European startups making better batteries for a more sustainable energy transition

It is becoming significantly important to develop new types of batteries that can store more energy in a smaller package, have a shorter amount of time and last longer than ever before and at the same time use fewer critical raw materials and pave the way to a circular economy.

12. January 2023

Towards circular cities: A multistakeholder approach

There is a need to look beyond the use and conservation of resources by re-imagining cities as vibrant socio-cultural systems of people and communities.

9. January 2023

Methodology for the implementation of a circular economy at the local and regional scale

The Circular Cities and Regions Initiative (CCRI) Methodology has been published! Read the document to get the operational guidance to accelerate the development & implementation of Circular Systemic Solutions in cities & regions.

14. December 2022

EU’s circular material use rate decreased in 2021

In 2021, the EU’s circular material use rate (referred to as the circularity rate; the share of used material resources which came from recycled waste materials) reached 11.7%. Highest in: Netherlands (34%), Belgium (21%), France (20%). Lowest in: Romania (1%), Finland and Ireland (both 2%)

13. December 2022

Towards a stable regulatory frameworks for batteries

The negotiations on the Batteries Regulation proposal drew to an end on December 9th, 2022.

13. December 2022

How electric vehicles can help the developing world

6 million electric vehicles were sold in 2021, double the year prior. With some government policies shifting in their favour, these cars may become the new normal in major global markets. Can the same be said for developing countries?

12. December 2022

Toyota Europe outlines plan to full carbon neutrality by 2040

At Toyota Motor Europe’s (TME) annual Kenshiki event last week, a team of the company’s Global and European executives shared the company’s latest developments outlining its vision, technology strategy and revealing its latest products and services.

8. December 2022

Automotive Regions Alliance urges EU support programme to ensure a just, fair and successful transition for a 7.5 million jobs industry

Members of the alliance gathered in Leipzig on 17 November 2022 and put forward their proposals to preserve the European automotive industry.

5. December 2022

Automotive regions in the crossroad: how can policy making and industry manage the transition?

Transformation of the Automotive-Mobility Ecosystem is heavily affecting regions. Preparing the European workforce for the green and digital transitions requires anticipation and urgent action.

28. November 2022

The Automotive Skills Alliance and European Battery Alliance Academy join forces to bridge growing skills gap across the mobility and battery supply chain

Memorandum of Understanding will create a strategic partnership on re- and up-skilling actions in the
field of the mobility ecosystem.

23. November 2022

Slovakia’s InoBat eyes electric vehicle battery plant in Serbia

Slovakian battery maker InoBat said on November 14, 2022 it has signed declarations of intent with the Serbian government to build an electric vehicle (EV) battery factory in the Balkan country with a capacity of up to 32 gigawatt hours (GWh).

14. November 2022

Empowering automotive regions through the Pact for Skills – ASA’s contribution to the European Week of Regions and Cities

Looking for inspiration and best practices from other regions? Last week, was organized a workshop on the benefits of the Pact for Skills in enabling the #GreenTransition in regions, as part of the 20th Week of European Regions and Cities. You can read the summary of the speaker contributions.

10. November 2022

Frequently Asked Questions about Circular Cities and Regions Initiative

Wondering what support is provided to the CCRI community? Have you been thinking about ways of getting involved in #CCRIEurope activities? Questions relating to the #CCRIEurope, its support and activities? Check the FAQs about the Circular Cities and Regions Initiative.

10. November 2022


The Circular Economy Transition (CET) Incubator enables teams and startups to prototype and develop solutions contributing to accelerate the transition towards Circular Economy in Switzerland. Application Deadline Extension: November 13, 2022.

2. November 2022

Zürich to enshrine the circular economy in constitution

Voters in Switzerland’s biggest canton have overwhelmingly approved a new article to promote a cleaner and more efficient use of resources.

24. October 2022

AIMPLAS to develop bioplastics for active packaging within the European BeonNAT project

AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre, is working on developing bioplastics for active packaging for cosmetics and absorbent litter for the pet industry within the European BeonNAT Project.

19. October 2022

Circular Economy Incubator

Call for applications for the #CircularEconomy Incubator 2022/2023 is online! The Swiss-wide initiative CE Transition – Circular Economy Transition is looking to support 30+ early-stage circular solutions that address our resource & climate change issues.

5. October 2022

EU incubation programme for circular defence holds its first conference

The Incubation Forum for Circular Economy in European Defence (IF CEED) held its first conference in Luxembourg from 5 to 7 September 2022.

19. September 2022

Circular Cities and Regions Initiative

The CCRI Pilots and Fellows have been selected! They will work closely with the CCRI-CSO to lead Europe’s circular economy transition.

13. September 2022

3 ways to improve recycling behaviour and boost the circular economy

Despite decades of promoting recycling, global rates are stuck at a disappointing 16%. Improved design, technologies and access for reuse and recyclability are critical to closing the gap. But better recycling behaviours are just as important for making the shift to a truly circular economy.

18. August 2022