Roadmap identifying main markets and value chains of interest involving regional stakeholders in the deployment of Asturias RIS3•Sustainable Materials priority
One of the main characteristics of the Asturian economy is its specialisation in an intensive industrial activity within an area with more than 50% of its territory under a singular environmental protection. This was the reasoning we used in our RIS3 Strategy to select Sustainable Materials as a priority.
Asturias RIS3 provides for the drafting of a Regional Agenda for Research and Innovation in Sustainable Materials. The regional challenge we want to face is to develop ideas based on scientific evidence to boost the use of residues as a raw material in the process industry, minimising the impact in a way that make business sense.
To achieve this, it was necessary to agree on a roadmap identifying the main markets and value chains of interest; the work developed for its elaboration, already completed, was carried out by a working group set up for this purpose.
This working group was created in September 2016 by IDEPA in cooperation with the Association of Chemical and Process Industries of Asturias (AIQPA). To date, 83 people from 39 entities have participated in this entire process. The Roadmap was presented to Asturias RIS3 executive committee on 26 Sep 2017.
The Economic Development Agency of Asturias (IDEPA), a public entity dependent on the Regional elaborated the Regional Strategy for Smart Specialisation (Asturias RIS3) and is in charge of its deployment, assuming the Technical Secretariat.

Resources needed

2 people from IDEPA involved in the elaboration of the roadmap and coordination of the WG (4 person / month).

Evidence of success

Stakeholders, members of the WG, identified the three pillars on which the Regional Agenda for Research and Innovation in Sustainable Materials is being developed: Industrial Symbiosis, Key Infrastructures and Sustainable Opportunity Windows. The next step is an Innovation Camp to be organised in March 2019 to prototype outputs linked to each pillar.

Potential for learning or transfer

What can be transferred to third parties is the experience concerning the composition and organisation of the working group, as well as the method used for the collection of information and for the selection of value chains. There is also learning potential in relation to how to embed this activity in the process of implementing RIS3 priorities, following an entrepreneurial discovery procedure and evidence based method.

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Main institution
Principado de Asturias, Spain (España)
Start Date
September 2016
End Date
November 2017


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Cristian Gotia

Agentia pentru Dezvoltare Regionala Vest