Towards a regional hub for the circular econom

Agreement signed with the Lombardy Regional Government to transfer skills and research results

The Lombardy Regional Government, Politecnico di Milano, Università degli Studi di Milano, Università degli Studi Milano-Bicocca, Università degli Studi di Pavia, and CNR–STIIMA have signed a cooperation agreement to promote the transition towards a circular economy based on reconditioning and recycling materials and existing products, extending their life cycle as long as possible and minimizing waste.

Particularly notable points of this three-year agreement include the creation of new systems and demonstrators of innovative technology, that is, a true pilot infrastructure that will allow stakeholders to conduct research in the field and validate and demonstrate products and business models.

The project has a total budget of €10 million, half of which is allocated by the Lombardy Regional Government and half by other partners, with the Politecnico di Milano providing the most significant part of more than €3 million.

The first important area of action will be the automotive sector, implementing “circular” solutions in electrical mobility. This is a particularly important sector given that estimates show that sales of electrical vehicles will exceed traditional vehicle sales by 2035. 

On the other hand, sustainable solutions to recover materials and functions from critical post-use components currently constitutes a serious obstacle to e-mobility, also highlighting the urgent need to design and validate a new circular strategy for the entire product chain.