Underpinning the vital role of the forest-based sector in the Circular Bio-Economy

Project: Research

Project Details


The main goal of the WoodCircus is to increase knowledge, raise awareness and improve conditions for an uptake of resource efficient processing and recycling in wood-based value chains, fostering increased competitiveness of the European woodworking sector. WoodCircus identifies, evaluates and disseminates the outstanding good practises in process efficiency, wood waste collection, management and recycling in the woodworking value chains in Europe with a focus on construction with wood. Achieving a thorough evaluation of the overall system’s performance and a validation of the most relevant transferable solutions, WoodCircus produces sound, critical evidence and tangible decision support information for market actors, stakeholders and policymakers. WoodCircus establishes a well-integrated network between wood processing industries and the waste management sector engaging excellence for future-oriented joint promotion of the wood sector in the Circular Bioeconomy. WoodCircus implements the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy and the EU Bioeconomy Strategy targets ensuring intelligent utilisation of forest resources and sets up an interface to the EC Raw Materials Information System and the JRC Bioeconomy Knowledge Centre . WoodCircus major outcomes are: 1) Good practice database; 2) Open competition on individual good practice showcases and award to SMEs; 3) Performance and sustainability assessment; 4) Validated best performing supply chain typology for broad transfer; 5) RDTI plan wood industries towards the Circular Economy;(6) White Paper including policy recommendations and communication strategies; 7) WoodCircus Network, established on solid commitments from partners and stakeholders for follow-up beyond the project lifetime. WoodCircus is based on a balanced mix of leading RTO and companies with proven expertise all along the woodworking and construction value chains including waste valorisation and associations at local, national and international level.
Effective start/end date1/11/1831/12/21

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (lead)
  • Veolia Proprete S.A. (Project partner)
  • Consorzio nazionale per la raccolta, il recupero e il riciclaggio degli imballaggi in legno (Project partner)
  • Institut technologique FCBA (Project partner)
  • Sahateollisuus ry (Project partner)
  • Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform (Project partner)
  • SAIB S.p.A (Project partner)
  • Tecnalia Research & Innovation (TRI) (Project partner)
  • Xilopan S.p.A. (Project partner)
  • Egoin S.A. (Project partner)
  • Innorenew CoE (Project partner)
  • Nova Institut (Project partner)
  • Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) (Project partner)
  • InnovaWood (Project partner)
  • Alfa natura načrtovanje inženiring d.o.o. (Project partner)
  • European Panel Federation (Project partner)
  • BaskEgur (Project partner)
  • Consorzio del Mobile SCPA

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


  • H2020-EU.3.5.3.
  • H2020-SC5-2018-1
  • Due diligence