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CIRCOTRONIC

Project overview

Transnational Network of Circular Labs for EEE

The environmental impact of electronics manufacturing is not just limited to waste creation but also raises concerns about air pollution, water and soil contamination in production processes. To overcome this, the CIRCOTRONIC project brings together scientists, entrepreneurs, and policy makers from nine manufacturing regions in a transnational network of regional circular labs. Together, they develop solutions for more circular value chains and design a policy framework for circular production.

2,38m €

Project Budget

80%

of the Budget is funded by ERDF

Layer 1

6

Countries

9

Regions

12

Partners

5

Pilots

Duration

Start date

End date

Project progress

37%

Project partnership

Project partners

Slovenija (SI)

Lead partner

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia

Address
Dimičeva ulica 13
1000 Ljubljana
Country
Slovenia (SI)
Web
https://www.gzs.si/

Project partner

DG Knowledge, Labour and Enterprise Economy Research, Innovation, Energy and Sustainable Economy Unit
Address
Viale Aldo Moro 44
40127 Bologna
Country
Italy (IT)
Web
https://www.regione.emilia-romagna.it/
Total partner budget
272,400 €
SME Advisory Services
Address
Prinzregentenstr. 52
80538 Munich
Country
Germany (DE)
Web
www.bayfor.org
Total partner budget
231,000 €
Address
Letna 9
04200 Košice
Country
Slovakia (SK)
Web
www.tuke.sk
Total partner budget
196,000 €
Cluster and Networks
Address
Hafenstrasse 47-51
4020 Linz
Country
Austria (AT)
Web
https://www.biz-up.at/
Total partner budget
250,005 €
Address
Piazza delle Istituzioni 34/A
31100 Treviso
Country
Italy (IT)
Web
www.t2i.it
Total partner budget
216,850 €
Address
Bandurskiego 96/23
71-685 Szczecin
Country
Poland (PL)
Web
www.mediadizajn.pl
Total partner budget
173,800 €
Address
Kidričeva cesta 25
3000 Celje
Country
Slovenia (SI)
Web
www.tecos.si
Total partner budget
196,500 €
Institute of Engineering Design and Product Development
Address
Lehargasse 6
1060 Vienna
Country
Austria (AT)
Web
https://www.tuwien.at/
Total partner budget
240,800 €
Address
Strojárenská 3
040 01 040 01
Country
Slovakia (SK)
Web
www.arr.sk
Total partner budget
149,800 €
Address
Ul. Gdańska 36
70-660 Szczecin
Country
Poland (PL)
Web
https://www.elektrykamorska.pl/
Total partner budget
56,000 €
Address
Ulica Antona Tomšiča 35
1294 Višnja Gora
Country
Slovenia (SI)
Web
https://elvez.si/
Total partner budget
70,000 €

Roadmap

1

Context

We are co-operating with entities from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE).

2

Specific problem

The manufacturing of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) is rapidly increasing. The sector has severe negative environmental and climate impacts arising from materials use, emission of air pollutants & greenhouse gases, chemicals use and waste. Additionally increasing consumption and production of EEE makes its complex and challenging waste stream one of the fastest growing ones.

3

Idea

We are cooperating for two main reasons. Firstly to foster sustainable growth by transforming EEE manufacturing in Central Europe towards circular and resource - efficient processes, value chains, products and services. Secondly to design a policy framework and implement circular economy policy measures supporting circular EEE manufacturing and the e-waste as a resource.

4

Solution

We are going to create network of circular Labs, taking up solutions that were jointly developed and tested for improved circularity in EEE manufacturing SMEs covering the themes: 1. Materials 2. Design 3. Business Models.

5

Implementation

Our consortium will prepare transnational action plan with policy recommendation to Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP 2020) and support partners in EEE manufacturing and the E-waste management.

News

Driving Change through Foresight

P2 Green

NEWS

12.04.2024

Driving Change through Foresight

Key findings from CIRCOTRONIC's regional foresight workshops underscore the challenges of navigating sustainability. Success hinges on collective participation in supporting sustainable practices and fostering a circular economy for electronics. However, significant hurdles persist despite progress made. Innovative tools and ideas are essential to drive meaningful change.

Reality check: Are consumers ready for circular EEE?

P2 Green

NEWS

03.04.2024

Reality check: Are consumers ready for circular EEE?

Three LinkedIn polls gauged consumer attitudes towards circular electronic devices, drawing 82 respondents between December 2023 and February 2024. Findings reveal varied end-of-life practices, a focus on product lifespan and repairability, and willingness to buy second-hand for sustainability. Insights highlight evolving consumer behavior towards electronic consumption and disposal.

Embracing change: the evolution of circular economy in tomorrow’s world

P2 Green

NEWS

19.03.2024

Embracing change: the evolution of circular economy in tomorrow’s world

The future economy, envisioned by British university experts, emphasizes sustainability across all business departments, reducing carbon emissions, and fostering impactful eco-friendly initiatives. Collaboration, data analysis, and clear communication are key for building a circular economy that benefits all and ensures a thriving planet.

Innovative Approach to Reducing E-Waste in Batteries and Frequency Converters

P2 Green

NEWS

28.02.2024

Innovative Approach to Reducing E-Waste in Batteries and Frequency Converters

The dynamic development of the market for electric and hybrid ships is associated with an increased demand for batteries and frequency converters and consequently, a greater risk of failure of semiconductor elements and energy storage units used on vessels.

Elektryka Morska’s Expansion in the Martime Industry

P2 Green

NEWS

21.02.2024

Elektryka Morska’s Expansion in the Martime Industry

Participation in this project is a great opportunity for our company. Thanks to the knowledge gained during meetings in the CIRCOTRONIC project, we decided to expand our business model with solutions that reduce the generation of e-waste by ships.

Circular Economy, E-waste

P2 Green

NEWS

24.01.2024

Circular Economy, E-waste

Emilia-Romagna and Veneto regions unites to propel Circular Economy principles for sustainable waste management. Both regions acknowledged challenges faced by enterprises in waste management and emphasised preventive measures in product design and efficient waste disposal to encourage re-use and discourage illegal activities.

Breathing Secondary Life into Waste, case study by ELVEZ

P2 Green

NEWS

23.01.2024

Breathing Secondary Life into Waste, case study by ELVEZ

Focusing on wire harness production for the automotive industry, ELVEZ analyzes material flow, identifying opportunities for waste reuse and circularity. Despite challenges, such as uneven wire lengths and damaged connectors, ELVEZ is committed to transforming waste into valuable resources.

Beyond the Now: Foresight Initiatives for Small Businesses

P2 Green

NEWS

05.12.2023

Beyond the Now: Foresight Initiatives for Small Businesses

Our workshop aimed to help SMEs envision their future but faced challenges in reaching them. Despite hurdles, our event at KEBA's Innospace revealed the struggles SMEs and larger companies have in embracing future strategies. Recognising the need for collaboration, we call for sharing knowledge and support from larger enterprises ...

How can we unlock the future?

P2 Green

NEWS

09.11.2023

How can we unlock the future?

In September this year in Berlin, the first-ever symposium organized by re:future Lab - Holitopia 2023 took place under the theme "symbiotic politics". We are sharing few important insights from the event.

A new treatment for burning pain

P2 Green

NEWS

17.10.2023

A new treatment for burning pain

The UN predicts that in 2023, each person will produce an average of 8 kg of e-waste globally, resulting in a staggering 61.3 million tonnes of electronic waste discarded in a single year. To put this into perspective, that's more weight than the Great Wall of China.

Events

UNPLUGGED IN ITALY

P2 Green

EVENT

Italy

01.09 - 31.12.2025

UNPLUGGED IN ITALY

UNPLUGGED IN SLOVENIA

P2 Green

EVENT

Slovenia

01.05 - 31.08.2025

UNPLUGGED IN SLOVENIA

UNPLUGGED IN GERMANY

P2 Green

EVENT

Germany

01.01 - 30.04.2025

UNPLUGGED IN GERMANY

UNPLUGGED IN AUSTRIA

P2 Green

EVENT

Austria

In Person

01.09 - 31.12.2024

UNPLUGGED IN AUSTRIA

UNPLUGGED IN SLOVAKIA

P2 Green

EVENT

Slovakia

In Person

01.05 - 31.08.2024

UNPLUGGED IN SLOVAKIA

UNPLUGGED IN POLAND

P2 Green

EVENT

Poland

In Person

01.02 - 30.04.2024

UNPLUGGED IN POLAND

Jesteśmy podłączeni do prądu 24 godziny, 7 dni w tygodniu, 365 dni w roku. Ponieważ przyroda odpoczywa zimą, a człowiek śniąc nocą, wystawa UNPLUGGED jest impulsem do refleksji nad tym, ile energii potrzebujemy, by żyć.

UNPLUGGED

P2 Green

EVENT

Poland

In Person

17.01.2024

UNPLUGGED

The exhibition addresses the question of how to find more capacity within us, to solve problems related to the future. It stimulates imagination about our relationship with electronic devices and provides an answer on how to balance energy after interacting with them

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Project Contacts

Project Manager

Grit Ackermann
Phone: 0038615898418

Finance Manager

Urška Spitzer
Phone: 0038615898129

Communication Manager

Magdalena Malachowska
Phone: 0048 608 405 640