The field of clean technologies is in constant progress. While supporting the development of eco-friendly, innovative products and services, the Luxembourg EcoInnovation Cluster also encourages all types of companies to adopt a circular economy approach and become more economically and ecologically sustainable.

Together with the Sacred Heart University, the EcoInnovation Cluster launched a study on reverse logistics.

While logistics generally means the process of moving an item from the producer to the customer, reverse logistics brings the same item at least one step back in the supply chain. The aim is to get further value out of it after it has reached what would normally be considered as its final destination, for instance by reusing its components or materials, by upgrading or refurbishing it or by reselling it as a whole or in parts. The study aimed to identify solutions and business opportunities for Luxembourg and define potential collaboration projects for organisations from a wide range of sectors. The projects would be deployed together with other clusters, notably the Cluster for Logistics.

3 companies from different sectors joined our Fit 4 Circularity programme, which has been designed to help participants adopt a circular economy approach.

Fit 4 Circularity offers 10-15 days consulting subsidised by 50% to help companies identify opportunities linked to the circular economy and define how they could transition towards circular business models and services. The programme encourages participants to launch circular innovation projects in a second phase.

A successful circular economy already exists in Luxembourg. During the year, 55 companies and initiatives were identified as being front runners in this new way of thinking.

We facilitated several working groups within the “Circular Hot Spot Wiltz” initiative.

The town of Wiltz aims to become a regional centre for the circular economy by integrating circular principles into their projects, including notably the reconversion of a former industrial site into a residential area and the exploitation of an industrial zone. The groups facilitated by the EcoInnovation Cluster focused on creating a common platform for the use of secondary resources, on the sharing economy and on common projects e.g. in the field of energy procurement, and aimed to prepare a best practice guide for other economic activity areas in Luxembourg.

We organised several events to raise awareness on the circular economy. The “UpAM” project, developed together with the University of Luxembourg and the FabLab of the Technoport and supported by the National Research Fund, gave us an opportunity to explain the circular economy to the general public by showcasing three key aspects: the technical cycle, additive manufacturing, and trainings and jobs linked to this new economic paradigm.

We also joined two transnational Interreg V A projects. The “GREATER GREEN” project aims to set up a meta-cluster on environmental technologies, a unique initiative in Europe that will help showcase Luxembourg’s cleantech sector and create a single ecotechnologies market in the Greater Region. “Energiewaben GR” will analyse the framework, needs and feasibility of decentralised and renewable energy management.