Circular economy program for the life cycle of products and services
CIRC4Life is an international innovative collaborative project supported by the European Commission’s H2020 Circular Economy program. The project consortium consists of 17 partners across 8 EU countries. The total project funding is 7.2 million euros including the grant of 6.3 million Euros from the European Commission and 9 million Euros from the industrial partners.
The project aims to develop three business models along the product value chain co-creation of products and services, sustainable consumption and collaborative recycling and reuse.
The business models will be demonstrated in four industrial areas: Domestic and industrial lighting products, Vegetable farming and food, Meat supply chain, and Recycling and reuse of computer tablets.
ONA is responsible for the domestic lighting products demonstration. A modular lamp based on the feedback collected via consumer reviews, consumer workshops and surveys has been developed by using industrial scrap materials. A Life-cycle-assessment (LCA) was conducted to understand the environmental impact of the new product by Nottingham Trent University and used in the design of the new luminaire MEDUSA.
A Social LCA was also conducted in order to measure the impact of their products on the health, safety and well-being of their workers and the wider impact on the community in which they operate.
With regards to the gender pay gap, ONA has a 35% better performance compared to other Spanish companies in the manufacture of domestic appliances sector. In addition, ONA’s staff has flexible working conditions including telework which has an impact in supporting the advancement of the career of the female’s workforce.
In relation to the use of industrial water, it is very low and has a 50% better result compared to other companies in that sector. Innovations carried out by ONA do not entail the use of industrial water. When producing new lamps, material resources used do not have a negative impact on mineral consumption or fossil fuel depletion.
Finally, concerning the worker’s health and safety, ONA has a very low risk for accidents as they have a policy to maintain this level low.
Information will be provided to consumers on the environmental impact of each lamp available in the online shop, by showing the Eco-costs. In addition, ONA will encourage consumers to bring back lamps that they no longer use or want to recycle or give them a second life.
RECYCLING OF PLASTICS FROM ELECTRONIC WASTE FOR A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
The PolyCE project is an European Commission funded project that has taken on the challenge to transform the lifecycle of e-plastic materials into a more sustainable one.
Formed by a consortium of 20 expert organiszations that are working together the aim is to reduce the use of virgin plastics and enhance the use of recycled plastics in new electronics applications.