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Luxembourg started the Circularity Dataset Initiative in 2018 to address the difficulty for industry and consumers to access reliable data on the circular properties of a product. A lot of circularity information is missing, as its generation and handling requires too many human and financial resources. Furthermore, trade secrets are hindering transparency and reporting standards are lacking, forcing manufacturers to send out different data sets in diverse formats to customers and product platforms.

Product Circularity Data Sheet

To tackle these challenges, the Luxembourg government is working with multinational and regional manufacturers and platforms to develop, at an international level and at every stage of product manufacturing or transformation, a “Product Circularity Data Sheet” (PCDS). Every producer can adapt this standardized way of presenting data to its own systems. The initiative focuses on making basic circularity data widely available in a decentralized way while avoiding disclosure of proprietary information.

Since the inception of the initiative for which a dedicated website has been created (www.pcds.lu), more than 50 renowned companies from 12 different countries have joined the project. Luxembourg recently confirmed its position as a testing ground and competence centre for the circular economy when the Parliament passed a bill that allow businesses to claim state subsidies of up to 30% of the cost of investment projects, with an increase of 20% for projects that are defined as being part of the circular economy. This is the first time in Europe that a bonus for projects respecting a clear definition of circularity is integrated into a subsidy law.

Webinar presenting circular product standard

On 8 December, the latest developments of the PCDS will be by the Ministry of the Economy of Luxembourg presented together with industry experts during a webinar, as an official side event to the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF), a yearly landmark event that brings together business leaders, policymakers and experts to present the world’s best circular economy solutions. Registration is free of charge and open to everyone.

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LIST-Gradel joint lab to produce ultra-lightweight structures for space

27-01-2021

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) has announced a new partnership venture with Luxembourg company Gradel to research and produce ultra-lightweight structures for the aeronautics and space industry. The joint lab will produced parts for three European giants in satellite construction: Thales Alenia Space, Airbus Defence and Space, and OHB.
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Luxembourg to open healthtech incubator

22-01-2021

Luxembourg's new business health technologies incubator will open in spring 2021. Hosted at the House of Biohealth in Esch-Belval, it will offer 350 m2 of laboratory space to start-ups and spin-offs during their first 2-3 years of operation.
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A clean, green innovation for industrial concrete floors

22-01-2021

Luxembourg-based Topp & Screed designs and manufactures equipment for the production of concrete industrial floor slabs. Through the innovative implementation of technology developed in the automotive sector, the company is the first in the world to launch a fully electric screed on the market.
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Korean biotech MBD sets up joint research laboratory in Luxembourg

20-01-2021

South Korean MBD is setting up a joint laboratory with the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) and the Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg (IBBL). The laboratory will focus on precision medicine for cancer patients. MBD will also use its new base in Luxembourg to expand its business in Europe.
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Sustainability by design

19-01-2021

What makes a technology truly clean? Specialists at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) argue that a holistic perspective, spanning from technology development and production to use and end-of-life treatment, is needed.
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