Members of the MultiCycle consortium have already been busy engaging with relevant stakeholders at a variety of events, conferences and exhibitions. You can read the reflections here of Dr. Jana Kadlecová, from SILON s.r.o., who acted as a Working Group Moderator to explore innovation barriers to the circular economy of plastics, and ways of overcoming them, at the 2019 HARMONI Summit.
The project was also represented at EuroNanoForum 2019, a major event of the Romanian EU Council Presidency, which brought together scientists, industrialists and policy makers for discussions on cross-sectorial challenges focusing on both the industrial application of research results and future strategic research priorities in the area of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials of the Horizon 2020 NMBP Programme and beyond. Ioanna Deligiozi from MultiCycle project partner AXIA Innovation stressed the significance not only of producing innovative materials, but maintaining the innovation – by recycling multilayer plastics into pure plastics suitable for high value applications, enhancing the Circular Economy perspectives. Other profile raising events have been included the AMI Plastics Recycling Technology exhibition in Düsseldorf and the ITMA Textiles show in Barcelona.
The Circular Plastics Helix successfully held its first network event at the recent EcoMondo Green Technology Expo in Rimini, Italy. In cooperation with project partners ISWA, the Crowdhelix team were able to introduce visitors to the ISWA exhibition booth to the Circular Plastics Helix, and support an ISWA conference session on valorization of the mixed fraction of plastic packaging – something being increasingly seen through fresh eyes as an important resource stream. The event was also an opportunity for MultiCycle partners to meet with DECOAT project partners as well as the The Plastics Circularity Multiplier group to discuss potential clustering activities and considering synergies that would be beneficial for all consortia.
Finally, the recent MultiCycle 12 month meeting in Valencia provided project partners with an excellent opportunity to get a close look at the realities and practicalities of commercial scale materials recovery operations for both end of life flexible packaging and motor vehicles, and to explore and understand more about potential value streams within the existing materials recovery systems.