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More than 1,450 users and 31 companies collaborate on the Circular Market platform, converting waste into resources

This morning the results of the collaborative tool Circular Market, developed by Tecnun and financed by the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, were presented.

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Participants of project meet at Tecnun, School of Engineering of the University of Navarra. PHOTO: Communication Service
12/12/19 15:14 Communication Service

This morning the School of Engineers of the University of Navarra hosted the event "Sharing resources to generate value", in which the results of project SEGI, coordinated by Tecnun and financed by the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, were presented. The goal of the project is to facilitate the exchange of resources between organizations through the Circular Market web platform , so that the waste and by-products of one organization become the subject raw material of another.

The platform "allows companies to offer and demand all subject resources such as surplus or waste, second-hand machinery and other facilities. Currently more than 1,500 users and 31 companies are using the tool", as explained by the professor of Tecnun, Carmen Jaca.  

The purpose of this tool is to connect organizations to share opportunities and knowledge on Economics circular, offer joint access to services or propose collaborative projects to improve the sustainability of its offer. "It has been very well received in different parts of Spain, especially in Gipuzkoa, and also in Spanish-speaking countries, China and Canada", as Jaca pointed out this morning.

About Circular Market

The tool emerged from the technological campus of the University of Navarra as an adaptation of other collaborative platforms already existing at the level of Username, i.e., for buying and selling second hand between individuals. However, as explained by the researcher at Tecnun, Carmen Jaca, Circular Market incorporates legal issues, such as those related to waste management, so that its use is facilitated and companies know at all times what they are obliged to do and how they can better manage their exchanges. 

The platform also aims to be a forum for other activities related to circular Economics , such as the sharing of resources and services or collaboration on projects. "Success stories, sustainable practices and examples of Economics circular are also published," said Jaca.

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