CircEUlar – Developing Circular Pathways for an EU low-carbon Transition
- Geographical scope:Global, Regional
- Time horizon:September 2022 – August 2026
- Institution(s):INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED SYSTEM ANALYSIS (IIASA, AT) (Co-ordinator), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU, AT), Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC, IT), Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München (LMU, DE), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, NO), University of Groningen (RUG, NL), T6 Ecosystems (T6, IT), Technische Universität Berlin (TUB, DE), Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC, DE), Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA, CH), University of Oxford (UOX, UK)
- Referent:Volker Krey and Jennifer MacDonald
- Referent e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
CircEUlar, a four-year project funded by Horizon Europe, is aiming to develop circular pathways for a low-carbon transition in the European Union.
Circularity involves changing our current economic, technical, and environmental systems in a way that eliminates waste and maximizes the reuse of resources. Building circularity through the adoption of sustainable consumption and production practices into the way we drive our economies, is a crucial step in delivering on almost every aspect of agreements like the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.
The goal of the CircEUlar Project is to understand the potential of circular economy strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving the EU’s net zero emissions target by 2050. The project will address circularity and related impacts on emissions from a systems perspective, taking into account different levers for change, such as dematerialization and the transition to a service-based economy to limit material stock growth, extending the lifetimes of products via repair, maintenance, and reuse, and reducing waste while increasing recycling.
CircEUlar will combine stakeholder engagement, empirical analysis, and integrated modeling approaches divided into six work packages. Through these packages, researchers will develop new methodological approaches for the modeling of circularity in the context of climate mitigation pathways and take a deep dive into the role of digitalization, mobility, buildings, and household services.
The project consortium brings together scientists from across Europe, combining expertise from a diverse set of disciplines, including social sciences, engineering, and the natural sciences. Research institutions from Austria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom are partners in the project. In addition, CircEUlar is partnering with researchers from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s International Transport Forum, Oak Ridge National Laboratory as well as a range of stakeholders working on different aspects of circularity and climate change mitigation.