Project aims and fields of work

MOVECO - Mobilising Institutional Learning for Better Exploitation of Research and Innovation for the Circular Economy

The current (linear) economy is: produce-use-dispose. The future belongs to the circular economy: produce-use-recycle or reuse. The European Commission’s new Circular Economy Strategy aims at "closing the loop" of product lifecycles through greater recycling and re-use, to bring benefits for society, environment and economy. Closing the loop of material streams poses many challenges to research and innovation: increasing durability, reparability & recyclability of products (extended producer responsibility, EPR), improving waste management and resource efficiency in industrial sectors, as well as fostering industrial symbiosis and remanufacturing.

MOVECO responds to this challenge and sets its objective to improve the framework conditions and policy instruments for eco innovation and the transition to a circular economy, fostering smart and sustainable growth and reducing disparities among the regions in the Danube region.

MOVECO aims at establishing a strong transnational partnership which will be able to implement the circular economy & meet its targets. Based on  research on inefficiencies in innovation in current EPR schemes and related R&D services, MOVECO will develop a transnational strategy for the transition to the circular economy (identification of possible material streams) and roadmaps for their implementation in the different Danube regions. With new services and tools for eco-design and eco innovation (Circular Economy Toolbox), MOVECO will support new business models and research-business-cooperation along new value chains.

The MOVECO partnership comprises representatives of all target groups: policy-makers, business support organisations (BSO) and companies, R&D institutions as well as civil society organizations. They are all committed to unleash the potential of the circular economy in the Danube region, thus boosting competitiveness, ensuring security of supply, and leading to economic growth and new jobs.

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