CIRCE2020 stands for Expansion of the CIRcular Economy concept in the Central Europe
local productive districts

Circular Economy: it’s not the alternative way to growth,
but it’s the growth

Transition towards the circular economy, a core priority of the EU 2020 Strategy, is particularly relevant for central European industrial areas due to the outstanding use of primary natural resources in various production stages: processing, packaging and transportation. Recycling rates, however, are still far from directive targets and one main reason for this is that reuse of by-products is often left to companies’ individual initiatives. Central European countries are characterised by numerous business organisational models but the same cross-value relationships are not fully exploited for waste valorization and reduction of primary natural resources.

The CIRCE2020 project aims to facilitate a larger uptake of integrated environmental management approach in five specific central European industrial areas by changing patterns from single and sporadic company recycling interventions to an integrated redesign of industrial interactions based on the circular economy. The goal is to introduce innovative cross-value chain waste governance models and transnational analytic tools to improve capacities of concerned waste public-private sector to reduce dependencies from primary natural resources within industrial processing. It should also provide robust evidences about environmental and economic benefits from shifting to enhanced industrial symbiosis. 


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Arpav is a public body: the Regional Agency for Environmental Prevention and Protection . It's a scientific –technical institution of Veneto Region, engages in environment protection and monitoring. Arpav is the project’s lead partner



Etra S.p.a. is a public company (total public property) which mainly deals with integrated water supply, waste management and renewable energy services. It is 1 of main multi-utility company in Veneto



Am Trans Progres MT Z.O.O. is a Poland private company which is interested in management of waste generated in industry, and consulting and design activities, shifting afterwards to sectors such as pharmaceutical, chemical and mechanical trade



IFKA - Public Benefit Non-Profit Ltd. for Development of Industry is the auxiliary organization of the Hungarian Ministry for National Economy. Its extensive network connects supply and demand sides of the economy in the fields of industrial symbiosis, logistics, research and innovation



Bay Zoltan - Non-Profit Ltd for Applied Research is Hungary's leading applied research institution. Itsobjectives are to provide R&D services to companies operating in Hungary and to improve the competitiveness and efficiency of enterprises in Hungary through successful innovation and technology transfer



ATM - Waste Management Association  Mid.Tyrol is a service organization for its 104 municipalities in the district of Innsbruck-Land (IL) and Schwaz (SZ). As non-profit organization all waste-management issues from marketing of certain collected waste streams at municipal collection sites to consulting and accounting are provided to its municipalities



RERA SD - Public Institution for Coordination and Development of Split Dalmatia Country was established with the objective of creating an operating entity serving as instrument of development for the region with emphasis on European integration and attraction of foreign investments. RERA is the communication leader of CIRCE2020 project



The utility company CISTOCA CETINSKE KRAJINE is now one of the most important waste utility company for collecting and disposing of waste operating in the Splitsko-Dalmatinska Županija. Founders of CISTOCA company are
the cities Sinj and Trilj and the municipalities of Otok, Hrvace and Dicmo


The new EU Action plan for Circular Economy focus its attention on the role of industries to improve their efforts to valorize the reuse of waste as new raw material. To obtain these results and “closing the loop” of different production process it is fundamental to improve the awareness related to the role of waste in circular economy and define a methodology and a set of tools that can be applied in different country and different processes. The aim of CIRCE2020 is the realization of a set of pilot action based on the results of a local survey in order to identify the unevaluated waste streams using innovative instruments derived from the Material Flow Analysis, LCC and LCA. The different Working Packages of the project describe this process and define the set of replicable procedures and instruments . The increase of awareness on how to maximize the unveiled potential as raw material of different waste streams represent the core of the WPs dedicated to transferability strategy and communication