In a first step to establishing the transnational working groups on circular design, optimal use and value recovery models the designated coordinators proposed a framework to define the working method of all working groups.

This included topics as timing, technical coworking tools, the role of the TWGs’ coordinators, sectors to be addressed with the TWGs, the evaluation and monitoring of the work progress as well as ensuring the flow of information between and across working groups. The suggestions were discussed with all project partners concluding in many valuable contributions owing to the diversity of the group of fifteen project partners.

Especially the successful inclusion of SMEs in the working process and the choice of industries or sectors to be focused on were identified as critical success factors of the working groups and therefore discussed in particular intensity.

Additionally, project partners agreed on the need for the interconnection of the working groups. Although the segmentation of working groups along the value chain (circular design, optimal use and value recovery) is profitable, we understand that circularity also leads to mutual interdependencies of all three approaches and needs to be accounted for by information exchange. Transnational working group coordinators will take over this important role.