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21/11/2016 - 25/11/2016
RETRACE EXHIBITION of Italian Good Practices
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The Policy Learning Platform is hosting its first brainstorming discussion to exchange and collect input on water reuse, wastewater and ground water pollution.
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In this section, you will find the relevant material of the LCA4Regions project. LCA4Regions presentations 22/01/2020 Download the presentations made at the events to get deeper inside LCA4Regions! Type: Project Communication material 09/10/2019 Who are we? Have a look at LCA4Regions' poster & follow our path on the leaflet! Type: Project Life Cycle Catalyst 18/02/2020 What goes around comes around. Don't miss six-monthly updates on our journey! Type: Project Transnational Learning... 04/03/2020 Experience the TLJs as if you were there thanks to these detailed summaries. Type: Project Press releases & media... 07/10/2019 Read the LCA4Regions press releases and check out the news about us! Type: Project Regional events presentations 18/10/2019 LCA4Regions means bottom-up change. Here you find the contents of local events! Type: Project See all Library Items LCA4Regions presentations Copy Link TLJ#3 - Bioeconomy regions Key sustainability issues for implementing bioeconomy regions - Analyzing industrial integration through life cycle based tools | Alberto Bezama, Helmholtz Cent PDF (3.78MB) Download TLJ#2 16 June LCA methodology LCA methodology PDF (3.08MB) Download TLJ#2 18 June Agenda TLJ#2 18 June Agenda PDF (663.90KB) Download TLJ#2 18 June Biosasun TLJ#2 18 June Study visit Biosasun PDF (2.58MB) Download TLJ#2 18 June Peer Review GN TLJ#2 18 June Peer Review GN PDF (1.05MB) Download TLJ#2 18 June Peer Review ACR+ TLJ#2 18 June Peer Review ACR+ PDF (729.89KB) Download LCA4Regions: "From theory to practice" Workshop introduced by Fritz Balkau, external expert on life cycle methodologies PDF (3.75MB) Download A Case Study from Lithuania #1 Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Electric and Conventional Vehicles PDF (1.50MB) Download A case study from Lithuania #2 Environmental impact assessment of renovated multi-apartment building using LCA PDF (1.05MB) Download TLJ#2 16 June Navarra overview & policy context Navarra overview & policy context PDF (1.75MB) Download Regional analysis Lithuania - KTU Outline RAB Lithuania PDF (1.60MB) Download Regional analysis Baixo Alentejo Outline RAB CIMBAL Portugal PDF (376.22KB) Download Regional analysis Lodzkie Region Outline RAB Lodzkie PDF (0.97MB) Download Regional analysis Lombardy Outline RAB Lombardy PDF (550.41KB) Download Regional analysis Navarra Outline RAB Navarra PDF (870.23KB) Download Regional analysis Slovenia - NIC Outline RAB Slovenia PDF (386.47KB) Download Regional analysis Satakunta - PJI Outline RAB Satakunta PDF (364.13KB) Download Benchmarking Regional analysis - ACR+ Outline Benchmarking RABs PDF (1.00MB) Download TLJ#2 17 Jun_GP Navarre (SP) Carbon footprint calculation in public services (urban transport, water supply and waste management) MCP PDF (1.50MB) Download TLJ#2 17 Jun_GP Lodzkie Region (PL) Izodom - LCA and construction materials PDF (846.37KB) Download TLJ#2 17 Jun_GP Slovenia Energy and resource efficiency in hotel industry PDF (1.55MB) Download TLJ#2 17 Jun_GP Lombardy Region (IT) LEED Protocol PDF (699.40KB) Download TLJ#2 17 Jun_GP Baixo Alentejo (PT) Awards: More Alqueva, more value PDF (916.10KB) Download TLJ#2 17 Jun_GP Finland Recycled soil material - Ramboll Ltd PDF (7.28MB) Download TLJ#2 17 Jun_GP Lithuania Substitution of hazardous substances in process industry using results of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) PDF (1.16MB) Download TLJ#2 17 Jun_LCA4Regions GP overview Overview of Good Practice in the LCA4Regions Project PDF (807.16KB) Download TLJ#2 17 June Agenda TLJ#2 17 June Agenda PDF (664.72KB) Download TLJ#2 16 June Carbon metric tool Zero Waste Scotland shows the Carbon metric tool and its work in the "More circularity, less carbon" campaign PDF (959.55KB) Download TLJ#2 16 June Agenda TLJ#2 16 June Agenda PDF (663.21KB) Download TLJ#2 16 June LCA4Regions project A presentation of LCA4Regions PDF (912.71KB) Download RAB Benchmark ACR+ A project baseline about the life cycle approach, highlighting opportunities and challenges of LCA4Regions PDF (2.59MB) Download RAB Benchmark ACR+ conclusions Wrap-up of the main challenges and opportunities of LCA4Regions PDF (400.68KB) Download Carbon Metric Tool ZWS presents an original life cycle tool PDF (0.95MB) Download Biosasun-case-study LCA-Results-and-Actions PDF (2.05MB) Download Navarre overview and policy context Navarra committed to sustainability and to fight climate change PDF (1.71MB) Download TLJ#3 - Introduction Introduction to LCA4Regions - TLJ#3 20 October 2020 PDF (1.12MB) Download TLJ#3 - Life Cycle Methodologies for Regions Good Practice Policy using LCA and LCM - Fritz Balkau - 20 October 2020 PDF (2.16MB) Download TLJ#3 - LCA for waste management 5 Refract Life cycle assessment of refractory waste management in a Spanish steel works - Ivan Munoz - 20 October 2020 PDF (4.02MB) Download TLJ#3 - Satakunta Policy Context Satakunta policy context - Pekka Maijala - 20 October 2020 PDF (1.38MB) Download TLJ#3 - Plastics hold value Plastics hold value – views about circular economy of plastics | Auli Westerholm. Manager in Public affairs, Fortum Waste Solutions Ltd, 21 October 2020 PDF (3.98MB) Download TLJ#3 - GP1 CIMBAL Green Edge | Elsa Ferreiro Nunes, CIMBAL (PT), 21 October 2020 PDF (487.36KB) Download TLJ#3 - GP2 Italy LCA & LCC of CDW management system | Lucia Rigamonti, Politecnico di Milano, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (IT), 21 October 2020 PDF (927.93KB) Download TLJ#3 - GP3 NIC Comparative LCA of alternative packaging materials for beverage |Albin Pintar, National Institute of Chemistry (SI), 21 October 2020 PDF (542.23KB) Download TLJ#3 - GP4 Lodzkie Redistribution of charges for environmental pollution into pro-environmental investments | Adam Szymanski, Lodzkie Region (PL), 21 October 2020 PDF (807.91KB) Download TLJ#3 - GP5 Navarra Carbon footprint of the Food Bank of Navarre | Maite Aldaya, Institute for Innovation & Sustainable Development in Food Chain (ES), 21 October 2020 PDF (3.33MB) Download TLJ#3 - GP6 KTU LCA in optimization of municipal waste management | Jolanta Dvarioniene, Kaunas University of Technology (LT) PDF (1.02MB) Download TLJ#3 - GP7 FEI Processing alternatives of biodegradable waste – anaerobic digestion, energy & biofuel | Tuuli Myllymaa, Finnish Environment Institute (FI) PDF (1.30MB) Download TLJ#3 - Biomass atlas Biomass Atlas | Eeva Lehtonen, Research Scientist (MSc), Natural Resources Institute, 22 October 2020 PDF (903.26KB) Download TLJ#3 - Nutrient calculator Nutrient calculator – tool for planning regional nutrient recycling in Finland | Sari Luostarinen, Senior Scientist PhD, Natural Resource institute, 22/10/2020 PDF (1.44MB) Download TLJ#3 - Environmental impact assessment Environmental impact assessment of biodegradable waste treatment | Jouni Havukainen, Associate Professor PhD, Lappeenranta University of Technology, 22/10/2020 PDF (1.34MB) Download TLJ#3 - Separate collection recycling waste Separate collection and recycling of waste – A company view | Pasi Kaskinen, Marketing Manager, Loimi-Häme Waste Management Ltd, 22 October 2020 PDF (2.67MB) Download TLJ#3 - Finnish politics and LCAFinnish politics and LCA | Eeva Kalli, Representative of Finnish Parliament TLJ#3 - Agenda Agenda of LCA4Regions Third TLJ PDF (258.81KB) Download TLJ#3 - Good practices overview TLJ#3 - Good practices overview PDF (346.78KB) Download TLJ#3 - Virtual visits overview TLJ#3 - Virtual visits overview PDF (132.92KB) Download Communication material Copy Link Embark on the LCA4Regions journeyGet a brief yet enlightening introduction to Life Cycle Approach and discover the main steps of LCA4Regions journey LCA4Regions leaflet (EN) . PDF (2.16MB) Download LCA4Regions poster (ES) LCA4Regions póster en castellano PDF (2.11MB) Download LCA4Regions leaflet (ES) Folleto en castellano PDF (1.53MB) Download LCA4Regions poster (LT) LCA4Regions poster (LT) PDF (2.14MB) Download LCA4Regions poster (FI) LCA4Regions poster (FI) PDF (2.11MB) Download LCA4Regions poster (PT) LCA4Regions poster (PT) PDF (2.11MB) Download LCA4Regions poster (SL) LCA4Regions poster (SL) PDF (2.14MB) Download LCA4Regions poster (PL) LCA4Regions poster (PL) PDF (2.11MB) Download LCA4Regions poster (EN) . PDF (1.88MB) Download Life Cycle Catalyst Copy Link Life Cycle Catalyst #3 The third issue of LCA4Regions newsletter, published in January 2021. PDF (1.17MB) Download Life Cycle Catalyst #1 LCA4Regions already took its first local steps! Read more. PDF (3.06MB) Download Life Cycle Catalyst #2 A wrap-up of the results of the first year of cooperation! PDF (1.94MB) Download Transnational Learning Documents Copy Link Transnational Learning Document #1 The first chapter of LCA4Regions. Read it until the end to discover partners' perspectives, stakeholders' feedback and ground for improvements! PDF (1.99MB) Download Transnational Learning Document #2 The second chapter of the LCA4Regions journey took partners to Navarre (ES). Experience again this TLJ thanks to this document. PDF (2.22MB) Download Transnational Learning Document #3 For its third chapter LCA4Regions traveled to Satakunta (FI). PDF (1.05MB) Download Press releases & media appereances Copy Link Press release TLJ#3 in Satakunta Material flow analysis and social LCA should be further explored to put sustainability in the focus of regional policies - Press release TLJ#3 (23/10/2020) PDF (285.35KB) Download 50 years ago we knew what will happen to us Lithuanian article translated to English below. Sustainability Expert on a Destructive Planet and Politicians' Indifference PDF (357.83KB) Download Biuroprasowe.pl - Lodzkie LCA4Regions in Lodzkie Region PDF (247.83KB) Download The adventure of LCA4Regions begins in Lithuania First Transnational Learning Journey: the genesis of an ambitious project. PDF (217.54KB) Download Diario de Navarra - Lanzamiento LCA4Regions https://www.diariodenavarra.es/noticias/negocios/dn-management/2019/10/05/proyecto-liderado-navarra-fomenta-economia-circular-666717-2541.html PDF (151.96KB) Download Kick-of meeting in Brussels https://mailchi.mp/acrplus/lca4regions_kick_off-764321?e=d94338fbc1 PDF (292.87KB) Download Zaliasis Pasaulis - The Green World Environmental impacts announced 50 years ago PDF (621.01KB) Download The adventure continues in (virtual) Navarre An inspiring exchange of experiences on the LCA concept and resource-efficiency. PDF (341.10KB) Download Regional events presentations Copy Link LCA4Region presentation in Navarra A regional dissemination event was carried out in Navarra to present the LCA4Regions proyect and encourage stakeholders to colaborate with it. PDF (1.19MB) Download Sign up for the LCA4Regions newsletter Subscribe now 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 #3 is online! Read Life Cycle Catalyst #3! Tweets by LCA4Regions
Project summary ClusteriX 2.0 is a project financed under the Interreg Europe programme that addresses the improvement of regional innovation policies by making better use of clusters. Over decades clusters have proven to be efficient policy instruments enabling cooperation between industry, research and policy, but ClusteriX 2.0 looks forward into new ways of facilitating intra and inter regional cooperation. This shall be done by focusing on the identification and structured use of complementary industrial and research competences and by introducing new models of innovation through the implementation of strategic cluster partnerships. New models of innovation are needed because globalization and digitalization cause rapidly changing value chains and business models. The policy makers need to be aware of such developments to keep the pace and be able to provide fast and flexible support for emerging industries in order to make/keep a region competitive at global scale.     €1,881,857.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2021 Topic Research and innovation Innovation for Clusters The goal of the consortium is to increase the number of collaborations between enterprises and knowledge institutions towards new industrial value chains through cross-cluster cooperation and eventually to new products and solutions. For this, it is necessary to improve the policy instruments related to networking, clusters and open innovation through the smart specialization approach. The way towards reaching this objective demands to increase the number, the quality and intensity of interaction of cross-sector cluster partnerships: both within each partner region as well as between the regions based on complementary competences identified through smart regional profiling.   The project approach is to set-up and implement the right framework for exchanging own experiences and learning between the partners: dedicated activities like workshops, events, peer-reviews, study trips, staff exchanges shall enable the participating organisations to learn, adapt the good practices to the realities of their regions and implement on this bases new measures and actions leading to a better policy making.   We see ClusteriX 2.0 as a small community of cluster-related actors dedicated to exchange, learn and improve, intra but also inter community. Looking into Open Innovation processes, our attitude is just as open for the broader European cluster community, willing to share with it our joint experiences and policy learning results.     Contact: Simone HagenauerProject Manager ClustersTel: +43 2742 9000-19657   Irene Woller Project Assistant International Projects Tel: +43 2742 9000-19659 Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? ERDF Programme Investment in Growth and Jobs Austria 2014-2020, Operational Programme for ERDF, Priority axis A.1, Investment priority 1.b, measure M6_FTI_IP1b_MN4: Clusters / Networks, Location Management The OP measure supports new and existing networks in order to decrease competitive disadvantages of SMEs, close gaps in the innovation system, organize collaboration along the value chain and speed up diffusion of new technologies and collaborative competence development. At regional level it is implemented by Intermediary Bodies (IB) based on their RIS3 strategies in coherence with the national RTI strategy - in Lower Austria through the region’s Cluster Program. The Cluster Program Lower Austria 2015-2020 provides support for cluster management. The implementing body of the program is the Lower Austrian Business Agency ecoplus, a regional development agency owned by the regional government of Lower Austria. Based on comprehensive cluster potential analyses carried out by external experts and the decision of the regional government to support a cluster initiative, ecoplus manages the Lower Austrian cluster initiatives as an “umbrella” cluster organisation, currently in the areas of green building, food, plastics, mechatronics and e-mobility. Despite efforts to improve cross-cluster collaboration in the past years the program needs to be approved in order to be able to provide fast and flexible support for emerging industries and development of NEW value chains. Which partners are working on this? ecoplus. The Business Agency of Lower Austria Regional Operational Programme Investment in Growth and Jobs ERDF 2014-2020, Priority axis 1 (RDI), Priority 1B, Measure 1.1.4 “Support to R&S cooperation actions for the development of new technologies, products and services” The objective of this policy instrument is to improve the cooperation between companies and R&D institutions. It intends to improve the cooperation attitude of the South Tyrolean businesses ecosystem which is for over 90% based on small and medium sized enterprises. It supports networking and collaboration of companies or between companies and research organizations especially in the domains of the region’s Innovation and Smart Specialization Strategy which requires better coordination among actors and new calls for proposals. The role of the innovation intermediaries (e.g. clusters) is to trigger these kinds of projects and connect the right partners. Which partners are working on this? NOI Techpark (until 31.12.2018 IDM Südtirol - Alto Adige) Economic Development and Innovation Operational Program (EDIOP) 1.3.2.: Enhancing professional cluster management organizations’ capabilities and skills The policy instrument is part of priority 1 (Enhancing the competitiveness of SME sector) of the EDIOP under the Investment priority 3 d “supporting the capacity of SMEs to grow in regional, national and international markets, and to engage in innovation processes”. The first call opens in 2015 Q3, and will be continuously open till 2020. Call conditions are to be continuously monitored and developed further. Beneficiaries: cluster management organisations Goal: Improving the quality and level of services provided by the cluster management organisation In the Hungarian SF framework cluster development falls into priority 3 without distinction of the innovation and SME development aspects. This measure however aims at improving the global competitiveness of the clusters through more enhanced services, enabling them to act as key innovation drivers. The instrument shall be improved by aligning it better with the actual demands of clusters and building a more coherent, responsive ecosystem of support and implementation. This however requires a more nuanced, cooperative approach from both the clusters and the decision makers. Specific goals of the improvement can be tackling the support of internationalisation and issue-driven, cross-sector innovation through clusters within the current framework. This is anticipated to turn the policy instrument into a powerful pilot for larger-scale actions, and set cluster organisations on a path to being more competitive. Which partners are working on this? West-Pannon Regional and Economic Development Public Nonprofit Ltd. Competitiveness Operational Programme 2014-2020 (COP), Priority Axis 1: Technological Development and Innovation (RDI) to support economic competitiveness and business development, Investment Priority PI1a "Improving research and innovation infrastructures and capacities to develop excellence in RDI and promoting of competence centers particularly those of European interest", Action 1.1.1 Large RDI infrastructures, Project Type "Innovation clusters" The general objective of the COP 2014-2020 is to strengthen the research, technological and innovation development and increasing the use, quality and access to information and communication technology. Priority Axis 1- Research, technological development and innovation (RDI) supports economic competitiveness and business development. The action 1.1.1 envisages the valorization of cluster development potential by fostering their cooperation with the RDI institutions in view of technology transfer towards industrial partners. - Currently only smart specialization priorities at national level are taken into consideration (bio economy; ICT, space and security; energy, environment and climate change; eco-nano technology and advanced materials; health which leads to the de facto exclusion of clusters relevant at regional level: hence, identified regional smart specialization priorities should be included in correlation with the national ones. - The current financing scheme, i.e. the applied state aid scheme foresees a high level of own co-financing which represents a major barrier to clusters accessing the funds: hence a more flexible approach with a smart combination of financing schemes should be implemented - The current action is mainly focused on infrastructure endowment, which hardly fits to the needs of Romanian clusters in their current development status: hence, an adaptation of the spectrum of actions (research, management, innovation, internationalisation) is needed. Which partners are working on this? INMA – National Institute of Research – Development for Machines and Installations designed to Agriculture and Food Industry The Regional Development Fund Skåne Blekinge 2014-2020 (Regionalt strukturfondsprogram för Skåne Blekinge 2014-2020), Priority axis 1: ‘Strengthening research, technological development and innovation’ Within priority axis 1 we specifically address Priority 1B - promoting business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation, and supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, early product validation actions, advanced manufacturing capabilities and first production, in particular in key enabling technologies and diffusion of general purpose technologies.   The body in charge of the political formation and execution of the operational program is Region Skåne.   Our need is 1) to transfer the regional cluster strategy into an innovation strategy based on an eco-system for innovation, 2) to enhance the collaborative measures of the innovation actors in the region, 3) to improve the technology readiness impact of the regional innovation value chain. All together with the ultimate aim to create a stronger impact for the smart specialization strategy of the region. Which partners are working on this? Lund University Region Skåne Operational Programme Research, Development and Education (OPRDE), priority axis 2, investment priority 1, specific objective 5 - « smart accelerator » program. (cancelled) The « smart accelerator » program supports the (further) development of RIS3 teams involving regional governments and related agencies. These RIS3 teams have the task to ensure the right conditions for the fulfilment of the RIS3 objectives. The set of activities foreseen in the program cover: preparation of RIS3 action plans, organisation of Regional Innovation Council and innovation platforms meetings, mapping activities, education, promotion, twinning, pilot testing of new innovation tools and support for preparation of strategic RIS3 projects with key impact on regional innovation ecosystem. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic acts as the coordinating body of all “smart accelerator” programs to implement the RIS3 strategies in Czech regions. As it is a new tool and contains many new activities for improving the innovation performance of our region, we want to learn from experiences in mapping /evaluation and support of R&D activities in relation to regional innovation strategies of our partners in order to further develop our cluster policy and the whole regional innovation ecosystem towards an integrated competitive region based on clusters. Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Agency Ostrava National Programme for EU’s Regional Fund 2014-2020 Denmark. Innovative and sustainable growth in Enterprises. Priority axis A.1, Strengthened innovation in SME. The aim of the programme’s investment priority 1.b “Increased Innovation in SME by strong cluster organisations” is to increase the innovation capacity of SMEs in specific fields of strength: i.e. defined in the regional innovation and smart specialisation strategy, the regional growth and development strategy or areas with potential to future growth. A maximum of two clusters per region can be recommended for support. The OP is a national programme and implemented by regional intermediate bodies,such as the Growth Forum of Southern Denmark within the Region of Southern Denmark. It is interacting with the regional business development strategies and action plans of which the regional cluster policies are vital parts. 8 ministries, 6 regions and Local Government Denmark have set up a joint strategy “Strategy for Denmark’s Cluster Policy” aiming for an efficient cluster policy to contribute to creating tomorrow’s strong competitive and innovative enterprises. The cluster policy strategy has 3 specific focus areas: More international clusters, more professional cluster organisations and a Forum for the Danish cluster and network policy. As a result of the strategy a new cluster support function called Cluster Excellence Denmark has been established. The Region of Southern Denmark joins the ClusteriX 2.0 consortium in order to foster specialization in each cluster according to its ecosystem and regional priorities as well as internationalisation of clusters. Which partners are working on this? Region of Southern Denmark Regional Operational Programme Auvergne ERDF-ESF 2014-2020, Axis 1: “Reinforce Research, Technological Development and Innovation”, Investment priority 1A: “Enhancing research and innovation infrastructure and capacities to develop R&I excellence and promoting centers of competence” The R&I policy in Auvergne aims in the fields of smart specialization strategy at supporting excellence, research structuration & visibility and supporting socio-economic benefits of research outcomes. The 5 fields of our RIS3 are: Health prevention and patients’ well-being, Sustainable agricultural systems, Sustainable life spaces, Physical and digital traceability and Smart and efficient systems. The Region must reinforce public investments for research in the fields of the regional specialization, which targets public research labs funding within the RIS3. Their results will strengthen the regional clusters, which are conceived as the catalyst at the crossroad between researchers & industrials, with a long term vision, in order to anticipate innovation. The objectives of the IP are: - To support and increase the number of promotion projects of the research, technology transfer and collaborative projects between research labs and SMEs. - To strengthen the innovation back-up services for projects development in enterprises. - To highlight regional competences, by encouraging the knowledge dissemination and the implementation of public-private partnerships. - To bring public support, on the one hand to general interest actions (raising awareness to innovation, helping connecting people…) that promote and encourage projects emergence, and on the other hand to innovative projects by contributing to risks factors control and by insuring human technical and financial resources. Which partners are working on this? Regional Council of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Flanders Cluster Support Program The objective of the instrument is to generate economic added value and increase competitiveness of Flemish enterprises by improved collaboration between enterprises, knowledge institutes and government (triple helix). The cluster program will provide funding for cluster organizations based on a long term competitiveness program. The cluster organization can thus organize activities for the member companies to generate collaborative activities and projects – from R&D to demonstration and pilot projects, from idea generation to road-mapping and development of the cluster strategy. The objective is to support 5 large and 10 smaller clusters with a time horizon of resp. maximum 10 and 3 years. After 3 years an evaluation will take place for the large clusters. In case of a positive evaluation their funding will be extended again for 3 years, still within the limits of a max 10y funding period. The funding of the smaller clusters will end anyway after 3 years. The Flanders Cluster Support Program is funded by regional sources (50% public, 50% private).MORE INFORMATION Which partners are working on this? Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 (ROP 2014-2020) General objective: Increasing the economic competitiveness and improving the living conditions of local and regional communities by supporting the development of business environment, infrastructure and services. Priority Axis 1, Investment Priority 1.1, Thematic Objective 1: Consolidation of research, technologic development and innovation; Specific objective – Increasing the innovation in companies by supporting the innovation and technology transfer entities in fields of smart specialization. Support measures: - Creation, modernization and expanding of innovation and technologic transfer entities; - Creation of networks and groups for open innovation through smart specialization - Promoting investments in developing products and services, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation Since the level of innovation and industrial performance in the region is not very high, it is necessary to support partnerships between businesses and research institutions in order to (1) increase the transfer of knowledge, technology and staff with RDI skills, (2) to develop products and processes based on market demand; (3) develop new models of innovation based on closer links and synergies between the relevant players, (4) provide the labour market with qualified staff matching the domestic needs of the companies. At regional level the ROP is implemented intermediate bodies such as the Regional Development Agency Nord-Est (NE ADR). Which partners are working on this? North-East Regional Development Agency Sign up for the CLUSTERIX 2.0 newsletter Subscribe now Tweets by CLUSTERIX 2.0 Latest News See all project news 28/10/2020 CLUSTERIX 2.0 learnings and achievements in NERDA CLUSTERIX 2.0 learnings and achievements in the Region Nord-Est Romania Type: Project 28/10/2020 CLUSTERIX 2.0 learnings and achievements in SD CLUSTERIX 2.0 learnings and achievements in the Region Southern Denmark Type: Project 28/10/2020 CLUSTERIX 2.0 learnings and achievements in Lower AT CLUSTERIX 2.0 learnings and achievements in the Lower Austria Type: Project 27/10/2020 CLUSTERIX 2.0 learnings and achievements in AURA CLUSTERIX 2.0 learnings and achievements in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes / France Type: Project 27/10/2020 CLUSTERIX 2.0 learnings and achievements in ST CLUSTERIX 2.0 learnings and achievements in South Tyrol / Italy Type: Project 27/10/2020 CLUSTERIX 2.0 learnings and achievements in Romania CLUSTERIX 2.0 learnings and achievements in Romania Type: Project 26/10/2020 CLUSTERIX 2.0 learnings and achievements in Flanders CLUSTERIX 2.0 learnings and achievements in Flanders Type: Project 26/10/2020 CLUSTERIX 2.0 learnings and achievements in Skåne CLUSTERIX 2.0 learnings and achievements in Skåne / Sweden Type: Project 19/10/2020 Clusterix 2.0 - Final Event Achievements in Cluster Policies of the Last 5 Years Type: Project 16/10/2020 Clusterix 2.0 achievements We summarized the challenges addressed and our achievements in CLUSTERIX 2.0 for you Type: Project
Project summary Due to different factors as the relocation of work to Asia, the industry contribution to the EU economy is declining. This reflects the necessity to transform the current industry sector into a smarter one. Nevertheless, the European Innovation Scoreboard 2017 shows that SMEs with innovative products or processes have decreased 18 points since 2010 and not all EU countries are at the same level of innovation and smart specialization. Therefore, it is essential to introduce the necessary changes in current policies to get a real smart transformation of the European industry, with the final aim of being more competitive and reaching the target set by the European Commission of boosting manufacturing´s share of GDP from 15% to 20% by 2020. On the other hand, clusters have been proven to have a reticular effect to introduce changes in the European industry. The European Cluster Panorama 2016 shows that wages in more developed clusters are close to 3% higher than in industries not located in such regional hotspots. Thus, changing regional clusters policies will trigger the transformation of the industry in a larger scale. For that reason, the INNO Industry project aims to increase rate of clusters that develop activities to support the transformation towards Industry 4.0 by 2022 through the improvement of regional and national policies. €1,637,941.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jan 2023 Topic Research and innovation What will this project change? INNO Industry proposes to establish a strategic work group with the aim to share best practices related with cluster activities and the promotion of Industry 4.0 to develop a European Blueprint as a policy guide towards clusters 4.0. The development of INNO Industry will achieve as key outputs a SWOT analysis in 10 EU regions, the identification of at least 30 best practices related with clustering and industry 4.0, one European Blueprint towards clusters 4.0 and 10 action plans to introduce improvements in addressed policy instruments. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy in the Period 2014-2020 The OP encompasses all 11 thematic objectives and corresponding investment priorities, with clear links with INNO4.0 project. The OP has special focus in:   • Increasing the international competitiveness of enterprises, particularly of SMEs, to accelerate economic development and the creation of jobs; • Improving the infrastructure for research and innovation while strengthening its links with enterprises and the higher education sector; • Developing a high-quality broadband infrastructure and enhancing access to broadband electronic communication services;   The Programme will play a decisive role in encouraging economic development and ensuring prosperity for all citizens in Slovenia while taking into account the specific characteristics of the two less developed regions - Western Slovenia and Eastern Slovenia. It will significantly contribute to the achievement of the national and Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It aims to strengthen efforts particularly in the area of research and development, boost the innovation potentials of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), promote resource efficiency and reduce environmental pressures, further develop the transport sector, boost the growth of employment rates and reduce the number of people at risk of poverty and social exclusion.   Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Agency Posavje (RDA Posavje) ERDF Programme Investment in Growth and Jobs Austria 2014-2020, Operational Programme for ERDF, Priority axis A.1, Investment priority 1.b, measure M6_FTI_IP1b_MN4: Clusters / Networks, Location Management The OP measure supports new and existing networks in order to decrease competitive disadvantages of SMEs, close gaps in the innovation system, organize collaboration and speed up diffusion of new technologies and collaborative competence development. At regional level it is implemented by Intermediary Bodies (IB) based on their RIS3 in coherence with the national RTI strategy. The relevant Lower Austrian branch of the policy instrument is the Cluster Program Lower Austria 2015-2020   The policy instrument provides support for cluster management, i.e. mainly staff costs of the cluster management team at ecoplus, a regional development agency owned by the regional government. The objectives are to mobilize and initiate collaborative innovation projects and to foster smart specialization in currently 4 cluster initiatives in the areas of green building, food, plastics, mechatronics and e-mobility.   WHY IMPROVE: The Lower Austrian agenda on digital transformation requires cluster managers to develop specific concepts and tools to provide the necessary support for digital transformation in their specific cluster. This requires improvement in the governance of the policy instrument, such as better collaboration with relevant stakeholders in the region, eventually also new monitoring and evaluation features Better governance is expected to lead to new collaborative projects related to digital transformation. These projects will be financed by a regional (non SF) funding instrument   Which partners are working on this? ecoplus. The Business Agency of Lower Austria Operational Programme “Growth and Employment” Operational Programme "Growth and Employment" sets the investment principles of EU funds, the results to be achieved and areas of support for the entire acquisition period.   Resources of Priority Axis No.3 of Operational Programme aims to support competitiveness and innovation of SMEs. It includes Investment Priority No. 3.2. - supporting the capacity of SMEs to engage in regional, national and international markets, and innovation processes and the following activities under the measure No. 3.2.1. (increasing export proportion of high value added products and services): support for the development of clusters that include measures to promote international cooperation; marketing activities, market research and industry development research, training for cluster coordinators, cooperation with educational and scientific institutions, and clusters services to partners, to strengthen exporting abilities, increase quality of services and development of niche services.   One of the main reasons why this Policy Instrument should be improved is to reach the target (one of) for 2014-2020 period which is to increase the share of high and medium technology products in the export structure, hence improving cooperation and entering international value chains. And of course, it very important for development of SMEs.   Which partners are working on this? Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia Plan Operativo de la Región de Murcia FEDER (ERDF Operational Programme 2014-2020) The ERDF OP of Murcia Region has a main objective to boost a new economic model, in line with the European Strategy 2020, that enables new jobs, improve the quality of life and environment, within the objective of economic sustainability.   The OP looks to foster a smart and sustainable development, encouraging the territorial, economic and social cohesion, within an efficient use of the available resources.   Some thematic objectives and priorities are concerned within INNO4.0 project:   T.O. 1A - Enhancing R&I infrastructure and capacities to develop R&I excellence, and promoting centres of competence   T.O. 1B- Promoting business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, ecoinnovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation.   The OP need to be improved in relation with the support that is given to clusters to carry out activities that have as main objective to support companies in their transition to develop a smart industry.   In that way, the Regional Innovation Scoreboard (RIS) 2017, made by DG Growth, highlighted as regional weaknesses non-R&D innovation expenditures and innovative SMEs collaborating. Managing authority is sure that with the support of clusters it could be face this challenge Which partners are working on this? Innovative business association of furniture manufacturers and related in the Murcia Region - AMUEBLA Programa Operacional Regional do Centro 2014-2020 (CCI 2014PT16M20P002) Centro Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 (CCI 2014PT16M20P002) The main objective of the CENTRO 2020 is to promote the knowledge economy by intensifying the transfer of knowledge between the scientific and technological system and the regional economic fabric, and increasing the productivity of enterprises   Through the implementation of European funds registered in CENTRO 2020, the Central Region aims to become Innovation Follower (Regional Innovation Scoreboard), to represent 20% of national GDP and converge to national productivity levels, to reduce by 10% territorial asymmetries, to have 40% of the young population with HE and to have an unemployment rate below 70% of the national average   The Funding priority 1.2. aims at promoting business investment in R&D, developing links and synergies between companies, research and development centers and HE sector   To support collaborative networks is one of the objectives of the programme, more specifically:   Support for the creation of new clusters within RIS3 Priority areas Support for the dynamization of cluster activities Support to cluster projects for the implementation of international partnerships in the innovation fields   Despite the actions taken, the policy instrument should be improved by increasing the funds and projects, in order to stimulate and support the emergence and consolidation of collective efficiency strategies towards clusters, with the objective to get more proactive clusters, able to foster the transition for a smart industry with better capacity and tools   Which partners are working on this? Business and innovation Centre of Beira Interior Operational programme for investments in employment and growth (Insatsområde 3. Att öka små och medelstora företags konkurrenskraft) The NorthMid Sweden regional programe has focused on four priority axis,:   1) strengthen research, technical development and innovation, one main objective is to increase the amount of innovative SME. 2) Increase the access to, use of and the quality of information and communication technology, 3) Increase competitiveness in SME, the objective is to increase the amount of new companies with growth potential, 4) support the change to a CO2 free economy.   The analysis for North Middle Sweden indicates that the region has a number of areas of strength to build upon, but it is also important to encourage the emergence of new areas of strength. Continued work on strengthening innovation and systems should therefore focus both on existing areas of strength with greater attention to gender and on supporting innovation processes in a broader range of sectors. The analysis also identifies a possibility of developing existing clusters and deeper cluster collaboration in new areas, contributing to greater innovativeness in companies and increased collaboration between enterprises and research institutions.   The priority area 1, on which INNO4.0 project focus on, needs improvement in policies for structures and innovation systems. Improvements that generates strengthen research, technical development and innovation. The project INNO4.0 focuses on Industry 4.0 as a base for development, but the policy updates will in the end have a broader impact.   Which partners are working on this? RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB Operational programme Research and Innovation (OP R&I) OP R&I represents a joint programme document of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sports of the SR & the Ministry of Economy of the SR (MoE) for the granting of support from ESIF during the period 2014–2020. It´s main objective is to create a stable innovation-friendly environment & to promote the efficiency & performance of the system of R&D&I as a basic pillar for reinforcing competitiveness, sustainable economic growth & employment.   The basic aim of support is to consolidate and modernise the use of existing infrastructures and to promote the activities of excellent research.   Thematic objective 1 (Strenghtening research, technological development and innovation) will be achieved by means of actions performed under Priority Axis 1 “Supporting R&D&I” and Priority Axis 2 “Supporting R&D&I in the Bratislava Region”.   One of the key infrastructure needs is the support of various forms of inter-sectoral partnerships/clustering/technology platforms. The role of clusters has long been undervalued in the economic development of the SR. Several cluster organisations were created in the past by means of bottom-up activities without any systemic support. The existing instrument aims to support clusters as such, cluster organisations & their activities leading to innovation in line with the smart specialization strategy. The OP R&I is one of the main financing tools to implement Industry 4.0 in line with the action plan of the smart industry that is being prepared.   Which partners are working on this? SLOVAK BUSINESS AGENCY Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme -EDIOP The policy instrument chosen is part of the 1st (SME development) priority of EDIOP   Within this priority Measure 1.2.8 -– “Support of SME development related to industrial digitalisation (Industry 4.0)” is the only structure still open that targets I4.0 directly. It is the key tool and focus of I4.0 policy and targets SMEs aiming for Industry 4.0 development supporting equipment development efforts with 50% funding of projects up to 1.6 mEUR. It is being extended with additional funding for an additional call and is therefore one of the few measures with actual possibility to influence   A specificity of the measure is that it builds on the results of a prior key project (EDIOP 1.3.4 closed, in implementation), which has established a selection, benchmarking and general I4.0-competence development system and allows only SMEs registered in that benchmarking system to apply   The measure is considered to be adequate for the goals, yet the traction behind Industry 4.0 is not yet strong enough   The Ministry would like to see more applications, stronger competition and better average project quality. Clusters, being both positioned at the ideal level close to active SMEs and having an innate interest in I4.0 can be easily enabled to build and coordinate this movement, funnelling it into the existing benchmarking system   This however requires some focused competence development and is expected to yield both better projects and a more dynamic, cluster-driven innovation ecosystem   Which partners are working on this? West-Pannon Regional and Economic Development Public Nonprofit Ltd. Romanian Cluster Policy as part of the Industrial Policy The Ministry of Economy through the Directorate for Industrial Policy is the main co-ordinator of cluster policy in Romania. The main objective of the cluster policy instrument is the development of new industrial value chains in the context of smart specialisation, based on clusters and enhanced business driven innovation. Currently it is part of the It has following 3 functions   - Mapping and monitoring of the Romanian cluster landscape via the register of clusters held at the level of the Direction for Industrial Policy; - Representation and policy advice at European (European Commission Danube Strategy) and international level in support of Romanian clusters; - Support to cluster management organisation via co-organisation of conferences, participation in international projects dedicated to cluster development etc. policy.   Although embedded in the Directorate of Industrial Policy, the cluster policy as such needs to be strengthen at the level of the Ministry of Economy, from the following points of view:   Improved Governance: the role and tasks of the cluster unit within the Directorate for Industrial Policy need to be better Better support instruments: the Ministry of Economy has no cluster dedicated financial (or non-financial) scheme in support of the implementation of the cluster related measures. This leads to very difficult intervention processes and threatens to loss of momentum concerning further cluster development in Romania   Which partners are working on this? Romanian Cluster Association - CLUSTERO The UK’s Growth Programme (2014-2020) allocation through the European and Structural Investment Fund, ESIF (ERDF, ESF and EAFRD) Specifically the ESIF allocation under Priority 1 of the programme for Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP We are seeking to address the locally administered Priority 1 of the Growth Programme. Its objective is to invest in science, research and digital innovation and covers:   • Increase investment in research and innovation by SMEs in sectors and technologies identified through SMART specialisation • Increase the number of SMEs engaged in knowledge exchange, collaborative research and innovation with HE   Locally the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP ESIF Strategy identifies a number of issues it wishes to address to improve the innovation and ‘smart specialisation’, these include , promoting business investment in R&I; developing links and synergies between enterprises, R&D centres and the HE. In particular promoting investment networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation   A number of issues currently exist and evidence highlights specific barriers that hold back SMEs from development. These are the risk and costs associated with this type of investment, access to finance and a very low level of linkages between SMEs and the University   Improvements required are:   • Ensuring calls under priority 1 are focussed on supporting activity which enables clustering • That funding being made available as part of the Buckinghamshire Growth Loan Fund (BGLF), will support growing companies with local efforts to cluster innovation activity Link these two improvements through the development of a digitally enabled, cluster support service funded through ERDF.   Which partners are working on this? Buckinghamshire Business First Sign up for the INNO INDUSTRY newsletter Subscribe now Latest News See all project news 29/03/2021 INNO Industry extends its 1st Phase Due to the global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the INNO Industry project has extended the implementation period of its 1st phase. Type: Project 22/02/2021 Roundtable discussion in Romania On January 29th, 2021, Clustero organized round table discussions regarding the INNO INDUSTRY project with the group of experts from managing authority. Type: Project 28/01/2021 3rd Stakeholder Meeting in UK Colleagues from across the Buckinghamshire region met on 25th January 2021 to discuss the INNO Industry project. Type: Project 08/01/2021 Slovenia hosts it 3rd regional workshop On December 11, 2020, RDA Posavje organized a regional workshop for INNO INDUSTRY stakeholders. Type: Project 22/12/2020 Two Swedish regional stakeholder workshops On December 16th, 2020 RISE Research Institutes of Sweden organized two consecutive online regional stakeholder workshops. Type: Project 22/12/2020 Spanish Expert Group Workshop On December 18, the group of experts from the Region of Murcia created within the INNO Industry project met via videoconference to discuss the progress of the p... Type: Project 16/12/2020 Best practices shared on the INNO Industry project Over the past year, partners and stakeholders from the INNO Industry project, have been working together by sharing knowledge and 30 good practices. Type: Project 13/12/2020 Lower Austrian stakeholders discussion Lower Austrian stakeholders discuss learnings from Swedish best practice Type: Project 03/12/2020 3rd Stakeholder Meeting in Portugal On November 27th 2020, CIEBI hosted its 3rd stakeholder group meeting which took place online with 10 participants Type: Project 09/10/2020 Second Hungarian Stakeholder Workshop Westpannon Nonprofit Ltd. organised the second Hungarian stakeholder workshop Type: Project
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