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Be Circle

Be Circle develops an operational set of services for industrial businesses and their ecosystem in order to facilitate their transition to a circular economy.

The Problem

Eco-industrial parks (EIPs), which use the outputs of one industrial process as the inputs for another, have existed since the 1970s but they have not always been as successful or efficient as they could be. Numerous hurdles need to be overcome, including stakeholder engagement and buy-in, data collection and an understanding of local context.

The Solution

At the INSPIRA industrial park in France, a consortium of stakeholders launched a project, to identify synergies among the different industries on-site and identify success factors for becoming an EIP. The project saw the need for a digital platform, both to optimise relationships between facilities already on the site and new industries moving there in the future.

A wider market assessment was performed in France and Germany, to see how the digital platform could be used in other European industrial parks. The results showed that an improved digital interface and business model are crucial for rolling out to other industrial parks.

The Impact

The web-based tool is now being tested by business and production managers across Europe to plan, find input synergies and evaluate locations and costs. This digital service was crucial in INSPIRA’s journey to becoming an EIP: it provided early, tangible results and kept stakeholders onside.

Be Circle shows that if all synergies made possible through the platform are adopted, greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by up to 14 per cent.

EIT Climate KIC’s role

To give momentum to the initial work of the Inspira industrial park stakeholders, EIT Climate-KIC brought together key players the Centre de Recherche en Gestion of the Ecole Polytechnique, France and the Provadis School of International Management and Technology, Germany. EIT Climate-KIC supported the market research market research and interviews with industry leaders across France and Germany helped prove the concept of this digital platform. EIT Climate-KIC has also funded demonstration of the platform to take it to market.

For more information visit Be Circle.

 
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