Making a difference by going circular

Reduce, reuse, recycle. The race is on to make better use of resources and minimise waste. But putting a circular economy into practice does not happen overnight. Each sector has its own challenges, and going circular requires people to think and act differently. North Sea projects are doing their bit to help the transition along. 

Check these top examples of how our projects help the North Sea Region go circular:

Explore projects fostering circular economies


BIOCAS: Moving towards a circular bio-economy  

The project investigated the role of biomass in a circular economy. BIOCAS worked on a range of bio-based products, from cups and textiles to a record-breaking bridge produced primarily from flax



CANAPE: Burning waste to create a new product

CANAPE works to restore and maintain peatlands. As part of this, woody growth needs to be regularly cut down and removed from degraded peatland. The project turns the woody debris into charcoal and biochar, creating a local sustainable product. 



Circ-NSR: Taking a strategic view on circular economies  

In the Circ-NSR project, the partners take a strategic yet practice-oriented look at the emerging circular economies. 

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DecomTools: Taking offshore wind turbines down responsibly  

To make offshore wind truly green, the full life cycle of the turbines needs to be taken care of. DecomTools explores how to manage ageing turbines to make offshore wind farms more circular. The project thus fills a knowledge gap in the fast growing offshore wind industry.

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ProCirc: Investing in a circular future

In ProCirc, 8 public and 3 private sector organisations leverage 30+ circular procurement pilots with a combined value of €40 million. Each pilot aims to reduce 20-25% raw materials, waste, and CO2 emissions.

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Scale-UP: Mainstreaming circular products

You have a product that can help buyers go circular, but how do you find business partners? Scale-UP addressed this problem using targeted "Meet the buyer" events and other tools.   

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SOILCOM: Clearing the way for compost

Composting organic waste is an obvious way to reduce waste and improve soils. However, the compost needs to meet high hygienic and quality standards. SOILCOM works to bridge the gap and mainstream compost made from biowaste.