26 February 2024
Project ID

      Underpinning the vital role of the Forest-Based Sector  in the Circular Economy

Grant agreement reference: 820892
Project duration: 01.11.2018 - 31.10.2021
Coordinating entity: 
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
PO Box 1000, FI 02044
Coordinator: Anne-Christine Ritschkoff
email: anne-christine.ritschkoff@vtt.fi
Project website: woodcircus.eu
The project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme 


Project partners

Research and Technology Organizations (RTOs)












European networks and associations






Project summary

WoodCircus increases knowledge, raises awareness and improves conditions for an uptake of resource efficient processing and recycling in wood-based value chains, fostering increased competitiveness of the European woodworking sector. The project links the challenges and opportunities for resource efficiency and cascade use of wood and woodwaste with the aim to enhance the wood construction sector and improve environmental, economic, and social sustainability. The project identifies, evaluates and disseminates the outstanding good practices in process efficiency, wood waste collection, management and recycling in the woodworking value chains in Europe with a focus on wood construction. Achieving a thorough evaluation of the overall system’s performance and a validation of the most relevant transferable solutions, the project produces sound, critical evidence and tangible decision support information for market actors, stakeholders and policymakers. To sustain the European exchange and market uptake of solutions, the project establishes a well-integrated network of the key existing stakeholders, notably between wood processing industries the waste management sector,a nd the RDTI community. It also sets up an interface for feed-in of vital results to the EC Raw Materials Information System (RMIS) and the JRC Bioeconomy Knowledge Centre (BKC). The project implements the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy and the EU Bioeconomy Strategy targets ensuring intelligent utilisation of forest resources and fostering sustainable growth and wellbeing in the EU.

The project produces the following major outcomes:

- Good practice database, a thorough documentation of the state of the art, including an interface to the EC Raw Materials Information System (RMIS) and the Bioeconomy Knowledge Centre (BKC)

- Open competition and award to SMEs, highlighting individual good practice showcases

- Evaluation approach for performance and sustainability assessment, tested on typical value chains

- Best performing supply chains typology, validated for broad transfer

- RTDI plan for wood industries towards the Circular Economy

- White Paper including policy recommendations, endorsed by a broad panel of stakeholders

- WoodCircus Network, established on solid commitments from technical institutes, industries and policy makers for follow-up beyond the project lifetime

- High Level Conference, a major international event promoting the wood sector in the Circular Economy

Project presentation

Presentation of the project by Mike Burnard, InnoRenew CoE, at InnovaWood General Assembly, 8 July 2020

Info material from partners / videos

RILEGNO. Circular economy of wood: a new horizon 


 SAIB SPA, Italy. Video aziendale 2018. 


BaskEgur. Modelo económico y gestión forestal en Euskadi.


EGOIN, Spain. Sueños - Una historia de Egoin. 


VEOLIA, France. Recycling and Waste Management.


EPF, Belgium.  Wood-Based Panel Industry, Circular by Design.


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