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EIT Climate-KIC supports digital roadmap for a circular economy

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EIT Climate-KIC, along with several European stakeholders, is advocating in a discussion paper for the alignment of the EU’s circular economy and digital agendas. The paper paves the way for a more extensive final study, scheduled to be published in late autumn 2019.

The document, a Digital Roadmap for a Circular Economy, introduces several key recommendations for EU policymakers for the new five-year political term and examines the role of European policy, economic instruments and digitally enabled-solutions to steer a transition towards a digital circular economy. Digitalisation and circular economy models are already a reality, however, addressing environmental challenges and climate change requires the adoption of a systemic vision: Circular economy and digital agendas have to be managed in a consistent manner to maximise synergies between both areas. This is in line with EIT Climate-KIC’s own strategy and working methods.

EIT Climate-KIC encourages collaboration and innovation

The effort described in the discussion paper encourages the use of existing platforms to improve information sharing across value chains and to use European funds for projects that help to enhance the EU’s competitiveness and sustainability, by encouraging the development of digitally-enabled solutions for a circular economy. EIT Climate-KIC itself aims to further develop collaborations between circular economy communities of practice and along the global value chains of high greenhouse gas emitting materials and products. For example, EIT Climate-KIC’s Deep Demonstration projects are intended as inspirational examples of what is possible at the level of whole systems transformation when innovation and investment are collaborative, coordinated and mission-led.

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