increasing
Global resource consumption has long been on the rise and is estimated to triple from now until 2050. With the increasing consumption of goods, the amount of waste is also growing. In many countries, far too many valuable materials end up in waste incineration plants or landfills instead of being reused.

The status quo cannot continue. Decoupling economic growth from resource consumption is fundamental in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal #12 on sustainable production and consumption.

This requires a transition from a linear, take-make-waste pattern on production and consumption in 
favour of a circular system in which all products are designed and marketed with reuse and recycling in mind. This is what we call a circular economy.  
Event news

Transformative circular economy festival in New York

From March 4 until March 10, the international public-private partnership Danish Clean Tech Hub will be hosting Circular City Week in New York City for the first time ever. The event is an open collaborative festival for circular economy related events. The festival will focus on advancing the debate and driving awareness about the immense economic, environmental and social potential of a circular economy. 
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Related news

Minimising food loss and waste in the circular bioeconomy

A new report from Aarhus University, Denmark reveals that food loss and waste is minimal in the Danish agriculture and food cluster. Residuals and by-products from food production are used to create new products such as biogas and animal feed. Read More

Circular strategies to reduce waste are crucial to avoid climate change

By moving to a circular economy, the world can maximise chances of avoiding dangerous climate change, thereby allowing countries to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. This is the main conclusion of the report published by the impact organisation Circle Economy. Read More
Video: the Danish waste model
The Danish system is an integrated, intelligent and professionalised system. It is focused on design and management. The Danish system is transparent with clear roles and it builds on the polluter-pays-principle with strong economic incentives to push the waste streams upwards in the waste hierarchy. Click here to watch the three-minute video to learn more about the Danish waste system.
White paper

Circular economies are high on the international political agenda. However, we are only at the beginning of the journey towards becoming a circular economy. 

Danish companies are already moving towards adopting more circular business models because it has proven to be a sound business strategy that facilitates access to new markets, drives innovative solutions and saves production costs. 

Circular economies are highly business driven. This white paper showcases specific company examples to exemplify how new innovative business models can benefit the environment, climate and economy.


Explore three Danish state-of-the-art solutions to global resource and waste challenges:

Upcycled carpets

Ege’s aim is to manufacture products consisting exclusively of materials that are environmentally friendly. One of the recycled materials used is carpet tiles.

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Sustainable playgrounds

New playgrounds in Viborg, Denmark are substituting virgin rubber with recycled rubber in order to decrease the current carbon footprint. 

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Green consumerism

Aalborg Municipality, Denmark is the first to apply the circular economy to the procurement of furniture for primary and secondary schools.

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