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04/10/2017
From 4th to 6th October the S3Chem project attended the Expoquimia and was presented to a larger audience.
Type: Project
04/10/2017 - 06/10/2017
On 4th to 6th of October 2017, the 2nd Dissemination Conference, 7th IWG-Meeting and Site Visit of the S3Chem project will take place in Barcelona.
Type: Project
Extraction of polyphenols from food waste, to be used as natural dyes and tanning agents in the leather and tanning industry, replacing chemical agents
Location: Toscana, Italy (Italia)
Project: SMART WASTE
08/06/2018
Implementing industrial symbiosis (IS) is an opportunity for the chemical industry to achieve better environmental performances
Type: Project
11/03/2020
The GRESS partnership has established 5 RSGs
Type: Project
Project summary EU industry renewal, competitiveness and internationalisation through industry-led interrregional coooperation In the S34Growth project, 10 European regions from 8 countries develop an innovative interregional element to their structural fund policy instruments, supporting the renewal of Europe's industry and competitiveness. Within Vanguard Inititiave - New Growth through Smart Specialisation, the S34Growth partners have been pioneering a new approach to European industry-led interregional cooperation since late 2013. Key messagesSupporting the renewal of Europe's industry and competitivenessEmphasising the importance of industry-led interregional collaborationNew kind of interregional cooperation linking value chains across Europe and improving commercialisation and product & service development €2,305,738.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2020 Topic Research and innovation What will this project change? S34Growth develops and improves existing regional policy instruments in order to make interregional cooperation easier, more efficient and less bureaucratic.By facilitating industrial innovation-related interregional collaboration, S34Growth supports the renewal of Europe's industry and competitiveness.S34Growth supports interregional co-specialisation approach to smart specialisation which can be easily replicated at any domain and anywhere in Europe. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Finland’s structural funds program, Priority axis 2: Producing and using the latest knowledge and skills (ERDF) Specific objective 4.1 :Developing research, competence and innovation clusters that draw from regional strengths Industrial restructuring has been very strong in Tampere region since 2008. The GDP per capita has fallen from index value 119 to 107 (EU28=100) and the added value of manufacturing has decreased over 36%. Jobs in manufacturing have dropped 20%. Manufacturing companies have lost their competitiveness and ability to grow. One main factor here has been the collapse of Nokia ecosystem in Tampere region.   The main focus of S3 strategy for Tampere region is the renewal of manufacturing industry. One of the main tasks is to increase the international value-chains of our manufacturing companies. The ERDF OP needs more innovative ways to collaborate companies into regional cooperation and networks. The better use of innovative measures, e.g. Art. 70 of the CPR 1303/2013 or other funding possibilities, is the main objective. The companies in Tampere region must have better skills to overcome different trade barriers (distance, language, culture) in order to regain their competitiveness. Especially we expect to learn more of different ways to improve the capacity of manufacturing companies to entry existing and new markets and to develop new products and services based on market demand.   Which partners are working on this? The Council of Tampere Region The Baltic Institute of Finland Basque Country ERDF Operational Programme 2014- 2020 The Basque Country's ERDF Operational Program for the period 2014-2020 foresees to make use of Art. 70 of the CPR 1303/2013 in order to develop strategic partnerships in the areas of smart specialization pertaining to TO1 and TO4.   The Basque Government aims to increase the degree of connectiveness of the innovation actors in our region to those global networks so that they are able to overcome fragmentation and lack of critical mass as well as to facilitate access to research capacity and production of expertise. Article 70 would be used to implement the "outward looking" dimension of our smart specialisation strategy in terms of its orientation towards global value chains, the assessment of priorities vis-à-vis other regions, as well as the consideration of cross regional projects and networks.   Hence, the objective will be to improve the competences and capabilities to efficiently implement this rather innovative policy instrument (art. 70). Effectifve implementation of the Art. 70 woud foster various innovation policy measures with a strong cluster focus as the clusters existing in the Basque Country are an exemplification of our technical and scientifical capabilities which in turn are reflected in our RIS3 strategy. Implementation of Art. 70 will require unprecedental mesures to allow this investment to take part out of the borders of the Basque Country in order to increase the effectiveness of the funds invested and to ensure the impact on competitiveness and jobs. Which partners are working on this? Basque Government The Research and Innovation Strategy for the Smart Specialisation of Catalonia (RIS3CAT). ERDF Operational Program of Catalonia 2014-2020 (Thematic Objective 1). (RIS3CAT with focus on Manufacturing to be deployed by the Programme for the Industrial systems–PISI) One of main outputs of the Catalonia 2020 Strategy (ECAT 2020) aligned with the Europe 2020, was to define the Research and S3 in Catalonia (RIS3CAT), which has identified 7 sectors to lead an economic transformation towards 2020 targets: Food, Chemical, Energy and Resources Industries, Industrial Systems, Design, Sustainable Mobility, Health and Life Sciences and Cultural and Experience-based Industries, focusing on 6 cross-cutting enabling technologies: ICT, Nanotechnology, Advanced materials, Photonics, Biotechnology and Advanced manufacturing. To deploy RIS3CAT, the Government has just launched the Industrial Policy 2014-2020, aiming at strengthening the industrial sector under a sectorial approach, In particular, a Programme for the Industrial systems–PISI- has been created targeting more than 5680 companies, 10,433 M€ of billing and 68,750 professionals. On the other hand, the deployment of the Programme for the Chemical, Energy and Resources Industries –PIQER- and Action Plan for Industry Efficient Energy in Catalonia, will also be tackled by S34Growth. At last, two main RIS3CAT RDI instruments are foreseen at the axis 1 of the ERDF OP in Catalonia 2014-2020:1. RIS3CAT Communities: Volunteer PPPs to boost economic transformation plans through RDI in the 7 sectors. It is foreseen to create 1 RIS3CAT Community in the manufacturing sector. 2. Industrial R+D projects: In order to promote the development of KETs. It is foreseen to grant 50 projects in manufacturing sector. Which partners are working on this? Catalan Agency for Business Competitiveness (ACCIO)- Government of Catalonia Operational Program Flanders 2014 – 2020 (does not apply to the 5th call) In order to boost industrial productivity, TINA invests in products and services that are scaling up to the industrial market or that are at commercialisation stage. These products and services contribute to the transformative renewal and strengthening of the Flemish economy. TINA is not a grant or subsidy mechanism but expects a market level return based on the risk involved. The cofinancing rate decided by an indepedent investment committee varies from 30 to 50%.TINA invests in the development of transitions/spearhead clusters with strong economic valorisation potential, as they are identified by the Flemish Government and in the Flanders’ framework of Smart Specialisation. To increase competitiveness based on these regional strengths, internationalisation is becoming an important attention point (especially for a small open economy like Flanders). These spearhead clusters will be positioned in the international arena to become part of interregional value chains. In the process of interregional cooperation, the development of new value chains will face financing challenges to bring innovations into the market. Leveraging further investments through combining different financial instruments (on regional, national and European level) is of importance. One of these financing instruments that could accelerate transitions is TINA. Adapting TINA to these changing environments will be challenging but necessary. Which partners are working on this? Flemish Government, Department Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) "Innovation Voucher” The formal name of the instrument, as approved in the OP, is: Azione I.1.b.1.1 - Sostegno per l’acquisto di servizi per l’innovazione tecnologica, strategica, organizzativa e commerciale delle imprese (english translation: Action I.1.b.1.1 - Support for purchasing services finalized to technology, strategic, organizational and commercial enterprise Innovation) Vouchers support the implementation of innovation actions of SMEs. As an example, in 2011 vouchers were distributed for the definition of innovation requirements, financial planning for newcos, participation to EU R&D projects, economic check-up, introduction of highly skilled personnel in the company and patenting. Vouchers are granted after a multi-phase evaluation process where new vouchers can be obtained after the successful conclusion of previous phases. They cover from 50% to 80% of total costs (funding varied from 2.000€ up to 12.000€ in 2011). Eligible costs include innovation-oriented services that must be provided by regional accredited providers or, in some case, by providers directly selected by the companies. Regione Lombardia is using the vouchers’ system since 2003 and the instrument is working well from the technical point of view. Up to now, it aimed at supporting generic innovation processes but did not canalized regional resources towards clear focused goals in terms of technologies and applications. At the end of 2013 Regione Lombardia has defined its own Smart Specializations Strategy – RIS3 (last update April 2015) and adopted a Cluster-based governance system. As a result, Regione Lombardia is now shaping a new vouchers’ system aligned to more precise goals consistent with RIS3 and with the R&I Work Programs of the specialisation areas, approved in October 2014. In the project, the first in the area of advanced manufacturing will be carried out. Which partners are working on this? AFIL - Intelligent Factory Lombardy Cluster NORTE 2020 – Demonstration Projects NORTE 2020 is the Operational Programme of the North Region of Portugal, a comprehensive and integrated set of policies, priorities and funding instruments addressing the main challenges and opportunities facing this territory. With a total budget of 3.378 M€, it supports R&D and Innovation (representing 11,9,%), SME’s competitiveness (with 37,4% of the budget) and the low carbon economy area gathers 4,7%, among others. Due to its nature, objectives and relevance, a particular attention will be given in the scope of this project to the “Demonstration Projects” instrument. It aims at supporting the demonstration, in real productive conditions, of results from previously concluded R&D projects, including the setting up of pilot lines. This instrument addresses the growing need to integrate, test and demonstrate results from R&D projects, developed either at regional, national or international level, and to disseminate them to a wider audience, both geographically and sectorial, thus boosting the changes for cross fertilization and further valorization. It can also increase the complementarities between European and National/Regional funding sources. Since this is a new instrument and considering the still significant challenges related with the practical implementation of synergies between European and national /regional policies, programmes and instruments, this is clearly an area where mutual learning can give a strong contribution to a faster and better implementation. Which partners are working on this? National Innovation Agency Scottish ERDF Operational Programme (OP) Scotland’s ERDF OP places a great deal of emphasis on accelerating the innovative capacity and access to markets for its priority sectors linked to S3 priorities. The ERDF OP notes the need to support the capacity of SMEs to grow in international markets, through enhancing business collaboration and supply chain development and facilitating clustering opportunities. In particular, the OP notes a strand of activity under ‘deeper innovation’ which would see : ‘the creation of mechanisms to engage in smart specialisation supply chains with collaboration on new innovative products or services between SME suppliers and key players in global supply chains’.This Interreg project would allow for the exploration of this deeper approach to innovation but at an inter-regional level. It is widely recognised that inter-regional collaboration can create both scale and spillover benefits to industry in boosting their innovative and internationalisation capacity and which cannot be achieved easily when regions work in isolation. The project will offer new insights into the benefits of industry-led inter-regional collaboration – and the mechanisms which support this. This, in turn, will create new opportunities to refine and improve Scotland’s ERDF OP in terms of scope and reach. In addition, this project will allow us to explore Article 70 options and so explore risks and opportunities associated with undertaking this new form of investment outside of the region. Which partners are working on this? Scottish Enterprise Regional Structural Fund for Skåne-Blekinge (does not apply to the 5th call) The ERDF programme for Skåne-Blekinge 2014-2020 is the core financial tool for development in the Skåne region comprising 61 million euro in total. One of the important issues it is designed to address is the low level of internationalisation in Skåne, which is clearly shown int the OECD survey on Skåne from 2012. To be able to give the desired effect, the implementation of the programme needs to be improved giving more possibilities to collaborate across the EU. Examples of this is to develop the programme to better be able to use article 70 and having the programme support capacity building to be able to collaborate in cross European initiatives such as the Vanguard initiative. Which partners are working on this? Region Skåne OP South Netherlands OP South Netherlands has been allocated EUR 113,627,056 from ERDF for 2014-2020. With this, the region aims to strengthen its potential and has chosen 2 investment priorities: 1) Strengthening of Research, Technological Development and Innovation, and 2) Support the shift to a resource-efficient, low-carbon economy. With these, the region contributes to EU2020 strategy and to related Dutch targets. International top clusters: High-Tech Systems and Materials, Chemistry and Agriculture & Food are extremely important to Zuid-Nederland. Innovative capacity is the connecting thread running through Life Sciences & Health, Smart Logistics and Biobased Economy and Maintenance. These are regional clusters of national importance with international potential. By strengthening and linking them we will be enhancing our competitiveness.   Within S34GROWTH, we will target Investment Priority 1B1 (strengthening and broadening open innovation system in cross overs between international top clusters and between national and international top clusters, aiming at a larger SME participation) and 1B2 (strengthening the valorization potential of SMEs within national and international top clusters to contribute to the solution of societal challenges) (in total 65 mEUR allocated for these two within OP).   Multinationals and SMEs with strong export positions are established in South Netherlands. It’s in our region’s interest that OP is aligned to a maximum to their – or their representatives’ – needs. Which partners are working on this? Brainport Development Kansen voor West 2014-2020 Operational Programme (West Netherlands) Throughout 2014-2020 the region of Western-Netherlands (provinces Zuid-Holland, Noord-Holland, Utrecht and Flevolan) receives funds from the ERDF to the amount of €189,847,057. This allocation will be used to boost the region's potential for R&I while at the same time contributing to the development of a resource efficient, low-carbon economy. By focusing on these clear objectives, the region contributes to reaching the overarching EU2020, as well as the Dutch targets set in this regard.   The region recognizes the need for targeted investments and takes into account its socio-economic profile. It also bears in mind the overarching European & national strategies and in particular the Regional Innovation Strategy of Western-Netherlands. The OP will therefore: -promote business investment in R&I, develop links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres, knowledge institutions, and foster cross-overs between the regional sectors -facilitate the use on a larger scale of energy derived from residual heat and stimulate the roll-out of energy saving measures in the building environment.   In order to address societal/ economic challenges, our ambition to create new jobs, stimulate growth and make our economic sector more globally competitive, we need to work together with other regions. Through the project we will be able to deploy new ways to learn from previously developed policy frameworks and existing cooperations. Which partners are working on this? Province of Zuid-Holland Tweets by S34Growth Latest News See all project news 02/07/2021 S34Growth continues! Our proposal for a one-year extension has been approved. Type: Project 16/06/2020 S34Growth nominated for RegioStars 2020 Five Interreg Europe projects taking part in the RegioStars competition. Type: Project 21/02/2020 Vouchers for SMEs in the bio-based industry A voucher scheme for all SMEs in the EU and working in the field of bio-based industry. Type: Project 12/11/2019 S34Growth Newsletter 4 Check out the fourth and final newsletter of S34Growth. Type: Project 29/10/2019 S34Growth Final Event The final event of the project was organised in Tampere, Finland, last week. Type: Project 27/03/2019 S34Growth partner meeting in Barcelona The last partner meeting in phase I of the project was organised last week. Type: Project 21/03/2019 Scots visiting Tampere region Innovation partnership in the making between Scotland and Tampere region. Type: Project 03/12/2018 S34Growth partner meeting in Brussels The first get-together since spring 2018 was full of intensive discussions. Type: Project 22/03/2018 OSDD Flanders and S34Growth debate Last week in Belgium was a fruitful one for our project. Type: Project 20/02/2018 OSDD South-Holland 30 Jan - 1 Feb 2018 At the turn of January and February, S34Growth visited South-Holland. Type: Project
16/06/2021
Marseille invited Phenix sport to present at the CECI Thematic Textiles Workshop 30.3.2021.
Type: Project
10/04/2018
The three S3Chem partners from Limburg, Mazovia and Saxony-Anhalt came together at the foreign trade conference to discuss cooperation potentials.
Type: Project
Project summary Embark with us on our journey to the Life Cycle Approach! LCA4Regions is expected to contribute to the more effective implementation of environmental policy instruments by the application of Life Cycle Methodologies. Currently, many individual policies are implemented in isolation of others. Thus, the project is focused on expanding the use of life cycle methods as a holistic approach when conceiving and implementing public policies related to environmental protection and resource efficiency. Life cycle expertise resides mainly in the business sector while public authorities are much less familiar with the techniques and their functioning. However, the full success of policy implementation depends on similar expertise also in governmental authorities. The outcomes of improved public policy implementation are greater concordance with stated sustainability objectives, fewer unwanted side-effects and greater transparency in the compromises and offsets that need to be made to move ahead on sustainable economic targets. Each project region has its own characteristics, methods of design and implementation of policies. Nevertheless, all of them face a common challenge: the adoption of a more efficient use of natural resources to reduce the non-desirable secondary effects (spill-overs) that generate negative economic and environmental impacts Expected results: 7 Actions Plans to improve 7 policy instruments funded by the ERDF in the following regions: Navarre (ES), Satakunta (FI), Baixo Alentejo (PT), Lombardy (IT), Lodzkie (PT), Kaunas (LT), and Zahodna (SI). This is achieved through, inter alia, intense local stakeholder group involvement, 7 transnational learning journeys, exchanges of experiences, study cases and the compilation of good practices. These activities are intended to clarify the success factors and barriers for the application of life-cycle management approaches for policy implementation. Action plans will contribute to: 1) improve policy instruments introducing the LCA in all steps of policy cycle management 2) Enlarge the circle of end-users that will benefit from making conscious decisions on resource efficiency and investments using the LCA €1,719,759.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Environment and resource efficiency     Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? ERDF Navarra 2014 - 2020. Priority axis 4. To enhance the transition to a low carbon economy in all the sectors. Investment priority 4.3. Support for energy efficiency, smart energy management and the use of renewable energy in public infrastructures, including public buildings, and in housing The strategy of the ERDF OP of Navarra 2014-2020 has been carried out considering the needs and challenges at regional level defined in the strategic territorial diagnosis (S3, goo.gl/Vc1yza). In this programming period, some of these issues are being addressed through the thematic objective 4 of the ERDF OP, which promotes measures to support energy efficiency, smart energy efficiency and management and the use of renewable energy. In order to improve the policy instruments, it is necessary to introduce a more integrated and systemic approach that can consider all the impact generated by the policies. The Life Cycle Approach can improve the use of the natural resources by means of the minimisation of the spill- over effects that usually are generated by concentrate the policies only in one or two objectives Thus, LCA methodology applied to this actions will help to encourage the transition to a low carbon economy and a more efficient use of resources. Moreover, the proposal of the Commission of the ERDF regulations fund 2021-2027Includes as specific objective OP2, a greener, lower-carbon Europe promoting a clean and fair energy transition, green and blue investment, the circular economy, climate adaptation and prevention and risk management. The application of LCA could generate better results in terms of reduction of waste and material flows and pollution that could be considered as the main challenges of the EU regions for the next ERDF programming period. Which partners are working on this? Government of Navarre Industrial Association of Navarra-AIN Operational Programme for the European Union Funds’ Investments in 2014-2020 Republic of Lithuania. Priority axis 5. Environment, Sustainable use of Natural Resources and adaptation to Climate Change. The competitiveness of Lithuania and its ability to restore and further enhance the welfare lost during the crisis is primarily built on the ability to innovate and launch new products, services, businesses, social processes and models. A very small share of enterprises implementing all types of innovations, introducing limited business expenditure on research and technological development, low commercialisation of the existing Lithuanian scientific potential signal the need for substantial changes. Natural resources that are essential for the functioning of Lithuanian, European and global economies are becoming increasingly scarce; therefore in the long run only resource-efficient growth will be possible. According to the statistical data, Lithuania is still behind the EU-27 average in terms of the level of investment into eco-innovation and underestimates the technological, in particular resource-efficiency-based, breakthrough of SMEs, which determines the economic growth in the country. Due to increased prices for materials, energy and other resources, it is important to encourage SMEs to implement eco-innovative products, processes and organisational eco-innovation. New or technologically upgraded production methods and service provision processes, also new business models and new management systems will give a competitive edge to SMEs, cut production costs, increase volumes and thereby contribute to the economic growth. Which partners are working on this? Kaunas University of Technology Sustainable growth and jobs 2014-2020 - Structural Funds Programme of Finland Policies 1,2 and 3 of the Regional Programme have the objectives for development of competitivity and vitality. They fortify human activity and productivity as enterpreneurs and workers. They improve the vitality by enabling growth in areas of renewable industry, energy, food systems, bioeconomy, circular economy, as well as secure services and improve attractivity of regions by taking charge of conservation, protection, promotion, and development of natural and cultural heritage and biodiversity. Through LCA4Regions project these policies will obtain contents, and best practises that are collected throughout this project can be implemented. The implementation of the Regional Programme of Satakunta is funded by the Sustainable growth and jobs 2014-2020, Structural funds programme of Finland. Since Structural Funds are clearly diminished in the region in this programming period, it is essential to improve the governance of this funding instrument and increase the benefit from existing projects by wider dissemination and capitalisation. With LCA4Regions and interregional cooperation, the implementation of the Satakunta regional programme will be improved by providing more explicit and tangible support to promotion of new regional development models for the sustainable, resource-efficient economy. These actions also support the evaluation process and defining the implementation plan of the Regional Programme. Which partners are working on this? Pyhäjärvi Institute ALENTEJO 2020 - Regional Operational Programme of Alentejo The main objective is to promote the environmental, urbanistic and landscape quality of the territory as a distinctive factor. Some of the measures are the development of innovative solutions and pilot actions in the field of sustainable development, support to the monitoring of environmental parameters and qualification of the urban environment and consequent rehabilitation. Taking into consideration that circular economy is considered in the national and regional policy instruments namely in the number 1 b) of article 40 of the specific regulation for competitiveness and internationalization and where is stated that must be developed projects that incorporate the principles of eco-efficiency and circular economy in order to promote more efficient use of resources, encourage the reduction and reuse of waste and minimizing the extraction and use of raw materials, one of the major issue is that regional entities should be able to improve their process and include LCA in there processes. There exists also the necessity to change the regional productive profile, through the incorporation of Innovation. The main challenge is to eliminate barriers that still exist on the processes, knowledge and innovation levels, which require the dissemination and diffusion of new knowledge, that should be carried out as a priority. Which partners are working on this? CIMBAL - Baixo Alentejo Intermunicipal Community POR Lombardia FESR - Lombardy ERDF ROP The Lombardy Region’s 2014 - 2020 Regional Operational Programme (ROP) under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) provides investment funds of nearly one billion euros (€970,474,516) with the priority objectives of the Region’s economic growth and social development as well as the enhancement of its productive capabilities. The ERDF ROP promotes a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth model in line with the objectives identified in the “Europe 2020” strategy and with the regional government’s development policies promoting the competitiveness and sustainability of its businesses and the entire economy of the Region. The ERDF ROP strategy lays emphasis on building an economy which uses resources efficiently, guides the development of new technologies and processes, and underpins Lombardy companies’ competitive advantages by making use of EU-wide networks, in line with the flagship initiative entitled “A resource-efficient Europe”. With this in mind, and in keeping with the provisions of the Environment and Energy Regional Programme measures to be taken under the ERDF ROP Axis IV have the main following aim: to reduce the energy consumed in public buildings and by public lighting.This must be done in connection with the sustainabe urban development. Through the Interreg project improvements can be done for the connection of the measures and to support the beneficiaries for the presentation of better proposals which take into account the potential multi-impacts. Which partners are working on this? Lombardy Region Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy for the period 2014-2020 Slovenian Smart Specialisation Strategy - Area of Aplication 2.2: Networks for the Transition into Circular Economy The objective is to link the stakehodlers - economic entities, educational and research area, NGOs, authorities and individuals - in the value chain according to the principle of completed continuous flows, as well as to develop new business models for transition to a circular economy. Goals till 2023 are: a. Improve the material efficiency index from 1.07 (2011) to 1.50 (2020) b. Establish 5 new value chains with the completed material flows Focus areas and technologies: 1. Technologies for biomass processing and development of new biological materials 2. Technologies for the use of secondary raw materials and reuse of waste 3. Acquisition of energy from alternative sources The implementation of the industrial symbiosis model represents a development opportunity not only for the chemical industry, which is one of the most competitive in Slovenia, but also for a range of traditional industries such as, for example, paper, wood and textile industry, agriculture and food processing industry and services. In the field of "Extraction of secondary raw materials", Slovenia does not show the disclosed comparative advantages. The reason why it should be improved lies on the fact that there is a lack of credible industrial symbiosis model for transition of knowledge and technology from academia to industry. It should empower research area to incubate ideas further to scientific achievements, not only simple transition through licensing and patenting. Which partners are working on this? National Institute of Chemistry Regional Operational Programme for Lodzkie Voivodship 2014-2020 Priority Axis: V Environment Protection, with the Thematic Obcetive 6: Preservation and protection of the natural environment and support for effective resource management, Measure V.2: Waste management The objective of the Regional Operational Programme is to increase the competitiveness of the Lodzkie Region, ensuring in parallel the improvement of living conditions of its inhabitants through the principles of sustainable development. The priorities are aligned with the EU 2020 Strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The specific objective of measure V.2 is the limited storage of waste in the region. The effect of interventions undertaken in the area of environmental protection will be: improvement of adaptation to climate change, saving resources and protecting ground and surface water purity, improving the environment (especially biodiversity) and orientation of tourism in areas of natural value in accordance with the principle of sustainable development. The implemented projects in the field of waste management will significantly contribute to the increase in the weight of waste other than landfilling, which will significantly affect the preservation and improvement of the quality of the natural environment, as well as the protection of natural resources. Lodzkie sees the need of improvement of the ROP and well asits Waste management plan in relation to Life Cycle Assesment and dignosis of regional corelations and value chains. Lodzkie will be able to improve and update regional development documents in order to implement LCA methodology and enviromental approach. Which partners are working on this? Lodzkie Region Sign up for the LCA4Regions newsletter Subscribe now LCA for evaluating and monitoring policies Read the summary of our latest TLJ in Lombardy! More on the TLJ #6 LCA4Regions answers you Interested in LCA? You can contact us for information [email protected] LCA4Regions: to make a long story short LCA4Regions leaflet is meant to guide you throughout the different steps of our journey. Get on board! Download LCA4Regions leaflet "What goes around comes around..." The LCA4Regions newsletter Life Cycle Catalyst #4 is online! Read Life Cycle Catalyst #4! Tweets by LCA4Regions Latest News See all project news 26/01/2022 LCM for Regional Sustainable Development A paper building on the mid-term analysis of LCA4Regions was presented at the 10th International Conference on Life Cycle Management (LCM2021). Type: Project 20/01/2022 LCA4Regions in the news - 2021 Semester after semester, the LCA4Regions project is attracting more and more media’s attention. Maybe you have spotted these articles in your local newspapers? Type: Project 11/01/2022 Peer review Lombardy's policy context Partners asked some questions and commented on Lombardy's policy context. Type: Project 06/01/2022 GP LCA for monitoring and evaluating policies 6 Good Practices of LCA for monitoring and evaluating policies were presented during the TLJ#6. Discover them. Type: Project 20/12/2021 Life cycle key to Finnish low-carbon construction The Finnish Climate Policy Roundtable discussed low-carbon construction and concrete measures to promote it. Life cycle analysis is one of them. Type: Project 14/12/2021 Discovering the situation in Satakunta, Finland Stakeholders gathered together online to update the situation in LCA4Regions project in Satakunta, Finland. Type: Project 01/12/2021 LCA is a promising path to monitor circular economy The LCA4Regions partners explored how LCA and LC thinking approaches can support the monitoring and evaluation of policies. Type: Project 24/11/2021 Lombardy's policy instruments A series of five articles to discover the policy instruments and the use of LCA of the Lombardy Region for the 6th TLJ. Type: Project 23/11/2021 Lombardy's policy instruments (4) Fourth episode of the series dedicated to the policy context of the Lombardy Region. Type: Project 23/11/2021 Lombardy's policy instruments (5) The fifth and final episode of the series on the policy context of Lombardy focuses on a national policy instrument, the National Recovery and Resilience Plan. Type: Project
Project summary Cultural and natural heritage is very important at all levels, local, regional, national and European, consisting of several dimensions that can lead to resource efficiency, through deployment for sustainable and responsible tourism development with innovative character. Policies for heritage applications to eco-cultural tourism need to be further developed, implemented and monitored, through interregional cooperation. The common challenges that are jointly tackled in the CHRISTA project are:natural & Cultural Heritage assets are valuable treasures, sometimes in danger and in need of proper conservation, preservation and/or restoration,these assets can be deployed for the purposes of sustainable and responsible tourism development, namely cultural tourism, heritage tourism and ecotourism,the tourism potential of these assets may facilitate the preservation and restoration efforts, if performed in a sustainable and responsible way, innovation can contribute greatly towards improving cultural and natural heritage policies for sustainable and responsible tourism development.The overall objective is to protect and preserve natural and cultural heritage assets and deploy them for the development and promotion of innovative, sustainable and responsible tourism strategies, including intangible and industrial heritage, through interpretation and digitisation, with capitalisation of good practices, policy learning, policy implementation and capacity building. Expected changes are in terms of improved policy instruments in destination regions, advances in relevant policy implementation, upgrading of cultural and natural assets and innovative applications. Main outputs are Action Plans, with implementation and monitoring of improved policy instruments in 9 regions, communication and dissemination tools for policy learning and capacity building, contribution to EU policies and EU2020 targets. The beneficiaries are public authorities and their stakeholders. €1,920,199.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 30 Sep 2020 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Regional Operational Programme of Veneto Region. Investment Priority 3b – Action 3.3.4. (Does not apply to the 5th call). The regional Operation Programme (ROP) pursues the aim of a Sustainable Regional Development through the safeguard of natural and cultural heritage, particularly in the islands of Venetian Lagoon. Within the ROP, Tourism related actions are integrated within OT3 (thematic objective). Axis 3 Objectives: 3a) Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms. Focus on Action 3.3.4, pursuing the preservation and protection of cultural heritage especially by involving all stakeholders, including SMEs operating in sustainable services, as a tool to protect and revitalize the natural environment of the islands and cultural heritage. Main features: To maintain long-term leadership in the tourism sector and to become more competitive, the Veneto Region must meet the challenge to make more sustainable the impact of its tourism industry on lands and on local populations, through: - gradually shifting tourist flows from the destinations with greater burden while involving smaller destinations; - encouraging new tourism models that maintain the interest for a destination throughout the year, able to actively involve the population and the local economy. The Veneto Region could qualify its tourism offer, also promoting the great cultural and natural heritage. The focus is on a target area: the Venetian islands where to implement the policy instrument adopting innovative tourist models. Which partners are working on this? Veneto Region Regional Operational Programme of Region of Central Macedonia Operational Programme according to the objective ‘INVESTMENT FOR GROWTH AND JOBS" (Regional Operational Programme of Central Macedonia) Thematic Objective 6 deals with Environmental protection and efficient use of resources. Based on regional identified needs a priority is the protection and promotion of cultural heritage, emphasizing archaeological sites, historical and religious monuments and the improvement of museums. It is important to mention that the cultural heritage of the region is under pressure from illegal construction and urban sprawl in peri-urban areas, wooded areas and tourist areas (eg mountain and coastal), with attendant land-use conflicts and environmental impacts. For these reasons the need of proper conservation, preservation and/or restoration is more than necessary. There is a focus on environmental aspects and pressures that affect the cultural heritage. However, there is a need to improve the intangible heritage, through interpretation facilities and innovation / digitization activities towards the enhancement of policies for sustainable and responsible tourism. All cultural assets can be deployed for the purposes of sustainable and responsible tourism, namely cultural tourism, heritage tourism and ecotourism. Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Fund of Central Macedonia on behalf of the Region of Central Macedonia Cultural Plan for Region Västra Götaland 2016-2018. (Does not apply to the 5th call). The Cultural Plan for region Västra Götaland is a development plan regulated by Swedish Law dealing with regional development on culture. The Cultural Plan describes the main priorities in the area of culture and cultural heritage in the region over a three year period. Industrial heritage is one of the prioritised areas to be further developed in Västra Götaland over the years to come. In a historical perspective Västra Götaland is a heavy industrial region with car factories, shipyards, textile industry, biochemical industry and a wide range of small scale production. It is the importance of understanding how the change of the industrial society affects the development of society in general and the life of individuals. Participatory methods involving the inhabitants is a vital ingredient in the process of understanding the past, the present and to draw conclusions about the future of Västra Götaland as an industrial region. Tourism is an important tool for regional development. But tourism can also be an area of cultural development. Tourism is a way of participation and could be more of incentive based development for the cultural sector. The cultural sector can provide interesting content for destination development as well. International cooperation and exchange are important parts of the Culture Plan. The plan also relates to European and national goals for culture and development. Which partners are working on this? Region Västra Götaland ERDF Operational Programme. Autonomous Regional Government of Andalusia. Thematic Objective 6. Preserving and protecting environment and promoting resource efficiency The specific Objective 6 is specified through strategic lines of actions (ELA). Three of them are of interest to be improved: - “Actions for the protection, development and promotion of cultural heritage” - “Actions for the protection, development and promotion of natural areas, in particular those with a tourist interest” - “Investment for the development of actions that minimise the threats to the conservation of natural areas and biodiversity, with especial interest to the Natura 2000 Network”. The Regional Operational Programme of Andalusia is still a draft, so it can easily be improved. Which partners are working on this? County Council of Granada Tourism Development Strategy for Vidzeme region The main objectives of the Strategy are: to promote development of tourism sector by increasing economical indicators, to develop & promote tourism-friendly environment by encouraging residents patriotism and hospitality taking into account preservation and develoment of nature and cultural heritage, as well as building Vidzeme region as recognisable and popular travel destination between countries of Baltic Sea. It includes 3 main priorities: market research, regional marketing and development of high quality tourism. Having regard to the current development at regional level, the focus must be set on sustainability, viz: - re-assessment and gathering of the new information on the current regional situation since the previous document, - elaboration of the the critical deficiencies that have not improved since the previous document has been adopted  - in-depth analysis of the current regional situation, by taking into account the changes at regional level - development of new measures and suggestions that need to be adopted at regional level, by taking into account the needs of the stakeholders. Improvements in present Strategy must be characterized by exact measures and indicators that need to be improved, following a methodological pattern from in-depth analysis to priority recommendations and follow-up of the results at the regional level. Which partners are working on this? Vidzeme Tourism Association Pafos Regional Strategic Tourism Development Plan As part of the repositioning strategy of Cyprus, Pafos had decided to prepare their own vision for tourism development and to create a separate product (regional brand) utilizing and investing in the available merits. This resulted in the 'Pafos Regional Strategic Tourism Development Plan' launched in 2008 with a 5-year implementation horizon initially. The Strategy places particular emphasis on cultural & heritage tourism. Cultural Tourism ranks as first priority category, considered one of the fast growing segments of the global tourism industry, with huge benefits. Cultural Tourism is associated with current expectations of travellers on learning a different way of life and understanding of another culture, is among the special forms of tourism which are designed to target specific segments and is considered a product with high growth prospects. There is great need of updating and upgrading this policy instrument, in the light of the rapidly changing tourism demand and developments in the cultural status of Pafos, such as the selection of Pafos to be the 2017 European Capital of Culture. The Strategic Plan must have a new target year of 2020 and beyond. A key purpose of the upgraded and enhanced policy instrument is the preparation of Action Plans. There is scope of interfacing with the 'Operational Programme Competitiveness & Sustainable Development'; the improved policy instrument can form the basis for mainstreaming into European Structural and Investment Funds. Which partners are working on this? Pafos Regional Board of Tourism The Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 The Regional Operational Programme (ROP) 2014-2020, thematic objective 5, Investment priority: 5.1 has following priorities: the conservation, the protection, the promotion and the sustainable development of the natural and cultural heritage. The policy focuses on the restoration of the historic monuments listed in the universal and national heritage lists, or classified historic monuments in urban areas, in order to raise their tourism attractiveness and thus contribute to the overall competitiveness of the region. The restoration works are extremely important, but there is also a need to raise awareness about the use of authentic building materials; to involve the local communities and create synergies between culture and tourism; to innovate by integrating intangible cultural heritage, events facilities, interpretation skills and new technologies in the visitor experience, as a means to ensure long-term attractiveness and economic growth. The ROP is based on the common development priorities proposed in the Regional Development Plans for the 2014-2020 period drawn-up by each of the eight RDAs, one of which is RDA Centre (RDAC). Sibiu County Tourism Association (SCTA) is missioned by the regional administration (Sibiu County Council) to develop and implement its strategic plan for tourism involving all the relevant stakeholders at all levels. SCTA has been directly involved by its public members with RDAC in the development of the new ROP 2014-2020. Which partners are working on this? Sibiu County Tourism Association The Municipal Development Plan 2014 – 2020 of Burgas Municipality It is a major strategic document for sustainable and integrated social and economic development of the Burgas Municipality for the following 7- year period. It defines the development framework for the new programming period through integrating the economic, environmental, social and infrastructure aspects of the desired sustainable and balanced growth. The Plan identifies a few strategic aims, which should be achieved and built on: Strategic objective 1: Sustainable development on the territory of the municipality and environmental protection;Strategic objective 2: Increasing the quality of life standard. Under these two aims the following Priority 2 Integrated territorial development is envisaged comprising Measure 5 Tourism development, integrated tourist products and creative industries. The Municipal strategy for sustainable tourism development will pave the way and provide the necessary basis and strategic directions for the realization of the measure. On a wider scope this will provide an opportunity for the realization of the Municipal vision – “Burgas – a key city of the Black Sea region – the eastern gate to the EU, Burgas – a city of High Technologies, Energy, Management, Industry, Education, Tourism and Environment”  Which partners are working on this? Burgas Municipality Regional Operational Programme North 2020 - Axis 6 - Investment Priority 8b - 6.5.1 It is a broad policy instrument that includes tourism as one of its objectives under Axis 6 - Investment Priority 8b - 6.5.1. Assure economical value of endogenous low density spaces resources, through the improvement of specific strategies for the promotion of territorial competitiveness. It aims to share endogenous resources, creating value and jobs, among other strategies through tourism and includes a wide range of measures for the improvement of competitiveness in the North region. It identifies several endogenous resources with a touristic potential and aims to transform them in real parts of the touristic sharing process with equilibrium between the public's needs and offer possibilities. Among these identified resources the policy instrument counts with the development of new uses for declining industrial regions as well as the accessibility to cultural and natural resources. In the adaptation of industrial regions to new uses there is always a gain in a cultural approach. Tourism looking to know old and new ways of doing things can be profited from, and help to create jobs and improve cultural interaction if units are prepared for visitors and accessible. The aim of creating accessibility, both physical and intellectual, provides the means to create self-consciousness and an environment of trust and self-esteem, by showing evidence of the value of regional entrepreneurship that will help to shift change and renew trust to an industrial ecosystem. Which partners are working on this? 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Type: Project 26/02/2021 CHRISTA Declaration launched ! This Declaration is launched by CHRISTA Interreg Europe project partners, based on the results of interregional cooperation, exchange of experience and action Type: Project 21/12/2020 Final Conference Video recording available online Video recording of the CHRISTA Interreg Europe project final Conference is available online Type: Project 26/11/2020 CHRISTA Project at the CultureInvest Congress 2020 The results of the CHRISTA Project were presented at the 12th CultureInvest Congress, on 26 November 2020. Type: Project 01/11/2019 Veneto Association wins Sustainable Tourism Prize! “Operatori Turismo Sostenibile della Laguna di Venezia” - Association of Sustainable Tourism Companies in the Venice Lagoon, Veneto, IT, has won ECTN Award. Type: Project 31/10/2019 Pafos Action wins Intangible Heritage Tourism Award! Phyti Community Council, Cyprus, won the 2nd prize in the ECTN Awards 2019 for intangible heritage of traditional weaving, an action in the Pafos action plan. Type: Project 28/10/2019 High-level dissemination event held in Granada ES The closing conference of CHRISTA Project (high level dissemination event) was held in Granada, Spain, on 24-26 October 2019, organised by ECTN advisory partner Type: Project 02/04/2019 CHRISTA is theme of the 6th Cultural Tourism Awards The CHRISTA Project title is selected as the main them of the 2019 edition of the ECTN Awards 'Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism' ! Type: Project 27/03/2019 Action Plans under Implementation - first resuls CHRISTA Action Plans are under implementation in Phase 2 and the first results are becoming visible Type: Project