Center for Circular Economy (CCE)

Institutions such as the CCE play an important role in interdisciplinary sustainability research at RWTH. At the intersection between research, industry, politics, and society, the CCE has already made a lasting impact since its foundation in 2021.

The picture shows participants of the kick-off workshop for the consortium benchmarking "Circular Economy - Lifecycle Management in Manufacturing Companies". Twenty people stand at a distance from each other in an entrance hall.
Kick-off workshop for the consortium benchmarking project “Circular Economy – Life Cycle Management in Manufacturing Companies”
Center for Circular Economy

Close collaboration with the Faculties and joint research activities are key factors for the Center’s success. Together with the Center for Sustainable Hydrogen Systems (CSHS), for example, the CCE is conducting research projects on the design of a sustainable, circular hydrogen economy. A joint feasibility study on the implementation of a CO2-neutral building for the CCE and CSHS that incorporates circular principles is financed by the RWTH Sustainability Fund.

The illustration shows a roof supported by three blue pillars on a foundation. Center for Circular Economy is written on the roof. The three pillars are labeled Material Recirculation, Product Sustainability and Circular Business Models. On the foundation is Interdisciplinary Projects and below that Economy, Technology, Society, Digitalization and Environment.
Subdivision of the CCE’s activities into the core areas of “Material Recirculation”, “Product Sustainability”, and “Circular Business Models”
Center for Circular Economy

The close collaboration with the City of Aachen in signing the Circular Cities Declaration has opened many avenues to reach out to citizens, local industries, and other stakeholders.

The CCE is also active at the European and international level. The CITE project, for example, is an EU-funded European network and mentoring program seeking to strengthen innovators in the field of the textile circular economy.

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All stakeholders are encouraged to get involved in the implementation of the circular economy. The CCE, for example, participates in the CIRCLE project (Cross-Industry Realization of Circular Life Cycle Engineering), supporting companies in implementing circular economy principles. Circular life cycle engineering methods are developed and tested in close collaboration between research and industry.

The CCE is a catalyst for the development of excellent research in the field of circular innovation and thus makes a significant contribution to a more sustainable and responsible future for generations to come.

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Focused SDGs:

SDG 2 – Zero Hunger
SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation
SDG 7 – Affordable and Clean energy
SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG 12 – Sustainable Consumption and Production
SDG 13 – Climate Action
SDG 14 – Life Below Water
SDG 15 – Life on Land

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Center for Circular Economy, RWTH Aachen University