Manufacturing is an important employer in central Europe. But it is also resource-intensive and produces much waste and emissions, especially in value chains related to the electronics, construction and textiles sectors. The SMART CIRCUIT project extends the scope of existing digital innovation hubs to promote circular economy practices. By connecting these hubs throughout central Europe, the partners increase knowledge on best practices and strengthen capacities for circular manufacturing.
The growth of production in Central Europe is linked to high resource usage, waste, and emissions, especially within value chains such as electronics, construction, and textiles. Circular economy is crucial to address this issue, but gaps still exist. The goal of the SMART CIRCUIT project is to promote digital and technological circular economy in Central European manufacturing through a connected network of innovation centers and the implementation of solutions with stakeholders to accelerate the adoption of circular economy practices. The project aims to facilitate an efficient transition to resource-efficient and competitive value chains in Central Europe, focusing on three resource-intensive value chains and circular economy. It develops stakeholder capabilities, enhances policy and financial actions for circular economy adoption, and supports upgrading companies in four value chains. The project encourages existing innovation centers to transfer excellent solutions between highly and less developed areas of the circular economy. Collaboration enables regenerative growth and competitiveness in manufacturing in Central Europe.