Venice International University and ACR+ organised the Summer training course on circular economy: policies and practices.

This three-day training course gathered representatives of public authorities at national and local level, and representatives of the private sector and consultancies, providing them with an overview on the EU Circular Economy policies and practices as well as with a practical guide for their implementation at national, regional and local level.

High-level international experts/practitioners presented case studies/best practices related to, among the others: resource management, SME’s support, behavioural change, legal and economic instruments.

The course included lectures, workshops and site visits addressing the topic of circular economy policies and practices, with the aim of providing participants with practical advices and guidelines on how to implement circular economy at national, regional and local level. Some cases have been presented, in particular strategies implemented in China, Brussels, and Scotland. The presence of Professor David Peck was appreciated, not only for his knowledge but also for challenging the presentations and providing food for thought along with other presenters’ interventions.

Plastics were also at the core of the discussions on the second day, with presentations of German cases and a study visit to ACR+ member Contarina. The third and final day completed the picture by making links with the collaborative economy and highlighting the importance of public procurement as a tool to leverage circular solutions and stimulating innovation.

The workshops gave the opportunity to work in small groups on exercises related to territorial mapping, stakeholders’ engagement and project development. These exercises were adaptable enough to be easily replicable in the participants’ territories and put forward the importance of building bridges between the various stakeholders of a territory in order to build efficient circular economy strategies.


Day 1

. Circular economy policies and strategies (lectures)
. Making the most of a territory’s assets and anticipating local challenges (workshop)

Day 2

. Strategic focus: plastics value chain (lectures)
. Engaging stakeholders (workshop)
. Contarina, front-runner on resource management (visit)

Day 3

. Activating the demand side: collaborative economy and public procurement (lectures)
. Developing concrete projects (workshop)

Download the detailed programme.



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Der Grune Punkt – Duales System Holding GmbH

Louise HAIN



Senior Project Manager


Venice International University (VIU)
Isola di San Servolo
30133 Venice


ACR+The Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable Resource management (ACR+) is an international network of members who share the common aim of promoting the sustainable consumption of resources and management of waste through prevention at source, reuse and recycling.

VIUVenice International University (VIU) is an international higher education and research center composed of 17 international Universities and institutions. The mission of VIU is to offer advanced training and research in an international context, by promoting the exchange of ideas and knowledge.

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