ECOBULK through a large scale demonstration effort will contribute to “closing the loop” of composite products in the automotive, furniture and building sectors by promoting greater re-use, upgrade, refurbishment and recycle of products, parts, and materials. ECOBULK approach will be based on identifying and promoting commonalities in processes, technologies, products and services ensuring replicability and transferability to other industrial sectors. The ambitious application of the circular economy model in the three selected sectors is justified by the high numbers of synergies, in terms of the design (design for modularity, design for disassembly/dismantling), materials (fibre and particle reinforced plastic composites), manufacturing technology (moulding, extrusion, hot pressing, thermobonding) and business models (leasing, renting, PSS, fix-it shops, etc.).
The methodology will embrace and focus on large scale demonstration activities in 7 countries and more than 15 demonstrators to address the key components of the circular economy solutions; rethinking product design to shift towards a Design Circular Framework, validation of material and product manufacturing technologies to ensure technical and economic feasibility, new reverse logistics for the recovery of products and parts from consumers or users and into the supply chain, implementation of Innovative business models exploring C2C, B2C and B2B opportunities, and dissemination to raise awareness and knowledge sharing activities on circular economy solutions.
Official Website: https://www.ecobulk.eu/
CALL / TOPIC: H2020-CIRC-2016TwoStage / CIRC-01-2016-2017 – Systemic, eco-innovative approaches for the circular economy: large-scale demonstration projects
Grant agreement ID: 730456
Start – end date: 1 June 2017 – 31 May 2021
Budget and funding: € 11 790 041,52 / € 9 665 562,88
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730456