Norway Grants and EEA Grants 2014–2021
Working together for a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.

Circular Industry – The Application of Circular Economy Principles in Industry Processes (CIRCI)

Programme area:

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation


Increased application of circular economy principles


Measures for circular economy implemented

Project title:

Circular Industry – The Application of Circular Economy Principles in Industry Processes

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Project Promoter:

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Slovenia

Project Partners:

Partner 1: TECOS, Slovenian Tool and Die Development Centre
Partner 2: Institute of Metals and Technology
Partner 3: Eyde Cluster (NOR)

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Co-financing source:

Norway Grants and corresponding Slovenian contribution

Total eligible project expenditure (EUR):


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Main project results:

Design of a database for three selected industrial branches (metal processing industry, processing of recyclable plastics and electrical industry); adopted and adapted Norwegian model; award of at least eight vouchers supporting the transition of companies to a circular economy, and at least eight pilot and demonstration projects; five innovative green technologies/solution processes; measures in three areas of intervention identified in the Development Strategy of Slovenia 2030.

Project summary:

Slovenia has adopted several strategic documents and has implemented numerous projects in the field of circular economy. Several initiatives and programmes at the EU level also aim to accelerate the transition to a green, digital and competitive Europe. However, companies increasingly need concrete incentives and solutions due to economic, political and global pressures. The complexity of supply chains and the disruption of material flows due to global shortage of raw materials and consequences of the pandemic need to be addressed with concrete proposals and measures to help the countries achieve the desired green goals. The main objective of the project is to improve eco-efficiency of the Slovenian and Norwegian (industrial) ecosystem and increase awareness about circular economy through innovation. The project aims to optimize material and energy flows in production processes by harnessing side streams for reuse. The main goal of the project is to map such side streams or secondary materials and create a database that will be a source of information for interested parties. Industrial side streams can be an important source in different manufacturing activities or industries. In broader terms, the project seeks to break the link between economic growth and growth of raw materials use and GHG emissions, to promote innovation and ICT use to help develop new business models as well as to foster industrial symbiosis. The project tackles the challenges related to the transition to a circular economy through a practical application and awareness raising and further considers the administrative aspect of implementation of waste legislation in Slovenia as there are some uncertainties about where the status of waste ends or how materials can circulate as side stream materials. The project complies with the national strategies for achieving the objectives of the programme, as well as with the European objectives for a green and digital Europe. The key activity for achieving the goals of the project involves creating a database of side stream materials (and energy flows) inspired by a Norwegian database. Cooperation is promoted between companies, research institutions or interested organizations through support instruments (vouchers, business support and educational activities) on the basis of the results obtained in three selected industrial branches (metal processing industry, processing of recyclable plastic resources, electrical industry).

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