In October 2017, the four-year Resource Conservative Manufacturing (ResCom) project was concluded. This project was co-funded by the European Commission (EC) and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and carried out by 12 partner organizations from academia and industry. They delivered an online platform hosting methodology and tools, which are now freely available to manufactures that wish to systematically apply the principles of circular economy in the design of their products. The application of the developed approach was illustrated with several supporting case studies.
As summarized by the ResCom project, the developed tools seek to support “transitioning to closed-loop products that are designed for multiple life cycles” in that they “help guide company decisions by illustrating the benefit of products designed in this way, highlighting economic impact, resource efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy use.”
Ellen Macarthur Foundation (2017). “Developing a systems-led decision making tool and methodology to support manufacturers in transitioning to closed-loop industrial systems.”
ResCom (October 9, 2017). “ResCom tools support manufacturers to design products for a circular economy.”