National Circular Economy Hub

Full launch in 2020

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Why do we need a Circular Economy?

Circularity is how nature works. The great natural cycles – Carbon, Water, Oxygen, Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Sulphur – are essential to our existence. Before complex human systems, the planet was already functioning in a fully circular manner where its infinite cycles produced no such thing as ‘waste’.

Our current economic model is mostly linear: take, make, dispose. We extract materials, use these to produce something, then at the end of the product’s useful life we throw it away. The growing acknowledgement that we have an urgent need to protect our finite resources and reduce emissions has led to a global movement towards the circular economy.

What is the Circular Economy?

The circular economy is an innovative model for rethinking our approach to products and services.  Pioneers are reconfiguring and disrupting the way we think about delivering the goods and services; shifting the way we extract, make, consume and repurpose the material in our products to ensure emissions are reduced and resources are efficiently used and kept in circulation as long as possible.

Over recent years there has been an adoption of recycling to recover some of these resources, but the circular economy is more than just recycling.  The circular economy is about designing out waste and pollution, creating new ownership models and innovative systems to recover material. All these approaches will help develop a prosperity that is both restorative and regenerative by design. On a planet with finite resources and a growing population, we have no choice.

The National Circular Economy Hub

There is a strong need for a platform in Australia that inspires and facilitates the collaboration and networking necessary for our transition to a circular economy. Planet Ark is taking the lead on creating the National Circular Economy Hub and Marketplace, which will be Australia’s leading platform to accelerate our transition to a circular economy. Planet Ark is currently seeking corporate partners and collaborators for the National Circular Economy Hub. Learn more about this program here. For more information, please get in contact.

Global Lens on the Circular Economy — 1st August 2019

At the beginning of 2019, Paul Klymenko of Planet Ark joined APCO's Brooke Donnelly and Anthony Peyton of PREP Design on a tour of circular economy thinking in Europe. During this trip they visited global thought leaders such as SITRA, The Ellen Macarthur Foundation and the EU Commission.

To celebrate this and share key learnings, Planet Ark, APCO and PREP Design hosted the Global Lens on the Circular Economy event.

Watch Paul, Brooke and Anthony present all they discovered in their tour below.

Resources

The National Circular Economy Hub will launch in 2020 and provide a range of resources to help facilitate a circular economy. Below is a preview of what's to come.


The revolutionary Packaging Recyclability Evaluation Portal (PREP) aims to give clear, consistent and validated information about the recyclability of specific packaging formats. This system provides the evidence base that underpins the Australasian Recycling Label and also promotes packaging to be designed for recyclability at end of life.

Developed to help companies understand how their business and supply chain can contribute to a circular economy, Edge Environment have developed a tool which can help companies take steps towards a circular economy.

Learning Tools

Global thought leaders, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, have recently released a new learning hub to help expand understanding of the circular economy.

Australian Circular Economy Policy

While Australia is behind world leading countries in implementing circular economy policy, new policies that are either specific to the circular economy or strongly influenced by circular economy principles are beginning to emerge.

Victoria is currently developing a circular economy policy and action plan for release in late 2019. You can find more information about this policy and opportunities to contribute to consultation here.

Product Stewardship

Product Stewardship is a key tool to facilitate a circular economy. Planet Ark sees a future where all companies act as stewards for the products they are selling, ensuring these products play a part in the circular economy.

The Product Stewardship Cluster has been established to promote and facilitate collaborative product stewardship programs. When launched, the National Circular Economy Hub will include information about the cluster including information on how new product stewardship organisations can be involved.

Product Stewardship Legislation

The Product Stewardship Act 2011 is currently under review. You will find more information about the Act and proposed changes in the review here.