Welcome to the  

Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Circular Plastics Economy CCPE


The plastics of tomorrow - they will be different. Are your products and services ready for the circular economy? In the Fraunhofer CCPE cluster, we research these questions for you and help you to make your products circular and to turn plastic waste into valuable resources. With us, you benefit from holistic expertise along the plastics value chain and the best solution for your target market. At CCPE you will find innovative approaches and the right contact persons for your research project.

What can we support you with? 


Do you already know the circularity level of your products?

Test it yourself: quickly and free of charge with our Self-check for the Circular Readiness Level® (CRL®). The CRL® is a web-based self-assessment tool that enables companies to self-assess the maturity of products or product systems with regard to the circular economy. It assesses the extent to which a product already incorporates circular economy strategies in the areas of product design, product service system, end-of-life management and circular economy, and where there is still room for improvement.

Circular value creation: As a single solution or system service

Sustainable plastics materials

Bio-based plastics

Biodegradable polymers

Recyclable plastics

System innovations

Smart sorting technologies

Material recycling

Chemical recycling

Circularity assessment

Circular business models and holistic product design

Transformation, co-design and committee work

New solutions for the market

Economically relevant technologies and services about the circular plastics eonomy

Current press releases and events



Reusing odor-contaminated plastics

Plastic recyclates, like materials from the recycling bin, often have unpleasant odors due to their composition or due to impurities. This means that they are currently unsuitable for many applications, especially indoors.



Self-Check Tool Circular Readiness Level®

On October 28, Fraunhofer CCPE presented its new self check tool Circular Readiness Level® (CRL®) as part of the event Fraunhofer CCPE compact.



Fraunhofer CCPE compact

How can products and product systems be made more circular? Which fields of action play a role here? How can this be tested? Fraunhofer UMSICHT developed the Self-Check Tool Circular Readiness Level® (CRL) together with Fraunhofer IML precisely for these questions, which will be the focus of the event “Fraunhofer CCPE compact” on October 28 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  



Position paper on plastics recycling

The Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Circular Plastics Economy CCPE has presented a position paper on the state of the art in science and technology of recycling technologies for plastics. A market analysis shows current industry activities.