In common understanding, the core idea of KARMA is that our current actions determine our future circumstances. This KARMA project follows the same logic.
The partnership strives to make the construction sector, with its huge resource consumption and environmental impact, more circular, and thus to help put Europe on the path to a greener and climate-neutral future. For doing so, seven partners from five European countries (BE, DE, HU, IT, RO) cooperate to improve regional development policies. These include Regional Operational Programmes (ERDF & ESF+), region wide climate plans and strategies, as well as Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans. This way, KARMA aims to increase resource efficiency and optimise waste management and recycling practices in the six participating partner regions for public and private construction projects. Topics that will be addressed with the interregional activities include circular economy (CE) approaches for housing and restoration of buildings, construction and demolition waste and waste management, new business models, procurement, as well as governance.
The partners represent organisations with dedicated long-standing experience in CE as well as in the construction sector, e.g. Circular Flanders – and partners where a clear need for catching-up is defined, e.g. Regione Calabria. In addition, the project brings together local and regional project partners who complement each other with their different perspectives to learn to better bridge the different levels of governance. KARMA activities involve policy learning activities with interregional exchanges, living labs to jointly co-create and advance policy improvements with regional stakeholders, staff exchanges among the partner organisations, a self-reflexive learning approach as well as topic-specific working groups enriched by vast experiences and links of partners to other sources and contexts (e.g. Horizon projects, further EU Commission initiatives, Eurocities).
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What will this project change
The KARMA Project aims to bring about change in the construction industry by further adapting and developing policy tools that foster circular construction practices. By promoting the principles of sustainability, resource efficiency, and waste reduction, KARMA aims to reshape the way buildings are designed, constructed, and demolished.
The project seeks to review policies and strategies that encourage the reuse, recycling, and repurposing of construction materials. The project's policy tools will provide guidance to policymakers, construction professionals, and stakeholders, enabling them to implement circular construction practices at various levels, from local to regional.
By driving the transition towards circular construction, KARMA aims to create a lasting impact and contribute to a greener, more sustainable future.