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.


The CIRCE2020 project aims to facilitate a larger uptake of integrated environmental management approach in five specific Central European industrial areas by changing patterns from single and sporadic company recycling interventions to an integrated redesign of industrial interactions based on the concept of circular economy. The goal is to introduce innovative cross-value chain waste governance models and transnational analytic tools to improve capacities of concerned waste public-private sector to reduce dependencies from primary natural resources within industrial processing. The project should also provide robust evidences about environmental and economic benefits from shifting to enhanced industrial symbiosis.


The new EU Action plan on Circular Economy focuses its attention on the role of industries to improve their efforts to valorize the reuse of waste as new raw material. To obtain these results and to “close the loop” of different production processes it is fundamental to improve the awareness related to the role of waste in circular economy and define a methodology and a set of tools that can be applied in different countries and industrial sectors. The aim of CIRCE2020 is the realization of a set of pilot actions based on the results of local surveys in order to identify the unevaluated waste streams using innovative instruments derived from the MFA (Material Flow Analysis), LCC (Life Cycle Costing) and LCA (Life Cycle Analysis). The different Working Packages of the project describe this process and define the set of replicable procedures and instruments . Raising awareness on how to maximize the unveiled potential as raw material of different waste streams represent the core of the WPs dedicated to transferability strategy and communication