The news just came in - the proposal on which we worked this summer “TREASURE: leading the TRansition of the European Automotive SUpply chain towards a circulaR futurE” got approved.
Type of action: RIA
Duration: 36 months
Coordinator: Politecnico di Milano
Other partners: TNO (NL); University of Zaragoza (ES); SUPSI (CH); University of L’Aquila (IT); MARAS (NL); EUROLCDS (LV); Walter Pack (ES); Pollini Lorenzo e Figli (IT); SEAT (ES); TXT e-Solutions (IT); Industrias Lopez Soriano (ES); UNI (IT); MOV’EO (FR).
Total budget: 3 998 714,63 EUR
EDGE budget: 263 812,50 EUR
Breakdown: 29 PMs in WP2, 7 PMs in WP4, 2 PMS in WP7 and 1 PMs in WP1, WP3, WP8 & WP9. The total of 42 PMS. We have 16k for travel, 28.5k for services (10 commissioned posts, onboarding events and ethics advisor), 5k for audit.
Submitted documents are HERE.
Car electronics is one of the most valuable source of Critical Raw Materials (CRMs) in cars. What it sounds so strange is the lack of interest of car manufacturers (and the whole automotive sector in general) towards the recovery of these valuable components from End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs). Maybe, the complex set of barriers (e.g. regulatory, governance-based, market, technological, cultural, societal, gender, etc.) companies must cope with when implementing Circular Economy (CE) are making very difficult its adoption, by limiting potential benefits. All these data show as, even if car manufacturers are investing big capitals trying to shift their business towards more sustainable mobility concepts, the sectorial transition towards CE seems to be far from its completion. Especially at End-of-Life (EoL) phase, there are still many issues to be solved in order to functionally recover materials from cars (e.g. reuse recovered materials for the same purpose they were exploited originally) and the dependence from natural resources when producing new cars (even if electric/hybrid/fuel cell - powered) is still too high. This mandatory systemic transformation requires to all companies/sectors to redefine products lifecycles since the beginning, by considering CE already before to design them. To this aim, the TREASURE project wants to develop a scenario analysis simulation tool able to quantify positive and negative implications of CE, by leading the European automotive supply chain towards its full transition to CE.
What did we promise?
An online conversation on circular economy, focusing on the automotive sector. We are to explore how CE plays out in society, economy and everyday life, the points of
view of the people directly affected by CE. Our platform is considered as a tool to involve consumers and awareness raising.
We are the lead of the WP2 Circularity & sustainability assessment methods
integration & application, leading only 1 out of 3 tasks there. Basically our standard WP became one task in WP2 and another in WP4:
T2.3 TREASURE social impact assessment through a large-scale online conversation. (Leader: EDGE, Contributors: all other partners, M1-M12). In sum, it consists of:
- creating the TREASURE online forum, stewarded by trained community managers (since M5). Defining “rules of engagement/netiquette” to serve as a social contract underpinning interaction on TREASURE.
- a community journalism program (10 commissioned posts) to create “seed” content and attract new users and contributions.
- 10 onboarding events (e.g. participatory co-creation workshops) aimed at collecting and reporting success stories about CE practices in the automotive industry on the TREASURE online forum.
- code the TREASURE conversation in-platform, producing and maintaining a set of ontologies under the form of wikis containing the list of adopted codes and their definition.
- a set of dedicated KPIs (e.g. no. of participants, no. of forum posts, no. of onboarding events, % of nodes in the SSNA) will be measured.
- providing technical support throughout the project.
- developing Data Management Plan and engaging Ethics Advisor.
Task 4.3. Semantic social network analysis module (Leader: EDGE, M12-M30)
- combining primary and secondary data (WP2, T.2.3) in a Semantic Social Network (SSN).
- data will be visualized with an interactive dashboard built on Graphryder to get strongest connections, drilling down interesting ethnographic codes and making inferences associated with specific codes.
- All these actions will allow to define a CE ethnography of the European automotive industry and make some recommendations to be implemented in the modules developed in T4.4.
My concern is the duration (M1-12) for the task 2.3. Their logic was I guess that this is first part, followed by the SSNA. More appropriate duration of both would be M1-M30? I will make sure to report this and hopefully we can adapt before signing the GA.
True that the topic is quite specific. I hope it will still be interesting and we’ll be able to make good use of the project to improve the methodology and engage the existing and new communities in the conversations on circular economy.
I never went through the procedure from approval of the proposal to signing the GA, I will probably need some help mainly from @alberto.
Initial thoughts everyone?