“A circular economy is a regenerative system in which resource input and waste, emission, and energy leakage are minimised by slowing, closing, and narrowing energy and material loops. This is in contrast to a linear economy which is a ‘take, make, dispose’ model of production.” (Wikipedia)
CIRC4Life is a project funded under the Horizon 2020 programme with 17 partners from across 8 EU countries. It aims to develop and implement a circular economy approach for sustainable products and services through their value and supply chains. Three new circular economy business models will be developed including:
The Co-creation of Products/Services model will bring end-users closer to the design and manufacturing phases by identifying consumer preferences via Big-data online mining product reviews and evaluating product specifications and prototypes via Living Labs to customise end-user requirements.
The Sustainable Consumption model will develop a method to calculate the eco-points of products based on the outcome of FP7 myEcoCost project, assess product environment footprints (PEF), provide a traceability solution to monitor product’s sustainability along the value chain, and support end-users and stakeholders to actively implement the circular economy via awareness raising and knowledge sharing activities.
The Collaborative Recycling/Reuse model will develop a system for stakeholders to interact with each other to facilitate the use/reuse of end-of-life products and reduce waste, and implement the eco-credits awarding scheme to encourage people to recycle/reuse.
This project will be demonstrated at a large scale in 4 sectors: electrical and electronic products (tablets, domestic and industrial lightning) and farming and agri-foods sectors (pigmeat and organic vegetables). Demonstrators will be developed in the UK (Cornwall and Berkshire Counties) and Spain (Regions of Murcia, Basque Country and Valencia).
The main goal of this project was to find out if there is an impact between maternal obesity during pregnancy and the health of these children throughout their lives.
The delegation was a partner in a project initiated by the DG Research of the European Commission, the research platform on families and family policies. Its aim was to make an up-to-date inventory and evaluation of family research in the 27 member states.
The Secretary General of the EU Delegation of MMM has been speaking at an Round Table called “A business commitment for a better Work-Life Balance” on 22 March 2018 hosted by Maria Arena MEP and Agnes Jon