16 July 2018

European Sustainable Plastics Congress Gets The Latest On CIRC-PACK

The CIRC-PACK project was featured for an international audience this month, at the first European Sustainable Plastics Congress in Lyon, France. Organised by France’s Plastipolis on 5 July 2018, the congress heard firsthand how CIRC-PACK innovations are shaping up.

CIRC-PACK’s innovative waste to resource approach was featured for an international scientific and industry audience in Lyon, France, at a new plastics congress organised by Plastipolis.

Held in partnership with the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, the Lyon event was the first of its kind, and is set to focus on European sustainable plastics for the foreseeable future.

The CIRC-PACK project was presented by David Zambrana of CIRCE, as he focused on a new circular economy for the plastic packaging sector. Further presentations on CIRC-PACK were made by Alessandro d’Elicio of Italy’s Novamont and Ana Mafalda Gomes of Bumaga in the Netherlands. Here the congress heard firsthand the concepts behind CIRC-PACK’s first two ‘demo cases’: producing plastics from renewable resources, and eco-friendly packaging designs.

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1 June 2018

The CIRC-PACK Consortium Hosted by Novamont in Novara, Italy

On 23-24 May 2018, the CIRC-PACK project consortium held a general partner meeting in Novara, Italy. The group gathered at the research lab of project partner Novamont to drive forward the CIRC-PACK project and continue the momentum built up during the first year of the initiative, as well as undertaking a research visit of the Novamont facilities.

For a Horizon 2020 project such as CIRC-PACK, partner meetings offer an excellent opportunity to consolidate work conducted by the partners and align future objectives among the project “work packages”. However, this visit to Novara also provided invaluable insights into Novamont’s research and development in the fields of bio-based plastics and biodegradable plastics for a range of products for end users.

The site visit allowed all CIRC-PACK partners to see firsthand the cutting edge developments which can contribute to a circular economy for plastic packaging in the future!

16 April 2018

Waste To Resource: CIRC-PACK In Brussels For Circular Economy Conference

On 11 April 2018, the CIRC-PACK consortium met a host of circular economy stakeholders in Brussels, Belgium, to effectively launch the CIRC-PACK project in the heart of Europe. The conference and stakeholder event ‘Waste to resource: a new circular economy for the plastic packaging sector’ gathered more than 30 consortium members, business figures, civil society professionals and representatives of municipalities and the European institutions.

The CIRC-PACK consortium ostensibly launched its ambitious project to the public during a key event in the heart of Europe on 11 April. The conference and focus groups sessions, organised by project partner Plastipolis in collaboration with project co-ordinator CIRCE, were a vital opportunity to gather key stakeholders from around Europe and present the ambitious objectives of the CIRC-PACK project.

The CIRC-PACK Horizon 2020 project, working towards circular economy in the plastic packaging value chain, comprises a 22-member consortium of expert organisations from across Europe. With objectives such as decoupling plastics from fossil fuels, and producing smart, innovative “eco-design” packaging products, it is hoped that the project will achieve better collection and recycling of more complex packaging products – in itself a key component of circular economy in the plastics sector.

In Brussels, CIRC-PACK welcomed a wide range of stakeholders eager to hear about the project aims and deliverables – notably the three “demo cases” which CIRC-PACK has in store: first, producing plastics from renewable resources; second, producing eco-friendly packaging designs; third, enhancing the quality of sorting and recycling to effectively “close the loop” for plastics.

But the 11 April event also included targeted focus groups for expert stakeholders to feed back into CIRC-PACK’s planning and objectives. Held in parallel, CIRC-PACK moderators OCU, RINA Consulting and ICLEI Europe gathered key questions and discussions concerning consumers, business and public authorities respectively.