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Developing circular pathways for a EU low-carbon transition

Project description

Profound societal changes for climate mitigation

Human-induced climate change is causing widespread disruption, therefore changes need to be made if we are to secure our future. The EU-funded CircEUlar project will develop new modelling methods to analyse circularity from a systems perspective. The initiative will examine dematerialisation and the transition to a service-based economy to limit material stock growth, the lifetime extension of material stocks through repair and maintenance, and waste treatment and material recycling. CircEUlar will combine new data and modelling of economy-wide material stocks and flows, greenhouse gas emissions, and industrial value chains across interconnected sectors with deep-dive analysis of mobility and buildings. The project will also focus on digitalisation and integrate new findings on circular economy potentials and impacts into EU and global modelling frameworks.

Objective

The CircEUlar project aims to understand the dynamics and levers for societal transformation towards a net-zero emission circular economy. CircEUlar will develop new modelling approaches for analysing circularity from a systems perspective accounting for: 1) dematerialisation and the transition to a service-based economy to limit material stock growth; 2) lifetime extension of material stocks through repair, maintenance, reuse; 3) waste treatment and material recycling.
CircEUlar’s approach will be comprehensive, combining new data and modelling of economy-wide material stocks and flows, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and industrial value chains across interlinked sectors, with deep-dive analysis of mobility and buildings as material-intensive demand sectors. These two focus areas have large material stocks, potential for circular transformation, and strong dependence on both circular consumption and production practices. CircEUlar will also focus on digitalisation as a potential enabler of dematerialisation and supply chain circularity.
CircEUlar integrates multiple fields of data, knowledge and expertise including: 1) empirical analysis of firm and consumer propensities towards circular economy measures; 2) industry input on process-level innovations and circular economy business models; 3) modelling analysis of economy-wide material stocks and flows, and policy levers of change towards societal transformation.
CircEUlar will integrate new insights on circular economy potentials and impacts into EU and global modelling frameworks for: 1) analysing alternative pathways to net-zero GHG emissions; 2) testing effective policy levers for both circular production and consumption. 3) assessing outcomes for climate, environment, economy and society, in line with European Green Deal objectives.

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INTERNATIONALES INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE SYSTEMANALYSE
Net EU contribution
€ 1 248 625,00
Address
Schlossplatz 1
2361 Laxenburg
Austria

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Region
Ostösterreich Niederösterreich Wiener Umland/Südteil
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Research Organisations
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Total cost
€ 1 248 625,00

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