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Project summary CURBING PLASTICS WASTE AND LITTERING IN EU REGIONS The widespread plastic pollution necessitates a strong reaction from EU regions, to address growing environmental and health concerns. PLASTECO, in line with the “European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy”, will support participating territories to take the steps necessary for a transition towards a “new plastics economy”. The focus of the project will be on advances in waste management, eradication of single-use plastics from regional value chains, and spurring growth through eco-innovation. PLASTECO will cover the areas of waste management, public procurement, funding/investments, secondary raw materials, and awareness raising.   OBJECTIVE PLASTECO will support 8 partners from 8 EU countries, through joint policy learning efforts and exchanges of experiences, to benefit from the momentum of the EU plastics strategy and achieve their goals in terms of protecting the environment, increasing resource efficiency, alleviating health effects, and boosting innovation. PLASTECO will enable partners and key stakeholders to:assess the current situation, potential, and barriers in their regions;identify pathways for sustainable growth in plastics value-chains;design and put into effect new policy measures and regulations.  EXPECTED IMPACT The implementation of PLASTECO will:  - Lead to increased capacity of 180 staff of public administrations to effectively support new growth trajectories & energy security - Potential 19 million euros unlocked to support projects on plastic reuse, eco-innovation, alternative technologies - Increased awareness & consensus building among plastic producers and consumers/the public   MAIN OUTPUTS & BENEFICIARIES - 8 action plans to improve the addressed policies, benefiting managing authorities & stakeholders - 4 interregional workshops, 2 study visits, and 2 joint policy planning and strategic review procedures, to promote capacity building among partners and stakeholders - 3 joint thematic studies on territorial needs and good practices €1,610,258.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Local Waste Management Plan of the Municipality of Rethymno RETHYMNO’s Local Waste Management plan provides a consistent framework for waste related activities in the municipality over the period 2014-2020. The plan was developed in accordance with the National Waste Management Plan (49 ΠΥΣ 15‐12‐2015–ΦΕΚ 174/Α/15‐12‐15), and addresses the territorial challenges related to waste management and environmental pollution. It provides a number of targets and milestones for waste reduction & recycling, incl. actions required to meet those targets. The plan seeks to ensure that Rethymno has adequate disposal and waste collection capacity, and to decrease Rethymno’s reliance on landfills for disposing of solid waste. The overriding objective is to stimulate a shift from landfilling towards sustainable management options and resource efficiency, by ensuring that local communities and businesses have opportunities to reduce, reuse and recycle waste.   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT 1. The plan was drafted before the EU plastics strategy and the Circular Economy Package and sets low targets for plastic recycling & recovery. It thus needs to be updated to include EU recycling targets for municipal and plastic packaging waste. 2. It focuses exclusively on consumption to reduce waste, improve resource use and increase recycling, lacking measures on production that will help transform the way in which products are designed and packaged, increase plastic recyclability, and most importantly make recycling profitable for local businesses. Which partners are working on this? Municipality of Rethymno Lombardy Regional Operational Programme (ROP) ERDF 2014-2020 Lombardy’s ROP comprises 7 integrated priority axes to promote innovation, competitiveness and sustainable development in the region. Specifically, PA 6 prescribes measures to preserve the environment and promote resource efficiency, while PA 1 aims to strengthen technological research, development and innovation.   The ROP, despite not making a clear reference to plastic waste management and circular economy, supports a number of relevant actions: - Support co-operative innovative activities to develop sustainable technologies and optimise production processes. - Strengthen the demand for innovation in green products through public procurement. - Increase environmental attractiveness and resilience through protection measures.   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT 1. There is the need to update the criteria used in GPP so as to encourage the supply of products made from recycled plastic materials or contain plastic components that have a greater durability and are recyclable. 2. Additional measures need to be taken to: a) stimulate the emergence of new companies that provide circular solutions (e.g. reverse logistics for packaging) and b) encourage synergies between businesses for exchanging plastic wastes and residuals in a circular economy model. 3. The ROP does not link the protection of the natural heritage with the need to decrease the amount of plastic waste released into the environment, polluting both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Which partners are working on this? Lombardy Region Investments in Growth and Employment Austria 2014-2020 - Operational Programme for the use of the ERDF funds OBJECTIVES & MEASURES The policy instrument has 6 priority axes and aims to foster green economic growth & contribute to achieving the Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. With regards to the issue tackled by PLASTECO, it addresses Thematic Objectives 6 “Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency”, and 4 “Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy”, through priority axes 4 and 3 respectively.   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT The policy instrument needs to be adapted to the “European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy”, which stresses the fact that in Styria, Austria, and the EU, the potential for recycling plastic waste and corresponding investments remains largely unexploited, due to the low amounts of recycled plastics compared to other materials, and low profitability.   The policy instrument will be improved, through PLASTECO, by proposing measures to: -Support eco-innovations that make recycling plastics easier. - Improve the separate collection of plastic waste. - Modernise Styria’s recycling capacity. - Create viable markets for recycled plastics in Styria.   This way, STYRIA will manage to increase the recycling rates of plastics and reduce their incineration, thereby promoting resource efficiency in its urban centres and fostering the shift to a low-carbon economy. Which partners are working on this? Office of the Regional Government of Styria, Directorate 14 Operational programme "Environment" 2014 – 2020 OBJECTIVES & RELEVANT MEASURES The OP ‘Environment’ 2014-2020 comprises objectives whose aim is to improve waste management capacities, in line with national and EU instruments and priorities for sustainable growth. The OP supports investments along 6 Priority Axes. PA2 – Waste supports measures for improving municipal waste management as outlined in the National Waste Management Plan and the EU Resource Efficiency Roadmap (O3.1, 3.2, 4.1) and in other national and EU policies. The OP’s central purpose is to implement waste prevention measures and environmental protection investments, including waste re-use, recycling and recovery to reduce the amounts of waste going to the landfill.   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT The national 2020 recycling target of 50% can be attained through measures targeting plastic waste specifically due to their extensive use in both production and consumption. Plastic waste prevention, re-use and recycling requires the integration of a ‘circular’ economy rationale, as outlined in the “European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy”. The OP could increase its effectiveness in terms of reducing crucial waste mass caused by non-reusable and/or not recycled plastics that account for the bulk of solid environmental pollutants. Advancing cross-sectoral synergies to reduce, and in certain cases even eliminate plastic waste output back into the environment, is predicted to be an effective way of reaching the OP’s target of reducing anthropogenic impact. Which partners are working on this? Stara Zagora Regional Economic Development Agency Future Guidelines for Augsburg / A.2 Improvement of energy and resource efficiency OBJECTIVES & MEASURES ‘Future Guidelines for Augsburg’ (FGA) is a policy instrument that aims to form an orientating basis for the sustainable development of the City of Augsburg. FGA aims to cover all aspects of sustainability (environmental, social, economic, cultural) and, in particular, resource efficiency and waste management and recycling through: a) axis A2: Improve energy and material efficiency, and b) priorities A2.1 Resource-efficient and Resource-saving economies, and A2.2 Strengthening circular economy processes and recycling.   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT To tackle the requirements of the “European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy”, and, in general, optimise plastic waste management and recycling in Augsburg, FGA priorities A2.1 and A2.2 need to be updated by including specific initiatives about reducing (micro-)plastics in freshwater environment and optimising circular economy processes to incentivise plastics’ reuse and reduce single–use plastics. With the help of PLASTECO, FGA will not only describe priorities A2.1 and A2.2 as aims, but will be able to move beyond forming the foundations of sustainability in Augsburg, towards the development and integration of a complete strategy, with the participation of all relevant stakeholders, to make Augsburg a model community in the area of plastic waste management. Which partners are working on this? Cluster of Environmental Technologies Bavaria Regional ERDF programme Rhône Alpes 2014-2020 OBJECTIVES & MEASURES CONCERNED The Regional ERDF programme Rhône-Alpes 2014-2020 aims to boost green economic growth and to achieve the Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive development. About 30% of the budget is allocated to promoting resource efficiency and tackling climate change. It is structured around 6 axes and includes 22 specific objectives. 2 axes and 3 specific objectives include actions relevant to PLASTECO: A1, SP2: Supporting eco-innovation in products and services A1, SP6: Encouraging the transition to ecological businesses & SMEs A2, SP15: Improving waste management processes & reducing waste   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT - The ROP needs to integrate provisions from the “European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy” document into policy incentives aiming to boost innovative business solutions across the life cycle of plastic (e.g. in the field of production, cleanup efforts and collection systems, and recycling). - Additional measures required for introducing green public procurement criteria on the use of plastic, reducing significantly the use of plastic materials or promoting plastics with grater durability in public contracts. - Improved capacities required for developing quantitative approaches that monitor plastic consumption and its environmental impact. Which partners are working on this? Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Energy Environment Agency Regional Operational Programme The ROP aims at promoting smart sustainable and inclusive growth in all regions in the country, by addressing major development strategies such as regional competitiveness, environmental protection, the low-carbon economy, and economic/social infrastructure.   PLASTECO will address: PA 5: Improvement of the urban environment and preservation, protection and sustainable valorisation of cultural heritage TO 6: Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency Investment Priority 6c (natural heritage) – Investment Priority 6e (urban environment)   The OP makes explicit mention on the importance to protect the urban environment through sustainable development, prescribing measures to improve Romania’s environmental status (e.g. green spaces and energy consumption in buildings). Nonetheless, it does not address the need to protect the urban environment from the accumulation/fragmentation of plastic waste. The OP does not take into account the threats posed by plastic production to air and soil quality, human health, biodiversity and resource efficiency, and thus lacks measures to curb plastics waste and littering. The policy instrument needs to be adapted to the EU Waste Framework Directive and the Circular Economy Strategy, to include actions that will a) decrease the landfilling rate for solid waste, b) expand the separate collection of plastic waste, c) modernise treatment facilities and increase recycling capacity, and d) promote eco-innovation. Which partners are working on this? Bucharest-Ilfov Regional Development Agency Operational Programme ''Growth and Employment'' OBJECTIVES & MEASURES Operational programme “Growth and Employment” (OPGE) aims to foster the competitiveness of Latvian economy by prioritising (among others) the sustainable use of natural and cultural resources, and balanced and sustainable territorial development. In this context, PLASTECO will develop and propose best policies & practices for plastic waste management & recycling congruent with OPGE priority axis 2.5. ‘Protection of environment and effective use of resources’, and Specific Objective 5.2.1: to increase re-using, recycling and regeneration of various sorts of waste.   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT Addressing the requirements of the “European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy”, needs to be integrated to OPGE actions so as to strengthen the fulfilment in Latvia of the EU environmental acquis in the area of waste (Directive 2008/98/EC, Directive 1999/31/EC, Directive 94/62/EC, Directive 2012/19/EC, 2000/53/EC), particularly with respect to plastic waste recycling. Integrating the provisions of the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy through PLASTECO, will ensure that OPGE will be improved through concrete measures aimed at a) reducing the amount of waste from plastic packaging exported due to inefficient recycling, b) fostering the recycling or regeneration of household plastic waste, and c) attracting investments in the area of plastic waste management. Which partners are working on this? Association Baltic Coasts (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); PLASTECO Tweets by PLASTECO Latest News See all project news 25/01/2021 PLASTECO project with a podcast! PLASTECO consortium with a new initiative - launch of a podcast about the project Type: Project 03/12/2020 PLASTECO with 3rd project meeting Due to Covid-19 situation the third project meeting within PLASTECO consortium was held online Type: Project 24/11/2020 Workshop on urban water management policies Interregional workshop on urban water management policies and practices to reduce microplastics leakage to the environment held online. Type: Project 09/11/2020 PLASTECO in cooperation with COLLECTORS project PLASTECO – COLLECTORS: Clustering activities towards a new plastics economy Type: Project 19/08/2020 The Romanian recycling marathon The "Recycling Marathon" runs from August to December 2020 and aims to educate and raise awareness among Romanian citizens and institutions. Type: Project 30/07/2020 SZREDA organized its second stakeholders meeting SZREDA organized its second stakeholders meeting zero plastic waste Type: Project 20/07/2020 Second regional stakeholder meeting organised by UCB Cluster of Environmental Technologies Bavaria went online for its stakeholders meeting on 20.July 2020 Type: Project 14/07/2020 France with a strategy on plastics in food delivery Home delivery business model is growing and almost exclusively based on disposable products that produce an ever-increasing amount of plastic waste. Type: Project 09/07/2020 PLASTECO in cooperation with CAPonLITTER project PLASTECO's lead partner, Municipality of Rethymno, with a presentation on waste collection towards the circular economy-challenges concerning plastics Type: Project 19/06/2020 First French stakeholders meeting held online Pandemic situation inspired PLASTECO partners to be creative in implementation project's activities, to first French stakeholders meeting was held online. 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Project summary In recent years, technology and innovation have reached the field of waste. They offer an excellent opportunity to improve policies aiming to minimise waste generation and reach resource efficiency. However, the degree of introduction of innovative equipment and practices varies significantly from one territory to another. This is why the WINPOL project has been launched. Its aim? Improving policies for waste management so that they increasingly foster and promote the use of intelligent equipment and planning derived of it, significantly contributing to waste minimisation in European cities and regions, through improved management procedures and awareness campaigns. The 9 project partners are joining forces to mainstream the use of intelligent equipment and related waste management policies on their territories and beyond. They are doing so in two different phases: Phase 1 - “Interregional Learning” (ended in November 2020)During that phase, partners identified over 30 good practices, exchange experiences, conducted study visits and elaborated action plans to transfer selected good practices and experiences to their territories. The good practices identified have been compiled in a guide, available to all. Phase 2 - “Monitoring of the Action Plan Implementation”This phase will focus on the implementation of the action plans produced with the aim of improving partners’ policy instruments. €1,363,045.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 30 Nov 2022 Topic Environment and resource efficiency More? Click on the picture to open the leaflet.Discover WINPOL in a synthetic way by reading its first leaflet Click on the picture to open the leaflet.For more details on the Action Plans and the changes they will bring, have a look at the second leaflet Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Municipal Waste Management Plan of Gijon 2017 On 14 June 2017 Gijon City Council unanimously gave the green light in its plenary session to the Municipal Waste Management Plan of Gijon. The Plan is the result of collaboration between Gijon City Council and the municipal corporation for the environment EMULSA (LP). The Plan establishes the strategic lines for waste management in the city over the coming years and the measures to satisfy the community objectives on this issue. Among the specific measures it contemplates are the use of new information technologies to improve the minimisation, selective collection or recycling rates and the implementation in the city of Gijon of a waste generation payment system, studying the possibility of developing “pay-as-you-throw” policies or individual incentivised pricing. This is a key instrument to apply waste management hierarchy and to advance towards a circular economy.  A 12-month period is established to fine-tune and settle on the Plan measures, an opportunity for the knowledge acquired in WINPOL during that period to be transferred to it, notwithstanding additional mechanisms to intervene on the plan while it is in force. The existence of this framework makes possible experiences and knowledge acquired in WINPOL to be transferred to the general waste management policies in the city of Gijon. Furthermore, the knowledge garnered in WINPOL will permit, through specific interventions, the development of the Integrated Municipal Waste Management Plan of Gijon. Which partners are working on this? EMULSA. Municipal Company of Urban Environment Services of Gijón Strategic Multi-Annual Plan of the City of Antwerp 2016-2019 Action 1SWN030201 The Strategic Multi-Annual Plan contains the strategic goals and priorities for several years and is linked to a financial multi-annual planning.  Action 1SWN030201 aims at a clean, well-maintained public space for inhabitants, visitors and companies, at the entire waste process being adjusted to the metropolitan needs and at an innovative waste policy providing new and efficient methods for waste management in Antwerp. The policy instrument recognizes the dynamic nature of waste collection and details the expected development of different projects in Antwerp which tackle different aspects of waste management innovation such as:Renewal of the contract for garbage bins including the need for ‘communication’ of the bins within the framework of the city’s smart city platform.Garbage bins in parks replaced by so-called ‘big bellies’, with ability to compress the waste. A datawarehouse on waste data to be developed to bring together all relevant data which are currently spread over different departments.A smart, dynamic forecast and route planner for waste collection produced.WIFI for the compacting bins through solar power, specially for parks.Weighing systems, billing citizens on weight of waste in contrast to the current ‘pay-as-you-throw’ system based on volume. Participation in WINPOL will enable Antwerp to learn from other cities and experts,to speed up the innovations and improve the overall efficiency of the policy instrument. Which partners are working on this? City of Antwerp Operational Programme 1 Fostering a competitive and sustainable economy to meet our challenges for Malta Priority Axis 10: Investing in a more environmentally-friendly society. Thematic Objective 06: Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency. OP aims at promoting in Malta smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and to the achievement of economic, social and territorial cohesion. Priority Axis 10 - Investing in a more environmentally friendly society-is the one concerned by WINPOL project. To sustain an environmentally-friendly society, this Priority Axis puts particular emphasis on the need to address challenges such as waste minimisation and disposal, water scarcity and the shift towards a more resource efficient economy.  In order to address the challenges posed by the waste sector in particular, this priority axis pursues interventions aimed to reduce the amount of waste and divert remaining residues for recycling and recovery of resources, through measures for waste to energy options. It also focuses on investments in line with the waste hierarchy. The sustainability of the waste sector is challenging, given the size of the Maltese economy.  The treatment of waste in Malta is mainly dependent on landfilling, thus significant investment within the waste sector is needed. Even if in recent years significant investment in the sector was undertaken, particularly through European funds, investment in waste prevention, recycling and investigating intelligent systems appliable to the waste sector is still needed. In this scenario it will be TO 6- preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency- under Priority Axis 10 that will be hopefully impacted by WINPOL knowledge gained. Which partners are working on this? ERA. Environment and Resources Authority Regional Operational Programme Crete 2014-2020 Thematic Objective 06 “Preservation and Protection of the environment and promotion of efficiency of resources” CRETE ROP aims to boost economic development and create job opportunities in Crete, contributing to achieving the Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. EU funding will also contribute to meeting the requirements of the Union's acquis, in particular as regards waste water treatment, the increase of solid waste recycling and the increase of energy efficiency.  Within the Investment Priority 6a of the Regional Operational Programme of Crete 2014-2020 it is foreseen to implement innovative applications of waste management specially aiming at actions for:Recycling Waste locally (separation at source, composting, etc.);Pilot Innovative applications of waste management in the framework of PESDAK (Regional Plan of Crete for Waste Management);Green locations of local range;Sensitization – InformationInvestment Priority 6a should be improved because as it is justified in the Operational Programme, it is an essential approach for achieving the objective of “sustainable development in environmental terms”, and apply innovative prevention actions, enforce of recycling and separation at source. It would also “apply programmes preventing the waste production” and “Implement action and projects for promotion of reuse and separate collection currents in order to achieve high quality recycling, including compost of bio-waste. The Investment Priority 6a is justified by the Specific Objective 9 “Increment of solid waste that is recycled”. Which partners are working on this? Region of Crete Municipality of Heraklion Waste Management Strategy Maribor 2015-2020 On 26th March 2015 the City Council of Maribor has confirmed the Strategy of Waste Management till 2020 (GMS-063). The Waste Management Strategy basic goals are those set by the EC's Environmental Strategy, which follows sustainable development policies and has recently also been orientated towards the broadest concept of a circular economy policy. Measurable objectives of the strategy are set within the following deadlines: By 2020, the reuse and recycling of waste materials, such as paper, metal, plastics and glass from households and, if possible, from other sources, should be increased to at least 50% of the total weight and the recycling rate of packaging waste increased to at least 60%. By 2025 the goal is to prevent the disposal of all waste which can (materially) be recycled and increasing the recycling rate of packaging to at least 70%. By 2030, the aim is increasing the reuse and recycling of municipal waste to at least 70%; increasing the recycling rate of waste packaging to at least 80% and eliminate the use of landfills. The strategy establishes measures towards those goals and was also set up to optimise waste management within the new automated sorting plant combined with separate collection of waste. In this scenario WINPOL is expected to contribute to enrich the policy instrument by promoting, while approaching the targets set up, the integration of intelligent equipment and derived policies, which can certainly accelerate the reaching of goals. Which partners are working on this? SNAGA. Company for Waste Management and other Utility Services Large Infrastructure Operational Programme (LI OP) Priority Axis 3: Development of the environmental infrastructure in the conditions of efficient resource management Thematic Objective 3.1 - Reducing the number of non-compliant landfills and increasing recycling preparedness in Romania The Large Infrastructure Operational Programme (LIOP) for Romania aims at promoting sustainable economic growth as well as safe and efficient use of resources. It addresses the development of challenges identified at national level in terms of transport infrastructure, sustainable urban transport, environment, energy and risk prevention.  Regarding waste and in accordance with Accession Treaty and applicable directives, Romania has to comply with the following obligations: rehabilitation of 240 non-compliant landfills by 2017; the reduction in storage of municipal biodegradable municipal waste to 35% of the total quantity by 2016; recycling and recovery of packaging waste; preparation for reuse and recycling of municipal waste by 2020- at least 50% of domestic or similar waste. LI OP contributes to comply with some of the previous requirements, others assumed through the Sectoral Operational Program Environment (POSM) .  Priority Axis 3 of the Large Infrastructure Operational Programme (LI OP), foresees the implementation of innovative applications for waste management, covering actions for: Selective collection and sorting;Promoting Waste Management Hierarch;Upgrade the existing infrastructure and to extend separate collection;Reuse and Recycling. In this scenario WINPOL can contribute significantly to define the innovative applications intended, providing knowledge of specific initiatives, thus promoting their development from the policy instrument itself. Which partners are working on this? Drobeta Turnu Severin City Hall Mehedinti County Council Sign up for the WINPOL newsletter Subscribe now The WINPOL Good Practices Guide is out! Check it now! WINPOL Flash #5 is online! This is already our final newsletter.. but this is not the end! Read on if you are curious to know how we are closing Phase 1 and discover our Action Plans. Time to read the WINPOL Flash #5 Have you checked our good practices? Data warehouse, improved collection roads, reuse boxes, pop-up recycle stations... There is for sure a WINPOL good practice that will inspire you! To the good practices! What's next with the Phase 2? What will WINPOL partners do, now that Phase 1 is over? Easy, they will start writing the story of Phase 2 and how they implemented their Action Plans! More Tweets by WINPOL Latest News See all project news 18/01/2021 Guidelines on waste collection include COVID section COLLECTORS updated its guidelines on waste collection to include a new part on the impact and measures taken to face the COVID-19 pandemic. Type: Project 11/12/2020 Towards sustainable batteries in EU Sustainable batteries for a circular and climate neutral economy Type: Project 07/12/2020 WINPOL Good Practices Guide now in Slovenian It is also possible to browse the WINPOL Good Practices Guide in Slovenian! Type: Project 03/12/2020 WINPOL Good Practices Guide in Spanish The WINPOL Good Practices Guide is now available in Spanish! Type: Project 01/12/2020 A new leaflet to launch WINPOL's second phase WINPOL is now officially starting its second phase and published a second leaflet to accompany it. Type: Project 30/11/2020 Action Plans are out! WINPOL achieved an important milestone with the preparation of six Action Plans specifying the steps that will be taken by partners to improve their waste polic Type: Project 27/11/2020 What's next in this Phase 2 What will WINPOL partners do, now that Phase 1 is over? Easy, they will start writing the story of Phase 2 and how they implemented their Action Plans! Type: Project 26/11/2020 A conversation on waste collection systems Join ACR+ in an online conversation on how to improve waste collection systems and reach high quality recycling. Type: Project 26/11/2020 WINPOL got close(r) to you The summer brought new energy or rather new opportunities for WINPOL partners to be active at local level. Type: Project 24/11/2020 WINPOL's changes in Malta ERA is taking on a more holistic approach in its fight against marine litter and its effects in Malta. Type: Project
Project summary What is CRE:HUB? CRE:HUB brings together eight regions that consider Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) a strategic sector of development and want to create new enterprises and to support the existing ones working in this field. Why is needed ? CCIS have difficulties in access to credit and lack resources to enhance their competitiveness on the global market, build effective partnerships, extend their activity to other countries.CCIs represent an innovative branch of business and have the potential to increase regional competiveness and job creation capacity.    What are Cultural and Creative Industries? CCIs are those industries that use culture as an input and have a cultural dimension, although their output is mainly functional"This classification includes architecture and design, which integrate creative elements into wider processes, as well as subsectors such as graphic design, fashion design or advertising. At a more peripheral level, many other industries, among others those of tourism and new technologies, rely on content production for their development and are therefore to some extent interdependent with CCIs". According to EU Commission document COM (2010) 183 final, Green Paper -The cultural and creative industries, unlocking the potential      €1,484,484.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2021 Topic SME competitiveness How will the project implement the support? Exchange of experience Partners, experts and stakeholders will learn one from each otherMain CRE:HUB outputs will be achieved through an approach based on sharing improvements every step of the way among the different regions involved.  The project will implement working sessions of policy stakeholders as well as on-field evaluations and peer reviews of the policy systems. The results and the changes will be accessible and oriented to whole regional CCIs policy and productive systems. Action Plans implementation  Each region will improve eight programmes for Investment for Growth and Jobs that will concretely result in improvements of the management of policy instruments and in implementation of new projects Policy changes will be tailored to meet specific CCIs needs. How long will last the process?  The project is developed in two phases 1st phase  (April 2016 - September 2018) main activities  Production of regional analysis including: characteristics of CCI stakeholders identification SWOT analysis Regional policy and innovation strategy for smart specialisation (RIS3) Identification of regional best practices and lessons learnt Local stakeholder group establishment and their involvement in Regional analysis assessment Barrier and solution matrix definition Study visits to learn to share experiences and results with other regions involved Roadmap definition to develop Action Plans for improving cultural and creative industries (CCI) in their regionsMutual assessment and learning through on filed visit evaluation conducted by experts and peer review report During the Phase 2 (October 2018 – September 2020) the implementation of Action Plans will take place. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? ERDF Operational Programme Basilicata 2014-2020; TO 3 ERDF Operational Programme 2014-2020 is a tool for the implementation of development and cohesion policy, implementing art. 174 of the Treaty and of Reg. 1303/2013 and 1301/2013. As part of the European strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, the ERDF OP Basilicata intervenes on the following Thematic Objectives set out in Article 9 of Reg 1303/2013: TO1, TO2, TO3, TO4, TO6, TO7, TO9, TO10. In particular, out of the TO 3 it promotes the competitiveness of SMEs, including businesses of creative and cultural sector. Specifically, CCI SMEs may benefit of the following interventions: a) support for the development of products and services in order to exploit identified cultural and natural attractors, among others, through the integration between companies belonging to the cultural, tourist, creative and performing arts and of the traditional and typical product chains; b) measures of support to the establishment of new business both through direct incentives, services, and micro-finance. Furthermore, in the RIS3 the Basilicata Region has identified "the cultural and creative industry” among the five areas of specialization, as belonging to a productive segment relevant to the economy of the region and with high growth potential. Which partners are working on this? Basilicata Region ERDF ROP Friuli Venezia Giulia 2014-2020 (formally approved on 14th of July 2015) – Action 2.1: Actions to support new business formation by providing subsidies, services and microfinance instruments. Action 2.1 (TO 3;IP 3a) includes a measure to foster creation of new firms and development of existing ones in CC sectors,by providing dedicated incubation services.The measure aims at supporting CCIs needs in first life phases (creation of partnership, collaborations with other sectors,internationalization, entrepreneurial capacities,access to credit)and it represents a groundbreaking initiative for P2,implying instruments P2 is not familiar with and therefore aims at improving through CRE:HUB Which partners are working on this? Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Operational Program 2014-2020, approved by the European Commission on 23rd of June 2015, priority axis 2- Enhance the competitiveness of small and medium size enterprises, investment priority 2.1: Promotion of the entrepreneurial spirit, especially by enabling the economic exploitation of new ideas and by encouraging creation of new enterprises, including business incubators. The Regional Operational Program 2014-2020 is one of the programs that will allow Romania to access the European structural and investment funds coming from the European Regional Development Fund, in the period 2014-2020. Investment priority 2.1: Promotion of the entrepreneurial spirit, especially by enabling the economic exploitation of new ideas and by encouraging creation of new enterprises, including business incubators will support investments in microenterprises, in the smart specialization field but also business incubators and business accelerators.The policy instrument should enable both the access of CCI companies to investments but also to support services within business incubators and business accelerators. In this sense, it has to be created synergies between the investment priorities of the ROP but also with other programs like Operational program for Competitiveness 2014-2020 in order to support further research and demonstration activities and finally the market uptake of the new ideas. The policy improvement will target mainly the management of the program. According to the Governmental Decision 1183/2014, the management of the ROP 2014 -2020 will be insured by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration and the 8 Regional Development Agencies that will act as Intermediate Bodies. Regional Development Agency Centru is the Intermediate Body for ROP 2014-2020 in the region Centru of Romania. Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Agency Centru Economic Development and Innovation Operative Program (GINOP), Priority: Development of SMEs’ competitiveness The programme aims to stimulate the economies of the less developed regions in Hungary. Its most important priorities are the competitiveness of small-and medium sized enterprises, research and innovation, and employment. The programme also aims to develop the tourism industry, enterprises' energy efficiency, and information and communication technologies. Among the funding priorities of the Programme we will focus on the priority tackling “Increasing the competitiveness and productivity of SMEs” One of objectives tackled by the priority is the development of creativity and business competences but creative industry is only mentioned broadly without any specific recommendations lacking detailed tasks, field actions or target groups. The policy should be therefore improved by focusing CCI in a more detailed way in order to allow the development of the sector Which partners are working on this? Central Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency Nonprofit Ltd. ESIF Operational Programme “Growth and Jobs”, 2014-2020 TO: Enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises: Supporting the creation and the extension of advanced capacities for product and service development. TO3 will support competitiveness of SME’s through promotion of CCI. It is indicated in the EC Policy Handbook that culture and creative industries may have a significant impact on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in all European regions and cities. Alongside its potential to encourage economic development, creative industries represent a socially responsible and inclusive area of activities; they promote social innovation and perform non-polluting environmentally-friendly processes. In LV enhancement of competitiveness of SMEs should be linked with the development of creative industries and other innovation -based and high added-value activities, and it is also necessary to ensure adequate preconditions for the development of cultural infrastructure by promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Support in the framework of this specific support objective will contribute to achievement of StrategyBalticSeaRegion goals, facilitating increase of interregional trade volume.  Which partners are working on this? University of Latvia Navarra ERDF 2014-2020 Operational Programme “Enhancement of SME competitiveness” is Objective 3 of the Navarra ERDF 2014-2020 operational programme and it is targeted towards the improvement of productivity and efficiency of SMEs as well as to adapt the productive system towards higher added value activities. One of the investment priorities under this thematic objective is “3.4 supports to SMEs for growing in regional, national and international markets as well as in innovation process”. The specific objective is to promote the growth and consolidation of smes, particularly improving their financing, technology and access to advanced services, including the following sectors: agrofood, fishing, marine, maritime, tourism, cultural, commercial and rehabilitation of building, as well as freelances / self employed dedicated to peddling. The policy instrument should enable both the access of CCI companies to investments but also to support services within business incubators and business accelerators. In this sense, synergies need to be created betwee the investment priorities of the ROP but also with the recommendations that will be included in the RIS3 (MODERNA PLAN under development) in order to support further research and demonstration activities and finally the market uptake of the new ideas. Which partners are working on this? Culture and Sport department of the Government of Navarra Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 2.3 Dynamic and competitive entrepreneurship for green economic growth 2.3.3. Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators Specific objective: Enhancing the total early-stage entrepreneurial activity, particularly start-up enterprises. Specific objective: Increase of value added in SMEs   The policy (Measure 2.3.3. of Operational Prog.) aims at supporting and stimulating entrepreneurship with a particular focus on start-ups. The OP states that Slovenia lays behind in entrepreneurial dynamics because a satisfying entrepreneurial culture is lacking. Therefore the document aims at improving the support environment for the development of new enterprises (start-ups). Within such aim, the establishment of clusters and further development of support environment is necessary. The policy is relevant for business in general and for the creative sector as well. Since the creative sector contains its own specifics, the policy framework should be improved by better incorporating the specifics of the sector (tailored policy). That is not possible without strong cooperation with the creative enterprises, clusters, communities and individuals. As the creative sector is grounded on creativity and (self) expression it is well capable of reflecting and co-developing policies stimulating the development of the respective sector. Therefore the result would be a sub-policy document in which strategic and implementation measures for the creative sector would be incorporated. The key part of this operation would be adopting up-to-date open-innovation and collaborative planning techniques by which a sub-policy would be formed and legitimized. Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region  Lisbon Region Operational Program 2014-2020 – POR Lisboa 2020 POR Lisboa 2020 is the financial instrument to support regional development in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region of Portugal, managed by CCDR-LVT, that will invest in the competitiveness of SME in the region (internationalisation, innovation and R&D). Creative industries are identified (in RIS3 and Op Plan Lisboa 2020) as a priority, but the exploration of opportunities for this sector need to be further improved. Although significant progress has been achieved, this sector is not yet leverage to its full potential, leaving great room for policy improvement. Which partners are working on this? Association for the Development of IST Técnico Lisbon Final video on CRE:HUB study visits CRE:HUB project video - Storytelling of seven study visits Watch! Workplan for Culture 2019-2022 European Agenda for Culture: 2019 – 2022 Work Plan for Culture Read more (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); CRE:HUB Tweets by CRE:HUB Latest News See all project news 03/12/2020 Voices of Culture Culture and the Sustainable Development Goals: Challenges and Opportunities Type: Project 16/11/2020 CCRE-S3- new thematic area CCRE-S3 is a new opportunity related to cultural and creative experiences for local communities Type: Project 13/11/2020 Manifesto for a Modern Cultural Policy Culture as a first necessity investment Type: Project 13/11/2020 Title: Covid-19 and CC sectors Emerging opportunities involving CCS Type: Project 22/09/2020 EU WEEK of Regions and Cities 2020 The European Week of Regions and Cities is the biggest event on EU regional and urban policy, open to all stakeholders. Type: Project 22/09/2020 New Manual on Crowfunding Crowdfunding and ESF opportunities: future perspectives for managing authorities Type: Project 24/07/2020 Actions in favour of CCI sectors in FVG Update on the strategies adopted by the FVG AR in the cultural and creative sector. Type: Project 16/07/2020 News from Centru Region Implementation of the CRE:HUB action plan in Centru Region Type: Project 13/07/2020 CTRIA news from the last year Rethinking of community spaces and setting up the Creative Platform Type: Project 08/07/2020 News from Ljubjana Urban Region Update on the implementation of the Action plan by PRA LUR Type: Project
Project summary EV Energy paves the way for a future decarbonisation of the energy and mobility sector.European cities are advancing at rapid pace in the field of renewable energies and urban electric mobility. These are innovative and smart technologies that can contribute significantly to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency. Their intelligent integration into energy and mobility system is of high priority in our urban ecosystem. The EV Energy project aims to analyse, initiate and implement policies favouring sustainable energy and electric mobility systems in urban areas. It works with experienced cities and regions, transferring the most appropriate policies and good practices. The project focuses on three thematic areas: Renewable energies Electric mobility Infrastructures (Smart grids, ICT, etc.) €1,049,797.00 from 1 Jan 2017 to 30 Jun 2021 Topic Low-carbon economy What are the challenges and how do we address them? European context On 23 October 2014, the European Council agreed on the “2030 climate and energy framework” containing the new EU-wide targets and policy objectives for the period between 2020 and 2030.The framework proposes the following targets for 2030: 40% greenhouse gas reduction relative to 1990 levels at least 27% of EU energy consumption from renewables 27% improvement in energy efficiency With these objectives in mind, a major trend becomes even more necessary: the decarbonisation of the energy and mobility sector. Urban context Cities are the main energy consumers, but also offer the greatest opportunities for change. Two of the most important technologies that are gaining momentum in European cities are electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable energies. Both technologies offer great potential for climate change mitigation but do come with limitations. Solar energy production peaks at noon, when demand is low. EVs are mainly charged after working hours, precisely at the period of maximum demand, when the solar energy generation is much lower. This inconsistency leads to inefficient use of urban renewable energies, and a large dependence on the national energy mix, which is more CO2 intensive. EV Energy approach EV Energy analyses and develops innovative policies that promote renewable energies, electric mobility and the use of ICT for their integration. Through interregional policy learning, the most appropriate policies are transferred to cities, regions and partner countries and implemented subsequently. Identified best practices and policies are further disseminated for the benefit of the widest possible audience.  Policy measures include: Energy or mobility taxations Parking and charging issues Energy regulations Grid connection costs Etc. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Kansen voor West (OP West Netherlands ERDF 2014-2020) [CCI number: 2014NL16RFOP002] Kansen voor West acts on several fronts:Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors.Within Europe, the Western Netherlands lags behind in terms of renewable energy generation. The EC's country-specific recommendation therefore has provided a clear focus for making use of ERDF to promote the low-carbon economy.Promoting the production and distribution of energy derived from renewable sources, by reducing the share of fossil fuels in the total energy consumption in the Western Netherlands.The highest potential lies in sustainable electricity generation, realizing effective energy source combinations. Dovetailing with the national Energy Agreement, the potential of the Western Netherlands will be used to effect a smart roll-out of sustainable energy generation and consumption through demand aggregation, smart energy distribution systems and cross-overs. By supporting the application of new products, services or approaches, more experience is gained, what boosts further the roll-out of smart solutions. The developments of solar power generation and growth of EV’s have developed faster than expected. Both innovations are leading to imbalances in the grid, and there is growing need for decentralised systems. V2G is part of the solution, but there are still obstacles which Kansen voor West II can help to solve by sharing its experience in the EV Energy project. Which partners are working on this? Province of Flevoland Green IT Amsterdam Region Regional development plan for the Stockholm region The basis of regional development in Stockholm is the Regional Development Plan for the County of Stockholm (RUFS 2010). Its vision is to become Europe’s most attractive metropolitan region. The motto of the Plan is: “reducing the climate impact while promoting growth”. Continuous investments in energy efficiency and renewable fuels have made Stockholm and its region a forerunner in climate change mitigation. The current CO2 emission per capita is 2.8 ton/year; very low compared to European cities. The transport sector is responsible for more than half of Sweden's CO2 emissions. The biggest challenge lies ahead: to remodel the transport sector and make it more energy efficient. Under the strategic headline of “becoming a resource efficient region”, RUFS 2010 sets out energy and climate goals for 2030 and 2050. The major commitments needed are a broad stakeholder approach and heavy investment:Stimulate more energy and resource efficient transport solutionsLimit the negative impacts of transportEnhance the efficiency of the energy supply and energy consumption, and switch to renewable energy sourcesElectrification of future transport fuelsThis transition needs to be assisted by new regulations, and also requires the establishment of smart and sufficient infrastructure. Climate Roadmap 2050: The Climate Roadmap 2050 for the Stockholm commissioned by the County Council, highly affects energy and climate actions. Which partners are working on this? Stockholm County Council, Growth and regional planning administration  Operational Programme for the European Union Funds’ Investments in 2014-2020 Republic of Lithuania The analysis of the potential for development in Lithuania performed in the Partnership Agreement serves as a basis for the Strategy of European Union (EU) Funds’ Investments in 2014-2020. This analysis shows that the Lithuanian economy and society still feel the consequences of the recent financial crisis. The aim is to bring the country back to the path of rapid and sustainable growth, reducing the gap between country’s level of development and the EU average. In addition, this growth should be resource efficient and provide good quality of life to all the population. This requires a stable macroeconomic environment, continuing structural reforms and ensuring adequate financing. The objectives are less unemployment, higher wages and a society more structured and with lower exclusion risk. Quality-of-life determinants such as access to high-quality public services, quality working conditions or being a part of an active local community are given priority. Thus, the Strategy will directly contribute to the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategic objectives and to an improved economic, social and territorial cohesion between the EU and Lithuania. The Strategy responds to the key challenges for national development and relies on the concentration of investments on eleven thematic objectives set forth in the EU Common Strategic Framework and on their specific investment priorities that are closely interrelated and complement one another. Which partners are working on this? Kaunas University of Technology ERDF Operational Programme of Catalonia 2014-2020 (Thematic Objective 4; IP 4.5; Specific Objective 4.5.1) This Programme aims to boost economic growth in the region of Catalonia and to help it contribute to Europe reaching its goals of smart, green growth for all. EU funding is targeted, according to the agreed regional smart specialisation strategy (RIS3CAT), primarily to R+D+i and improved access to and quality of information and communication technologies (ICT).The programme focuses on three main funding priorities (% of funding): Knowledge and innovation (40.9%) Enhancing SME's competitiveness (37.9 %) and Green economy (21.2%)Concerning this third priority, the programme will result in more renewable energy production (in particular biomass), better energy efficiency (in the private and public sector) and green public transport in cities. It includes a specific objective in order to foster carbon reduction strategies, especially in urban zones, focused on sustainable multimodal urban mobility and mitigation measures. Also aligned with RIS3CAT strategy, this objective aims to promote clean urban transport, public transport, electric mobility and the development of clean energy supply systems. Beyond the urban approach (at municipality level) the need to promote a wider range of measures at metropolitan level has been identified . This effort to scale up local initiatives in the metropolitan area of Barcelona may be faster and more efficient if some best practices and learnt lessons across Europe are directly introduced to policy officers. Which partners are working on this? Barcelona Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Navigation ROP ERDF 2014-2020 Lazio Region – Thematic Objective 4: promotion of low-carbon emission strategies for urban areas, including the promotion of multimodal sustainable mobility and relevant measures of adaptation and mitigation. The reference tool is the Thematic Objective 4 ROP ERDF 2014-2020 Lazio, investment priorities are:  support energy efficiency, energy smart management and use of renewable energy in public infrastructures, including public buildings, and in the housing sector. Action 4.1.1 Reduction of energy consumption in buildings and public facilities, also for public use, residential and non-residential areas, integrating renewable sources. In line with the Call for Proposals on Sustainable Energy under the ROP ERDF 2007-13, the action promotes a set of measures aimed at implementing energy audits and the related investments to improve energy efficiency in buildings, such as: interventions on the building envelope and technological systemsmeasures to reduce energy consumptioninterventions to increase power-generating capacity from renewable energy sources, for the installation of co-generation and tri-generation high- performance systemsimplementation of monitoring and energy management systems (i.e. Remote control systems, accounting systems energy, intelligent systems)production of district heating and district cooling networks for the distribution of energy within the building and / or area concernedThe Action is related to the Specific Objective: Improvement of the Sustainable mobility in urban areas. Which partners are working on this? Regional Association of Lazio Municipalities – ANCI Lazio EUR S.p.A. Sign up for the EV Energy newsletter Subscribe now EV Energy takes action! Watch our latest video on the actions planned in our partner regions to promote sustainable mobility and energy! Watch now! EV Energy on Television We explain how your electric car can function as a small power plant! Watch video Webinar on E-mobility The recorded version of the webinar "Supporting e-mobility in European regions and cities" held by the Policy Learning Platform on March 19 is available now! Watch video Tweets by EV Energy Latest News See all project news 20/03/2020 Lithuania’s National Energy and Climate Action Plan Lithuania’s National Energy and Climate Action Plan 2021-2030 was approved in December 2019. Type: Project 12/03/2020 What we learned from Villemizero project Action plans help to acquiring best practices by local governments. Lessons learned from Villemizero project. Type: Project 10/03/2020 Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of EVs (LT) Research project: Environmental impact assessment of Electric vehicles in the National context of the electricity mix in Lithuania Type: Project 27/02/2020 Vacancy at Interreg Europe - Finance Officer Vacancy - The Interreg Europe secretariat is looking for a project finance officer for maternity leave replacement Type: Project 30/01/2020 Barcelona declares Climate Emergency City of Barcelona has declared the Climate Emergency responding to an increasing awareness about the risks of climate change faced by cities. Type: Project 20/01/2020 20,000 new charging points in 3 Dutch provinces Public procurement of 20,000 charging points for electric cars in the provinces of Noord-Holland, Flevoland and Utrecht. Type: Project 07/11/2019 EV ENERGY Action Plans EV ENERGY partners completed their Action Plans, which will be implemented in the coming two years until June 2021. Type: Project 27/06/2019 Conference Takeaways from Almere (NL) A full day of presentations, workshops and networking at our “Clean Mobility and Clean Energy Conference” on the 5 June in Almere (NL). Type: Project 25/06/2019 A Charging Point in Front of your House on Request? The City of Amsterdam installs electric vehicle charging points upon citizen requests. Barcelona intends to transfer it to the Catalan capital. Type: Project 20/06/2019 Flevolands E-mobility and Renewables Integration The Province of Flevoland (NL) prepares for the integration of e-mobility and renewable energy Type: Project
Project summary European regions play a multiple role in the adoption of green public procurement (GPP) policies as they elaborate and adopt GPP plans, can mainstream GPP within all policy instruments that they manage, can purchase eco-innovative and resource efficient goods and services, playing thus also a significant role the promotion of more resource efficient economies. There are still large areas for improvement in the adoption of GPP in relation to EU funded programmes and other policy instruments, in the undertaking of the tool by beneficiaries and in the monitoring of GPP implementation, hence in the evaluation and mainstreaming of its benefits. GPP toolkits, common environmental criteria, training materials and help desks have been developed throughout Europe. Limited experience is yet available on how to include environmental criteria into financing instruments and in the implementation of development strategies. GPP-STREAM builds on the idea that interregional cooperation can help mainstreaming GPP policies within the administrations involved and ensure that resource efficiency measures are spread and benefits acknowledged. GPP-STREAM AIMS The project aims to improve the management, implementation and monitoring of policy instruments that integrate GPP approaches so as to ensure that resource efficiency gains can be maximized and that resource efficiency objectives are institutionalized through GPP. The project is coordinated by Region Friuli and is implemented in partnership with 8 Bulgarian, Spanish, French, Italian and Romanian bodies that have complementary environmental and GPP expertise. RESULTS AND OUTCOMES 5 transnational learning events, at least 300 stakeholders involved, 13 GPP webinars, 5 GPP toolkits and one online platform, 8 policy instruments from 5 EU countries will integrate GPP approaches, 40 EU policy instrument managing authorities apply GPP-STREAM toolkits. Author of the cover image: Massimo Armani €1,413,145.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 31 May 2022 Topic Environment and resource efficiency What will this project change? GPP-STREAM will be the first project to focus on how the governance and implementation of GPP can be improved by encouraging the interaction of different  policy instruments within one administration and across different government levels. The innovative character will also be reflected by the use of environmental criteria and the spread of green procurement practices not only in the purchases of goods and services that administrations need for the realization of their ordinary activities, but also by the use of the tool as a transversal instrument for selecting and directing development and investment measures, directly targeting the policies beneficiaries. GPP-STREAM will propose monitoring measures that can guarantee that the effects of the inclusion of GPP into policy instruments can be measured as part of the overall GPP strategy of an administration. GPP-STREAM foresees the participation of regions with different development levels that can engage in GPP mainstreaming by adapting management and policy approaches to the different situations and stakeholders. We believe that cooperation at this level can be more effective in reducing the gaps than cooperation focussing only on the implementation of GPP tenders and criteria as it is more suitable to be adapted to different market structures. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? National plan for green public procurement (Planul național de achiziții publice verzi) The Law 69/2016 establishes the national framework for green public procurement (GPP) in Romania. It aims to promote, among others, resource efficiency use. Accordingly to art. 3 from the Law 69/2016, the Ministry of Environment has the obligation to elaborate the National plan for GPP and approve it by Governmental decision by October 2017. The Plan will include mandatory multi-annual targets for GPP for all the categories of products, services and works and it will address the contracting (public) authorities.   The National GPP Plan will not include operational tools addressed to its main beneficiaries, central public authorities, nor it will propose a monitoring system. Moreover, the beneficiaries of EU funds will not be specifically targeted by the Plan, despite the large potential that they have to influence the market through their project purchases (between 2014 – 2020, Romania benefits from 21 bn. EUR of structural funds). A large variety of purchases made by EU funds beneficiaries have important resource efficiency potential and the Romanian market begins to be relatively well prepared. Last, resource efficiency is a specific objective of the Law 69/2016 but the GPP Plan will not address this issue specifically. Therefore, specific measures and tools need to be developed to better address existing and potential GPP beneficiaries, including by tackling resource efficiency potential, and by engaging and capacitating various institutional stakeholders.  Which partners are working on this? Ministry of Environment Plan National d’Actions pour les Achats Publics Durables (French national plan for GPP) The National Action Plan for Green Public Procurement (PNAAPD) has been adopted through the Ordonance of 23.07.2015 and Decree from 25.03.2016. It aims at giving the State broad guidelines for integrating sustainable development into its purchases. It takes into account the will of the French State to integrate the circular economy and sustainable development towards an ecological and energy transition. The PNAAAPD applies primarily to government services, but to the extent that the government's obligations are identical in France to GPPs for all public bodies, it also serves as a reference for all public actors in France. The PNAAPD has proposed targets that are not currently being met. The reasons include:
 - ignorance of the law (order of 2015 and decree of 2016) by public actors (public procurement must necessarily take into account sustainable development in France since 2006 but less than 10% of procurements actually take it into account) 
- training needs of purchasers 
- needs for concrete support to help public buyers to take into account sustainable development in their procurements - difficulties for companies to respond
- lack of offers taking into account sustainable development. The PNAAPD recalls that green public procurement must achieve "smart" energy savings, as close as possible to the need, sobriety in terms of energy and resources. It advocates that by 2020 100% of the products and services purchased by public organizations be energy-efficient products. Which partners are working on this? Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Energy Environment Regional Operational Programme (ROP) Romania 2014-2020   POLICY FEATURES The ROP aims at promoting smart sustainable and inclusive growth. ROP 2014-2020 aims to ensure the continuity of the strategic vision on regional development in Romania, complementing and developing the regional development directions and priorities contained in the NDP and NSRF 2007-2013 and implemented through ROP 2007-2013 and other national programs. The ROP 2014-2020 addresses 9 of the 11 TO of the Europe 2020. For TO4 supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors, ROP envisages the highest allocation: 44,19%. IMPROVEMENT Romania has not adopted until now a National Action Plan on Green Public Procurement, (being one of the last states without such a strategy), even though nearly 20% of its GDP is spent on public procurement (more than the average in the EU, which is 16%). As result, the contracting authorities did not really take into consideration the environmental value of goods, services and works even if the green public procurement generates not only positive environmental effects but also economic and social benefits. On the other hand, ERDF beneficiaries have an important role to play in the deployment of GPP at regional and national level, as they are realizing important purchases within their projects. The adoption of GPP by ERDF beneficiaries may create a virtous cercle of practices, influence the market and motivate other public bodies to purchase in a sustainable manner.   Which partners are working on this? North-East Regional Development Agency Programma per la Cooperazione e l’Occupazione – POR FESR 2014-2020 della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia Italy adopted the Action plan for environmental sustainability of Public Administration’s consumption (PAN GPP) with a ministerial decree on 11th April 2008. Consequently, Regions are invited to include green and sustainable procurement in the regional set of laws and they should ponder the opportunity of adopting a regional plan for the implementation of PAN GPP that includes as well communication and training. Friuli Venezia Giulia Region has been a first mover in the national scenario, elaborating a first draft of the Regional plan already in 2014, acting as the Environmental Authority of the Regional Operational Plan for the European Regional Development Fund (POR-FSER) to introduce environmental criteria in the structural fund. At national level, Legislative Decree 50/16 introduced a radical reform for PAs, that have now to contribute to the achievement of environmental targets, through the adoption of environmental criteria in their procurement procedures. This national reform was introduced when Friuli Venezia Giulia was already working on its regional plan for GPP, allowing the Region to act as Environmental Authority in the elaboration of new calls under POR FESR 20014-2020. Specific measures and tools still need to be developed to better address existing and potential GPP beneficiaries and to engage and capacitate various institutional stakeholders. The regional GPP plan will include operational tools and it will propose a monitoring system for the ERDF.  Which partners are working on this? Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia Rural development Plan 2014-20  POLICY FEATURES The Rural Development Programme (RDP) of Lazio for the 2014-2020 period, formally adopted by the European Commission on 17/11/2015, has a value of € 804 million. Lazio's RDP is putting particular emphasis on actions related to improving the competitiveness of the farm and forestry sectors, as well as on actions related to restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems and to promoting social inclusion and economic development in rural areas. IMPROVEMENT Tenders for funding actions under measure 4 (4.1.1 investments aimed at improving performance; 4.1.3 Investments for the improvement of the energy efficiency of production processes; 4.1.4 Investments in agricultural farms for the supply and use of sources of renewable energy supply, by-products and waste materials and raw materials and non-food; 4.2.2 Investments to agri-business enterprises, functional to improve energy efficiency) and measure 6 Support to agricultural start up of young farmers included green selection criteria. Monitoring tools and a communication strategy are necessary to improve knowledge of beneficiaries on how to pass from compliance with selection criteria to full greening of activities so as to be able also to enter into green supply chains. Actions to be funded under Measure 7 Services and development in rural areas shall include environmental criteria so as to make them coherent with the objectives of the recently approved Regional GPP Action Plan (Decision n. 310 of 13/06/2017).  Which partners are working on this? Lazio region Regional Plan for Development of South Central Region 2014-2020 (NUTS 2 region), policy implemented through OP "Regions in Growth" 2014-2020 (OPRG)  The Regional Plan analyses the socio-economic and ecological state and potential of the region and presents strategic objectives for regional development. The plan complies with the national strategic framework and the regional development strategies of the main administrative units – Pazardzhik, Plovdiv, Smolyan, Haskovo and Kardzhali. It sets as its strategic objective to bring the region’s development level closer to the average EU regions’ level, by increasing the  regional competitiveness through local resources, new incentives for the innovative firms, application of new technologies, technology transfer, consultations and services. Specific Objectives 6 “Prevention of the effects of climate change” and  7 “Supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy” within Priority 1.3 “Development of infrastructure for environmental protection and adaptation to climate change” outline the measures that municipalities should uptake.  The improvement of local policy by-laws (local programmes for development and for air quality management, energy efficiency plans and programmes for their implementation; local RES Programmes; environmental and clean energy issues) in order to mitigate the effect of climate change is among the main priorities of the Regional Plan. GPP can bring a significant added value for their implementation.  The Regional Plan foresees a specific horizontal objective linked to sustainability. GPP might help the Plan's beneficiaries to achieve this objective. Which partners are working on this? Centre for Sustainability and Economic Growth Municipal development plan of Gabrovo Municipality 2014 – 2020 The legal framework of Municipal Development Plans is set out in the Regional Development Law of Bulgaria. It outlines the strategic policy and instruments for achieving smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The Municipal Development Plan of Gabrovo municipality 2014-2020 reflects the goals and priorities of other hierarchical planning documents, i.e. the Regional Development Plan of Gabrovo Region 2014-2020 and the National Regional Development Strategy 2012-2022, and it is funded through: structural funds, state and municipal budgets, and private capital. The implementation of the Municipal Development Plan is through public procurement procedures, and is regulated by the Bulgarian Public Procurement Act (aligned with EU public procurement legislation), which allows the use of environmental criteria for green public procurement.   Gabrovo Municipality will develop, test and integrate new methodologies for GPPs in chosen categories within the Municipal Development Plan, i.e. construction works, delivery of products and provision of services etc., funded by EU, national, municipal and/or private funding. The project will set the methodological ground for introduction of GPPs, influencing other public bodies to introduce specific GPP recommendations in their tenders. The monitoring system of the municipal plan will be improved including indicators to measure the effect of GPPs.  Which partners are working on this? Municipality of Gabrovo Operational Programme of the ERDF of the Valencian Region 2014-2020 This programme aims to enhance regional development and competitiveness of the Valencian Region by focusing on the following strategic priorities: investment in research and innovation, development of information technologies, support to SMEs and energy efficiency. These programme priorities have been mainly selected in concordance with Europe 2020 Thematic Objectives. While Spain has adopted a National Action Plan on Green Public Procurement, the Valencian Region still has room for improvement in implementing this plan, in regard for instance, to other entities such as Barcelona which is a pioneer city in monitoring its GPP achievements. Even though Valencian public sector do use environmental criteria, its weight in the global process of decision-making is much lower than other criteria. Sharpening the policy related to GPP could increase their use, improve their impact and involve and empower ERDF beneficiaries into a positive dynamic of sustainable development. Which partners are working on this? Association of Municipalities of Ribera Alta Region Sign up for the GPP-STREAM newsletter Subscribe now Download (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); GPP-STREAM Tweets by GPP-STREAM Latest News See all project news 14/12/2020 Stakeholder meeting organized by AR FVG An online stakeholder meeting organized by Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region within the GPP-STREAM Project Type: Project 04/12/2020 GPP-STREAM on the TV! A TV interview with the Project Manager of GPP-STREAM, Mr. Nicolò Tudorov Type: Project 16/10/2020 Online Steering committee meeting - October 2020 Online Steering committee meeting of GPP-STREAM consortium Type: Project 08/10/2020 GPP Integration into Policy Instruments An EU GPP-STREAM webinar was held on the 8th of October 2020. Type: Project 23/07/2020 Second Romanian GPP-STREAM webinar ON AIR The second national Romanian GPP-STREAM webinar was held on 23 July 2020 Type: Project 27/04/2020 STAKEHOLDER MEETING organised my MANRA 27th April 2020. • Video- conference (stakeholder meeting) between MANRA and the Environmental Education Center in Valencian Region (CEACV). • Partici... Type: Project 24/04/2020 Steering committee meeting - online Online Steering committee meeting On April 24, 2020, GPP-STREAM partners gathered online to discuss project progress - pending and upcoming activities for end ... 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In order to ensure smooth Partner report’s verification and certification processes as well as taking into consideration partners’ inquires concerning alternative methods for reporting of expenditures in the projects implemented within Interreg Baltic Sea Region, Interreg Central Europe, Interreg Europe, URBACT III Programmes, we would like to inform you that we transfer all possible processes to the 'virtual world'. Please find below the instructions concerning new way of communication. The new procedure will be valid until further notice. 1. Only the cover letter containing information such as the programme, acronym of the project, reporting period and contacts addresses - should be sent using the ePUAP program to a CPE box dedicated to First Level Control (FLC) 2. The address is: /CPE_Warszawa/kontrola 4. Sending a letter starts administrative control period. This means that it is equivalent to the date of receipt of the paper documents to the CPE. 5. 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It is used for communication of citizens and entrepreneurs with offices.     Please, also check the new guidance for public tenders in the context of COVID-19.Komunikat dotyczący zawierania umowy o zamówienie publiczne - dotyczy polskich beneficjentów First level control information This section provides information on the system set up for first level control in your country. Any costs associated with this control are indicated so they can be planned for in any project budget. The system Poland has opted for a centralised first level control system. Expenditure of Polish project partners will thus have to be checked and confirmed by the following body: Center of European Projects Control Unit Domaniewska 39A str, 02-672 Warsaw, Poland Contact person:Miroslaw MarczewskiPhone: + 48 22 378 31 00Fax: + 48 22 201 97 25E-mail: [email protected] The costs The above-mentioned body will perform the first level control free of charge to Polish project partners. On-the-spot checks The first level control body will organise on-the-spot-checks on a sample basis using a risk-based approach. National guidance Due to the accrued delays in the implementation of the provisions of the Directive 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on public procurement and repealing Directive 2004/18/EC as well as the Directive 2014/25/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on procurement by entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors and repealing Directive 2004/17/EC to the Polish legal system and taking into account the principle of direct effect of directives, it is recommended, in order to avoid the risk of irregularities by Polish beneficiaries who carry public procurement procedures from 18 of April 2016, to apply one of the alternative  approaches:  a. Postpone to carry out the public procurement procedures until the implementation of the provisions of the directives to the Polish legal system. b. If it is not possible to postpone the launch of public procurement procedures, it is advised to follow the principles laid down in the Communication on the Directive 2014/24/EU and Directive 2014/25/EU of 26 February 2014, available on the website of The Polish Public Procurement Office at: https://www.uzp.gov.pl/aktualnosci/test. (For public procurement procedures launched before 18 of April 2016 provisions of the current Public Procurement Law are binding, in the version valid on the date of launching a procurement)     Latest news from Poland (Polska) 18/01/2021 Financial support for SMEs in Poland On 23 December 2020, the European Commission approved program for supporting Polish SMEs that meet financial problems because of COVID-19 pandemic. Type: Project 15/01/2021 BRIDGES: a favourite in our 30 stories publication We interviewed partners from the Lubelskie region in Poland to find out more about their project results in bioeconomy. Type: Programme 31/08/2020 Covid-19 tests from Polish startup Covid-19 pandemic still takes control over the whole world. Everyone try tofight the bad influence on the economy as well as they try to fight the virus itself.... Type: Project 07/05/2020 Rzeszów's reply to COVID-19 The region of Rzeszów has put in place a number of actions to support social enterprises in the current pandemic. Type: Project 05/05/2020 Polish action #DrukujemyDlaMedykow This is a charity event bringing together companies and individual volunteers aimed at the production of protective helmets for medical services. Such activity ... Type: Project 30/04/2020 Polish startups fighting with coronavirus Companies from the "Aeropolis" Podkarpackie Science and Technology Park have joined the fight against coronavirus. Helmets, among others, are produced near Rzes... Type: Project 22/11/2019 Designing new financial instruments for SMEs Find out about new financial instruments for SMEs developed thanks to interregional cooperation. Type: Programme 20/11/2019 Bringing innovation to SMEs thanks to cooperation Find out how can cooperation make the access to innovation for SMEs more efficient. Type: Programme 03/10/2018 Save the date: 10th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the... The 10th annual forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region takes place on 12-13 June 2019 in Gdansk, Poland. Type: Other 25/07/2016 Public procurement information for Polish partners Important update on the transposition of EU directives on public procurement into the Polish national law. Type: Programme 25/04/2016 Public procurement information for Polish partners EU directives on public procurement have not been transposed into the Polish national law yet. If you are a Polish partner, read more. 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Project summary REMIX Project encourages resource efficient and environmentally and socially acceptable production of raw materials, including critical raw materials. Growth and competitiveness of European industry is currently limited by the state of play in these two areas and policy instruments have been set up across Europe to address these important topics. REMIX Project brings together: 9 partners 1 advisory partner  9 countries  8 policy InstrumentsThe selected regions are at different stages in the mining cycle and have complementary resources and profiles. The REMIX project will advance innovation in their regional mining value chains, of large and small scale companies. Regions rich in mineral resources have an important strategic role in Europe. Collaboration between European Commission (EC) and regional policy makers is needed to develop complementary approaches, which will boost EU competitiveness and stimulate sustainable development, growth, jobs and new SME industries. The REMIX Project contains:5 Regional stakeholder meetings 5 in-depth international workshops targeted to specific topics9 Peer review study visits. 2 Mining Conferences (to help disseminate the results Europe-wide)Project partners and stakeholders take part in the activities together, to share knowledge and develop best practice guidelines. The results are used to improve the policy instruments in each region. Also, the project forms an investment platform and Smart and Green interregional mining cluster supporting the Industrial Modernisation. The project continues to phase two to ensure the outcomes are implemented. The project highlights will be communicated directly to the EC at the end of Phase one to help improve EC policy on raw materials. This is an outstanding opportunity to obtain pan-European in-depth consideration of smart and green mining policies. €1,830,619.00 from 1 Jan 2017 to 30 Jun 2021 Topic Research and innovation What will this project change?     Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Sustainable growth and jobs 2014 - 2020 - Finland's structural funds programme, 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 In Lapland the OP is implemented through Lapland regional Programme coordinated by Regional Council of Lapland. Region is the most sparsely populated region in Finland. Despite of the economic depression the Lapland has been able to increase its yearly production and GPS compared to the other regions of the Finland. Lapland is one of the most prominent regions for the extractive industries at global level. Lapland possesses vast deposit of natural resources which provide business opportunities and generate sought-after investments and employment in the region. In addition, the Lapland’s bedrock also contains deposits of critical minerals described by the EC. At the same time with the opportunities created by the use of natural resources, there is an evident need in Lapland to create and nurture a sustainable balance between main industries, other businesses, regional community, and the vulnerable Arctic nature.   The main focus of S3 for Lapland is the balanced use of the Arctic natural resources and conditions. One of the specific priorities is to develop new business concepts for Lapland’s industrial and mining service companies and to support the creation of new products and services. The challenge is to push the sector development into the next level, innovation projects having ownership among SMEs and to move on from the small-scale models or pilot projects to large-scale, close to-market projects in which a range of solutions are tested under real-life conditions. Which partners are working on this? Regional Council of Lapland The 2014-2020 ERDF Operational Programme of Castilla y León (OP): Thematic Objective 1: Fostering of Research, Technological Development and Innovation, Thematic Objective 6: Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency Thematic Objective 1 Fostering of R&D and Innovation OE.1.1.2. Strengthening R&D and innovation institutions and creation, consolidation and improvement of the technology and scientist infrastructures. OE.1.2.1. Impulse and promotion of R & Innovation activities by enterprises and support the creation and consolidation of innovative enterprises. OE.1.2.2. Transfer and dissemination of technology and cooperation between companies and universities or other research centres Thematic Objective 6 Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency, protecting and restoring biodiversity and soil and promoting ecosystem services, OE.6.4.1 Promote the management, protection and maintenance of soil, natural areas and biodiversity including measures to alleviate the problems of erosion, The capacity building in the MINING sector can be developed from the adaptation / integration of R&D&i capabilities, environment protection policies, natural resources efficiency, awareness and promotion. There is margin of improvement in the regional mining sector around integration of concepts like research of new processes, products, environment, circular economy and GREEN concept development. The knowledge sharing with other regions will be important in the generation of synergies and will open capabilities for defining a sustainable action plan for improving the sectoral approach. A multidisciplinary regional collaboration is well defined and influenced during the project.   Which partners are working on this? ICE- Institute for Business Competitiveness of Castilla y León Regional Innovation Strategy for 2011-2020 of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship The Regional Innovation Strategy of Lower Silesian Voivodeship for 2011-2020 is the valid strategic document to define regional challenges on building knowledge and innovation based economy. With the main objective: “Modern economy and high quality of life in a attractive environment” it emphasizes the need to build stronger ties between the private sector and scientific community with the active involvement of the regional and local authority. The Strategy directly affects the Regional Operational Programme, especially in priority area on enterprises and innovations. As such it also includes the annex: “Strategic Framework for Smart Specialisations of Lower Silesia” which contains elements recommended by the European Commission to form the strategy of Smart Specializations in the region, identifying the so-called key sectors as well as scientific and technological specializations across existing centres of science and enterprises in the region. This annex is available for update on a regular basis based on the rapid changes in R&D and business.   Raw and natural material sector (mining, processing and recycling) that the strategy identifies as a smart specialization has a potential to be more evident and supported in the region’s economy through the support of international cooperation. This branch may above all transform into a successful production industry based on locally available raw materials on the condition that an up-to-date and relevant strategy is implemented. . Which partners are working on this? Marshal's Office of Lower Silesian Voivodeship Raw materials planning and management at national and regional level as a planning basis for future mining activities with the federal states and municipalities in relation to their specific needs. When developing the AMRS, identification and evaluation of the mineral deposits in terms of the protectionworthiness was carried out (phase one) followed by a second phase identifying conflict free "mineral zones" (with other properties protected by law e.g. residential areas, national parks, water management priority zones, landscape protection areas, forests, Natura 2000). Distinguished mineral zones are to be declared as “mineral protection zones” for land use planning purposes. In defining mineral protection zones, special attention will be given ensuring an adequate regional supply of raw building materials found close to the surface. Securing the supply of minerals is an issue of private enterprise. Considering this, the public administration within the framework of the AMRS performed the groundwork where AMRS encourage the collaboration between enterprises, academia and authorities. This is seen to be vital within the context of an active raw materials policy. The AMRS strives to achieve a broad consensus among the federal government, states and businesses specifically active in this field. Improvement has to be done in the direction of integrating AMRS in a regional level. Which partners are working on this? Montanuniversität Leoben CENTRO2020 Operational Program OP and RIS3 Centro are in line with European Critical Raw Materials (CRM) policies identifying a number of CRM important to safeguard EU interest. Some of these CRM, such as tungsten, occurs in several important mineral deposits in Centro Region, in areas with strong necessities regarding reevaluation of potential reserves and base resources. EU level strategies are needed to be taken in regard in regional policies so that they include EU expectations.   There is a need to incorporate REMIX findings on the future implementation of Centro2020 OP (particularly Thematic Obective 1 –Reinforcement of Research, Technologic Development and Innovation – Investment priority 1.2 particularly to reinforce the transfer of knowledge to business sector) and enhancement of a S3 for Centro Region in PT, where a number of mining industries operate but, also, where innovative actions and knew potentialities for geological economic resources needs to be promoted, as identified in the RIS3 Centro2020.   Articulation with Centro Regional administration and improvement of regional implementation strategies in line and complementing the National Strategy for Geological Resources (NSGR) are highly relevant. The NSGR focuses on: adequacy of the bases of the sector (section a); Development of knowledge and appreciation for the National Geologic Potential (section b); publicity of the National Mining Potential (section c), and promotion of the economic, social and environmental sustainability. Which partners are working on this? NOVA University of Lisbon, Faculty of Sciences and Technology State Raw Materials Policy of the Czech Republic Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade is responsible for the State Raw Materials Policy (SRMP) that is national master plan to ensure conditions for exploration and mining of mineral resources into the territory of the Czech Republic and serve as planning basis for future mining activities. Valid SRMP was approved in the time of depression of mining industry, low costs of raw materials and growing environmental protection. Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade prepares now the modernization of SRMP taking into account Raw Materials Initiative of EC, focusing on critical materials of EC and cycles of prices of raw materials. Modernized SRMP is also focused on support of education and R&D in mining sector and also international cooperation. Modernization tries to bind better the SRMP and Land Use Planning on state and regional level. Which partners are working on this? Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership European Structural and Investment Fund Strategy The SIF strategy contains three main areas of activity : ‘Future Economy’ which concerns investment to capitalise on regional strengths and characteristics to exploit new and emerging markets, including smart specialisations; ‘Growth for Business’ to accelerate business productivity and competitiveness and ‘Conditions for Growth’ to overcome blocks to growth, improve infrastructure and increase human potential. Future economy includes (1) smart specialisations of Agritech, Digital Economy, E-Health, Marine technology, and Space and aerospace assets and (2) Activities with growth potential that develop Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as a ‘green and marine’ region.   The policy recognises that almost all businesses in the region (99.8%) are micro, small and medium sized enterprises and therefore this sector is the key driver of growth and employment. The proportion of micro enterprises is high (87.7%). Also recognised is the challenge of how much lower research and innovation investment in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly than the average elsewhere in the UK. Which partners are working on this? The University of Exeter Regional Operational Programme of Sterea Ellada (ROP) 2014-2020 The Regional Operational Programme of Sterea Ellada is comprised of 11 Thematic Objectives (TO) with subsequent connected Priority Actions (PA). In REMIX project, the following will be addressed. TO 01: Fostering of Research, Development and Innovation - PA 1a. Enhancing R&D&I infrastructure, development capacities of excellence in research and innovation and promoting centers of competence - PA 1b. Promoting business investment in research and innovation, and developing links synergies between businesses, R&D centers and academia, particularly through the promotion of investment in product development and services, in technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, and innovation through smart specialization TO 04: Support the transition to a low-carbon economy - PA 4c1. Reducing emissions by reducing energy consumption - PA 4e. Promoting low -carbon strategies for all kinds of sites TO 06: Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency - PA 6b1. Improving the management of water resources - PA 6c. Preservation, protection, promotion and development of natural and cultural heritage - PA 6d. Protection and restoration of biodiversity and soil and promoting ecosystem services , including through the network Natura 2000, and green infrastructure - PA 6g. Support industrial transition towards an economy with efficient use of resources, promote green development, eco-innovation and environmental performance management   Which partners are working on this? National Technical University of Athens-NTUA Sustainable growth and jobs 2014 - 2020 - Finland's structural funds programme, 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 In the North Karelia the OP is implemented through POKAT 2017 – Regional Strategic Programme 2014 2017: The act on regional development and management of Structural Fund programmes coordinated by Regional Council of North Karelia. The policy instrument is drawn up by the Regional Council including development objectives. Region is rich with its natural resources like Lapland. Mining is mentioned as a one of the main production priority in POKAT and defined as an internationally competitive field of industry. Anyway, the implementatin of the POKAT in the relation of mining is rather weak at the moment. The emphasis of SME’s and industry should be clarified in the strategic programme better and mining/extractive industry should be seen as a source of interregional cooperation in addition to strong key cluster. Also the stronger connection with regional development with industry should be elaborated in the POKAT in more detailed manner.   At this point problem is the lower growth of the whole industry and inertia in development of new projects and mining businesses. Monitoring of sustainability could be improved by participating actively to regional discussion with mining related cluster organisations. Most important improvement on strategy level in the region of North Karelia is to improve smart specialisation agenda and tools towards stronger link with regional mining and raw material related strategies, like the suggested policy instrument addressed. Which partners are working on this? Business Joensuu Oy 'JOSEK until 1.1.2019' Sign up for the REMIX newsletter Subscribe now Tweets by REMIX Latest News See all project news 01/06/2020 Future Funding of Raw Materials Sector in EU Some take-aways and interesting points brought up at the MIREU Workshop 25-26.52020 on future funding of raw materials sector. Type: Project 03/09/2019 The Future Development of Mining Sector in Europe The phase 1 of the project has ended in June 2019 and this article takes a look into the project achievements from the last 2,5 years. Type: Project 27/05/2019 6th REMIX Newsletter is out If you missed the REMIX International Mining Conference in Poland 15.5.2019. Not to worry. Join it via our newsletter. Type: Project 15/05/2019 SAVE-THE-DATE on REMIX Mining Conference Join us on 15.5.2019 at the Final REMIX Mining Conference in Poland. Type: Project 19/04/2019 5th REMIX Newsletter is out Join us for the final stages of phase 1 in the REMIX project. Type: Project 09/04/2019 Castilla y León – EU Cluster Matchmaking Event REMIX Partners ICE and GKZ are jointly organising Matchmaking Event for clusters and specialised eco-systems in mining and metallurgy across Europe Type: Project 28/11/2018 4th REMIX Newsletter is out Read what has been cooking in the REMIX project lately. Type: Project 09/05/2018 3rd REMIX Newsletter 3rd Newsletter will give you insight to the1st project organised conference. Experiences of the stakeholders and information on the sister project H2020 MIREU. Type: Project 23/03/2018 REMIX getting some media coverage The first Smart and Green Mining Conference organised by the REMIX Project was a great success and received a good amount of media coverage. Type: Project 20/12/2017 The second REMIX Newsletter is out! Read what has happened in the project during the last 6 months in the regions & in the project meetings in Leoben, Austria and Prague, Czech Republic. Type: Project
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Project summary The recent framework strategy of the “Energy Union” of the European Commission indicates that 75% of European households are energy inefficient. There is also great potential for energy savings in public buildings of the EU. The BUILD2LC project will contribute decisively to achieve the EU energy goals, with its overall objective to increase the energy rehabilitation of buildings, and pave the path that facilitates the transit towards the new standard of nZEB buildings. The key innovative aspect of BUILD2LC is its multidisciplinary approach, that counting on different complementary expertise at local (Gloucestershire County UK, and Gorenjska SI), regional (Andalusia ES, Rzeszow PL, North-West Croatia and Jämtland Region SE) and national (Lithuania) level, will allow achieving the energy goals and a sustainable development of the construction sector, based on improving the competitiveness, generating qualified employment, promoting innovation, and alleviating energy poverty, in line with the European objectives for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The project with a high replicability impact will design innovative financial instruments, adapted to the needs of citizens, new mechanisms that contribute to a more competitive business network, special programmes to support innovation, and innovative collaboration actions, focusing on vulnerable groups. Home-owners, business sector, policy makers, local authorities, knowledge institutes and vulnerable groups will benefit from the project. The project will develop a complete learning process to facilitate an effective knowledge flow among regions, with a bottom-up approach methodology, counting on the regional stakeholder groups. More than 70 best practices and almost 70 events involving nearly 400 stakeholders, will establish 7 Regional Action Plans covering a population of more than 15 million inhabitants and improving energy efficiency over 25% at the participating regions. €1,622,547.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2021 Topic Low-carbon economy What will this project change? The key innovative aspect of the project is its multidisciplinary approach in the frame of the sustainable construction sector, including financial schemes, capacity building, innovation, awareness raising and combating against energy poverty, amongst others. It is necessary to progress simultaneously in all these fields to promote improved energy efficiency of buildings and consolidate a solid development of a business sector linked to energy rehabilitation.  The BUILD2LC project aims to ensure the real impact of the achievements in the long term, that will be achieve through new and innovative initiatives put in place, which will be adapted to the local needs and expectations of society.  All the participating regions have specific funds in their operative programme of ERDF funds for energy rehabilitation and energy planning tools with objectives set on energy efficency and renewable energy, ensuring the visibility of the improvements foreseen in the BUILD2LC project.  Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Andalusian Operational Programme for investments for jobs and growth, 2014-2020. Objective T.O. 4. Priority Line 4.c: Support the Energy efficiency and use of renewable Energy in public infrastructure, including public buildings and housing Objective: to improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy for electricity production and thermal uses in buildings Characteristics: In the private field: a) incentives for the energy rehabilitation of buildings (residential and tertiary), prior energy audit and subsequent monitorisation; b) support for initiatives of business development associated to energy services. In the public field: a) investments in public buildings of the Andalusian Regional Government and municipalities, prior audit and subsequent monitorisation; b) high quality energy audits Priority o Measure Concerned: The policy instrument addressed forms parts of regional energy strategies and planning of the Regional Government. Reasons why it should be improved: The incentive model used at present in Andalusia has been based on incentives aimed at stimulating the demand of energy projects. The new framework requires a reorientation of the previous model that together with energy saving and the reduction of emissions, allows better exploiting the opportunities of employment generation associated with energy rehabilitation and obtains a greater leverage of public funding. This will be achieved by introducing new financing instrument that facilitate the development of energy efficiency projects and additional measures aimed at business consolidation and development, the promotion of innovation and the attention to the vulnerable groups Which partners are working on this? Andalusian Energy Agency, Regional Ministry of Employment, Enterprise and Commerce, Andalusian Government (AEA) Lithuanian operational programme for the European Union funds’ investments in 2014-2020. Priority axis 4 - Promoting energy efficiency and production and use of renewable energy. Investment priority 4.3 -Supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and RES use in public infrastructures, including in public and multi-apartment buildings. Objective: to reduce energy consumption in public and multi-apartment buildings.  Characteristics: In the private field: incentives for the energy rehabilitation of multi-apartment buildings. In the public field: investments covering promotion of energy efficiency in public buildings. Priority or Measure Concerned: The policy instrument is addressed to implement national energy strategies and to achieve the targets set by Directive 2012/27/EU. The investments in energy efficiency in public and multi-apartment buildings are in line with Lithuanian strategic documents, such as National Energy Independence Strategy and National Development Programme for 2014-2020 and Public Building Energy Efficiency Programme. Reasons why it should be improved: In 2010, final energy consumption intensity was 21.5% lower than in 2000. However, energy consumption in Lithuania is still much higher than the average in the EU or old Member States. Renovation of multi-apartment and public buildings may achieve from 30 to 50% of the energy efficiency potential. A market failure in financing renovation of housing sector and public buildings in Lithuania is described in the Report of Ex Ante Assessment of Energy Efficiency (“Ex Ante Report”) approved on 7 November 2014 and demand for the renovation is up to 1752M EUR until 2023 according to the National energy strategy. The allocated financing for the public buildings and housing sector renovation sector is about 400M EUR. Which partners are working on this? The Public Investment and Development Agency of Lithuania (VIPA) EU Structural Investment Fund Strategy – Gloucestershire 2014-2020. Thematic Objective 4 – Low Carbon Objective: There are two proposed investment areas under this thematic objective: 1) The flagship GREEN (Gloucestershire Renewable Energy) project to support renewable energy; 2) Demonstration and deployment of renewable technologies and approaches to businesses and households. Characteristics: Contributing to European and national targets to reduce CO2 emissions. • Building on the opportunity of low carbon energy generation. • Addressing information and coordination failures in the labour market and the provision of skills to support the low carbon energy sector.  The policy seeks to build on previous and current activity that has supported energy efficiency. It directly references 3 core programmes previously delivered by Severn Wye (Link-to-Energy, Warm & Well, Target 2050 Exemplar programme) and encourages the progression of these through this strategy. Priority or Measure Concerned: The primary priority is to include provision of support to the domestic & non-domestic sector for energy efficiency and renewable energy, and increasing skills within the region. Reasons why it should be addressed: The emphasis for addressing climate change and supporting energy efficiency has weakened in recent years. The ESIF strategy provides a much needed impetus that will realise activity to support these aims, but further strategic support is required, which Build2LC provides to help define future activity and policy beyond 2020. Which partners are working on this? Severn Wye Energy Agency Ltd (SWEA) Regional Operational Programme of Podkarpackie Voivodeship 2014 – 2020. Priority III Clean Energy Objective: Supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy in all sectors Characteristics: Deep modernisation of public buildings, deep modernisation of the energy residential buildings (multi-family residential buildings), introduction of energy management systems Priority o Measure Concerned: The policy instrument addressed forms parts of regional energy strategies and planning of the Regional Government. Measures under this priority investment projects contribute also to achieving the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy. The greatest potential in this respect is seen in public buildings and housing units, which account for 40% of final energy consumption and has a large untapped potential for cost-effective energy savings. The investments in energy efficiency in public and multi-apartment buildings are in line with Directive 2012/27 and the National Action Plan aimed at increasing the number of buildings with low energy consumption, in connection with Directive 2010/31 / EU. Reasons why it should be improved: It is compatible with the Europe 2020 Strategy within the priority Sustainable development, the implementation of which will contribute to increase the share of renewables in the energy balance of the region, improve energy efficiency particularly in the public sector. The new approach requires not only reduction of emissions but also should concentrate on more opportunities of employment Which partners are working on this? Rzeszow Regional Devolopment Agency (RRDA) Priority axis 2.4 Sustainable consumption and production of energy and smart grids. Priority 2.4.1 Supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure, including in public buildings, and in the housing sector. Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy in the Period 2014-2020. Objective: to improve energy efficiency in the public sector and in households. Characteristics: In the public field: a) energy savings in the building stock of the public sector; b) energy renovated floor area of buildings occupied or owned by the central government. In the private field: a) energy end-use savings in the household sector. Priority or Measure Concerned: The policy instrument addressed forms parts of Action plan for energy efficiency, for renewable energy sources and for nearly zero energy buildings implemented by the Ministry of Infrastructure, Energy directorate. Reasons why it should be improved: Promotion of actions to improve energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources in the public and household sector and in enterprises is necessary in Slovenia, all the more so because the pressure of GHG emissions caused by transport persistently grows. If Slovenia wants to achieve the national obligations under the climate package by 2020, it will have to develop an ambitious programme of national measures for energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Legislation in Slovenia on implementing public private partnerships with new financing schemes is very complicated and is the main reason that there are no more of this kind of projects. Lack of involvement of construction clusters with innovative approaches and innovative financial schemes resulted in significant increase of energy poverty in old city centres that are cultural heritage protected. Which partners are working on this? Local Energy Agency of Gorenjska (LEAG) Croatian Operational Programme 2014 -2020. Objective T.O. 4. Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors, concretely Priority Line 4.c: Support the Energy efficiency and use of renewable Energy in public infrastructure, including public buildings and housing. Objective: to improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy for electricity production and thermal uses in buildings. Characteristics: It was recognized that the largest savings (34%) can be achieved in the residential sector. The increasing share of renewable energy in energy use, with a particular focus on providing Independent solutions for energy supply, will contribute to achieving the national goals which relate to the production of electricity, in particular for the production of energy for heating / cooling. Similarly, investment in corresponding improvement of public energy infrastructure will contribute to a more efficient the use of energy sources. Priority or Measure Concerned: The policy instrument addressed forms parts of regional energy strategies and planning of the Regional Government. Also it is important to mention that, besides already mentioned Operational Programme, Croatian Government also adopted several documents regarding energy efficiency in building sector. Reasons why it should be addressed: Even though in Croatia there are several legal document related to energy efficiency in the building sector, the implementation is going rather slow and it is necessary to take some measures which will accelerate the process of implementation. This will be achieved by implementation of new projects and introducing new financing instruments as well as the promotion of innovation and raising awareness among related interest groups. Which partners are working on this? North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency (RGEA) Operational programme for investments for jobs and growth, NUTS SE32. 2014-2020 Thematic Objective 4 - supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy in all sectors Advice to companies and the public sector is expected to provide reduced energy and reduced climate impact. It is important that this work continues and reaches new companies.  Collaboration on joint solutions where companies benefit from each other's activities should be supported. This can involve issues concerning energy, utilisation of waste products, and more. Producing renewable materials for housing sector needs to be utilised to a greater extent than today, therefore prioritised actions encourage sustainable building, favours the regional industry in the programme area and reduces climate impact. One way to achieve energy savings and develop energy efficient products and services is green procurement. Knowledge of how this facility can be used as policy instruments needs to be strengthened in both the public and private sector. Improvement of the policy instrument is made through work within the Regional Development Strategy, that is the basic instrument behind the Operational programme. Which partners are working on this? Region Jämtland Härjedalen (RJH) Latest News See all project news 03/12/2020 BUILD2LC ON-LINE FINAL MEETING BUILD2LC “Boosting Low Carbon Innovative Building Rehabilitation in European Regions”, ON- LINE FINAL MEETING Type: Project 04/11/2020 BUILD2LC mini session Innovation BUILD2LC online project meeting - mini session on Innovation 5th November 2020 Type: Project 22/10/2020 BUILD2LC mini session energy culture BUILD2LC online project meeting - mini session on new energy culture Type: Project 15/10/2020 BUILD2LC mini session professionalisation BUILD2LC online project meeting - mini session on professionalisation of construction sector Type: Project 09/10/2020 BUILD2LC mini session financial instruments BUILD2LC online project meeting - mini session on financial instruments Type: Project 01/10/2020 BUILD2LC project online partner meeting BUILD2LC project online partner meeting Type: Project 02/06/2020 BUILD2LC project online partner meeting BUILD2LC project online partner meeting Type: Project 03/12/2019 BUILD2LC project partner meeting in Gloucester BUILD2LC project partner meeting in Gloucester - Action plans coordination meeting Type: Project 10/06/2019 BUILD2LC AP Coordination Meeting in Vilnius Action Plans Coordination meeting of the BUILD2LC project Type: Project 11/04/2019 BUILD2LC participates in Europe Lets Cooperate! The Andalusian Energy Agency has participated in the 5th interregional cooperation forum and Exchange of experience workshop in Brussels 10-11 April 2019 Type: Project
Project summary Creating win-win solutions from trade-offs? The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005), and recently the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy emphasizes that human well-being is tightly linked to environmental conditions through the delivery of Ecosystem Services (ES), and therefore good territorial environmental management could, in principle, also deliver better outcomes for people and environment, resulting in win-win solutions. Low-carbon policies and Renewable Energy Sources (RES) development are challenged by the complexity of linkages between ecological, physical, social, and economic factors in relation to trade-offs and synergies between RES exploitation and the delivery of multiple ES. Generalizations and knowledge shortage lead to missing the acknowledgment of potential synergies between RES and ES within the governance and policy frameworks at territorial level. The IRENES project will put in place interregional knowledge and experience exchange process to identify gaps and barriers within current ERDF and energy policy instruments in relation to the RES and ES co-relation, including environmental, social, economic, and governance concerns. The active commitment of Structural Funds Managing Authorities, and governing bodies of other policy instruments addressed in the project, is of paramount importance to integrate the potential RES development trade-offs and co-benefits with ES into the territorial development policies. Therefore, IRENES consortium priority is to communicate and dialogue WITH policy makers and not to policy makers in order to trigger the knowledge transfer and to inform, with scientific evidences on RES and Ecosystem Services, the decision makers about the potential of a win–win outcome that can be incorporated into the regional and national ERDF Operational programmes, energy and climate strategies and laws. Let’s the IRENES stakeholders be the winners of the low-carbon policies challenges! €1,781,783.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Low-carbon economy Expected results The most important IRENES outputs are the 5 Action Plans addressing the improvement of the target regional and national Structural Funds Programmes, and other environmental and energy policies related to the RES exploitation and Ecosystem Services flows. Main thematic outputs: - 5 RES SOTA (State Of The Art) scanning analysis (1 per target area) and 5 SWOT analysis of target policy instruments, providing an overview of their state of the art in relation to the IRENES concerns; - 5 maps of trade-offs and synergies between RES exploitation and ES provided by the territory in each case study; - 5 interregional site visits with in-depth peer review sessions of RES and policy instruments SWOT analysis of each project case study territory; - 5 Local IRENES Knowledge Accelerators steering interregional and local exchange of experience and policy learning through co-learning and participatory activities addressed to stakeholders, as 10 capacity building workshops, 5 job shadowing exchanges, 5 Role Playing Simulation sessions; As a main result, 45 persons from PPs' staff and stakeholders groups will be directly involved in IRENES activities. Estimated number of 500 persons will become better equipped and more efficient in managing and implementing environment and energy policies, coordinated by Structural Funds programmes and other relevant strategies, thanks to additional knowledge, improved decision-making skills and new relations acquired during the interregional exchange of experience process put in place.  Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? ROP Veneto ERDF 2014-2020 Within measures addressed by the Operational Programme (OP) there is a lack on environmental aspects and sustainability. The energy (Renewable Energy Sources - RES) sector and the productive/company sector, which are sectors having a more direct environmental impact, should be addressedconsidering environmental aspects, meaning aspects related to the preservation and improvement of Ecosystem Services (ES), in order to ensure the environmental quality and sustainability. For this reason, priority axis to be improved with such concerns are axis 4 – energy sustainability and environmental quality and axis 1 – research, technological development and innovation. In particular: - the Action 1.1.4 supports collaborative R&D activities for the development of new sustainable technologies, products and services, implemented by companies in connection with research and university players and the already existing public-private aggregations. - the Action 4.1.1 provides incentives for interventions aimed at reducing energy consumption as foreseen by the Regional Law "Rules for regional energy planning", envisaging the promotion of energy saving and the development of renewable energy sources. - the Action 4.2.1 provides incentives aimed at reducing energy consumption and climate-changing gas emissions from companies and production areas including the installation of renewable energy production plants for self-consumption. Which partners are working on this? IUAV University of Venice Veneto Innovazione S.p.A. Lower Saxony’s Operational Programme ERDF/ESF 2014-2020 (2014DE16M20P001) Within the Lower Saxony’s Operational Programme ERDF/ESF 2014-2020 the topic of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) development is not fully addressed by specific objectives under the "TO4 - Low-carbon economy", while a specific focus on the improvement of Ecosystem Services (ES) is provided within the specific objective "Sustainable enhancement of Lower Saxony's cultural and natural heritage and protection of biological diversity" under the "TO6 - Environment and resource efficiency". The aim of such specific objective is to contribute to sustainable and environmental friendly economic development in rural areas and landscapes, also through the restoration and/or promotion of near-natural ecosystems and ES. RES are not considered within such development, even if the exploitation of RES in rural areas (e.g. bioenergy), if well addressed and managed, could contribute both to the economic development and to the restoration and enhancement of near-natural ecosystems and ecosystem services. The concepts of biodiversity, cultural and natural heritage, nature conservation, restoration and promotion of near-natural environments and ES shall be improved in order to provide an inclusive landscape planning perspective that allows addressing RES exploitation in rural areas as a potential driver of ES co-benefits. Which partners are working on this? Leibniz University Hannover Climate Protection Agency Hannover Region (CPAH) Large Infrastructure Operational Programme, Romania The programme mainly invests in eliminating the main bottlenecks for addressing sustainable, efficient and environmentally friendly development across the country. Another important objective is to introduce measures to increase energy efficiency and to protect natural resources. The programme focuses on eight priorities, two of which are of high relevance for RES exploitation and ES topics: • Promoting adaptation to climate change, prevention and risk management. • Clean energy and energy efficiency for a low-carbon economy.   Reasons for why it should be improved: Romania has a significant potential in terms of renewable resources. At the moment, Romania is far less dependent on energy imports (22.7% in 2012) than EU27 (53.4%). This is due to the promotion of measures aimed at reducing energy consumption by using energy efficiency and to the exploitation of energy from local renewable sources (especially hydroelectric). Neverthless, the development of such RES exploitation is not currently addressed considering its impact on biodiversity and ES. For example, there are “unsuccessful stories”, meaning negative environmental impacts, about the use of water for hydroelectric power generation, especially in the mountain area, and wind farms having significant impact on the birds migration routes. Which partners are working on this? University of Bucharest Ministry of European Funds (Managing Authority for Large Infrastructure Operational Programme) Clean Growth Strategy (CGS) The strategy sets out proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy through the 2020s. It explains how the whole country can benefit from low carbon opportunities, while meeting national and international commitments to tackle climate change.The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) issued a consultation on "A Future Framework for Heat in Buildings" in March 2018. This states that decarbonising heat is central to meeting greenhouse gas emission reduction target for 2050 and that there is a particular need for action in those (predominatly rural) parts of the country off the gas supply grid. The consultation seeks evidence on cleaner heating technologies for off gas grid areas, including the scope for using biomass, electric heating and heat networks. A key point arising from the consultation is that the government is not currently sure about the best ways to achieve the objective of decarbonising heating in off gas grid areas and consequently there is interest in designing, trialing and evaluating possible solutions. We believe that meeting the objective of decarbonising heat provision in off gas grid areas will require a whole systems perspective. This means considering the interactions between components of the energy system (e.g. generation, transmission, demand) and its connections with other systems (e.g. regarding food and water supply). To do this there is a need to consider socio-techno-economic and environmental analyses. Which partners are working on this? University of East Anglia Anglia Ruskin University Higher Education Corporation Operational Programme for Cohesion Policy Funds 2014-2020 OP's main objectives in relation to IRENES concerns are focused on increasing resource efficiency of the Estonian economy and mitigation of environmental impact from economic growth, also through the introduction of green and low-carbon technologies.The addressed priorities are: - Sustainable urban development (ERDF Fund): focused on five larger urban areas in Estonia, aimed to cover all sustainability aspects of urban areas, including economic, environmental, climatic, demographic and social challenges. - Energy efficiency (CF funds): supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure, including in public buildings and housing sector. - Green infrastructure (CF Funds): protecting and restoring biodiversity and soil and promoting ES, including through green infrastructure. Although the OP foresees the increased use of Renewable Energy Sources (RES), and the high potential for synergies among the priorities, there is a need for the following improvements: 1. There is a lack of spatially explicit specific recommendations on how to assess the impacts of RES in land use/land cover and on the environment and ES. 2. Due to the late adoption of the Ecosystem Services (ES) framework in Estonia, impacts of RES in ES trade-offs were not taken into account at the time the OP was drafted and approved. While the OP recognizes the need for ensuring a sustainable ES supply, this objective is disconnected from the RES exploitation. Which partners are working on this? Estonian University of Life Sciences The Estonian Environment Agency Tweets by IRENES Latest News See all project news 15/01/2021 IRENES capacity building workshop in Hannover IRENES project will be present at the biannual stakeholder forum on wind energy of Hannover climate protection agency. Type: Project 12/01/2021 Conference on Wind Energy and Species Protection Online the videos and presentations. Type: Project 14/12/2020 Second Newsletter Online The second project newsletter is online Type: Project 04/11/2020 Heating modernization - small measure, big effect If the heating system is not very old, but the living rooms still do not get warm in winter, it is worth taking a look at the settings of the system... Type: Project 20/10/2020 IRENES Steering Meeting Partners met online to discuss on the state of the art of the project Type: Project 10/09/2020 Iuav University for Cansiglio wood IUAV - IRENES partner - signed a Protocol with Veneto Region for the sustainable development of Cansiglio - Alpago. Type: Project 18/06/2020 First Newsletter Online IRENES newsletter n.1 Type: Project 04/12/2019 IRENES at Veneto tecnical meeting with stakeholders Tomorrow IRENES project will be presented at a Veneto technical meeting with stakeholders on the primary sector. Type: Project 14/11/2019 IRENES KICK-OFF EVENT Renewable Energies and Ecosystem Services Peer-review on the Veneto Region case First international event of the IRENES project, Interreg Europe Type: Project 24/10/2019 IRENES Brunch in Veneto On October 24th the IRENES Launch event, organised by Veneto Innovazione and IUAV University of Venice took place in Veneto. Type: Project