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Project CIRCTHREAD – Building the Digital Thread for Circular Economy Product, Resource & Service Management

CircTread proposes a digital platform to collect all the important information on appliances and extend their life span

In the project Surovina is part of the Slovenian pilot, whose coordinator is the Romanian company Simavi. Also, Surovina, together with all partners in the Slovenian pilot, participates in obtaining and providing information on individual parts, their recyclability, quality, suitability for reuse, disassembly procedures and in the formulation of recommendations covering the economic, circular and environmental value of products. At Surovina, we are looking forward to working on the project, as we are aware of the responsibility that, as a company, we cooperate with other organizations, institutes, universities and, last but not least, companies, thus contributing to new knowledge in the field of circularity.

If you have ever bought, repaired, manufactured, or thrown away an appliance, CircThread is going to change your world!
  • When you buy an appliance or any wired appliance, do you know who manufactured it? Do you know how long your boiler will last? And if your solar panel can be repaired? Or if the parts of your washing machine can be recycled or reused? Have you ever wondered if having this information is useful? At CircThread, it is!
  • CircThread proposes a digital platform to collect all the critical information on appliances and extend their lifespan
  • CircThread: the digital platform bringing together 12 European countries to promote the circular economy and reduce waste to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050

It is an ambitious European project that will change the way of understanding the circular economy for appliances. Thanks to the digital platform, CircThread collects data on products, parts of the appliances, materials, etc. so that managers and manufacturers can evaluate circularity routes and thus extend the useful life of products.

At the same time, appliance users and citizen organizations have access to product performance information, thus empowering their decisions.

Circular Economy

Circularity actions are not taken when information and evidence are not available throughout the product life cycle. That's what the CircThread project is all about, unlocking access to data and improving it so that the actors involved throughout the product lifecycle can make decisions.

Here is the link to watch the presentation video of CircThread
Some information
  • If we continue with the "take-make-waste" mindset, by 2050 we will consume as if there were 3 Earths.
  • Global material consumption is expected to double by 2060.
  • Annual waste generation is projected to increase by 70% by 2050.
  • Only 38% of waste is recycled in the EU.
  • Over 60% of household waste still goes to landfill in some EU countries.
What is CircThread?
Through the "digital circular thread" methodology (hence the name of the project: Circ, from circular and Thread from digital thread) it provides information flow exchanges along the extended life cycle of products, components, materials, and chemicals used, related to environmental, social, economic, and circular information.
The idea is to create data links between the product chain, the value chain, the asset chain, and the life cycle chains. All this based on a product information catalog, to enable information exchanges through data contracts driven by secure and reliable management standards.
How will it be implemented?
The project will deploy a data exchange platform in 3 demonstration clusters: in Italy, Slovenia, and Spain.
This information exchange will be applied to the entire extended life cycle of appliances (including washing machines and dishwashers) and household energy systems (such as boilers, solar photovoltaic systems, and batteries). Seven circularity use cases and associated business models will be tested.
What does all this mean for the citizen?
All the information on products and materials to repair, exchange or recycle a wired appliance is unified on a single platform.
The idea is to enable better decision making by accelerating circularity and carbon emission reductions.
General benefits
  1. Extending the useful life of products through a better understanding of in-use problems and maintenance needs.
  2. Understanding the quality of end-of-life products for the purchase of spare parts and supporting the right to repair.
  3. Improved assessment of circularity routes by waste management and recycling companies by providing improved product composition data.
  4. Improved traceability of materials and chemicals in products and components to make them safer and to identify critical raw material cycles.
  5. Empowering the decisions of citizens and citizen organizations by providing direct access to product performance information.