The European project ‘Recycling Business Models’ gathers good practices of Circular Economy


The Andalusia Technology Park is leading this project of the European Commission, framed in the Horizon 2020 program.

The Recycling Business Models project has presented this month important results through two publications. On the one hand, these results are compiled in a handbook that provides examples of good practices of circular economy developed from the European innovation ecosystems, in order to help make more sustainable, profitable and productive SMEs. On the other hand, a guide defines opportunities for innovation and growth that the circular economy offers to SMEs.

Recycling Business Models is a project coordinated by the Andalusia Technology Park (PTA), together with the STP’s of Johanneberg (Sweden) and Alentejo (Portugal), and also the participation of other international partners. The project began in October 2019 and held its inaugural meeting in November at the PTA headquarters. Since then, it has promoted the monitoring of real cases from European ‘hubs’ and companies located in them. This project ptomotes the circular economy model, which is committed to the sustainability of all production processes. Recycling Business Models aims to optimize the use of resources by transforming traditional science and technology parks into more ecological and sustainable environments. 

The project aims to create a methodology and a strategy for the revaluation of waste, resources and its reincorporation into the product life-cycle management of companies based in the parks. 

Through national and European frameworks supporting the Circular Economy, companies can find funding opportunities in the development of new criteria in their business models. The good practices detected reveal the importance of infrastructures, waste management and awareness campaigns for growing of the Circular Economy. Recycling Business Models highlights the value of strategic plans defined in this sense by European science and technology parks as well as various business initiatives promoted in the field of the Circular Economy.

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