EIT RawMaterials: promoting Circular Economy via intCEB internationalisation project

The project aims to boost the exchange of best practices on Circular Economy

The intCEB research project, an internationalisation project supported by EIT RawMaterials, aimed to foster best practice exchanges between China and Europe on ''Circular Economy''. The one-year project, that ran between April 2017 and April 2018,saw partners exchange experiences. The following success story resulted from the collaboration of CML, Leiden University, Peking University and the Guiyang City Government (China).

During the joint research, several resource-efficiency options were designed to support the Guiyang City Government in making their region more circular. These solutions were included in the local planning policies and are being implemented in the “13th Five-year planning” (2016-2020), with significant economic and environmental impacts expected. Through industrial symbiosis and the development of new low-carbon factories, over 500 jobs are expected to be generated. As a result, industries in the region are already more resource-efficient and the carbon footprint has been mitigated.

Developing a Sino-European research agenda for a Circular Economy

Both Europe and China have been actively promoting the concept of circular economy. The intCEB project analysed the knowledge supply in both Europe and China on topics relevant to circular economy, such as analytical tools and databases, as well as circular business design, governance and regional implementation practices. Based on results, an overview was developed on how European knowledge partners representing the EIT RawMaterials Community can transfer knowledge and services to China, and viceversa.

The intCEB is the first project that created a structured analysis and exchange between Europe and China. The collaboration, supported by EIT RawMaterials, is hence highly relevant for strengthening and disseminating related EU policies internationally. 

Members of the intCEB project consortium:

Leiden University, The Netherlands (Lead Partner)

Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain

Ghent University, Belgium

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden

National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

University of Bordeaux, France


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