CircoMod: Circular Economy Modelling for Climate Change Mitigation

CircoMod is a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe Framework Programme and carried out by a consortium of 12 European organizations. The project aims at developing a new generation of advanced models and scenarios that will assess how CE can reduce future GHGs and material use. The project brings together a unique consortium of leading research teams from different disciplines, including industrial ecology and material flow modelling, process-oriented integrated assessment modelling, and macro-economic modelling. 

It aims for a breakthrough in integrating CE and GHG mitigation assessments by developing an analytical framework that maps circular economy strategies to existing influential climate scenarios; by providing robust and timely CE data in an open repository; and, by improving the representation of the CE in leading models used by European and global institutions, while strengthening links between the models. These key scientific breakthroughs enable robust scientific assessments in collaboration with stakeholders across policy and industry. 

48 months from 01/06/2022 to 31/05/2026
Funded by
  • European Climate Foundation
  • CINEA - Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency

Coordinating organization
  • UU - Utrecht University

CMCC Scientific Leader
CMCC Project manager
CMCC Institutes

CMCC Divisions

General aims

General objectives
The central objective of CircoMod is to model how circular economy strategies impact GHG emissions and resource efficiency across a wide range of materials, sectors, individual EU countries, and at the global scale. The project will develop and implement a scenario model framework combining newly developed material systems models and prominent climate change mitigation models (both macro-economic models and process-based, technology-specific Integrated Assessment Models, IAMs) to represent product systems and material cycles. This will enable a full evaluation of CE strategies and their contribution to GHG mitigation.

CMCC role
CMCC leads Work-Package 6 on “Scenarios on CE contribution to Climate Change Mitigation” and it is involved in WP1, WP2, WP3, WP5, WP7 and WP8.

CMCC will coordinate WP6 and will also participate to many tasks of the other WPs of the project. WP6 will apply the analytical framework and tools developed/extended in WP1, 3, 4 and 5 consistently and enriched with stakeholder suggestions from WP7. Specifically, WP6 will develop and analyze different social-economic scenarios to explore how CE can interact with climate strategies. Potential synergies and trade-offs in terms of emission reduction, resource efficiency, social and economic cost-effectiveness will be assessed. Results of the scenario analysis will be detailed for different countries, sectors, production processes and products.

Expected results
CircMod will provide timely input to international assessments such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the International Resource Panel (IRP). It will provide actionable insights into the circular economy and help address one of the largest challenges of the coming decades.

  • UU - Utrecht University
  • NTNU - Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet - Norway
  • CML - Leiden University, Netherlands
  • ALU - University of Freiburg, Germany
  • CMCC - Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici
  • E3-Modelling AE (E3M)
  • TiU - Stichting Katholieke Universiteit Brabant, Netherlands
  • NOVA - Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
  • PU - Pforzheim University, Germany
  • SYS - SystemiQ Deutschland GmbH, Germany
  • PA - Power Algae Ou
  • Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Netherlands

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