May NETcircular+ virtual workshop

On May 22, the NETcircular+ team held a virtual workshop to finalize the last details of the project of this first phase, to then contrast with our network of international expert collaborators and prepare the "TOOL BOX" for companies.

Basque Ecodesign Meeting 2020

Representatives from diverse sectors will gather at the Euskalduna Conference Centre in Bilbao from 26 to 28 February to debate and reflect on the circular economy and ecodesign, in a new edition of the Basque Ecodesign Meeting (BEM 2020), one of the most important ecodesign meetings in Europe.

During the first day (Wednesday 26), the BEM 2020 will analyse how leading companies and institutions in the sector are getting ready for the new economy, looking at the main trends and challenges in the field of the circular economy. One of the principal speakers at the event will be Marc Vidal, an economic analyst and consultant in technological and strategic transformation, with extensive experience in giving informative talks and presentations on the digital era and industry 4.0. Vidal, who defends technology and robots as allies and tools at the service of people, will be one of the speakers addressing the meeting on the first day.

On the second day (Thursday 27), the event will cast a look back over two decades of ecodesign 'made in Euskadi', analysing 50 practical case studies of local Basque companies, many of them SMEs.

The last day of the meeting (Friday 28) will focus exclusively on new generations, under the slogan 'The power of youth - Leaders in a new circular economy'. Participants will include 200 students from universities and vocational training colleges.


Second NETcircular+ Workshop

El 18 de febrero realizamos el Segundo Workshop presencial de l proyecto NETcircular+, en las instalaciones de E-COORDINA en el Parque Empresarial de Zuatzu en Donostia.

Participamos como es habitual, representantes de Mondragon Unibertsitatea, GAIA y E-COORDINA.

Trabajamos sobre la conceptualización del Serious Game, tanto en su versión física como en su versión on-line.

Definimos las cuatro fases progresivas que va a contar el Serious Game:

1-Sensibilización / Formación


3-Oportunidades de innovación

4-Plan de acción

On 18 February we held the second face-to-face NETcircular+ workshop at E-COORDINA in the Zuatzu Business Park in San Sebastián.

As usual, the workshop was attended by representatives from Mondragon University, GAIA and E-COORDINA.

We worked on the conceptualisation of the serious game, in both its physical and on-line version.

We defined the four progressive stages of the game:

  1. Awareness-raising / Training
  2. Diagnosis
  3. Innovation opportunities
  4. Action plan

NETcircular+ gave a seminar in Innobasque

On 6 February 2020, part of the NETcircular+ team gave a seminar in Innobasque (Basque Innovation Agency) on products, services and business models for the circular economy.

The seminar was aimed at professionals working in regional development agencies, chambers of commerce and business associations and focused on the opportunities and challenges involved in setting up a circular economy in relation to the Basque Circular Economy Strategy 2030. Real case studies involving products and business models for the circular economy were presented, and emphasis was placed on the importance of eco-design, servitisation, re-manufacturing and advanced manufacturing for deploying the circular economy.

The seminar also presented the game-based tool NETcircular+, aimed at facilitating the implementation of circular innovations in business models.

Our thanks to the Ikerbasque team for their kind invitation and to all the professionals who attended the seminar!

Basque Circular Economy Strategy 2030

The Basque Circular Economy Strategy 2030 aims to enhance the competitiveness of Basque companies, creating specialist jobs and reducing CO2 emissions.

This week, the Basque Government approved the Basque Circular Economy Strategy 2030, a development plan for the Basque economy and Basque society which aims to turn the Basque Country into a benchmark for the circular economy in Europe. With our sights firmly set on 2030, the aim is to foster the transition towards a circular economy model in the Basque Country, a move which will bring a series of key benefits, including increasing company turnover for circular products to 10 billion euros, creating 3,000 new jobs and reducing CO2 emissions linked to consumption by 26%.

See full article: ACLIMA

NETcircular+ Workshop

On 23 January, the team participating in the NETcircular+ project held a workshop in GAIA to make headway in the development of the project.

Why are the SDGs important for private companies?

In an interesting article posted on DREW's blog we offer some key ideas on the SDGs and private companies.

The SDGs are a guide, a roadmap to help companies operating in the private sector determine whether their social, economic and environmental impact contributes something of value to society, thereby helping them strengthen their reputation and their relationship with various interest groups.

There are 4 key pillars for companies in terms of getting involved in the SDGs:

  • The risk of inaction: not doing anything can prove costly;
  • The possibility of tapping into new opportunities: the advantages of aligning your business strategy with the SDGs;
  • The importance of Transparency and Governance: the better informed you are, the better decisions you will make;
  • Mutual collaboration: accepting that the SDG agenda cannot be achieved by any one company alone.

Link to complete article.

The best circular economy projects

The projects presented by Coca-Cola Iberia, Cafés Novell, Consell Comarcal del Vallès Occidental, Recircular and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Read more

The Basque Country would need 2.6 planets to satisfy its demand for resources

A report issued by the Basque Government concluded that the ecological footprint of the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country continues to be unsustainable: every Basque citizen consumes more than twice the mean required by each inhabitant of planet Earth.


Seminar: How to create a business model based on the circular economy

The circular economy is an economic concept which interacts with environmental sustainability and aims to ensure that the value of products, materials and resources (water, energy, etc.) stays in the economy for as long as possible, reducing waste generation to the absolute minimum.

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