The circular economy requires an integrated and systemic change from 'take-make-dispose' thinking to circular systems. Such a change calls for joint efforts by researchers, technology centres, industry and SMEs, governments and civil society. Research and innovation (R&I) play a key role in creating new circular business models and production and consumption methods. Luckily, a growing number of European-funded projects are seeking to do just that. By developing innovative solutions, sharing resources and seeking synergies to amplify each others' successes, these projects are paving the way forward for more circular cities and regions across the EU.
Sister projects (call H2020-SC5-2018-2)
CIRCuIT - Circular Construction in Regenerative Cities - is a collaborative EU-funded project involving 29 ambitious partners across the entire built environment chain in Copenhagen, Hamburg, Helsinki Region and Greater London. CIRCuIT aims to bridge the gap between theory, practice and policy by delivering a series of demonstrations, case studies, events and other dissemination activities that showcase how circular construction approaches can be scaled and replicated across Europe to enable cities to build more sustainably and transition to a circular economy on a wider scale.
Pop-Machina is a Horizon 2020 project that seeks to highlight and reinforce the links between the maker movement and circular economy in order to promote environmental sustainability and generate socio-economic benefits in European cities. The power and potential of the maker movement and collaborative production will be demonstrated in 7 cities across Europe: Santander (ES), Istanbul (TR), Venlo (NL), Thessaloniki (GR), Leuven (BE), Kaunas (LT) and Piraeus (GR).
REFLOW is an EU H2020 funded project that seeks to understand and transform urban material flows, co-create and test regenerative solutions at business, governance, and citizen levels to create a resilient circular economy. The REFLOW project aims to develop circular and regenerative cities through enabling active citizen involvement and systemic change to re-think the current approach to material flows in cities. The project utilizes Fab Labs and maker spaces as catalysts for change in urban and peri-urban environments. REFLOW will test its approach within 6 pilot cities, Amsterdam, Berlin, Cluj-Napoca, Milan, Paris and Vejle.
other eu circular economy projects
PlastiCircle, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, is rolling out innovations in waste collection, transport, sorting and recycling, and aims to transform plastic packaging waste into valuable products. We are developing: smart containers to increase collection rates of plastic waste; cost-effective waste transport systems connected to IoT cloud platforms; innovative optical sorting technologies to improve sorting, and; new value-added recycled plastic products. Plastic packaging is too valuable to waste - so follow our journey and find out more as we work towards a real circular economy for plastics!