Circular Foam
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Exciting developments in chemical recycling processes for the plastics industry were discussed on 11th June 2024 at ACHEMA 2024!

Dorota Pawlucka, Dr. Catherine Lövenich, and Prof. Sebastian Engell shared insights on the CIRCULAR FOAM project, highlighting the importance of building full value chains and systemic circular solutions including recycling technology, waste collection and sorting steps for rigid PUR foams.

Looking forward to seeing how these innovations will shape the future of plastics recycling in Europe!





Consortium Meeting in Katowice

Last week, we were happy to learn about new results from the CIRCULAR FOAM project and reconnect with our partners! This time, we were welcomed by our partners from Science & Technology Park Euro-Centrum ltd. in Katowice City, Poland, for a meeting with the project consortium. The city is currently undergoing a huge transformation and aspires to be a leader in innovation and new technologies.

After a day of team workshops, we pricked our ears in the plenary session on day two, with updates regarding the development of a rigid polyurethane foam recycling system – including collection, separation and chemical recycling of polyurethane and the purification of the resulting products, but also considering the improvement of product designs for disassembly and recycling, as well as an economically and environmentally beneficial set-up of a regional implementation. The visit ended with a study tour on day 3 to a fridge sorting/dismantling site in Bolęcin, which was very exciting and relevant.

Looking forward to further updates!





Support the Collection Pilot in NRW!

Exciting news! Starting February 2024, the Interzero group, together with our project team, are initiating a segregated collection of polyurethane insulation materials in the NRW region to gather quantitative and qualitative data on this material flow. (The collection pilot is initially available in specific areas of NRW)

How to participate:
1) Sign up via email:
2) Receive your unique order code.

Let's work together for a sustainable future!
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CIRCULAR FOAM at Transition Finance Event 2023

CIRCULAR FOAM at Transition Finance Event

On 29 November 2023 our coordinator Dorota Pawlucka presented the CIRCULAR FOAM project at the Transition Finance Event in Geleen, The Netherlands, in the session "Closing the plastic loop and its investment gaps - project experiences & perspectives on the investment needs of plastics recycling", chaired by Sebastian Engell.

She presented the PUR waste upcycling system that is developed in CIRCULAR FOAM as an example of the large-scale value chains which are needed to solve plastics recycling problems in an efficient and economically viable manner. Dorota Pawlucka pointed out that solutions must be co-developed between the waste collection and processing sector and the process industries.

The presentation was followed by a lively panel discussion between JP Kuijpers (EMEA region and Eastman), Ian Freelance (SABIC Ventures), Torben Kabbe (Interzero), Jürgen Tiedje (EC) and Dr. Torsten Heinemann (Covestro) about the current state of recycling technologies and strategies towards investment. The session also featured presentations by Henk-Jan Vink (TNO) and Lia Voermans (Brightlands Circular Space).




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CIRCULAR FOAM at Circular Week

We had the privilege of presenting CIRCULAR FOAM at the Circular Week! We brought together industry experts, project representatives, and administrative bodies to discuss and shape the future of the circular economy and sustainability at the Mazovia Conference on 25 October 2023. Our focus was on "Cooperating and Stimulating Local Communities to be Part of the Circular Process," and it's safe to say that the topic resonated with many. We received fantastic feedback from the audience, and we're thrilled to have welcomed new faces who were previously unfamiliar with our project.

On Thursday we continued the Circular Week with a discussion on the implementation of circular economy in Europe's regions at our webinar with Agro2Circular, FRONTSH1P and EcoeFISHent of the LOOP Cluster. If you missed the webinar, you can watch the recording here:

Thank you to all who participated and contributed to the success of our events. Let's continue working together to drive positive change and build a more sustainable world.




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CIRCULAR FOAM Project meeting

We are looking back on a successful CIRCULAR FOAM Project meeting on 12-14 September 2023 – this time in beautiful Amsterdam. We enjoyed a site visit to Amsterdam CTPark City Logistics Hub and had fruitful discussions on our work progress on the design for recycling, the collection, sorting and treatment of PU waste, chemical recycling, the integrated system analysis and the design and regional implementation of the circular concepts.



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CIRCULAR FOAM feature in the Green Deal news

Read more about the circular future of the Silesia region, one of the three model regions in CIRCULAR FOAM, and our part in the New Economy Forum that took place in May 2023 this year in Katowice, Poland. As one of the projects of the European Commission's Green Deal programme, CIRCULAR FOAM aims to create a systemic solution with an indication of the potential for its large-scale use based on case studies conducted in three industrial regions in Europe.

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EU Green Week - LOOP Partner event

It was great to meet our sister projects FRONTSH1P, Agro2Circular and Horizon 2020 EcoeFISHent project in Brussels in the EU Green Week on June 6th. We discussed circular solutions for regional transformation towards circularity and further collaboration activities. Sebastian Engell from University of Dortmund and Patryk Białas from the Park Naukowo-Technologiczny Euro-Centrum presented CIRCULAR FOAM's approach to a circular value chain for PU rigid foams and stakeholder involvement.




New Economy Forum 2023

Bringing together regional key actors from politics, industry, society, and science is a vital step towards economic changes and a shift to green production technologies. During the 18th New Economy Forum that will took place on May 22nd-23rd at our partner Park Naukowo-Technologiczny Euro-Centrum, our coordinator Dorota Pawlucka presented CIRCULAR FOAM and discussed our approach to circular value chains with local stakeholders. We delighted about the results of the organised workshops, that brought together students from different fields of study to work on business models in recycling technologies for the Katowice region.

Watch the video to the event:



Recycling of Electrical and Electronic Equipment

We are happy to share that our project coordinator Dorota Pawlucka will be presenting CIRCULAR FOAM at the Conference on “Recycling of Electrical and Electronic Equipment” in Uniejów, Poland tomorrow, 29th March 2023. The event is in Polish.


More information here:



Hubs4Circularity - Community of Practice

Knowledge Plattform now online

To create a regional circular economy, CIRCULAR FOAM aims to bring together all stakeholders of the value chain. A good opportunity to connect with experts and innovators working on circular economy is the new Hubs4Circularity – Community of Practice Knowledge Platform. Stakeholders all over Europe have signed up to support dynamic collaboration and to gather knowledge and best practices on circular economy and industrial symbiosis.
Register here to join the community


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CIRCULAR FOAM project meeting

How are refrigerators produced? And how can production be made more sustainable? The CIRCULAR FOAM consortium discussed these questions with focus on the insulation foams at our project meeting in Porcia, Italy, last week. Many thanks to our partner Electrolux S.p.a., who also showed us their production facility in Susegana.


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Horizon Europe Info Day 2023

On January 12th the National Contact Point for Horizon Europe organized an information day in Warsaw, Poland to raise awareness for the programme. Our partner IZNAB Sp. z o. o. presented CIRCULAR FOAM to regional companies as well as scientific and administrative institutions and discussed our ideas and solutions with interested stakeholders.


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Regional Readiness in the model regions

To create a regional circulareconomy, CIRCULAR FOAM is focusing on three model regions where we are developing strategies to bring together all relevant stakeholders in the value chain. In late November, we met in our pilot region at Ruhr University Bochum's CURE - Centrum für Umweltmanagement, Ressourcen und Energie to discuss our draft report on regional readiness. Comparing the similarities and differences between our regions of Greater Amsterdam, Upper Silesia, and Rhinisches Revier will help us draw conclusions regarding common barriers and supporting factors for developing strategies to create Hubs4Circularity and a closed loop for polyurethane.



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Circular Week 2022

We presented CIRCULAR FOAM at the Mazovia Circular Congress 2022 on 06.10.2022 in Warsaw, the highlight of the Circular Week 2022 in Poland. It aimed to promote the idea of a circular economy, support sustainable business models and establish cooperation between interested stakeholders. Our regional partners IZNAB and the Wroclaw University of Economics and Business had the great opportunity to discuss our project with many interested stakeholders.



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Interview with Dorota Pawlucka in K-MAG

To reach our goal of a climate-neutral Europe in 2050, we still have many challenges to overcome. In this interview in K-MAG, our coordinator Dorota Pawlucka explains how CIRCULAR FOAM offers a systemic solution to address these challenges through circular economy.



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3. Consortium Meeting

From 31.08. - 01.09.2022 all CIRCULAR FOAM partners met for the 3rd progress meeting at Covestro in Leverkusen, Germany. We enjoyed meeting everyone in person and having the opportunity to visit Covestro's labs and PU facilities. Thanks to everyone for two great days!



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Blueprint model

Imke Rhoden and her team at Forschungszentrum Jülich (IEK-STE) are working in CIRCULAR FOAM on a blueprint model that will enable the circular economy of rigid polyurethane foams in different European regions.

You can find more infos about the blueprint and the role of Forschungszentrum Jülich in the effzett magazine:
or in this blog post:



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Analysing the pilot regions

In June 2022, our working group targeting the regional transformation met at Wroclaw University of Economics and Business. They analysed "the status quo" of our circular value chain in our pilot regions: Rheinisches Revier (DE), Greater Amsterdam (NL) and Silesia (PL). We look forward to working together towards a circular economy.



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IFAT 2022 Munich

Chemical recycling is on the rise. At IFAT (30.06.-03.06.2022), DECHEMA presented our CIRCULAR FOAM approach for the recycling of rigid foams. Exciting how many people are interested in circularity and recycling!



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We have formed the LOOP cluster together with our sister projects Agro2Circular, FRONTSH1P and ECOFISHENT. Join us on 24th May 2022 to discuss circular solutions for cities and regions! Register here for the hybrid event:



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2. Consortium Meeting CIRCULAR FOAM

On 22. - 23. March 2022 the CIRCULAR FOAM consortium will meet again to discuss our progress and first results. We are looking forward to exchanging ideas and moving on to a circular economy.



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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101036854