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ERA industrial technology roadmap for circular technologies and business models in the textile, construction and energy-intensive industries

Updated on 26.06.2023

This second industrial technology roadmap, under the European Research Area, sets out 92 circular technologies in the textile, construction and energy-intensive industries, which address all stages of a material and product lifecycle.

Author: European Commission
Year of publication: 2023

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This report indicates the means to develop and adopt the 92 circular technologies, which can help reduce the impact of these industries on climate and the environment. It finds a leading position of EU companies in circular technologies, but also looks at the substantial research and innovation investment needs at EU and national levels, and necessary framework conditions to put in place. It also builds on contributions from industry, other R&I stakeholders, Member States and relevant European partnerships.

Relevance for Circular Systemic Solutions

The report discusses investment needs in R&D and innovation, patent trends and analysis of private investments in circular technologies for the three sectors. The report also identifies challenges and barriers to R&D investments in circularity, EU regulatory framework conditions and non-regulatory framework conditions. Some key findings from the report are: a lifecycle approach is necessary to tap into the potential of circular technologies fully; end-of-life technologies must be deployed to the market; and new product design and advanced materials will trigger more systemic change across the entire value chain. The circular technologies from the textile, construction and energy-intensive industries should address all stages of a material and product lifecycle. The report also indicates the means to develop and adopt these technologies. Learnings about the technologies and means can support public authorities that are designing and implementing a Circular Systemic Solution that targets any of the discussed sectors and value chains. For further details, the recording of the webinar dedicated to the ERA industrial technology roadmap and its findings can be found here:


CEAP2 key product value chain

built environment, CEAP2 key product value chain

e.g. B2B services

e.g. chemicals, cosmetics, bio-based industries

e.g. healthcare

e.g. electrical engineering, furniture and interior, textile and fashion

Territories involved

large 500 000-200 000, medium 200 000-50 000, and small cities 50 000-5 000

large metropolitan area >1.5 million, metropolitan area 1.5 million-500 000

predominantly urban regions, intermediate and predominantly rural regions, refer to TERCET typology NUTS 3 region