System integration and design

The goal of this programme is to develop a multi-criteria decision-support tool that identifies various environmental factors such as environmental impact, behaviour, business models, legislation. In this way, guidance can be given to stakeholders and to the material and process technology developments of the other circular plastics programs. There is also a specific focus on design and mitigation of the risks of nano- and microplastics.

System Integration

The goal of the System Integration programme is to develop a national transition platform for circular plastics, consisting of a virtual system integration knowledge centre, a stakeholder community and a multi-criteria decision-support tool, with the following modules:

  • R strategies
  • Policies and legislation
  • Design for circular economy
  • Technology
  • Behaviour
  • Business models
  • Recyclate quality


The extent to which materials and (end) products are reused or recycled depends largely on the design. For example, design impacts the ease with which materials can be collected, characterized, sorted and recycled. The design also has implications for the production process.

Micro- and nanoplastics

This project envisions the establishment of flexible lab-scale infrastructure with a focus on mitigating micro and nanoplastics throughout the value chain. Furthermore, research will be conducted on the formation, distribution and exposure to microplastics.

Planning & contact

The first step for starting and developing a scoping study was taken in October 2023. Through this study of scenarios and applicable models, direction can be given to the circular plastics transition and ensure the right investments in innovation. See also or contact program line manager Susanne Waaijers.

For the design component, we are working hard to find an appropriate scheme to open in 2024, more information will follow via the CPNL newsletter or contact program line manager Roland ten Klooster.