The CE-RISE Project Has Kicked-Off With Circular Economy and Digitalisation at its Core

In January 2023, the CSCP and 28 projects partners from 12 European countries came together in Dublin, Ireland, to kick-off the Circular Economy Resource Information System (CE-RISE) project. In line with the European Green Deal, which aims for net-zero emissions by 2050, the main objective of the project is to minimise the loss of secondary raw materials (SRM) and optimise their reuse within value chains. It will do so by developing and piloting an integrated framework and resource information system.

The information system will identify optimal solutions for the effective reuse, recovery, and recycling (RE) of materials:

  • by defining a set of RE-criteria,
  • incorporating information on these criteria and material composition into the digital product passport (DPP),
  • enhancing the DPP with information on the product environmental footprint (PEF) and socio-economic and environmental (SEE) impacts of reuse, recovery, and recycling processes,
  • enabling confidential and anonymised information exchange between actors along value chains based on blockchain technology,
  • and providing an open-access software application to disseminate information on the assessment of RE criteria, PEF and SEE impacts of products to all stakeholders, including consumers and policymakers.

The CE-RISE information system will be piloted through the development, implementation and evaluation of five case studies in the fields of information and communication technologies (ICT), heating systems, photovoltaics and batteries. In particular, the role of the CSCP will entail stakeholder engagement and training by identifying RE and SEE criteria for product systems, providing recommendations on how to efficiently and effectively implement RE-criteria in companies as well as developing training and learning materials for different stakeholders along the value chain. In addition, the CSCP will be involved in providing the theoretical basis for the case studies.

At the project kick-off in Dublin, organised by the project coordinator, the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), the project partners presented and discussed the different project work streams and aligned on how to best collaborate toward greater impact.

CE-RISE will run for four years by working in collaboration with 28 partners, associations and affiliations from universities, research institutes, recycling companies and producer responsibility organisations, amongst others. CE-RISE is funded by the European Commission.

For further questions, please contact Marianne Magnus-Melgar.