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

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.

CIRCE2020’s original goal was to close the loop of 10 secondary raw materials that – at the time of project submission – were still open or not totally exploited. 


This goal was achieved and made the project a complete success: 11 circular economy PILOTS were implemented between the years 2019 – 2020 (hence, one  extra-pilot was developed in Italy). Each pilot was supported by a POOL OF TOOLS (material flow analysis, life cycle analysis, costing, technological maturity index, one standardized business plan) that provide a significant support and are put at disposal to further practitioners.

The evaluation, especially in terms of moving from a demo to business, provided a very positive back-up: most of the demo cases will get to industrial scale-up and will LEVERAGE INVESTMENTS. The IMPACT OVER THE POLICY PROCESS is globally positive: 5 Regional Action Plans address the business scenarios according to the pilots and the technical and operative recommendations to simplify the activation of industrial synergies based on the valorization of the secondary raw material in the key regional supply chains. Each RAP proposes a strategy plan based the ERDF resources from MFF2021-2027. The Regions are likely to embed the inputs into their own innovation strategy. Finally, the Transnational Position Paper provides a framework to regulate the end-of-waste technical and legal constrains to encourage a stronger circular economy uptake across Central Europe.

CIRCE2020 Results

CIRCE2020 Hanbook >> click here to download 

Wiki Web Platform >> click here for quick access 

The CIRCE2020 YouTube channel >> click here for a direct access

Project Partners


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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



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This project is based on the involvement of producers that represent the way to move from theory to real production


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Industrial symbiosis is a part of industrial ecology looking at the interaction and utilization of processes and flows within the industrial ecosystem such as recycling of residues for the development of new symbiosis products

pilot actions

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The core of the project is the test on real scale two different ways to close the loop in each area. How to do this? Follow this link


Thematic work package 1

Mapping the physical

primary & secondary
raw material flows
within a specific local Production system

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thematic work package 2

Profiling cross-value C
hain industrial
symbiosis business

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Thematic work package 3

Pilot actions to test

sustainability of the
circular economy
business & encourage
regional uptake

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Thematic work package 4


strategy for the
expansion of the
circular economy
business model in CE

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