First EuroTech Workshop on ‘Circular Economy’

The joint Brussels Office of the EuroTech Universities Alliance regularly facilitates the establishment of competitive consortia for funding instruments within the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020). On 15 November, a successful workshop on EU funding possibilities and joint activities took place, covering the field of 'Circular Economy' and engaging multiple EuroTech partners.

Representatives from TU Eindhoven, DTU Copenhagen, TU Munich, EPFL Lausanne and the Technion in Israel attended the event, which marked the beginning of further activities in the areas of sustainability, energy and climate, areas the EuroTech partners strive to focus on even more in the future. The researchers identified great complementarity in their work and are now looking forward to intensifying the initiated exchange. Different ways of cooperation are envisioned, for example joint applications for EU funding and summer schools.

Although there are different concepts of circular economy, their basis is a new way to look at value creation, through extending a product’s lifespan and relocating waste from the end of the supply chain to the beginning. Overall, the new approaches endeavour to lead to using resources more efficiently and to contribute to the development and establishment of more sustainable industrial and economic systems – which is in line with the European Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal Number 12: Responsible consumption and production.

The goal of the November kick-off workshop was to pinpoint reciprocal research expertise and to facilitate joint proposals for EU funding – a goal that was well achieved with promising future developments lined up.