This Action aligns with the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Plastics
10. Investigate environmental and socio-economic impacts of renewable material inputs for plastics
3. Address hygiene and safety concerns to promote plastics reuse
Project QONNECT aims to take the assessment of raw material cycles to a higher level, focusing specifically on plastic. It provides an overview of possible solutions according to stakeholders, based on the bottlenecks that hinder the transition to a circular economy within a particular supply chain. To improve the assessment of safety and quality, it looks at the presence of toxic substances in recycled plastic, among others, and it maps out the advantages and disadvantages of one specific solution. This is done both on a small scale, by analyzing clearly what reuse costs and yields us, and on a large macro-economic scale, to provide the whole picture and support companies, citizens and policymakers to make the right choices for the transition to circular economy.
This project is working towards defining new indicators for the impact of substances on a macro-level and new methods to link local, regional and global impacts on biodiversity. In 2021, the specific objectives include developing macro-economic indicators for safety of substances.
RIVM,TNO, Radboud University Nijmegen