At present, less than 40 per cent of plastics are recycled. Due to this the complex value chain has to change significantly, in order to avoid plastics being "down-cycled", incinerated or landfilled. The project eCircular focuses on the prevention of plastic waste by using digital technologies, such as block chain. It is an initiative of Climate-KIC, one of Europe's largest private-public innovation partnerships in the context of climate. That way, the project contributes to the overall goal of recasting material production towards net-zero emissions until 2050. The eCircular flagship will act as a bridge between academia, industry, public administration and citizens at a European level, to pave the way towards a dematerialised circular economy. In order to tackle the barriers voiced by the European Commission, regarding a carbon-neutral material system, the project has identified 6 levers to focus on:
The Wuppertal Institute is a core partner of the flagship. It leads the work packages "Innovation Accelerator" and "Networking", addressing the essential tasks of creating a network for all stakeholders, as well as accelerating innovations for a more efficient use of plastics.