Did you know that only 38% of waste in the EU is recycled? And that over 60% of household waste still goes to landfill in many EU countries? CircThread is a new European R&D project that wants to help appliances become truly sustainable. To increase appliance lifespan, repairability and reuse. And to properly recycle products when they are no longer repairable.
When you buy an appliance or anything with a wire, do you know how long it will last? If it can be repaired? Or if the parts can be recycled or reused?
This information can help those who manufacture, sell, repair and recycle to improve their appliances. So that we can stop making and using things that break in no-time, that are difficult to disassemble and repair, or impossible to recycle.
It is about time to rethink how we design, make and use things in our day-to-day life.
Access to critical information about each individual appliance can help this process to shift towards a circular economy and have a real impact in reducing waste, to become environmentally sustainable and carbon-neutral by 2050.
SIMAVI, the leader of one of the pilots in the European CircThread project
The Romanian software developers from Software Imagination & Vision (SIMAVI) coordinate one of the pilots for CircThread. This is a new R&D project, that has started in June 2021, a revolutionary project that manages the information necessary for appliances to stay in the economic loop longer.
CircThread is about “Building the Digital Thread for Circular Economy Product, Resource & Service Management”. It is a project that received funding from the H2020 programme under the agreement nr. 958448.
Actors across the entire product life cycle are involved in the project activities: product original equipment manufacturers, collection & take-back providers, recovery and recycling companies, repair organisations, consumer bodies, who will be enabled to improve their Circular economy efforts. Also, there are universities active in domains like Circular Economy/Life Cycle Management/Manufacturing, digital service transformation enterprises, software vendors, an engineering design SME, technology & innovation SMEs and one Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment management organisation.
The CircThread project's main objective is to unlock access to data now in silos, and enhancing it as decision information for actors across and outside the extended product life cycle. To do this, CircThread will deliver a circular digital thread methodology, a framework for facilitating information flow exchanges across the extended life cycle chain of products, components, their materials and chemicals data, environmental, social and economic information. The goal is to create data linkages between product chain, value chain, asset chain and life cycle chains based on a Product information Catalogue, and enable information exchanges via data contracts governed by secure and reliable management standards.
In three demonstration clusters - in Italy, Slovenia and Spain - the CircThread system will be implemented in Cloud Platforms, rolled-out across the entire extended life cycle chain of the home appliances (such as washing machines and dish washers) and home energy systems (boilers, solar-PV systems, batteries etc.) to test seven circularity use cases and associated business models.
The expected impact is to enable improved decision taking accelerating Circularity and Carbon emissions reductions including:
- Enhanced life extensions of products by better understanding of in use failures and maintenance needs,
- Improved understanding of the quality of end-of-life products for spare parts buy-backs to support right to repair,
- improved assessment of circularity routes by waste management and recycling companies by delivering enhanced product composition data,
- improved materials and chemicals tracing of products and components for safer products and identifying Critical Raw Materials cycles,
- Empowering decisions by citizens and citizen organisations by providing direct access to product performance information.
The consortium includes 30 partners from 13 European countries, ensuring a wide geographical coverage: Turkey, Spain, Slovenia, Italy, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Portugal, Denmark, Belgium, Romania, Ireland, France.
SIMAVI is the leader of the Slovenian pilot - Home Appliances. SIMAVI will coordinate all pilot activities and support all Slovenian partners, including Gorenje group, one of the largest European home appliance producers.
SIMAVI, as an experienced software house, will provide direct support for software implementation, information exchanges, and hands-on troubleshooting to the Slovenian Pilot Cluster.
More information here: https://circthread.com/