Circularise joined the Plastic Info Flows project

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The role of information flows in the plastic packaging value chain

Circularise is excited to announce that it have successfully joined Plastic Info Flows, a project that aims to evaluate entire plastic packaging value chains - from material use to end of life - to understand where improved information flows and blockchain technology can lead to either the prevention of plastic waste or to close material loops.

As a member of the Plastic Info Flows project, Circularise will use its experience from two years of research on a blockchain-based information storage and communication technologies for the creation of a comparative study on the application of a blockchain-based communication platform. Within the project it will be responsible for generation of data on the role and prerequisites of information exchange between participants in value chains while allowing them to (1) remain anonymous, (2) easily update the amount of disclosed information, (3) determine access rights and (4) validate information in an easy and efficient way

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The main focus of the project is on the lack of Plastic Info Flows transparency and trust between stakeholders along the plastic packaging value chains. There is a high potential to explore this since the plastic waste produced per person per year in the EU is constantly increasing and only 30% of the plastic waste was recycled in 2014, the rest being incinerated or landfilled.

To achieve a systemic transformation, a comprehensive value chain analysis is required, which encompasses the entire lifecycle of products containing plastic packaging. This will be carried out through an online questionnaire to reach 25+ stakeholders involved in the targeted value chains and through qualitative interviews with preselected companies. A comparative study and a guidance document will illustrate the potential advantages of blockchain technology for plastic packaging value chains.

The goal is to co-create more sustainable scenarios for plastic packaging with actors (e.g. Veolia, BSR, ALPLA, Extruplás, etc.) currently involved in the process. The outcomes will be a business proposal that focuses on identified information gaps and an environmental assessment of the co-created scenarios to demonstrate the impact for the ecosystem. Additionally, the results will be summarised as policy recommendations that will be fed into the EU Plastics Strategy and a the entire project results will be published as a scientific paper.

Parties involved: TU Berlin, Delft University of Technology, Wuppertal Institute of Climate, Environment and Energy, Berliner Stadtreinigungsbetriebe AöR, ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co KG,  Cyclic Design, Extruplas Lda., Veolia Deutschland.

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