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Digital4Climate – The Move towards a Circular Economy

The needed transition to a full circular economy requires a complete overhaul of existing processes and structures from businesses to citizens. How can digital solutions accelerate this transition towards circularity? Team up with the European Commission and the UNFCCC and help to build our sustainable future.

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  • ✅ Challenge completed
  • 🏁 Winner
    Congrats to BANANA PACKAGING TEAM for winning the Challenge and the overall innovation program!
  • 🏆  Rewards
    EUR 3,000 per Challenge + funding programs with the European Commission and UNFCCC + joint publication | For more see Tab “Rewards”
  • 🌎 Scope

    Open to participants from all over the world

Important details



Circular Economy

A vision of a positive, radically decarbonized digital economy is essential to identify actions building up towards a coherent goal of a sustainable future.

We now need to go beyond minimizing the bad impacts (incremental improvements) and work holistically on the value chain to construct a shared vision of a new digital economy based on a virtuous cycle of the circular economy

This change is of massive proportions, overhauling the entire economic and social system.

Cities and local communities are playing an increasingly important role in this socio-economic transformation towards a fully circular economy.  And that's where this Challenge comes in.

The European Commission and the UNFCCC are challenging you to come up with innovative digital solutions that enable the move to a circular economy at the local community and city level and help to meet SDG11.


Digital innovation can be an important catalyst for this transition e.g. by providing solutions that drive awareness and behavioural change among businesses and citizens towards sustainable development models:

How can digital solutions accelerate the transition to a circular economy?

  • Which new digital solutions can transform our economy towards circularity?
  • How can you enable the citizen to change consumption behaviours towards a sustainable and circular economy?
  • Which digital solutions can enable companies to develop new circular business models?

The scope of this project is deliberately broad, and you have a vast playing field to answer the key questions above. The circularity of core economic value chains could for example be enhanced through

  • Recover, recycle: Value-added usage of products and by-products
  • Repurpose, remanufacture, refurbish, repair, or re-use: extended lifetime of products or their parts.

More inspiring input can be found in the tab “Important details” as well as “Submission”.

Innovate2030 – SDG11

This Challenge is part of the Innovate2030-SDG11 Innovation Program. The program is jointly initialized by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and its new lab for digital innovations – digilab – in collaboration with the Make-IT Alliance.

Questions or looking for support?

If you want to talk to someone from our team about your approaches, you need more information or questions arise, you are welcome to book a Q&A call with our project manager Nico or write to us anytime via the chat on this platform to your right.


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