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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

46%

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.

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Pilot actions

Outputs

Implementation of services

Each of the services will be implemented by at least two partners from different countries, reaching over 150 SMEs and supporting an additional 30 SMEs intensively. The project, utilizing more than five specialized tools per group, will lead to the development of new or improved circular products and business operations, benefiting over 180 SMEs in total. Comprehensive evaluation and case studies will be conducted to ensure effectiveness and scalability. CIRCOTRONIC represents a significant step towards sustainable innovation in Central Europe, fostering collaboration and setting new standards for eco-friendly manufacturing.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans
In development

New solutions based on pilot experience

These solutions are based on the experiences gained during the piloting phase and the necessary imporvements. Once these solution have proofen to be successful in a transnational context, they will be integrated into the portfolio of stakleholders in Central Europe. With a target of three sets of solutions to be delivered, CIRCOTRONIC is poised to significantly enhance circular practices in the EEE manufacturing sector.
Type of output: Solutions
In development

Fieldtesting 9 regional labs and a transnational network

CIRCOTRONIC project is pioneering the establishment of regional circular labs in real-life environments across various locations. Partners will either set up new structures or integrate these labs into existing physical and virtual infrastructures. Together, the labs will form a transnational network of circular labs for the electronic and electrical equipment (EEE) sector. These labs will serve as innovation hubs, supporting SMEs in adopting circular business models and sustainable practices and other stakeholders involved in the transition to circularity
Type of output: Strategies and action plans
In development
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Turning regional labs and transnational network into solutions

With the integration of these labs in the organisational structures of the partner organisations and the agreement to collaborate as a network, the partners have committed to implementing the developed solutions and suport each other in the provision of services.
Type of output: Solutions
In development
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Transnational strategic action plan for the implementation of the CEAP 2020 in the field of EEE manufacturing & E-waste in Central Europe

CIRCOTRONIC will produce a transnational strategic action plan for implementing EU Circular Economy Ection Plan (CEAP 2020) in Central Europe. This document will outline short-term and medium-term actions required to achieve a sustainable future. It will focus on fostering circular business models and promoting sustainable practices across the electronic and electrical equipment (EEE) manufacturing sector.
Type of output: Solutions
In development

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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