A circular economy approach for lifecycles of products and services
9 October 2020
New book published on Sustainable Product Development: Tools, Methods and Examples
A book entitled “Sustainable Product Development: Tools, Methods and Examples” was published by Springer in May 2020. This book is edited by Professor Daizhong Su, the coordinator of the CIRC4Life project. He is the Head of Advanced Design and Manufacturing Engineering Centre at Nottingham Trent University and has been working in product design and manufacture for more than 35 years and conducts research in sustainable product development for the last 20 years.
Our demo 3 is testing the three CIRC4Life business models on a micro-farm during the production process of vegetables (salads and potatoes) situated on the island of St. Martin’s (Isles of Scilly, UK). The demo was launched in September 2020, and will be running until July 2021.
Demo on industrial and domestic lamps to be launched shortly
In the next weeks and lasting until July 2021, our partner Kosnic, an industrial luminaire producer, will be launching a demonstration in the county of Berkshire (UK). Our partner ONA will also be launching a domestic lighting demo during the same period in Valencia (Spain). Due to COVID19, some demo activities have been postponed or cancelled.
Demo on tablets to be launched shortly in the Basque Country
Our partners, Indumetal recycling, a WEEE recycling company, and Recyclia, an environmental platform for recycling electronic products, batteries and lamps, are putting circular economy into practice by developing a demonstration (pilot) in Getxo (Basque Country), in Spain. It will run from November 2020 until September 2021, in collaboration with Getxo’s Local Authority, local shops and schools.
Demonstrating new circular economy business models in the meat supply chain
DEMO 4 is applying the three business models into the meat supply chain. The pilot aims to co-create circular economy solutions with all relevant stakeholders, promote sustainable consumption and engage citizens in collaborative reuse and recycling. It is taking place in Lorca and Abarán villages (Region of Murcia, Spain) and it was launched in June 2020 and will run until July 2021.
From the 22nd to 25th September, our partner Laurea University of Applied Sciences invited staff, students and guests to visit the CIRC4Life showroom as part of the real life testing of the living lab activities. The objective was to collect feedback from end-users on our new products and the developed app at their Tikkurila campus in Vantaa (Finland).
The CIRC4Life project showroom starting today at Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Finland
The CIR4Life project showroom is taking place between the 22nd to 25th September 2020. It will showcase project developments and products & collect feedback from end-users at Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Finland.
We are inviting staff, students and guests to visit the CIRC4Life showroom exhibition located at the Tikkurila campus on the second floor.
Imagine a future where a user or buyer of a product can access close to all of the vital information: environmental and social impacts of the products production and use, support resources such as manuals, learning materials, systems for feedback and collaboration and knowledge support for effective recycling/ repair/ refurbishment through one integrating user interface. Imagine a future where a company can compile all relevant information on a product’s content and impact from different and distributed sources – regardless of the type of information and data. Imagine a procurement office that can evaluate a product from many more aspects than price: total product environmental and social impacts, availability of future re-use markets, future potential for effective recycling/ re-use/ repair/ refurbishment and future efficiency in closing the resource loops. These contexts expose ICT solutions to extensive challenges in the forms of data complexities, demands on performance, IP management and data/ transmission volumes.
Eco-shopping and survey on meat products launched in Spain
Eco-shopping has been launched in the demo (pilot) taking place in Lorca and Abaran (Region of Murcia, Spain) beginning of May in two shops in order to collect consumer preferences on the new developed products as long as the products will be in the shops.
A new flexible ICT platform for circular economy business models
In the framework of the CIRC4Life project, an ICT platform was created to support new circular economy business models (CEBM) and the Eco-account system which were developed within the project. The platform supports the models across the value chain by serving stakeholders along their purchasing and recycling behaviors. The ICT platform collects necessary information and offers tools facilitating the following CEBM’s actions: sustainable consumption, collaborative recycling and reuse, traceability of product’s sustainability along the value chain and actor’s cooperation in terms of circular economy.
The CIRC4Life project has created a new tool linked to an innovative incentive scheme which encourages end-users to adopt eco-friendly behaviours and allows them to make informed sustainable consumption choices.
19th of March - CEPS Policy Workshop on incentivising new circular economy business models in the context of the European Green Deal
Circular economy features as a key priority in the European Green Deal, which signals the new Commission’s ambition to accelerate the circular transition, and recognises the importance of developing markets for climate neutral and circular products.
Some key questions that need to be addressed in the coming years are the following: How can we encourage consumers and businesses to engage in circular approaches and business models? How do we create the business case and ensure consumer buy-in? Introducing the right incentives for circular economy business models and consumers will be key to achieve the circular economy potential.
CIRC4life presented at key trade WEEE and Agri-food events
On November 5th 2019, our partner Recyclia conducted its annual EcoEncuentro meeting, which gathered more than 200 professionals in the electronic recycling sector of Spain. The meeting aimed to present the current situation and future prospects of the recycling of waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in Spain.
In addition, For its part, our partner ALIA took part in SEPOR the Livestock, Industry and Agrifood trade fair happening between the 4th and 7th November 2019. It is organized every year in Lorca (Murcia) and biodiversity, animal health and technological advances are presented and discussed. It is one of the most important and ancient trade fairs inside the Iberian Peninsula with more than 72,000 visitors.
Announcement of CIRC4Life Design Challenge external winner
Based on the results of 190 votes, as well as feedback received through CIRC4Life project website, the winner is the label No.4 designed by the CIRC4Life project. However, the Design Challenge Jury has decided to reward the designer of label No. 1., Aleksanteri Repo, with the inclusive invitation to the Innovation Camp 2020, to be held in Spain, as the winner among external participants.
On September 24th, our partners CIRCE and Indumetal are organising a workshop in Gexto (Spain) in collaboration with the Getxo Municipality, local businesses and citizens. The objective is to motivate citizens & consumers to collect unused electrical and electronic products (such as tablets or mobile phones) in order to create a collaborative reuse and recycling system.
Our Survey on the Eco-Points system has been released!
Make Mothers Matter has launched a new consumer survey on the eco-points system. We are looking to involve end-users in the creation and design of new business models. Our aim is to develop an app showing the environmental impact of consumer choices when buying, reusing or recycling products.
Your input is crucial as we are looking to understand the preferences of end-users to better integrate them in the development of the new circular economy business models.