EU takes steps on circular elements of the European Green Deal

Posted on 30th March 2021

The start of 2021 saw the EU take concrete steps towards implementing its New European Bauhaus initiative, which has set huge circular ambitions for the European design community. Recently it announced that renowned architects Bjarke Ingels and Shigeru Ban alongside artist Olafur Eliasson are among the “distinguished thinkers and practitioners” representing the movement as ambassadors, sitting on a high-level roundtable.

“This is not just an environmental or economic project: it needs to be a new cultural project for Europe… I want NextGenerationEU to kickstart a European renovation wave and make our Union a leader in the circular economy.”
Ursula von Der Leyen on the New European Bauhaus Initiative

Here in Ireland, the movement has started to take shape through online events spearheaded by DCCI, who held a series of webinars on the initiative (which can be replayed here). Through its public consultation process, citizens and designers on the ground can shape the discussion and get involved by sharing examples that resonate with new European Bauhaus design principles.

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Furthermore, the EU has teamed up with the UN’s Environment Programme, to launch another key deliverable of the European Green Deal’s Circular Economy Action Plan: the Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency (GACERE). Eleven countries outside of the EU have joined the alliance, which has an aim of bringing together relevant networks and organisations that will provide a global impetus for circular economic initiatives.

Read more about the action plan here.