On September 18, Sustainable Innovations Europe (SIE) organized its first Circular Economy workshop in Brussels: Shaping the Europe of tomorrow. The session aimed at boosting European cooperation to promote Circular Economy research and innovation, and it counted with the participation of 30 organizations from 13 different countries.

During the workshop, the participants had the opportunity to present their projects, approaches and best practices, and to begin the development of new proposals with idea generation and technical concept notes.

Two of the projects introduced were NOVUM, led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, and UrBIOFuture, introduced by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).

NOVUM’s goal is to develop cellulose-based materials and manufacturing technologies for novel production of electrical insulation components. Thus, it aims to use energy and resources more efficiently and reduce waste.

UrBIOFuture, on the other hand, focuses on boosting careers, new educational programmes and research activities within the bio-based sector.

In addition to the presentations, there were several round tables which focused on the four pillars of the Circular Economy: climate action, environment, raw materials and resources efficiency.

Developing Circular Economy approaches and practices is crucial to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. In SIE, we believe this needs to be underpinned by a strong research and innovation.

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