CircEUlar: Circular economy and net-zero pathways

Horizon Europe

ECI lead: Charlie Wilson

The CircEUlar project explores the dynamics and levers for societal transformation towards a net-zero emission circular economy. Bringing technical and social scientific experts together with leading European energy and material flow modelling teams, the project will develop new tools and pathways to analyse circularity from a systems perspective.

CircEUlar is a four year EU-funded project that will develop new modelling approaches for analysing circular economy material stocks and flows in net-zero emission pathways. CircEUlar will account for:

  • Dematerialisation and the transition to a service-based economy to limit material stock growth
  • Lifetime extensions of material stocks through repair, maintenance, reuse
  • Waste treatment and material recycling.

CircEUlar’s approach is comprehensive, combining new data and modelling of economy-wide material stocks and flows, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and industrial value chains across interlinked sectors, with detailed analysis of mobility and buildings as material-intensive demand sectors.

Our work

The Oxford ECI team leads research on digitalisation as a potential enabler of emission reductions, dematerialisation, and supply chain circularity. This will include in-depth case study analyses of:

  • Digital provenance, supply chain tracking, and waste recovery systems
  • Building information modelling systems.

Find out more on the CircEUlar project website.

Project consortium

  • International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
  • Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici
  • Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • University of Groningen
  • T6 Ecosystems
  • Technische Universität Berlin
  • Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change
  • Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology