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eCircular Flagship

eCircular Flagship is an innovation project founded by EIT-Climate KIC.  eCircular Flagship envisions a circular carbon-neutral plastic system in Europe by 2050. eCircular fosters the circularity of plastic-based material systems and dematerialization of urban plastic demand based on preventative and digital solutions. eCircular will become the key European reference platform for radical digital innovation driving plastic waste prevention. The innovations boost smart manufacturing solutions through advanced eco-design approaches, new business models and alternative consumption patterns, as well as, advanced policies and industry standards to foster solutions scale up.

eCircular is an ambitious strategic vision covering the entire value chain, in order to spur growth, jobs and innovation. It also contributes to European leadership in global solutions and to the transition towards a low-carbon and circular economy, whilst providing citizens with a cleaner, safer environment.

The consortium consists of: Montanuniversität Leoben, University of Bologna – Unibo (Lead), Wuppertal Institute, Ecomatters B.V., TU Delft, Lund Universiteit.

The specific objectives and partners’ contributions are divided into seven work packages (WP).

At Montanuniversität Leoben the RIC is the leading partner for WP 3 – Market-Driven Solutions Exploration. Objectives include designing a Regional Hub for plastic waste prevention in Austria, Networking and cooperation with established stakeholders from 2018 and 2019, and co-creation based on the learning loop for the exploration of systemic market-driven innovation for plastics waste prevention (in cooperation with TU Delft). 

Keep Updated by following our eCircular knowledge Center and reading the eCircular Reports publication.

Duration of the Project 2018- 2020. WP3 Lead partner: Montanuniversität Leoben, Lead name: Marinella Passarella, PhD.

The Journey Summer School

The Climate-KIC The Journey Summer School is Europe’s largest climate innovation summer school for graduates and young professionals. The Journey is usually a 4-week full time programme. Participants visit 3 of the 25 locations involved around Europe, focused on climate action, innovation, systems transformation and community building. Since 2010 EIT Climate KIC has promoted 60 summer schools across Europe, generated over 400 project and business ideas, and built a strong global network of over 3,000 peers. In 2019 alone, 60 nationalities were represented in the Journey programme! Once again, RIC Leoben open new innovative routes, hosting the 2020 edition completely remotely: Journey 2020 goes digital! This year the Journey will be held in through July, August and September. The online Journey is unique for its complexity and multiple level of climate actions conserved even in a digital format! Leoben will “host” the first two weeks for 40 of the 400 young professionals that are participating in the Journey all over the world.

Montanuniversität Leoben is partner of this extraordinary education programme managed by RIC Leoben Climate Actions since 2018: ·

  • We Hosted the Final Journey Event in 2018
  • We Hosted as first location the participants of Journey 2019
  • We are the first host location of Digital Journey 2020

The Participants learn how to promote a sustainable economy and mitigate climate change by systemic change. The Journey offers a unique combination of academic study & real-world experience. Around 400 participants come together in a 4-week residential learning Programme hosted by top global universities. The Journey has a global outreach with participants with more than 60 different nationalities. Last summer, 9 Journey Summer Schools, with 360 participants were run parallel in two sets. Each summer school lasted 4 weeks and visited 3 locations. Altogether, 20 European cities and research institutions hosted The Journey in 2019. Our world-renowned experts in climate change, innovation, and business, accompany and support all participants throughout their time in the programme.

Climathon

Climathon is a year-round programme with a powerful solutions-hackathon at its core, translating climate action solutions into tangible projects, supporting climate positive businesses & start-ups and addressing local policy changes. It takes place on the same day in different locations all around the world. Climathon numbers: 145 Cities, 56 Countries, 6 Continents, 6000+ Participants, 600+ ideas.

RIC Leoben Climate Actions co-ordinated the Climathon involvement of the Montanuniversitaet Leoben:

  • We sponsored Climathon Graz 2018.
  • We sponsored and provided a challenge at Climathon Graz 2019 as well as contributed to the jury panel.
  • We are the main organisers of  the Styrian Climathon this year Climathon Leoben 2020, in collaboration with the previous Graz editions the CCCA.

At Climathon Graz 2019, on October 24-25 2019, RIC Leoben Climate Actions linked the eCircular Flagship with the Climathon programme by presenting a challenge. During the ‘solutions-hackathon’ in the city of Graz we supported three participating start-ups, which picked up our challenge. The challenge was ‘Zero Plastic Waste in Urban Areas’ – The usage of plastic should be reduced, optimized and its recyclable potential better exploited. Working groups should think about Graz as a study area, where solutions and ideas could be tested locally, and later be potentially replicated or scaled-up to a regional and national scale.

High demand, production and consumption of plastics worldwide have a strong impact on climate change and environmental pollution. This is due to both, the production process, and disposal of plastics, which often is dispersed into the environment with consequent pollution of land, rivers and oceans. Nevertheless, nowadays plastic remains an incredibly useful material, in some cases still essential at several levels of application in society. What appears to be crucial is to reduce the demand and production of single-use plastics products, as well as, to improve the collection, recycling and disposal. Furthermore, the circularity of plastic-based material systems should be accelerated through eco-design, smart manufactory and new business models.