To mark 4 years of existence, the Circular Economy Coalition for Europe invited interested representatives of the scientific community, personnel in research and development as well as representatives of ministries and policy to the symposium “Science and Research for Circular Economy” to inform about current research activities. The symposium was hosted by Prof. Martin Faulstich, head of INZIN Institute and former chairman of the German Advisory Council on the Environment.

In his opening remarks, CEC4Europe Chairman Christoph addressed the key elements of the EU circular economy package and the currently widely debated EU circular economy package II and presented the Circularity Gap Report Austria.

Helmut Rechberger of TU Vienna critically questionedin his presentation the significance of  circularity as an indicator to evaluate the ecological advantageousness based on the nutrients phosphorus and nitrogen as examples.

The use of resources for pop-up housing environments following natural disasters or migration waves was looked into by Julia Zeilinger, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna.

Kristine Sperlich with the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) presented the most recent study conducted by SRU on the role of circular economy to ensure raw material supply for e-mobility in Germany.

Renato Sarc, University of Leoben, introduced a research project in the field of detection and sorting of mixed waste as a contribution to digitalisation of circular economy.

The narrative of sustainability and circular economy was analysed both bibliometrically and semantically by Josef Schöggl of University of Graz.

Andreas Bartl, TU Vienna, demonstrated the energetic relevance and purpose of different closing-the-loop concepts using textiles as examples.

For CEC4Europe, circular economy is an essential pan-European concern, and the initiative pleads for a fact-based environmental policy. Effective strategies for a circular economy can only be based on a transparent knowledge and data base.

As a network of European scientists and researchers in the field of waste and resource management, CEC4Europe has defined the goal to support European institutions, national decision makers as well as stakeholder in the process of a transition towards an efficient an effective circular economy by applying a fact-based approach.

CEC4Europe is one of the 24 members of the Coordination Group of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, founded by the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Commission in order to implement the EU circular economy package.

Access the presentations here:

01 Kreislaufwirtschaft – die Lage ist hoffnungslos, aber nicht ernst
Helmut Rechberger/TU Wien

02 Urban Pop-up Housing Environments
Julia Zeilinger/BOKU Wien

03 Die Rolle der Kreislaufwirtschaft für die E-Mobilität
Kristine Sperlich/TU Berlin, SRU

04 ReWaste 4.0
Renato Sarc/Montanuniversität Leoben

05 The narrative of sustainability and circular economy
Josef Schöggl/KF Universität Graz, CD Labor für Nachhaltiges Produktmanagement in einer Kreislaufwirtschaft

06 Textiles in a Circular Economy
Andreas Bartl/TU Wien