Since its creation ACR+ has been cooperating and supporting other networks and platforms, in order to join forces and achieve resource efficiency.

 

 Climate Chance coalition on circular economy

Climate Chance

Together with the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) and the French OREE association, ACR+ is a co-pilot of the Climate Chance coalition on circular economy, an international coalition of non-state actors on the circular economy. It aims at defining common priorities of action in terms of co-working and governance, implementation and monitoring of concrete actions to boost circular economy.

A roadmap of actions in the field of circular economy for the upcoming years has already been published. It identifies 4 main priority fields: awareness raising, exchange of best practices and capacity building, policy recommendations and methodology and evaluation.

The Climate Chance initiative was launched by ACR+ member Nantes Métropole in order to involve no-state actors in climate negotiations and international action on climate change.

www.climate-chance.org

Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy

Covenant Mayors

ACR+ is a supporter of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy since February 2016.

This European movement brings together thousands of local and regional authorities in the fight against climate change. It is based on a voluntary commitment by signatories to implement EU climate and energy objectives on their territory. New signatories now pledge to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and to adopt an integrated approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Signatories endorse a shared vision for 2050: accelerating the decarbonisation of their territories, strengthening their capacity to adapt to unavoidable climate change impact, and allowing their citizens to access secure, sustainable and affordable energy.

www.eumayors.eu

European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform

ECESP

The European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ESCESP) was launched jointly by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee during the Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference that took place in Brussels on 9 - 10 March 2017. It brings together stakeholders active in the broad field of the circular economy in Europe. As a "network of networks" it goes beyond sectorial activities and highlights cross-sector opportunities and challenges, providing a meeting place for stakeholders to share their solutions and team up to address specific challenges, while bridging existing initiatives, and advocating the circular economy at national, regional and local level, and supporting its implementation.

In November 2017, the ECESP chose ACR+ and two of its members - OVAM and Institut de l’économie circulaire – to be part to its coordination group. Selected through an open call for expressions of interest, the coordination group will contribute in a crucial way to the activities of the ECESP for the next 3 years. The group, which brings together 24 members among circular economy stakeholders, will work to reach the ECESP goal to accelerate the transition from a linear ‘take, make and waste’ economic model to a circular economy in EU countries.

http://circulareconomy.europa.eu/platform/

European Resource Efficiency Knowledge Centre

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The European Resource Efficiency Knowledge Centre (EREK) is a new European initiative that enables small and medium sized companies (SMEs) to make better use of their resources, produce less waste and increase their overall productivity and competitiveness. Via its online platform, EREK is bringing together a network of business support organisations from different regions and sectors across the continent. The platform is an open, collaborative space for the sharing of knowledge and expertise on resource efficiency. Some of the tools that it makes available, which one can explore on its website, include a self-assessment tool, a database of almost 500 good practices, workshops and a document library. With EREK, European SMEs can take their first step towards combining competitiveness with resource efficiency in their business operations. The expertise and tools offered help businesses save resources and cut costs.

As of May 2019, ACR+ facilitates its members’ access to materials and news about resource efficiency in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) thanks to this partnership with EREK. The collaboration entails mutual promotion and exchange of good practices.

www.resourceefficient.eu/en

International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)

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ACR+ is a silver member of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA).

ISWA is a global, independent and non-profit making association, working in the public interest and is the only worldwide association promoting sustainable, comprehensive and professional waste management.

www.iswa.org

Medcities

Medcities

MedCities is a network of Mediterranean cities created in Barcelona in November 1991 at the initiative of the Mediterranean Environmental Technical Assistance Programme (METAP).

The creation of MedCities was a consequence of METAP's objective of strengthening decentralised actions involving technical assistance as the best means of promoting awareness of urban environmental problems and making those actions into a vehicle for empowering municipalities in developing countries in respect of management of urban environmental issues. MedCities continues offering this support. Since then, MedCities has extended its activities from the initial local environment to the wider local sustainable development field.

Being a network of Mediterranean towns and cities belonging to different countries, its purpose is urban sustainable development as a way to improve living conditions in the Mediterranean region.

www.medcities.org

Urban Agenda Partnership on Circular Economy

UAPCE

The Urban Agenda for the EU is a joint effort of the European Commission, Member states and European cities to strengthen the policies addressing urban areas. The process was launched in 2016 and currently 12 partnerships are ongoing, including the Urban Agenda Partnership on Circular Economy (UAPCE). It aims to stimulate the re-use, repair, refurbishment and recycling of existing materials and products to promote new growth and job opportunities. The focus will be on: waste management (turning waste into resources), the sharing economy, and resource efficiency.The UAPCE is coordinated by the city of Oslo and gathers in particular ACR+ and four of its members (OVAM, The Hague, Prato, and Maribor).

This initiative will allow ACR+ to further influence and promote actions that will benefit cities, including ACR+ members, as well as create synergies with the work done so far, in particular with the Circular Europe Network.

https://ec.europa.eu/futurium/en/circular-economy

Media and events partners

EU Green Week

green week 2019

The EU's landmark event celebrating sustainability the EU Green Week — takes place every year with events hosted across the bloc, culminating with a high-level summit in Brussels. In 2019, the EU Green Week will be held between 13-17 May and is focusing on the implementation of environmental legislation and its impact on citizens. It will be asking questions like – do these laws really matter and what are the added benefits for citizens? What does successful implementation look like? Why do "implementation gaps" exist? How can we move from knowing that stakeholders need to take ownership of these laws to actually making it happen? And most importantly, how can the EU facilitate the process, making sure that citizens' voices are heard?

The official opening of the event takes place on 13 May and will be followed by the high-level summit held between 15 and 17 May. In April 2019, the EU Green Week chose ACR+ to become an Associate Partner in recognition of its support of and participation in numerous EU Green Week sessions, such as the European Week for Waste Reduction Award Ceremony and several partner events. ACR+ members are also actively involved in hosting or participating in different workshops and partner events during the week.

https://www.eugreenweek.eu/en

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