Circular Economy Challenge

Circular Economy Challenge

Innovate in railway infrastructure activities through a transition from waste management to the creation of resources and material capital!

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Imagine how to value the waste of the French constructions sites!

SNCF Réseau, owner and manager of the railway infrastructure network in France, needs you to achieve an ambitious goal: Recycling and reusing 95% of products and materials involved in the network operation by 2030!

Contribute to SNCF Réseau’s involvement by submitting an innovative circular economy project!

Whatever your student profile - either a future engineer or designer or economist or architect or artist or inventor… - help integrate the circular economy into the sector of the railway public works!

The challenge is endowed with eco-responsible prizes for a total value of 10,000 euros and will let you contribute to the transformation of the public construction environment by having your project implemented on the French railway network!

The challenge is meant to be collaborative and you will therefore keep intellectual property rights over your project at the end of the contest.

Your mission

Alone or in a team of maximum 5 students, help SNCF Réseau to turn its waste into resources. Imagine an innovative solution of circular economy for a sustainable and responsible railway infrastructure. 

Any solution that contributes to optimizing the direct or indirect recycling of railway resources and waste can be submitted: it may involve product design, architecture project, logistical strategies or any other field. Surprise us!

Many prizes to win!

  • 1 st

    An eco-journey
  • 2nd

    An Interrail Pass
  • ¾th

    Gift Cards
  • A VIP tour
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1 st

An eco-journey

SNCF Réseau offers you a trip abroad worth €1,500 and will help you meet world players in the circular economy!

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2nd

An Interrail Pass

Illimited railway youth pass for travelling within Europe in business class (one month pass).

 

 

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¾th

Gift Cards

Win a €200 gift card to spend at Bilum, a responsible and eco-friendly French brand that produces unique pieces from recycled materials.

 

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A VIP tour

The day of the final, all finalists will enjoy a VIP tour of the SNCF Réseau construction site Suite Rapide and working bases.

Few lines of thought to explore

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ECO-DESIGN

Imagine products made out of railway waste.

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NEW VALUE CHAIN

Think of new industries to recover railway waste and resources.

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MANAGEMENT TOOLS

Propose improvements regarding the management of material flows.

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BUSINESS MODEL 

Rethink the financial valuation of waste (in and out of balance-sheet).

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April
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The Final

The final will take place at the SNCF Réseau headquarters on April 5th, 2018. On the agenda: finalists' pitches, awards ceremony, celebration and cheerfulness!