City logistics and circular supply chains: Creating a regional ecosystem

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Implementing circular urban supply chains is a major economic transformation that can only work if significant coordination problems between the actors involved are solved. 
This requires, on the one hand, the implementation of efficient urban collection technologies, where process industries collaborate hand-in-hand with manufacturers and urban waste treatment specialists and are supported by digital solutions. 
On the other hand, it also requires implementing regional ecosystems connected by innovative CO2-neutral circular city logistics systems smoothly and sustainably managing the regional flow of resources and data, often at large-scale and with interfaces between industrial processes and private and public actors. 

Develop blueprint for circular urban region
This research project aims to develop a blueprint for circular urban regions, including the demonstration of a territorial cross-sectorial, large-scale and sustainable systemic solution for the circularity of high-performance plastics from diverse applications of rigid polyurethane (PU) foams used as insulation material in refrigerators and construction elements.
The research project develops a blueprint for regional participative governance using an approach involving multiple actors from the public-, private-, academic-, and financial sectors and civil society (by working in living labs).
The focus of the presentation (and paper) is on the control tower elements of the circular urban supply chain and the elements to make the collaboration work.
In terms of urban logistics and collection services is to make these materials accessible for downstream sorting and recycling processes for the first time in a sustainable and economically viable way. The project will develop a new way of processing defined waste streams like appliances (refrigerators), to separate chemically recyclable PU from a mixed plastics waste stream. 
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 19 Jul 2023
EventWorld Conference on Transport Research - WCTR 2023 - Montreal, Montreal, Canada
Duration: 17 Jul 202321 Jul 2023


ConferenceWorld Conference on Transport Research - WCTR 2023
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