Circularity at the Climate Lab

Our ambitious climate goals can only be achieved through fundamental changes to transform our “take-make-waste” economy into one that is circular and climate neutral.

In fulfilling an integral part of the Austrian government’s strategy for a circular economy, the Federal Ministry for Climate Action appointed Climate Lab as the new home for its center for circularity  in February 2023.

Climate Lab is working to advance the government’s circularity strategy by:

  • Organizing projects and activities to facilitate networking, knowledge exchange and collaboration;
  • Activating our cross-sectoral community of innovators dedicated to climate protection and circular economy;
  • Providing a centralized space for co-working and events for professionals in the field.

Focus areas & projects

We work on topics that not only align with Austria’s circular economy strategy, but can also have the greatest impact in reducing carbon emissions. In 2023-2024, we completed projects focused on circularity in the mattress industry, building materials and vocational training.

Our current projects include:

  • Circular business models for office furniture
  • B2B textile recycling
  • Reduced CO2 and circular building materials

Project results - 2023

Textile Dialogues

The Textile Dialogues are an event series organized by Climate Lab together with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action in cooperation with the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). The event series brings together stakeholders from across sectors to co-develop a systems-level understanding of specific challenges related to circularity in the textiles industry. The outcomes of these sessions are used to inform the strategies and policies of the Ministry for Climate Action. 

Textilkreislauf finanzieren mit EPR

Textildialoge – Von Fasern zu Fashion

Textildialog – Von Faser zu Faser

Other circularity projects

We believe that a circular economy can only be achieved through our combined efforts. In addition to our core work with the Ministry of Climate Action, Climate Lab is also involved in collaborative circularity projects that aim to advance circularity on a wider scale.

Kraisbau

Kraisbau—a BMK-lead project—brings together 33 partners, including companies, research centers, and civil society, with the goal of making the construction sector sustainable and circular through the use of artificial intelligence.

Austrian Mattress Alliance

Betten Eberharter, NEVEON and MATR joined forces to initiate the Austrian Mattress Alliance with support from the Climate Lab. The alliance focuses on circular design, digital product passes and voluntary producer responsibility.

Kreislaufwirtschaft mit WAFF

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Kraisbau

Kraisbau is a BMK-lead project that brings together 33 partners, including companies, research centers, and civil society, with the goal of making the construction sector sustainable and circular through the use of artificial intelligence.

Austrian Mattress Alliance

Betten Eberharter, NEVEON and MATR joined forces to initiate the Austrian Mattress Alliance with support from the Climate Lab. The alliance focuses on circular design, digital product passes and voluntary producer responsibility.

Our partners & circularity

We’re working with a number of partners on Multi-Stakeholder Projects where circularity plays an integral role—from recycling phosphorus to circularity in furnishing offices.

Are you working on circular economy? Get in touch!

Helene Pattermann
Circularity Director
helene.pattermann@climatelab.at

Circularity Stories

Green Gold – Business Case Klimawende bei den Impact Days

Urbane Energiewende – Smart City SuMMit 24

KRAISBAU – Mit KI in die Bauwende

Möbel as a Service

Bericht Sekundärrohstoffe: Deponieren war gestern

Aufs Häusl fürs Häusl

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