Catalysing a switch to a circular economy through plastic waste prevention
The project eCircular aims to explore and use innovative digital tools to improve plastics waste prevention. This can, for example, include blockchain solutions for improved market transparency, data analytics for simulation and forecast applications, and cyber physical systems for improved reuse and remanufacturing business models. 49 million tons of plastic were used in the EU in 2015 for packaging, building and construction, electronics or the automotive industry. Currently, less than 40 per cent are recycled.
eCircular was launched in May 2018 by EIT Climate-KICs Sustainable Production Systems theme, with research and activities carried out by the University of Bologna (lead organisation), Wuppertal Institute, Lund University, Montanuniversität Leoben, and Ecomatters. Focus is on waste prevention using digital technology as an enabler for ecodesign and tracabillity of materials.
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