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Underpinning the vital role of the forest-based sector in the Circular Bio-Economy – WoodCircus

Coordinator: Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy (Finland)

Partners: Institut Technologique FCBA (Foretcellulose Bois-Construction Ameublement) (France); InnoRenew CoE (Slovenia); Nova-Institut Fur Politische Und Okologische Innovation GMBH (Germany); Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation (Spain); Consorzio Del Mobile SCPA (Italy), LUONNONVARAKESKUS (Finland); INNOVAWOOD ASBL (Belgium); Sahateollisuus ry (Finland), AlfaNatura d.o.o. (Slovenia); Asociación Baskegur (Spain), Consorzio Nazionale per la raccolta, il recupero e il riciclaggio degli imballaggi di legno – Rilegno (Italy); EGOIN SA (Spain); Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform (Belgium); European Panel Federation AISBL (EPF) (Belgium); VEOLIA PROPRETE (France); SAIB (Italy).


 Project Summary

The main goal of the WoodCircus is to increase knowledge, raise awareness and improve conditions for an uptake of resource efficient processing and recycling in wood-based value chains, fostering increased competitiveness of the European woodworking sector. WoodCircus identifies, evaluates and disseminates the outstanding good practices in process efficiency, wood waste collection, management, and recycling in the woodworking value chains in Europe with a focus on construction with wood. Achieving a thorough evaluation of the overall system’s performance and a validation of the most relevant transferable solutions, WoodCircus produces sound, critical evidence and tangible decision support information for market actors, stakeholders, and policymakers. WoodCircus establishes a well-integrated network between wood processing industries and the waste management sector engaging excellence for future-oriented joint promotion of the wood sector in the Circular Bioeconomy. WoodCircus implements the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy and the EU Bioeconomy Strategy targets ensuring intelligent utilisation of forest resources and sets up an interface to the EC Raw Materials Information System and the JRC Bioeconomy Knowledge Centre. WoodCircus’ major outcomes are: 1) Good practice database; 2) Open competition on individual good practice showcases and award to SMEs; 3) Performance and sustainability assessment; 4) Validated best performing supply chain typology for broad transfer; 5) RDTI plan wood industries towards the Circular Economy; (6) White Paper including policy recommendations and communication strategies; 7) WoodCircus Network, established on solid commitments from partners and stakeholders for follow-up beyond the project lifetime. WoodCircus is based on a balanced mix of leading RTO and companies with proven expertise all along the woodworking and construction value chains including waste valorisation and associations at local, national and international level.

»InnoRenew CoE main activities in the project«

The main activities InnoRenew CoE are to lead the “Transferable Practices, Strategic RTDI & Policy Support Actions” work package, where the primary task is to combine the knowledge gained in other work packages and create industry and policy guidance on supporting the role of the forest sector in circular bio-economy. The InnoRenew CoE will participate in other activities as well, including information gathering, network building, and dissemination activities.