Inefficient material flows in today’s interconnected economies cause high stress to the environment and available resources. Raw materials are shipped over large distances, processed at various locations and consumed at again different locations. In addition, too often ‘waste’ remains unused when in fact it could be re-used or recycled.
Within the framework of five European pilot cities, one of them being Berlin (Germany), the REFLOW project explores possibilities (i) to establish circular material workflows for selected processes, (ii) to measure the impact and thereby (iii) posssibly arriving at solutions that can be adopted by other European cities.
The European Commission fully funds this project with about EUR 10 million.