Why Circular Economy?


As global population increases rapidly, demand for everyday basic goods such as food, transportation and manufactured products is growing at high speed. This demand is putting an enormous strain on our planet's resources.

A circular economy development path in Europe could result in a 32% reduction of primary material consumption by 2030, and 53% by 2050. With sustainability becoming a key part of the global agenda, the circular economy is a crucial tool for decoupling economic growth from further unsustainable resource use and increased CO2 emissions.

The circular economy offers an alternative solution to our current model of take-make-dispose, reducing waste and extraction of raw materials, as resources are continuously reused and repurposed to create new products. 


The European Commission’s package in Circular Economy has enabled an exposition of initiatives in Europe. However, the outcomes of research and innovation are not fully exploited and promoted at European level. Circular businesses and projects are fragmented, making international synergies difficult – and it has become more and more apparent that joint programming is a must to reach impact.


CICERONE is developing the strategic coordination of objectives and programming of regional, national and European funding programmes. We do this by assessing and benchmarking the current performance of circular economy research & innovation funding and developing a strategic agenda for circular economy in Europe. Findings will ultimately result in the creation of a joint programming platform for programme owners and initiators.

The Benefits

Through a common platform for circular economy research & innovation, practitioners will gain access to a one-stop shop of project findings, results and actors to build lasting synergies and stronger initiatives.