Welcome to CIRC4Life 

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CIRC4Life (“A circular economy approach for lifecycles of products and services”) is an international collaborative innovation project supported by the European Commission’s H2020 Circular Economy programme. The project consortium consists of 17 partners across 8 EU countries. 

The project budget amounts to €7,228,773 which include a €6,294,033 grant from the Commission. This three-year project which will run from May 2018 until April 2021 aims to develop and implement a circular economy approach for sustainable products and services through their value and supply chains.

 

The new circular economy business models will be demonstrated at a large scale in four industrial areas: Domestic and industrial lighting products, Vegetable farming and food, Meat supply chain, and Recycling and reuse of computer tablets. ​An ICT platform will be developed to support the development, implementation, demonstration, and communication.

The demonstrations will be held in the UK (Cornwall and Berkshire Counties) and Spain (Region of Murcia, Basque Country and Valencia).

The three new circular economy business models will be developed, including:

  • Co-creation of Products and Services model which will bring end-users closer to the design and manufacturing phases by identifying consumer preferences. These will be identified via big-data online mining product reviews and evaluating product specifications and prototypes via Living Labs to customise the end-user requirements. Benefiting from the co-creation features, sets of sustainable production methods will be implemented and new products/services will be created.

 

  • A sustainable consumption model in which a method to calculate the eco-points of products will be developed based on the outcome of FP7 myEcoCost project. This aims to assess products’ environment footprints (PEF), provide a tractability solution to monitor product’s sustainability along the value chain, and support end-users and stakeholders to actively implement the circular economy via awareness raising and knowledge sharing activities.

 

  • A collaborative Recycling/Reuse model including a system for stakeholders to interact with each other in order to facilitate the recycling/reuse of end-of-life products and reduce waste.  The eco-credits awarding scheme to encourage people to recycle/reuse will also be implemented in this business model.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 776503. The views and opinions expressed in this website are purely those of the writers and may not in any circumstances be regarded as stating an official position of the European Commission.