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 circular economy is a core priority of the EU 2020 Strategy, 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 the reuse of by-products is often performed only by companies’ indipendent 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 for reducting the use 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 concept of 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. The project 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, engaged 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 one of the main multi-utility companies in Veneto



AM Trans Progres Sp. z o.o. is a Polish 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 one of the most important waste utility companies for collecting and disposing of waste operating in Splitsko-Dalmatinska Županija. Founders of CISTOCA company are
the cities of Sinj and Trilj and the municipalities of Otok, Hrvace and Dicmo


The new EU Action plan on Circular Economy focuses 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 to “close the loop” of different production processes 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 countries and industrial sectors. The aim of CIRCE2020 is the realization of a set of pilot actions based on the results of local surveys in order to identify the unevaluated waste streams using innovative instruments derived from the MFA (Material Flow Analysis), LCC (Life Cycle Costing) and LCA (Life Cycle Analysis). The different Working Packages of the project describe this process and define the set of replicable procedures and instruments . Raising 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