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    Awareness raising

    We develop and share knowledge on the circular economy transition. We raise awareness by:

    • improving the framework conditions for financing (e.g. through involvement in multi-stakeholder circular economy fora),
    • facilitating knowledge sharing and capacity building (e.g. in conferences),
    • preparing studies to identify market barriers and funding gaps,
    • preparing circular economy guidance material and documents.

    Advisory support

    We help circular businesses mitigate risks and improve the investment readiness of their projects. Here’s how:

    • support in circular economy project pipeline development,
    • review circular projects, identification of gaps/weaknesses, advise on improvements,
    • advise on financing options within and outside the EIB Group,
    • facilitate contacts to relevant market actors.

    The above services are provided via InnovFin advisory and European Investment Advisory Hub.


    Through "risk sharing", we provide finance to circular economy projects/promoters with a typically higher risk profile.

    We apply our financing expertise by:

    • leveraging horizontal (market) studies to further define funding gaps,
    • recommending internal EIB-managed instruments and/or Investment Platforms (IP), where necessary,
    • structuring/implementing Investment Platforms that mobilise public/private investors.

    Find more information on our financing products.


    Circular design and production

    Strategies: reduce, recycle

    Smart design and production that reduce waste and recycle materials at the beginning of a product's lifecycle are essential to ensure circularity.


    Circular use and life extension

    Strategies: reuse, repair, repurpose, refurbish, remanufacture

    Business models that increase the value and use of a product during an extended life are essential to shift to a circular economy. Over time, extending product life through proper care and repair reduces the need for people to buy more.


    Circular value recovery

    Strategies: recycle, recover

    Value recovery models aim to maximise recovery and recycling of a product after its end-of-life stage. The value recovery models reduce waste and conserve resources.


    Circular support

    Strategies: reduce, recycle, reuse, repair, repurpose, refurbish, remanufacture, recover

    Support and facilitation of all circular strategies in all lifecycle phases.

    Further reading

    Highlighted stories

    Discover how our work paves the way to a circular transition