Subsidy for promoting optimization of production processes in terms of eco innovation
This subsidy is aimed at industrial sector developers, specifically for their manufacturing processes.

Following proved Lean Management methodologies, and from a general vision of productive and auxiliary processes, different improving options would be identified by comparing with other similar companies, sectors and technologies.

Following, processes which will be optimized would be summarized, making a second map in which them will be detailed.

Improving processes possibilities will be evaluated for making a final map that would optimize the chosen process, following eco-innovation criteria.

Necessary investments and expenses for the identified actions will be described. In order to defray them, Administration would provide a maximum amount of 12.000€ through a subsidy.

Working plan:
1. Initial work plan, containing the methodology that will be applied and your schedule.
2. General report of the situation of productive processes and auxiliaries, which will collect information about the environment of the company, the main problematic and the general conclusions and opportunities for improvement detected.
3. Choice of one or several productive processes and detailed map of the chosen one.
4. Optimized process map which includes the improvements that will be implemented.
5. Planning of investments and necessary expenses to undertake this improvements

Resources needed

The amount of financial resources required for carrying out this practice is between 0.5 and 1M€ (money for subsidies & activites/events). In terms of human resources, there would be necessary a coordinator for analyzing the applications and chooses the ones that meet the requirements

Evidence of success

It has been implemented on 2009, 2010, 2015 and 2017. The results of it throughout these years have been:
- 516 companies have improved their productivity and competitiveness through the implementation of innovative knowledge, procedures and techniques.
- On average, they have spent an amount of 6.061’2€ on the mentioned innovation efforts.
- On average, 4.963’2€ out of the 6.061’2€ invested has been financed by the Administration.

Difficulties encountered

-“Eco-innovation” is not well defined and accepted among the regional business environment
-Not many entrepreneurs or start-up are aware of this specific subsidy
- Difficult dissemination
-Applicants’ main priority is the grant – difficult to monitor the results/effective improvements of actions

Potential for learning or transfer

This initiative could be good to be shared due to the impulse it gives to SMEs in terms of innovation. Thanks to this, companies all over our region could afford the optimization of their processes, which may not occur without this help. Recycling of tyres, thermal treatment of steel, agro-machinery constructor or urban and playground equipment are some examples of eco-innovative projects ongoing.

By implementing it, competitiveness of local organizations raises through building a solid, perdurable and sustainable competitive advantage. Even though it hasn’t been transferred to any other region/country yet, it could be a great source of knowledge for those sites where investing on ecoinnovation isn’t a priority for the companies.

The will of the Regional Government (influenced by European Directives) is to promote the circular economy and the awareness of companies in terms of sustainable innovation so it is a measure that could be improved and implemented in the upcoming years.

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Project
Main institution
INFO ( Regional Development Office of the Region of Murcia)
Location
Región de Murcia, Spain (España)
Start Date
January 2009
End Date
Ongoing

Contact

Esther Peñalver Please login to contact the author.