C-SERVEES aims to boost a resource-efficient circular economy in the electrical and electronic (E&E) sector through the development, testing, validation and transfer of new circular economic business models (CEBMs) based on systemic eco-innovative services that include: eco-leasing of EEE, product customization, improved WEEE management, and ICT services to support the other eco-services. ICT tools (relying on QR codes) will be developed as the driver of the proposed eco-innovative services to take full advantage of the potential and synergies of two major revolutions of our time: the circular economy and the Industry 4.0. The project will thus contribute to transform the E&E sector into circular and 4.0, raising new opportunities for end-users (such as their involvement in design or the access to a product as a service) and for social and solidarity economy (conducted by NGOs, like EMAUS, which employ people at risk of social exclusion to repair and prepare WEEE for re-use). The techno-economic, environmental and social viability of the new CEBMs will be validated through demonstrations dealing with four target products belonging to different EEE categories: large household appliances, IT equipment, telecommunications equipment, and consumer equipment.
A circular business reference model for the E&E sector will be developed based on circular economy principles and stakeholders’ requirements. The reference model will be further tailored to each product targeted in the project: washing machines, toner cartridges, telecom ALM products and TV sets/displays. Performance indicators: by M12 guidelines for circular economy models in the E&E sector will be delivered (after validation by an External Advisory Board); by M15 the circular economic business reference model for the E&E sector will be ready and by M21 the CEBMs for four EEE will be ready (once reviewed by industry).
ICT tools (using zero-knowledge protocol) will be developed in sprints with industry partners that will test them to provide feedback and validate their features and functionalities: life-cycle tracking of EEE, end-users feedback, interactive user and repair manuals, warranty tracking, consumables management, WEEE management protocols for re-use or recycling. Performance indicators: A minimum viable product of these ICT tools will be delivered by M21, while the expanded version with services and functionalities required by actors in each EEE value chain will be ready by M24.
The new CEBMs will be implemented through four demonstrations involving the whole life cycle of the target products, their associated value and supply chains and the proposed eco-innovative services: eco-leasing, product customization, improved WEEE management, and ICT services. Performance indicators: by M45 the demonstrations will have been conducted with 100 washing machines, 10,000 toner cartridges, 200 telecom ALM units and 100 TV sets/displays.
The techno-economic, environmental and social feasibility of the four target products and related eco-services will be determined by means of life-cycle sustainability assessment. Performance indicators: preliminary environmental, economic and social analyses will be completed by M27, while final life-cycle sustainability results will be available by M45.
Key enabling tools will be developed, shared and discussed with relevant stakeholders to boost the replication and transfer of the new CEBMs and services across the EU. Performance indicators: ecodesign guidelines for knowledge transfer to EEE industry completed by M30, position paper with recommendations for policy makers by M45, and proposal for circular economy standardization by M45.
The project knowledge and results will be managed and protected. Business and exploitation plans will be delivered for all key exploitable results to map the post-project phase. A comprehensive dissemination and communication campaign will be designed and implemented to ensure that knowledge on best practices is exchanged. Performance Indicators: by M8, a comprehensive communication & dissemination plan will be completed, which will be executed during the whole project with at least 3 informative workshops and 34 publications.
The Consortium of C-SERVEES will be coordinated by partner AIMPLAS. The project management structure has been conceived to ensure the competent industrial, scientific and business management of the C-SERVEES project and to enable efficient and effective integration and communication throughout the management chain. C-SERVEES project success will be strongly based on the close interaction and equilibrated partnership of SMEs and large companies (65%) plus research centres and other organizations.
AIMPLAS’ fields of work are related to technological research and development on thermoplastic and thermosetting plastic materials & products, its transformation processes and their recyclability and sustainability. AIMPLAS generates new knowledge and technologies that can be transferred to companies in order to help them to increase their effectiveness and competitiveness.
GAIKER Technological Centre, located in the Technological Park of Biscay (Spain), is devoted to the up-take of own knowledge and to the development of new technologies that are later transferred to customers coming from sectors such as the Pharmaceutical Industry, Chemical Industry, Human and Animal Health, Engineering and Consultancy Firms, Public Administrations, Automotive Industries, Construction, Packing and Packaging, and Home Appliances, amongst others.
The School of Civil and Building Engineering is one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering schools in the UK. According to the latest independent national Research Excellence Framework (REF December 2014), 95% of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent for its influence on society, the economy and policy and it ranked first in the UK in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning in terms of its research environment.
SAT was founded in 1996 as a non-profit research and technology-transfer organisation, located in Vienna. The different activities embrace research, development and technology transfer as well as training in resource efficiency with European industry. The organisation serves various small- and medium-sized recycling and re-use companies as well as large enterprises from the electronics sector (e.g., Apple, Continental, Dell, Fujitsu Services, IBM, Lenovo, Mitsubishi, Motorola, Nortel, Philips, Schneider, SEB, Siemens, Sony) in order to reach full legal compliance at minimum cost.
Lexmark International, Inc. was founded in 1991 and became quickly established as a top global provider of printing solutions. With its global headquarters located in Lexington, Kentucky, Lexmark has a long history of research and development focused on connecting unstructured print and digital information across enterprises with the processes, applications and people that need it most.
ADVA Optical Networking is developing and producing new technologies for tomorrow's telecommunications networks. Our intelligent hardware, software and services have been deployed by several hundred service providers / network operators and thousands of enterprises worldwide. Over the past 20+ years, our innovative connectivity solutions, based on Wavelength- Division Multiplexing (WDM) transport, Ethernet aggregation and demarcation, synchronization, encryption and monitoring equipment and the related management, control-plane and SDN software, have helped to drive our customers’ networks forward.
Arçelik acknowledges that sustainable achievement is not possible without investment in R&D. Hence, Arçelik is strongly investing in R&D; it has 10 R&D centres with over 1000 personnel and fully equipped test laboratories, and is Turkey’s leading producer of technology and patents. Arçelik owns more than 1/3 of the patents produced in Turkey and it is the only Turkish company in the World International Property Organisation’s listing of the top 500 patent applicants.
RINA provides a wide range of engineering services covering the whole project life cycle from feasibility and specialized technical studies to conceptual and detailed design, prototyping and testing, project management, site engineering as well as operation and maintenance management. Innovation is a key element in RINA engineering developments in the Energy, Transport & Infrastructure, Marine and Industry sectors. In the Certification and Regulatory business, RINA has issued more than 36.000 product certificates, delivered more than 28.000 management systems certificates and performed 150.000 laboratory tests.
Emaús is an organization with over 30 years of experience in Spain, working already in Pais Vasco, Asturias and Galicia. Its mission is to promote and accompany transformation processes, individual or collective, in the social, economic and environmental fields. The organization is committed to improving the living conditions of people with risk of exclusion. Emaús works with social innovation.
Indumetal Recycling S.A. (INDUMETAL) is a specialized industry with an extensive experience in the integral handling of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and complex scrap including: logistic services, on site dismantling of industrial facilities and decontamination and recycling. Once the equipment has been decontaminated, the processes give the company the possibility to obtain a high percentage of materials and useful components for their reincorporation into the market as secondary raw materials.
We are experts in the collection, treatment, recycling and reuse of waste electrical and electronic equipment in Romania. The company offers complete and custom tailored to individual needs of each customer. Concern of the management team to significantly reduce the extremely harmful impact of waste electrical and electronic equipment on the environment and human health, is reflected both in our current work, and through company involvement in four major European research projects which have as thematic development of new technologies and exchange of know-how between similar companies in EU countries
The mission of the WEEE Forum is to (i) optimise the operational efficiency of the member organisations' WEEE management systems, while striving for excellence and continuous improvement of their environmental performance, (ii) provide a platform for co-operation at European level and the exchange of best practices, (iii) develop standards and technical specifications to fulfil producer responsibility on behalf of producers, (iv) assist its members in the development of their activities in a sustainable manner within the existing regulatory and legislative framework, (v) create a forum of support and knowledge for our members to make expert and constructive contributions to the general debate on the management of electrical and electronic waste.
We already have the technology to recycle, but there is no efficient way of identifying and sorting waste streams. Our current recycling efforts do turn scrap into new materials, but these are of a lower quality than the input. We cannot use the secondary raw materials for the same purposes as the original. It is our goal to overcome the communication barrier that is limiting current and future progress towards a sustainable economic model: the circular economy.
EXERGY is a leading engineering and technology company that inspires innovative solutions across the globe that contribute to its goal of a low carbon, sustainable future in two main areas: 1) Green Building and Cities: Construction/Installation, Architectural BIM, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and 2) Sustainable Processes: Bio-Materials & Bio-Fuels, Process Engineering, Circular Economy and Exergy Analysis.
The company wants to imprint change in industrial manufacturing through 3D printing. We believe that 3D printing will change the paradigm of mass-production, bringing it closer to the individual consumer, in such a way as to take us into a more leisureoriented society. We consider personal creative expression to be a way to the future, unlike any economic theory that, during the last few years, has left us with no space for breathing creativity and inspiring innovation in other types and forms.
VERTECH GROUP (Vertech) is a French research intensive SME with business focus on High-Tech Environmental Consultancy, International R&D Consultancy and Market Research and business development. Vertech aims to create value by supporting and advising private and public organizations in various sectors (e.g. recycling, energy and waste treatment), and regions to get from research to market.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº 776714