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Project summary OptiWaMag focuses on innovation of waste management in urban spaces and in households. The project supports the waste infrastructure, develop the awareness of waste collection and improve the well-being of citizens. OptiWaMag involves 6 EU regions with a shared ambition to accelerate the scaling up of waste management innovation that can support active and innovative environment and resource efficiency and secure the triple win of economic growth, more sustainable ecosystem services and improved well-being of Europe’s citizens. Focusing on these scopes, the policy project’s primary goal is to improve Structural Funds’ policies and implementation related to waste management and enhance regional and interregional ecosystems.OptiWaMag recognizes that effective, policy shaping outcomes require enhanced cooperation between involved stakeholders.    The policy project will thus incorporate interregional collaboration, involving a wide range of expert stakeholders, which comprises exchange of good practices, mutual learning, peer assessment, knowledge transfer, targeted coaching and collective, co-designed policy development. It will deliver its results through interlinked project activities and outputs during 3 sequential steps: 1) Identification and Analysis; 2) Interregional Mutual Learning; 3) Knowledge Transfer and Action Planning. Steps 1 and 3 also include assessments of policy enhancement and learning performance. Wide dissemination of good practices and lessons are the backbone of OptiWaMag.   The primary outputs include: - The project self, peer and expert assessment tools and findings focused on regions’ strengths, weaknesses, policy priorities and policy enhancements - A Framework Strategy for developing evidence based and co-designed policies, programmes and implementation methods and for identifying the best method to improve policy instruments; - 6 Regional Action Plans (informed by the Framework Strategy, pre and interim self-assessments and Advisory Board case study) to enhance the implementation of regional policy instruments across Europe.     €1,151,428.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jan 2023 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Territorial and Settlement Development Operational Programme (TOP, ERDF/ESF) (TOP-2.1)  As the result, OptiWaMag promises to improve management structures (governance) of Hungarian ERDF Fund. These improvements will be complemented at strategical level as the Territorial and Settlement Development Operational Programme (TOP) aims to stimulate the nationwide economies in Hungary, funded by Regional Development Fund. It’s most important relevant priorities are the sustainable urban development and community development. TOP 2.1 has the objective of focusing on ‘Creating Green City’ within the Territorial and Settlement Development Operational Programme with activities to enhance the green infrastructure in the urban spaces (parks, playgrounds etc.) preventing the waste generation and increasing the awareness of waste management.The programs (TOP 2.1 ) needs to be fine-tuned in order to increase regional synergy and national cooperation. The aim is to increase the focus on the waste management-related solutions for the urban spaces with the increase of green solutions (for example using recycled materials on playgrounds, increasing awareness campaigns in parks). Which partners are working on this? Development Organization NORTE 2020 (2014-2020 North Portugal Regional Operational Programme) - Investment Priority: 6e - Adoption of measures to improve the urban environment, to revitalize cities, to recover and decontaminate abandoned industrial areas. including reconversion areas), to reduce air pollution and to promote noise reduction measures. NORTE 2020 (2014–2020 North Portugal Regional Operational Programme) is a financial instrument intended to support regional development in North Portugal. Under the management of the North Portugal Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR-N), NORTE 2020 stands as an important contribution to the regional development strategy, based on a dual path of convergence with the European and national averages. Given the paradigm of the European cohesion policy, which channels most of the funds to less competitive regions.NORTE 2020 is organised into nine Priority Axes, plus an axis related to the financial aid and technical assistance required to implement the programme. Environment Quality is the Priority Axe we are to improve.The Norte 2020 programme has in its Priority 4 - Environmental Quality Axis - the objective of preserving and protecting the environment and promoting the efficient use of resources, by adopting measures to improve the urban environment, revitalize cities and recover and decontaminate industrial zones, in the sense of promoting the urban environmental qualityand landscape of the territories as a factor of differentiation and regional affirmation.The program finances various types of action in the environmental area, namely the improvement of air quality and noise and sustainable mobility, however it deals with the activities of waste management in a superficial way. Which partners are working on this? Municipality of Lousada Operational Programme „Growth and Employment” 2014-2020 The Latvian multi-fund Operational Programme ''Growth and Employment'' (OP) aims at achieving key national development priorities along with the "Europe 2020" objectives. The OP focus on the following priority: 14.1% of the OP allocation will be dedicated to environment, sustainable use of natural resources and adaptation to climate change (priority axis 5). TO5 – Investment priority 5.2 of protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency aims at investing in waste management area in order to adhere to EU acquis requirements in the environmental area and to support needs of Member States: preserving the environment, promoting resource efficiency. Specific objective 5.2.1 of OP is to increase the ratio of waste to be recycled and recovered of the total amount of waste produced in the respective year from 34.97 % in 2012 to 59 % in 2020. To achieve the objective, it is planned to prepare waste for recycling in order to return waste as much as possible in economic circulation.In Latvia, the funds foreseen in the OP and specific objective are planned to be invested in municipal waste management companies and in large waste management companies, but this policy and investment funds do not reach the households in which municipal waste is produced. In Latvia there is a small, compact society (small families), households are concentrated in apartment houses, which creates favorable conditions for policy change and sorting of waste at the place where it isoriginated. Which partners are working on this? Riga Technical University Regional Plan of Waste Management Waste management is an ever changing policy that needs to be adapted to the changes of the context it is applied to, and to the progress of science and technology. In our Region the current management strategy has improved a lot as for the aspect of “risk prevention”, but it has also increased the total costs remarkably.Therefore, nowadays, it is necessary to change the strategy used so far, and to get at the bottom of the problem, influencing directly the amount of waste produced.The prevention of production for waste and valorization of waste already produced are key to the new conception of “circular economy” our society should adopt (as promoted by the EU). According to this perspective, the Regional Plan of Waste Management (PRGR) represents a flywheel to address the whole territory towards a more sustainable environmental, economic and social strategy.Nevertheless, the plan should be improved in the following aspects:- the integrated system for sorted waste collection: it shouldn't be standardized, it should be but “customized” on the basis on the territory features, the population density and so forth;- the charging system, that should follow the "pay as you throw" principle;- the actions towards the citizens, to get to a shared responsibility among all actors. Which partners are working on this? Municipality of Casalgrande ERDF Regional Operational Programme of Thessaly 2014-2020 Within the policy instrument there is the Thematic Target 06 “Preservation and protection of the environment and promotion of resource efficiency”, with its relevant Investment Priority 6a “Investments in the waste sector in order to meet the requirements of the Union's environmental acquits and address the needs that have been identified by the Member States for investments exceeding those requirements”. The Priority’s expected results are the expansion of bio-waste recycling through collection, management and recycling systems, with appropriate demonstration actions as well as enhancing the prevention of waste generation through awareness-raising actions, promoting recycling, sorting at the source of bio-waste and processing it in composting plants, as well as domestic composting, promoting recycling with the development of "green points".One thing that is not taken into serious account is the elements of innovation and ecosystems’ development through waste management in order to generate better strategies, plans and implementation for invention, validation, scaling up and development that, will lead to: 1) improved delivery of eco-innovation; 2) more effective ecosystems, improved technology transfer and scaled-up; 3) efficient promotion and education program of ecosystems Which partners are working on this? Region of Thessaly Regional Waste Plan Pursuant to Directive 2008/98/EC of European Parliament the competent authority of each Member State is required to establish a waste plan. The waste plan must be evaluated every six year and revised as necessary. To implement the national plan efficiently we need to review and develop our regional waste plan. In the regional waste plan we identify a series of initiatives which must be implemented on the road to a more resource-efficient society. When we review and develop our regional waste plan we will be able to find new cooperation between the municipalities within our county and find new solutions for identified obstacles to reach the national goals for waste. By improving our regional waste plan by influences from other regions within EU we will improve the waste management in our region in total. After the project we will have anupdated waste plan that will be continued. Which partners are working on this? County Administrative Board of Östergötland Sign up for the OptiWaMag newsletter Subscribe now OptiWaMag in a nutshell - Project Brochure Download the summary of OptiWaMag Find it here Join us on Facebook Join the OptiWaMag Facebook group to get regularly updates about the project Join Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Twitter to get the news first hand Follow us (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')); OptiWaMag Tweets by OptiWaMag Latest News See all project news 03/12/2020 Meet the Team: Municipality of Lousada The next interviewee in the mini-interview series is Municipality of Lousada Type: Project 02/11/2020 Meet the Team: Municipality of Casalgrande The next interviewee in the mini-interview series is Municipality of Casalgrande Type: Project 29/09/2020 Meet the Team: Development Organization The next interviewee in the mini-interview series is Development Organization Type: Project 31/08/2020 Meet the Team: CABÖ The third interviewee in the mini-interview series is County Administrative Board of Östergötland. Type: Project 17/06/2020 Meet the Team: Riga Technical University We have decided to make a mini-interview series in order to introduce the partners of OptiWaMag. The second interviewee is Riga Technical University Type: Project 13/05/2020 Meet the Team: Region of Thessaly We have decided to make a mini-interview series in order to introduce the partners of the project OptiWaMag. The first interviewee is Region of Thessaly. Type: Project 01/12/2019 The first steps of OptiWaMag project Summary of OptiWaMag project activities in the last four months Type: Project 18/09/2019 Official kick off meeting of OptiWaMag held OptiWaMag Interreg Europe kick off meeting held in Linköping, Sweden Type: Project 01/08/2019 OptiWaMag project started European Regional Development Fund ensures new cooperation for improving waste management Type: Project
Project good practices Newest first Oldest first A-Z Z-A Conservation actions in the Rila Mountain 11/11/2020 Wildlife monitoring and conservation actions in National Park Rila Location: Югозападен, Bulgaria (България) Project: BIOGOV Wildlife monitoring in the Rila Mountain 11/11/2020 Wildlife monitoring and conservation actions in the Rila Mountain Location: Югозападен, Bulgaria (България) Project: BIOGOV Collective Territorial Cooperation for Nature 10/11/2020 Collective Territorial Cooperation for Nature by stakeholders creates or maintains a habitat for species that require coordinated management at landcape level Location: Friesland (NL), Netherlands (Nederland) Project: BIOGOV Using a modern system for controlled avalanches 10/11/2020 Monitoring of avalanche prone locations and using a modern system for controlled avalanches Location: Югозападен, Bulgaria (България) Project: BIOGOV Joint infrastructure for both transport and endangered species. 10/11/2020 Nature adapted management of roadsides strengthens green infrastructure and gives a pleasant landscape. Location: Västsverige, Sweden (Sverige) Project: BIOGOV Restoring and managing eco corridors in mountains as the green infrastructure in the Danube basin 09/11/2020 Development and implementation of tools for identifying, conserving and managing ecological corridors in the Carpathians, through a multidisciplinary approach. Location: Bucureşti - Ilfov, Romania (România) Project: BIOGOV Sustainable transportation in the Carpathians for the Benefit of People and Nature 09/11/2020 Concrete measures and tools to make the transportation more sustainable by considering the movement of wildlife across the landscapes. Location: Bucureşti - Ilfov, Romania (România) Project: BIOGOV Increasing green infrastructure of wood-living species on veteran trees. 09/11/2020 Connectivity analysis of veteran trees provides conditions for cost effective measures to increase green infrastructure of wood living insects. Location: Västsverige, Sweden (Sverige) Project: BIOGOV A participatory process leading to cross-fertilization between policy and practice 09/11/2020 Governmental stakeholders creating a flexible framework based on the project focus followed by intensive interaction with the local stakeholder group. Location: Prov. Limburg (BE), Belgium (Belgique-België) Project: BIOGOV A system for registration of gunshots on part of the protected area „Vihren“ 09/11/2020 A system for registration of gunshots on part of the protected area „Vihren“ inside the national park "Pirin" Location: Югозападен, Bulgaria (България) Project: BIOGOV 12 Next Visit the good practice database Tweets by BIOGOV
Project summary Green Public Procurement to achieve Green Growth  GPP4Growth brings together nine partners from nine countries, to exchange experiences & practices and improve their capacities on implementing resource efficiency policies that promote eco-innovation and green growth through Green Public Procurement (GPP).   Project objectives GPP4GROWTH aims to address the challenges and exploit the opportunities related to the adoption of the new EU public procurement system, effective since April 2016. Europe's public authorities consume 14% of the EU GDP on goods, services and works of a total estimated value of EUR 1.8 trillion annually. This purchasing power is now anticipated to promote environmentally friendly and resource–efficient goods and services (e.g. energy efficient electronic and electrical equipment supplies, electricity from renewable energy resources, sustainable construction works, low-emission public transport vehicles, cleaning services using environmentally friendly cleaning products, etc). For this purpose, GPP4Growth will support public authorities to seize new opportunities for using their purchase power to stimulate eco-innovation, resource efficiency and green growth, mostly by using new award criteria in calls and tenders that pay particular attention to environmental considerations. The updated framework that will emerge is anticipated to  address the needs of the territories regarding compliance to the new EU public procurement system.  More specifically the project aims to:Increase the capacity of regional administrations to effectively implement resource efficiency policies, applying green public procurement.Improve the implementation of national/regional resource efficiency policies, providing incentives to businesses to integrate environmental factors and costs when producing goods and/or providing supplies, services and works.Unlock regional/national investments on green public procurement to promote the development of new green products and services.Improve regional actors’ readiness and create knowledge awareness on the influence of green public procurement on the adoption of sustainable consumption and production patterns by businesses operating in the region.  Expected changesOver 7% increase in the number of businesses in partners’ regions, integrating environmental factors and costs when producing goods and/or providing supplies, services and works. Increased capacity of 200 staff of public administrations to effectively implement resource efficiency policies, applying GPP. 10 million Euros of investments unlocked to promote new green products and services development. Increased knowledge awareness of over 1000 stakeholders on the influence of GPP on the adoption of sustainable consumption and production patterns by businesses.   Main activities and outputs Analysis of the factors that influence businesses to participate in green tenders and contractsEvaluation of existing regional and national policies that promote eco-innovation and green growth through GPP. Identification of good practices on GPP methods that led to the implementation of green contracts. Development of a digital lifecycle costing (LCC) method and resources for all EU public administrations to allow harmonised application of LCC. Promotion of interregional learning and capacity building through 3 interregional workshops, 2 existing experience visits, and policy learning events. 14 policy briefs to transfer GPP4Growth lessons learnt to public authorities beyond the partnership. Joint development of 9 regional action plans to improve the addressed policy instruments.   €1,704,769.00 from 1 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2021 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? O.P. of Western Greece 2014-2020 Main features The 2nd strategic objective of the OP of Western Greece focuses on environment protection and on a shift to an environmentally-friendly economy. Thematic objectives 4 & 6 include measures related to:  6a & 6b - Investments in the waste and water sector to meet the EU’s requirements 6e - Improving the urban environment, reducing air pollution and noise 4b - Promoting renewable resources use in enterprises 4c - Supporting energy efficiency in public infrastructure, including public buildings and in the housing sector 4e - Promoting sustainable multimodal urban mobility Reasons for improvement  Green public procurement (GPP) in the implementation of Western Greece O.P. is not explicitly foreseen. In Greece there are no specific guidelines for GPP for regional public authorities, as the country is listed among the 5 EU countries that have not developed a national GPP plan yet. Integrating GPP into tenders for selecting proposals under the above mentioned thematic objectives will boost the potential of enterprises/beneficiaries of O.P. in the region to develop green products and services, and improve their environmental impact and competitiveness through green growth. The managing authority has also identified the need to develop an integrated and coherent methodological framework for monitoring projects funded under the O.P., to early identify any deviations of original objectives, including objectives related to environmental protection and resource efficiency.  Which partners are working on this? University of Patras ERDF Regional Operational Programme Lombardy Main features 36% of funds of the ROP of Lombardy 2014-2020 are allocated to priority axis 1, aiming at enhancing technological development and innovation, also focusing on eco-industry, while 26% of funds support projects under axes 4 and 5, aiming to promote environmental protection and sustainable urban environment. Investment priority 1b3: Promoting new markets for innovation, particularly in the field of resources efficiency. Action 1.b.3.1: Strengthening of the demand for innovation in resource efficiency, green products and services, by supporting actions of Pre-commercial Public Procurement and Innovative Procurement. Reasons for improvement  Following the approval of the new national legislation on public tenders, effective since February 2016, GPP becomes mandatory, and all public administrations in Italy have to integrate environmental criteria into public purchases. The Lombardy region, as Managing Authority of the Lombardy ROP, has identified the need to more systematically use GPP criteria in tenders, following the provisions of the national Action Plan on GPP developed by the Ministry of Environment. Although GPP criteria has been developed for several sectors, life cycle costing methods need to be integrated in sectors such as food, health, tourism, construction and cleaning services, which are supported by the ROP. Furthermore, rewarding environmental criteria need to be developed in addition to core criteria to spur eco-innovation in businesses.  Which partners are working on this? Lombardy Region Regional Operational Programme Łódź province Objectives of Regional Operational Programme ŁÓDŹ PROVINCE (ROP-LODZKIE) Achieving green economic growth is one of the key themes of ROP-LODZKIE that aims to foster innovation, strengthen resource and energy efficiency, and establish social and territorial cohesion in the Lodzkie Region. Main measures concerned by the instrument  ROP-LODZKIE aims to revitalise the sustainability of Lodzkie Region’s economy using endogenous means. ROP-LODZKIE will utilise GPP to a) encourage SMEs to assess and address resource use issues, and b) increase the production of eco-innovations among SMEs and regional and local public administrations. This will be achieved, for example, by improving resource efficiency through targeted actions in the public services of metropolitan areas, sustainable tourism, manufacturing and ceramic industries, by modernising public and residential buildings in terms of resource efficiency, and by promoting a safe and low emission urban transport system. Areas for improvement ROP-LODZKIE will support projects congruent with its investment priorities V (protection of the environment) and VI (revitalization and endogenous potential of the region). Along these lines ROP-LODZKIE will have to deal with the poor technical conditions of industry and buildings infrastructures of the Lodzkie Region in terms of energy and resource efficiency, the lack of management planning for green products and the general lack of promotion of the use of renewable energy sources.   Which partners are working on this? Lodzkie Region Flemish Public Procurement Plan 2016-2020 Objectives Flemish Government – Department of CHANCELLERY AND GOVERNANCE (FG-DCG) has developed the Flemish Public Procurement Plan 2016-2020 (FPPP) to improve the resource efficiency of its economy, since public procurement supports significantly innovative, green and socially responsible products and solutions. As a major investor and consumer, FG-DCG aims to: develop criteria for green and innovative public procurement use GPP as a tool for promoting green growth -professionalise its procurement develop e-procurement increase SMEs’ participation in public procurement   FPPP main measures Flanders has to support eco-innovation and sustainable development in sectors such as sustainable chemistry, manufacturing, specialised logistics and agri-food, construction, and sustainable trade. FPPP improves the resource efficiency of the Flemish economy by limiting the consumption of primary raw materials, increasing the use of recycled products, making sure that no resource inefficient public works are funded, promoting sustainable biomass and developing sustainable transports.   Areas for improvement FG-DCG aims to promote the effective use of international networks, enhance the dissemination of innovative applications that are congruent with investment priorities such as promoting green growth and enhancing the competitiveness of resource-efficient SMEs, and adopt a territorial development approach for the urban regions of Antwerp, designed to promote green growth.   Which partners are working on this? Province of Antwerp Andalucia ERDF 2014-2020 Operational Programme. Horizontal principles of the Operational Programme. Project selection criteria for compliance with the standards of sustainable development: “use of ecological public procurement rules” Main features The ROP of Andalusia aims to contribute to the more efficient use of natural resources. 14% of the total funds are allocated to interventions to improve region’s environmental performance and achieve green growth. As Andalusia demonstrates poorer environmental performance compared to similar EU regions, the ROP of Andalusia focuses on the following investments priorities, aiming to improve the current recovery rate of waste, water quality and air pollution in the region: 6a - Investments in the waste sector to meet the relevant EU’s Directives’ requirements 6b - Investments in the water sector to meet the relevant EU’s Directives’ requirements 6e - Actions to improve the urban environment, reduce air pollution and promote noise reduction measures.   Reasons for improvement The Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of Andalusia (ANDALUSIA) has identified the following areas for improvement in the policy instrument: The programme lacks specific provisions on how to stimulate proposals and projects in the field of resource efficiency and eco-innovation under the investment priorities mentioned above. Provisions for monitoring projects in contrast to environmentally-friendly and green KPIs have not been adequately developed. Although cases of green public procurement are regular in the sectors of paper and publishing, cleaning services and office equipment, there are limited in the fields of waste, water management and transport.  Which partners are working on this? Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development (Regional Government of Andalusia) Operational programme “Growth and Employment” Objectives of Operational Programme “GROWTH AND EMPLOYMENT” (OPGE) In Latvia there is a single operational programme aiming to achieve key development priorities at regional and national level. OPGE aims to provide support to the sustainable development of Latvia's economy, by designing a green monitoring control system, preventing environmental risks in a timely manner, and ensuring society’s participation in environmental management. Indicatively, Latvia aims to increase of share of renewable energy in the gross final energy consumption to 40% by 2020.   Main features OPGE supports green growth by ensuring environmental information and education, and community participation with regards to the following investment priorities: Environmental protection and resource efficiency Shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors Competitiveness of SMEs OPGE aims to promote measures that guarantee resource efficiency, the preservation of biodiversity and ecosystems, the extraction and use of environmentally friendly resources, green procurement and green consumption and the development of environmental policy.   Areas for improvement Latvia needs to increase the awareness about the benefits of the implementation of green criteria in public procurement processes, as well as expand their use in its public administrations, in order to modernise the interactions between the latter and the non-governmental sector, resolve environmental issues, and achieve green growth.  Which partners are working on this? Zemgale planning region Operational Programme “Environment” 2014 - 2020 (OPE) In Bulgaria, regional development is tackled by national operational programmes. OPE aims at: protecting the environment, reducing emissions and preventing the loss of biodiversity,developing new green technologies, and building a more competitive, resource efficient economy. GPP can further improve the implementation of measures under the following OPE’s priority axes: PA1 “Water”: improving quality parameters in urban wastewater treatmentPA2 “Waste”: improving the municipal waste management and infrastructuresPA4 “Flood and landslides risk prevention and management”: Construction of fortification facilities, drainage structures for reducing subsoil waters and/or structures for leading surface watersPA5 “Improvement of the ambient air quality”: reducing emissions of urban transport, industrial emissions  Reasons for improvement As acknowledged by OPE’s beneficiaries (municipalities, bodies within the Ministry of Environment), integrated mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating proposals based on more reliable indicators need to be adopted to better implement OPE. Defining life cycle costing methods for proposals’ selection, and improving the capacity for procurement, contracting and management of approved projects, based on common green criteria for each priority axis would result in a more effective GPP system, aiming to improve resource efficiency in the region, lead to the development of innovative green products and works, and to new jobs opportunities.  Which partners are working on this? Stara Zagora Regional Economic Development Agency Border, Midland and Western Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 (BMW ROP) Main features The 4th and 5th priorities of BMW ROP aim at supporting sustainable and green development and resource efficient economy in the region. The relevant investment priorities are: 6e - Taking action to improve the urban environment, to revitalise cities, regenerate and decontaminate brownfield sites, reduce air pollution and promote noise reduction. 4c - Supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure, including in public buildings and in the housing sector. The BWW ROP foresees the rehabilitation of industrial sites and contaminated land, improving at the same time water and air quality and supply.   Reasons for improvement Improvements on the management of BMW ROP are envisaged through the more systematic use of GPP in tenders and contracts supported by the ROP, especially in relation to sustainable construction and renovation works of the urban environment, transport, housing and public buildings. This will be achieved through the improvement of bids’ evaluation criteria and relative weightings, and processes that take into account life cycle cost efficiency. The establishment of a system of certification and eco-labelling as regards resource efficiency is also foreseen to enable the managing authority to integrate eco-labels as requirement for projects’ approval.  Which partners are working on this? Department of Environment, Climate and Communications OPI - Fostering a competitive and sustainable economy to meet our challenges – 2014-2020 Objectives of OPI Malta has a single operational programme aiming to achieve key development priorities at regional and national level. More precisely, OPI aims to support:the development of a resource efficient economy eco-innovation in sectors such as public infrastructure and buildings, the housing sector, ICT, maritime services and manufacturing, and renewable energy use.   Main measures The government aims to utilise green public procurement to induce resource efficiency and the use of green products and technologies, to promote sustainable growth in Malta. Hence, the government aims to boost sustainable tourism by promoting eco-innovation and thus upgrade the resource efficiency of tourism in the Harbour region. Furthermore, the aim is to increase investments in renewable materials in public infrastructure thus ensuring the maximisation of rooftop usage of government and public buildings, and the introduction of solar PV farms in areas with low environment sensitivity. The government will also aim to improve resource efficiency in public property and in housing, e.g. by developing zero energy public buildings by 2018.   Areas for improvement Further efforts are needed to exchange with other regions good governance practices that meet EU requirements concerning life cycle cost assessment, waste management, eco-innovation, resource efficiency in public infrastructure, improvements in urban environment, and increase in the share of renewable materials.   Which partners are working on this? Malta Regional Development and Dialogue Foundation Sign up for the GPP4Growth newsletter Subscribe now (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')); GPP4Growth Tweets by GPP4Growth Latest News See all project news 18/12/2020 Circular in Business Implementation of the Regional Action Plan in the Lodzkie Region - GPP4Growth Type: Project 07/12/2020 GPP4Growth - Ireland Ireland’s GPP4Growth Action Plan has 3 key actions designed to increase the awareness and inclusion of GPP in public procurements. Progress has been significant Type: Project 16/11/2020 Status of the University of Patras Action Plan Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the initial timeframe of all actions envisioned in the Action Plan has changed. They will now be completed by July 2021. Type: Project 28/10/2020 GPP good practices of Green Leaf Award-winner Read more about GPP good practices in an interview on circular initiatives with 2020 European Green Leaf Award-winner Mechelen Type: Project 30/09/2020 Implementation of Action Plan in Bulgaria Report on the development of the Action Plan: implementation of all 4 key actions Type: Project 02/06/2020 New edition of GPP Training Course in Andalusia To solve the lack of expertise that hinders the implementation of GPP, Andalusia organises a training activity on the inclusion of of environmental clauses. Type: Project 11/10/2019 7th Conference on Regional Development The University of Patras, Lead Partner of GPP4Growth, attended the 7th Conference on Regional Development "Circular Economy & Sustainable Development" Type: Project 01/10/2019 University of Patras 6th stakeholder meeting GPP4Growth final stakeholder meeting organised by the University of Patras Type: Project 20/09/2019 Final stakeholder meeting in Stara Zagora 6th final stakeholder meeting in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria for the 6th semester of the GPP4Growth project Type: Project 27/08/2019 Publication on GPP good practice GPP good practice appearing in the GPP News Alert August 2019 Type: Project
Project summary IMPROVING POLICIES TO PROTECT BIODIVESRITY FROM INVASIVE ALIEN SPECIES Biological invasions are considered to be one of the greatest threats to the biodiversity and natural ecosystems. Invasive Alien Species (IAS) can act as vectors for new diseases, cause native species’ extinction, change ecosystem processes, and reduce the value of land and water for human activities. INVALIS will enable the participating territorial authorities to address common challenges associated with biological invasions such as a) knowledge gaps in ecosystems’ vulnerability to biological invasions and species’ distribution, b) lack of awareness about IAS environmental and socioeconomic risks, c) low level of cooperation between public authorities and key stakeholders for the implementation of IAS management measures, and c) conflicts of interests. OBJECTIVE INVALIS brings together 7 partners from 7 countries, to improve their environmental policies, by supporting policy measures for the prevention, early detection and control of IAS. EXPECTED IMPACT - Increased capacity of 200 staff of public administrations to effectively implement IAS management policies - 10 million euros unlocked to support projects for increasing natural ecosystems’ resilience to IAS and to carry out eradication/control actions for high priority species - Increased awareness of over 1000 stakeholders about IAS impact on the biodiversity, economy and human health MAIN OUTPUTS & BENEFICIARIES - 6 action plans to improve the addressed policy instruments, benefiting managing authorities and beneficiaries - 3 interregional workshops, 2 site visits and 1 EU-wide policy learning event to promote capacity building among partners and stakeholders - 18 policy briefs to transfer INVALIS lessons learnt to EU public authorities - A risk assessment framework for EU public administrations to assess regional ecosystems’ vulnerability to IAS - 4 baseline analysis reports on territorial needs and IAS management practices €1,384,618.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 31 May 2023 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Transport Infrastructure, Environment and Sustainable Development Operational Programme OBJECTIVES & RELEVANT MEASURES The Sectoral Operational Programme includes 16 priority axes, which are divided amongst transport and environment. Priority axis 12 supports the implementation of EU environmental policy on maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.  The challenges associated with biological invasions are addressed under:Specific Objective 6: Preserving and protecting the environment & promoting resource efficiencyInvestment Priority 6d: Protection and restoration of biodiversity, and promotion of ecosystem services through NATURA 2000 network and green infrastructuresAction 6 – Management measures for mitigating the impacts of invasive alien species  REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT - In Greece, with the exception of certain interest groups (e.g. environmental agencies), there is a limited awareness and understanding of the threats posed by IAS and the actions required for their prevention and control. - Additional measures need to be taken to support the implementation of the EU Regulation 1143/2014, including a) the creation of a national IAS database, b) the establishment of a surveillance system for detecting biological invasions, and c) the identification of the main pathways for IAS introduction. - The monitoring, assessment and benchmarking of territorial ecosystems’ biodiversity status (which is related to the occurrence of non-indigenous species) has not been addressed, making difficult the evaluation of policy instruments’ impact. Which partners are working on this? Natural Environment and Climate Change Agency (N.E.C.C.A) LOMBARDY ROP ERDF 2014-2020 MAIN FEATURES The ROP of Lombardy includes 6 thematic objectives to promote sustainable development and achieve a good environmental status. Specifically, Priority Axis 6 prescribes measures for promoting the attractiveness of cultural and natural heritage.  INVALIS will address:  Thematic Objective 6: Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiencyInvestment Priority 6c: Conservation, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage  REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT 1. There is lack of projects/initiatives (funded by the ROP) to address biological invasions in the Lombardy region, seeking to improve the conditions of the natural heritage, especially as regards touristic areas with fragile environmental conditions (e.g. NATURA 2000 sites). 2. TO6 foresees the protection of natural assets/resources, but there are not any concrete criteria for the selection of projects for protecting natural ecosystems from IAS, in spite of the high intensity of tourism and trade activity in the region. 3. The ROP does not link the protection of natural assets with the capacity of territorial authorities’ staff or intermediate bodies (e.g. Protected Areas’ management bodies) to administer all the actions required for managing the problem of invasive species in an integrated way. This requires not only re-skilling public administrations’ staff but also developing a common protocol for IAS management. Which partners are working on this? Lombardy Foundation for the Environment ERDF Regional Operational Programme Extremadura MAIN FEATURESExtremadura’s Regional Operational Programme aims to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth (to reach the EU average level) by a) improving the rational use of resources, b) increasing the quality of environmental infrastructures and c) strengthening the environmental aspects relating to sustainable development.  INVALIS will address:Thematic Objective 6: Preserving and protecting the environment & promoting resource efficiencyInvestment Priority 6d: Protection and restoration of biodiversity, and promotion of ecosystem services through NATURA 2000 network and green infrastructuresSpecific Objective 6.4.1: To sustain biodiversity by protecting natural ecosystems and improving protected areas management, including measures to address emerging environmental issues   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT - The ROP, apart from measures related to the revegetation and environmental restoration of closed landfills and waste containment areas, prescribe actions to improve natural ecosystems’ environmental quality and sustain biodiversity, which have not been yet explored or implemented within projects funded under this investment priority. - The ROP has been drafted before the National Strategy for Biodiversity, and sets low targets for biodiversity conservation, whilst underestimating the environmental and socioeconomic risks associated with biological invasions. In addition, it does not include adequate funding instruments to support projects on IAS management. Which partners are working on this? Ministry for Ecological Transition and Sustainability - Junta de Extremadura Operational Programme ERDF-ESF CORSICA 2014-2020 OBJECTIVES & RELEVANT MEASURES The ROP aims to boost economic growth in Corsica and achieve at regional level the Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Priority Axis 5 aims to preserve the diversity of natural and cultural assets, supporting actions interlinked with the management of environmental risks (e.g. biodiversity loss) and climate change adaptation. INVALIS will address: Priority Axis 5: Preserving and sustainably enhancing the environmental and cultural assets of the territoryThematic Objective 6: Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiencyInvestment Priority 6c: Conservation, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage  REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT - The environmental actions foreseen under Investment Priority 6c have a limited scope, addressing exclusively issues related to improving the quality of touristic areas, and neglect the issues of protecting biodiversity and natural assets, which can be the key for including these areas in alternative tourism models (e.g. geo-tourism). - The ROP does not include indicators for biodiversity conservation, making difficult to monitor Corsica’s progress towards national conservation targets, as defined in the National Strategy for IAS. - Public authorities should enhance the role and facilitate the engagement of local authorities and key stakeholders including civil society and private sector (e.g. tourism enterprises) as appropriate. Which partners are working on this? Corsican Agency of Environment Regional Operational Programme MAIN FEATURES The Regional Operational Programme (ROP) aims at promoting smart sustainable and inclusive growth, by addressing major development strategies such as regional competitiveness, sustainable development, environmental protection, the low-carbon economy, and economic and social infrastructure at regional/local level.  INVALIS will address:Priority Axis 5: Improvement of the urban environment and preservation, protection and sustainable valorisation of cultural heritageThematic Objective 6: Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiencyInvestment Priority 6c: Conservation, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage  REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT The OP makes explicit mention on the importance to protect the environment towards sustainable development, prescribing measures to improve Romania’s environmental status such as a) creating additional green spaces, b) reducing energy consumption in buildings, c) renovating cultural heritage sites and d) promoting sustainable modes of transport. Nonetheless, it does not adequately address the need to protect biodiversity from current environmental pressures such as climate change and biological invasions. The OP does not take into account the threats posed by IAS to biodiversity and economic activity, and thus lacks technical specifications for projects on a) increasing natural ecosystems’ resilience and b) mitigating the associated environmental and socioeconomic impacts. Which partners are working on this? Bucharest-Ilfov Regional Development Agency Operational programme “Growth and Employment” MAIN FEATURES In Latvia, there is a single operational programme, aiming to achieve key development priorities at regional and national level. OPGE aims to contribute in the sustainable development of Latvia's economy, by designing a green monitoring control system, preventing environmental risks in a timely manner, and ensuring society’s participation in environmental management.   MEASURES CONCERNED The Operational Programme prescribes measures to sustain biodiversity and ensure the balance between nature conservation and economic activity such as: - Investigating the environmental conditions in biotopes to determine their vulnerability status - Updating inventories of endangered, threatened and special concern species and developing conservation plans - Mitigating the impacts of tourism and other economic activities on biodiversity and ecosystem services, especially in coastal and marine protected areas   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT OPGE will support projects congruent with its investment priorities V (protection of the environment). Along these lines, OPGE will have to address the most prevailing challenges associated with IAS in Latvia (not yet explored by funded projects, and lagging behind), by supporting initiatives that will deal with a) the lack of databases with high priority invasive species and fragile natural ecosystems, b) poor monitoring infrastructures for detecting new arrivals, and c) the limited awareness about IAS environmental and socioeconomic risks. Which partners are working on this? 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Project good practices Newest first Oldest first A-Z Z-A Innovative energy conservation technology at coal-fired power plants 21/12/2020 The development of an efficient slag collection method resulting from lignite combustion and the preparation and recovery of an alternative fuel Location: Sud-Vest Oltenia, Romania (România) Project: DeCarb Bełchatów - Recultivation of open cast mining 15/12/2020 The reclamation of the Bełchatów opencast mine is the largest and the most spectacular reclamation project in the history of Poland. Location: Łódzkie, Poland (Polska) Project: DeCarb Competence Centre on climate change mitigation in energy-intensive industries (KEI) 12/10/2020 The (KEI) provides advice and supports energy-intensive industries and the scientific community in the reduction of greenhouse gases. Location: Brandenburg, Germany (Deutschland) Project: DeCarb Institute for low-CO2 industrial processes 07/10/2020 The institute is dedicated to energy research and makes key contributions to the decarbonized energy system of the future. Location: Brandenburg, Germany (Deutschland) Project: DeCarb Frauenhofer Institute for Geothermal Energy and Energy Infrastructure 07/10/2020 The research institute deals with the development of new cross-sector technologies for coupled infrastructures Location: Brandenburg, Germany (Deutschland) Project: DeCarb Regional strategy towards a green and circular economy for Extremadura by 2030 17/09/2020 Key stakeholders share a common will to achieve a greener region by 2030: this is how the strategy towards a green and circular economy in Extremadura was born. Location: Extremadura, Spain (España) Project: DeCarb Energy-saving system in the kindergarten in Rogów 16/09/2020 Passive Kindergarten represents the latest generation of energy-saving buildings. Location: Łódzkie, Poland (Polska) Project: DeCarb Geothermal energy as a key factor of development of the City of Uniejów 16/09/2020 Uniejów is a good example of optimal use of the opportunity for sustainable economic and social development in the spirit of respect for nature. Location: Łódzkie, Poland (Polska) Project: DeCarb National Law to promote electric self-consumption. 16/09/2020 In 2018, a Spanish Law succeeded in overcoming the paralysis of the renewable self-consumption sector through which self-consumed energy was taxed. Location: Comunidad de Madrid, Spain (España) Project: DeCarb Public Support Scheme to finance RE 16/09/2020 Encouragement from the public administration to boost the integration of renewable energy in the region. Location: Extremadura, Spain (España) Project: DeCarb 12 Next Visit the good practice database The stakeholders' approach People with different backgrounds are working together in order to develop a clean transition for decarbonisation in Stara Zagora region. Watch it! (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')); DeCarb Tweets by DeCarb
Project summary Due to different factors as the relocation of work to Asia, the industry contribution to the EU economy is declining. This reflects the necessity to transform the current industry sector into a smarter one. Nevertheless, the European Innovation Scoreboard 2017 shows that SMEs with innovative products or processes have decreased 18 points since 2010 and not all EU countries are at the same level of innovation and smart specialization. Therefore, it is essential to introduce the necessary changes in current policies to get a real smart transformation of the European industry, with the final aim of being more competitive and reaching the target set by the European Commission of boosting manufacturing´s share of GDP from 15% to 20% by 2020. On the other hand, clusters have been proven to have a reticular effect to introduce changes in the European industry. The European Cluster Panorama 2016 shows that wages in more developed clusters are close to 3% higher than in industries not located in such regional hotspots. Thus, changing regional clusters policies will trigger the transformation of the industry in a larger scale. For that reason, the INNO Industry project aims to increase rate of clusters that develop activities to support the transformation towards Industry 4.0 by 2022 through the improvement of regional and national policies. €1,637,941.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jan 2023 Topic Research and innovation What will this project change? INNO Industry proposes to establish a strategic work group with the aim to share best practices related with cluster activities and the promotion of Industry 4.0 to develop a European Blueprint as a policy guide towards clusters 4.0. The development of INNO Industry will achieve as key outputs a SWOT analysis in 10 EU regions, the identification of at least 30 best practices related with clustering and industry 4.0, one European Blueprint towards clusters 4.0 and 10 action plans to introduce improvements in addressed policy instruments. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy in the Period 2014-2020 The OP encompasses all 11 thematic objectives and corresponding investment priorities, with clear links with INNO4.0 project. The OP has special focus in:   • Increasing the international competitiveness of enterprises, particularly of SMEs, to accelerate economic development and the creation of jobs; • Improving the infrastructure for research and innovation while strengthening its links with enterprises and the higher education sector; • Developing a high-quality broadband infrastructure and enhancing access to broadband electronic communication services;   The Programme will play a decisive role in encouraging economic development and ensuring prosperity for all citizens in Slovenia while taking into account the specific characteristics of the two less developed regions - Western Slovenia and Eastern Slovenia. It will significantly contribute to the achievement of the national and Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It aims to strengthen efforts particularly in the area of research and development, boost the innovation potentials of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), promote resource efficiency and reduce environmental pressures, further develop the transport sector, boost the growth of employment rates and reduce the number of people at risk of poverty and social exclusion.   Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Agency Posavje (RDA Posavje) ERDF Programme Investment in Growth and Jobs Austria 2014-2020, Operational Programme for ERDF, Priority axis A.1, Investment priority 1.b, measure M6_FTI_IP1b_MN4: Clusters / Networks, Location Management The OP measure supports new and existing networks in order to decrease competitive disadvantages of SMEs, close gaps in the innovation system, organize collaboration and speed up diffusion of new technologies and collaborative competence development. At regional level it is implemented by Intermediary Bodies (IB) based on their RIS3 in coherence with the national RTI strategy. The relevant Lower Austrian branch of the policy instrument is the Cluster Program Lower Austria 2015-2020   The policy instrument provides support for cluster management, i.e. mainly staff costs of the cluster management team at ecoplus, a regional development agency owned by the regional government. The objectives are to mobilize and initiate collaborative innovation projects and to foster smart specialization in currently 4 cluster initiatives in the areas of green building, food, plastics, mechatronics and e-mobility.   WHY IMPROVE: The Lower Austrian agenda on digital transformation requires cluster managers to develop specific concepts and tools to provide the necessary support for digital transformation in their specific cluster. This requires improvement in the governance of the policy instrument, such as better collaboration with relevant stakeholders in the region, eventually also new monitoring and evaluation features Better governance is expected to lead to new collaborative projects related to digital transformation. These projects will be financed by a regional (non SF) funding instrument   Which partners are working on this? ecoplus. The Business Agency of Lower Austria Operational Programme “Growth and Employment” Operational Programme "Growth and Employment" sets the investment principles of EU funds, the results to be achieved and areas of support for the entire acquisition period.   Resources of Priority Axis No.3 of Operational Programme aims to support competitiveness and innovation of SMEs. It includes Investment Priority No. 3.2. - supporting the capacity of SMEs to engage in regional, national and international markets, and innovation processes and the following activities under the measure No. 3.2.1. (increasing export proportion of high value added products and services): support for the development of clusters that include measures to promote international cooperation; marketing activities, market research and industry development research, training for cluster coordinators, cooperation with educational and scientific institutions, and clusters services to partners, to strengthen exporting abilities, increase quality of services and development of niche services.   One of the main reasons why this Policy Instrument should be improved is to reach the target (one of) for 2014-2020 period which is to increase the share of high and medium technology products in the export structure, hence improving cooperation and entering international value chains. And of course, it very important for development of SMEs.   Which partners are working on this? Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia Plan Operativo de la Región de Murcia FEDER (ERDF Operational Programme 2014-2020) The ERDF OP of Murcia Region has a main objective to boost a new economic model, in line with the European Strategy 2020, that enables new jobs, improve the quality of life and environment, within the objective of economic sustainability.   The OP looks to foster a smart and sustainable development, encouraging the territorial, economic and social cohesion, within an efficient use of the available resources.   Some thematic objectives and priorities are concerned within INNO4.0 project:   T.O. 1A - Enhancing R&I infrastructure and capacities to develop R&I excellence, and promoting centres of competence   T.O. 1B- Promoting business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, ecoinnovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation.   The OP need to be improved in relation with the support that is given to clusters to carry out activities that have as main objective to support companies in their transition to develop a smart industry.   In that way, the Regional Innovation Scoreboard (RIS) 2017, made by DG Growth, highlighted as regional weaknesses non-R&D innovation expenditures and innovative SMEs collaborating. Managing authority is sure that with the support of clusters it could be face this challenge Which partners are working on this? Innovative business association of furniture manufacturers and related in the Murcia Region - AMUEBLA Programa Operacional Regional do Centro 2014-2020 (CCI 2014PT16M20P002) Centro Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 (CCI 2014PT16M20P002) The main objective of the CENTRO 2020 is to promote the knowledge economy by intensifying the transfer of knowledge between the scientific and technological system and the regional economic fabric, and increasing the productivity of enterprises   Through the implementation of European funds registered in CENTRO 2020, the Central Region aims to become Innovation Follower (Regional Innovation Scoreboard), to represent 20% of national GDP and converge to national productivity levels, to reduce by 10% territorial asymmetries, to have 40% of the young population with HE and to have an unemployment rate below 70% of the national average   The Funding priority 1.2. aims at promoting business investment in R&D, developing links and synergies between companies, research and development centers and HE sector   To support collaborative networks is one of the objectives of the programme, more specifically:   Support for the creation of new clusters within RIS3 Priority areas Support for the dynamization of cluster activities Support to cluster projects for the implementation of international partnerships in the innovation fields   Despite the actions taken, the policy instrument should be improved by increasing the funds and projects, in order to stimulate and support the emergence and consolidation of collective efficiency strategies towards clusters, with the objective to get more proactive clusters, able to foster the transition for a smart industry with better capacity and tools   Which partners are working on this? Business and innovation Centre of Beira Interior Operational programme for investments in employment and growth (Insatsområde 3. Att öka små och medelstora företags konkurrenskraft) The NorthMid Sweden regional programe has focused on four priority axis,:   1) strengthen research, technical development and innovation, one main objective is to increase the amount of innovative SME. 2) Increase the access to, use of and the quality of information and communication technology, 3) Increase competitiveness in SME, the objective is to increase the amount of new companies with growth potential, 4) support the change to a CO2 free economy.   The analysis for North Middle Sweden indicates that the region has a number of areas of strength to build upon, but it is also important to encourage the emergence of new areas of strength. Continued work on strengthening innovation and systems should therefore focus both on existing areas of strength with greater attention to gender and on supporting innovation processes in a broader range of sectors. The analysis also identifies a possibility of developing existing clusters and deeper cluster collaboration in new areas, contributing to greater innovativeness in companies and increased collaboration between enterprises and research institutions.   The priority area 1, on which INNO4.0 project focus on, needs improvement in policies for structures and innovation systems. Improvements that generates strengthen research, technical development and innovation. The project INNO4.0 focuses on Industry 4.0 as a base for development, but the policy updates will in the end have a broader impact.   Which partners are working on this? RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB Operational programme Research and Innovation (OP R&I) OP R&I represents a joint programme document of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sports of the SR & the Ministry of Economy of the SR (MoE) for the granting of support from ESIF during the period 2014–2020. It´s main objective is to create a stable innovation-friendly environment & to promote the efficiency & performance of the system of R&D&I as a basic pillar for reinforcing competitiveness, sustainable economic growth & employment.   The basic aim of support is to consolidate and modernise the use of existing infrastructures and to promote the activities of excellent research.   Thematic objective 1 (Strenghtening research, technological development and innovation) will be achieved by means of actions performed under Priority Axis 1 “Supporting R&D&I” and Priority Axis 2 “Supporting R&D&I in the Bratislava Region”.   One of the key infrastructure needs is the support of various forms of inter-sectoral partnerships/clustering/technology platforms. The role of clusters has long been undervalued in the economic development of the SR. Several cluster organisations were created in the past by means of bottom-up activities without any systemic support. The existing instrument aims to support clusters as such, cluster organisations & their activities leading to innovation in line with the smart specialization strategy. The OP R&I is one of the main financing tools to implement Industry 4.0 in line with the action plan of the smart industry that is being prepared.   Which partners are working on this? SLOVAK BUSINESS AGENCY Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme -EDIOP The policy instrument chosen is part of the 1st (SME development) priority of EDIOP   Within this priority Measure 1.2.8 -– “Support of SME development related to industrial digitalisation (Industry 4.0)” is the only structure still open that targets I4.0 directly. It is the key tool and focus of I4.0 policy and targets SMEs aiming for Industry 4.0 development supporting equipment development efforts with 50% funding of projects up to 1.6 mEUR. It is being extended with additional funding for an additional call and is therefore one of the few measures with actual possibility to influence   A specificity of the measure is that it builds on the results of a prior key project (EDIOP 1.3.4 closed, in implementation), which has established a selection, benchmarking and general I4.0-competence development system and allows only SMEs registered in that benchmarking system to apply   The measure is considered to be adequate for the goals, yet the traction behind Industry 4.0 is not yet strong enough   The Ministry would like to see more applications, stronger competition and better average project quality. Clusters, being both positioned at the ideal level close to active SMEs and having an innate interest in I4.0 can be easily enabled to build and coordinate this movement, funnelling it into the existing benchmarking system   This however requires some focused competence development and is expected to yield both better projects and a more dynamic, cluster-driven innovation ecosystem   Which partners are working on this? West-Pannon Regional and Economic Development Public Nonprofit Ltd. Romanian Cluster Policy as part of the Industrial Policy The Ministry of Economy through the Directorate for Industrial Policy is the main co-ordinator of cluster policy in Romania. The main objective of the cluster policy instrument is the development of new industrial value chains in the context of smart specialisation, based on clusters and enhanced business driven innovation. Currently it is part of the It has following 3 functions   - Mapping and monitoring of the Romanian cluster landscape via the register of clusters held at the level of the Direction for Industrial Policy; - Representation and policy advice at European (European Commission Danube Strategy) and international level in support of Romanian clusters; - Support to cluster management organisation via co-organisation of conferences, participation in international projects dedicated to cluster development etc. policy.   Although embedded in the Directorate of Industrial Policy, the cluster policy as such needs to be strengthen at the level of the Ministry of Economy, from the following points of view:   Improved Governance: the role and tasks of the cluster unit within the Directorate for Industrial Policy need to be better Better support instruments: the Ministry of Economy has no cluster dedicated financial (or non-financial) scheme in support of the implementation of the cluster related measures. This leads to very difficult intervention processes and threatens to loss of momentum concerning further cluster development in Romania   Which partners are working on this? Romanian Cluster Association - CLUSTERO The UK’s Growth Programme (2014-2020) allocation through the European and Structural Investment Fund, ESIF (ERDF, ESF and EAFRD) Specifically the ESIF allocation under Priority 1 of the programme for Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP We are seeking to address the locally administered Priority 1 of the Growth Programme. Its objective is to invest in science, research and digital innovation and covers:   • Increase investment in research and innovation by SMEs in sectors and technologies identified through SMART specialisation • Increase the number of SMEs engaged in knowledge exchange, collaborative research and innovation with HE   Locally the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP ESIF Strategy identifies a number of issues it wishes to address to improve the innovation and ‘smart specialisation’, these include , promoting business investment in R&I; developing links and synergies between enterprises, R&D centres and the HE. In particular promoting investment networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation   A number of issues currently exist and evidence highlights specific barriers that hold back SMEs from development. These are the risk and costs associated with this type of investment, access to finance and a very low level of linkages between SMEs and the University   Improvements required are:   • Ensuring calls under priority 1 are focussed on supporting activity which enables clustering • That funding being made available as part of the Buckinghamshire Growth Loan Fund (BGLF), will support growing companies with local efforts to cluster innovation activity Link these two improvements through the development of a digitally enabled, cluster support service funded through ERDF.   Which partners are working on this? Buckinghamshire Business First Sign up for the INNO INDUSTRY newsletter Subscribe now Latest News See all project news 28/01/2021 3rd Stakeholder Meeting in UK Colleagues from across the Buckinghamshire region met on 25th January 2021 to discuss the INNO Industry project. Type: Project 22/12/2020 Spanish Expert Group Workshop On December 18, the group of experts from the Region of Murcia created within the INNO Industry project met via videoconference to discuss the progress of the p... Type: Project 13/12/2020 Lower Austrian stakeholders discussion Lower Austrian stakeholders discuss learnings from Swedish best practice Type: Project 03/12/2020 3rd Stakeholder Meeting in Portugal On November 27th 2020, CIEBI hosted its 3rd stakeholder group meeting which took place online with 10 participants Type: Project 09/10/2020 Second Hungarian Stakeholder Workshop Westpannon Nonprofit Ltd. organised the second Hungarian stakeholder workshop Type: Project 01/10/2020 Nine best practices presented online During the last weeks two virtual meetings have been held in which nine good practices have been presented Type: Project 12/08/2020 Regional workshop with Romanian experts The workshop was very appreciated by the Ministry's experts and further bilateral meetings are expected to be organised. Type: Project 07/08/2020 SWOT Analysis on Clusters and Industry 4.0 The INNO Industry project aims to increase rate of clusters that develop activities to support the transformation towards Industry 4.0. Type: Project 29/07/2020 2nd Committee of Experts Workshop in Spain The European project, in which good practices will be exchanged, involves partners from nine other countries. Type: Project 17/07/2020 Webinar on the 'House of Digitalization' In the webinar for European regional policy makers and innovation support organisations Lower Austrian stakeholders will share their experience. Type: Project
Project summary COMMON CHALLENGE TACKLED BY CONDEREFF The challenge and opportunity faced by the CONDEREFF regions is to accelerate their policy work on improving resource efficiency at territorial level. Τhe EU Construction & Demolition Waste Management Protocol and the transition towards Circular Economy can guide the regulative roll-out of C&D waste management across EU regions; accordingly, the proliferation of infrastructures & methods for recycling and re-use of C&D waste materials can introduce a green growth opportunity. Regions can exploit this opportunity by improving their policy instruments to factor these developments in, and support projects and processes to this direction.   OBJECTIVE AND EXPECTED CHANGE The CONDEREFF project brings together 8 partners from 7 countries to exchange experiences and practices on how to move forward from existing procedures on C&D waste management towards the adoption and further exploitation of the best practices and measures applied in the field. The project will enable the participating regions to advance their goals for resource efficiency and green growth through the proper management of C&D waste, which can boost demand for C&D recycled materials and support both sustainability and recycling in the construction sector.   OUTPUTS & BENEFITS - 7 Action Plans aiming to improve the 7 policy instruments addressed. - 3 interregional workshops, 1 exchange of experience visit, and 1 policy & industry symposium - 42 regional stakeholders meetings - 7 regional building confidence meetings - 10 policy briefs to transfer lessons learnt beyond the partnership. - 1 “track & change C&D waste” toolkit - 1 compendium of best practices - 4 joint thematic studies & analyses €1,617,955.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 31 May 2023 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? DECREE 81/2013, June 21th, of the Department, of final approval of the Integral Plan of Waste by the Valencian Community (PIRCV). [2013/6658] OBJECTIVES & RELEVANT MEASURES The DECREE 81/2013 is a regional policy instrument aiming to improve the waste management plan of the Valencia region (PLAN INTEGRAL DE RESIDUOS DE LA C.V. - PIRCV). It includes 8 Annexes (Thematic Areas) which provide a regulative framework for the implementation of the PIRCV plan under Investment Priority 6a, namely “investing in the waste sector to meet the requirements of the Union's environmental acquis and to address needs, identified by the Member States, for investment that goes beyond those requirements».   In particular, CONDEREFF addresses 2 of the 8 Annexes of the DECREE 81/213: Chapter IV. Specific residues Article 25. Construction and demolition residues   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT The DECREE 81/2013 needs to be revised according to the EU C&D waste management protocol, to include provisions for the construction sector providing a regulative framework for a) the improvement of the system of indicators that support monitoring &measurement of the PIRCV with regards to C&D waste management operations, and b) the promotion of public awareness to also include companies & SMEs, accelerating the dynamic involvement of the construction industry in the C&D waste management plans in the region of Valencia.   Which partners are working on this? Polytechnic University of Valencia Regional Operational Programme of Thessaly 2014-2020 MAIN FEATURES Thessaly’s OP supports key EU and national development priorities, including "Protecting the environment – Shift to an environmental friendly economy" (ERDF 25.02% of EU allocation), to promoteactions for waste recycling. The OP covers 10 thematic objectives. The 6th focuses on preserving & protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency. The project relevant investment priority under this objective is:   6(a) investing in the waste sector to meet the requirements of the Union's environmental acquis and to address needs, identified by the Member States, for investment that goes beyond those requirements.   Within this context, the OP supports actions such as: - Promoting recycling by screening waste at source - Supporting waste treatment & recycling projects - Supporting projects that develop “green areas” in the region - Developing the citizens' awareness for recycling & resource efficiency   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT Projects and actions that support environment and resource efficiency in Thessaly are facing viability challenges, not only due to the outbreak of financial crisis, but also due to the low integration of R&D results especially with regards to construction and demolition waste management. The region of Thessaly needs to develop waste management support services and infrastructures so that they exploit new technologies and models to develop actions and products in this priority area.   Which partners are working on this? Region of Thessaly Regional ERDF programme Rhône Alpes 2014-2020 OBJECTIVES & RELEVANT MEASURES The Regional ERDF-ESF programme Rhône-Alpes 2014-2020 aims to boost green economic growth in the region and contribute to achieving the Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. About 30% of the budget is allocated to resource efficiency and more than 10% of the ERDF budget is allocated to urban areas. It is structured around 6 Axes, which include 22 specific objectives corresponding to 10 Thematic Objectives of the Europe 2020. Thematic Objective 6, namely “Protection of the environment and sustainable use of resources”, is included among those selected by the region of Rhône-Alpes.   In particular, CONDEREFF will address: Axis 2 (corresponding to Thematic Objective 6) Specific Objective 15: “Increasing the development (meaning “phasing out”) of landfills in the Rhône-Alpes region”   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT - The ROP needs to be adapted to the EU construction and demolition waste management protocol, since moving municipal waste management up the “waste hierarchy” is essential in order to promote the rapid recycling of the region, while extracting more value from resources, and reducing the pressures on landfills and the environment.   Which partners are working on this? Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Energy Environment Agency Operational Programme Environment OBJECTIVES & RELEVANT MEASURES The main objective of the OPE 2014-2020 is to protect and ensure a quality living environment for the inhabitants of the Czech Republic, to promote the efficient use of resources, eliminate negative impacts of human activities on the environment, and mitigate climate change impacts. The OPE 2014-2020 is in line with the EU strategic documents, taking into account the concept of "green growth" to contribute to smart, sustainable growth. It includes 5 priorities, among which the 3rd, namely “Waste and material flows, environmental burdens, and risks”, targets resource efficiency and waste management issues.   In particular, CONDEREFF will address: Priority axis 3 (corresponding to Thematic Objective 6: Protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency) Specific objective: 3.2 To increase the share of material and energy recovery of waste   REASON FOR IMPROVEMENT - OPE 2014-2020 needs to be adapted to the EU construction and demolition waste management protocol in order to include relevant measures and descriptions of procedures, especially with regards to a)the selection, permits, and monitoring of C&D waste management sites and facilities, and b) the promotion and incentivisation of re-use of C&D waste.   Which partners are working on this? The Regional Development Agency of the Pardubice Region POR Lazio ERDF OBJECTIVES & RELEVANT MEASURES The ERDF Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 of the Lazio region aims to boost green economic growth in the region and contribute to achieving the Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It is structured around 5 Axes that correspond to 10 Investment Priorities.   In particular, CONDEREFF will address: Axis 3: “Competitiveness”, in the context of which the ROP supports investments in "Industrial ecosystem" referring to waste management as a fundraising area of innovative economic operations and opportunities for all involved agents in the process. In particular: ACTION 3.3.1: supporting the competitive repositioning, the capacity to adapt to the market, attractiveness for potential investors, in Ecologically Applied Production Areas (APEA), which take into account inertia management as a factor of economic development.   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT - The ROP needs to be revised in order adapt to the provisions of the EU construction and demolition waste management protocol, since investing in C&D waste management is essential in order to rapidly extract more economic value from the recycling of waste and the recapitalisation of resources, increasing the competitiveness of the region. So far, there are not any specific provisions regarding C&D waste management in the region’s ROP. Therefore it needs improvement in order to accelerate the region’s green growth though targeted investments and improved governance.   Which partners are working on this? Lazio Region Investments in Growth and Employment Austria 2014-2020 - Operational Programme for the use of the ERDF funds OBJECTIVES & RELEVANT MEASURES The policy instrument aims to boost green economic growth in the Styria region and contribute to achieving the Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The national programme has 6 priority axis. The 4th is dedicated to Sustainable urban development. It addresses Thematic Objective 6 “Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency”, and in particular Investment Priority –“6e implementing measures to improve the urban environment, revitalization of city centers, renovation and decontamination (including conversion areas)”.   In particular, CONDEREFF will address: Priority axis 4 Specific Objective 2.A.3 “Sustainable Urban Development under Art. 7 ERDF Regulation”   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT The policy instrument needs to be adapted to the EU construction and demolition waste management protocol, since promoting municipal waste management in the building sector can act as a great contributor in supporting sustainable urban development in the region through the implementation of relevant solutions in renovation, demolition and of course construction sites. So far there is no specific provision regarding waste management and the policy instrument needs to adapt relevant and specific measures especially with regards to the construction sector, and in particular for the selection, recycling and re-use of C&D waste materials.   Which partners are working on this? Office of the Regional Government of Styria – Directorate 14 Water management, Resources and Sustainability Guidelines for the production and use of quality controlled recycling construction material in Saxony-Anhalt OBJECTIVES & RELEVANT MEASURES The “Guidelines for the production and use of quality control and recycling construction material in Saxony-Anhalt” is a regional policy instrument aiming to improve the market acceptance of recycled building materials in the region. It is structured around 3 modules, which fall under Investment Priority 6g «Supporting industrial transition towards a resource-efficient economy, promoting green growth, eco-innovation and environmental performance management in the public and private sectors».   In particular, CONDEREFF will address: Module 1 Recommendation: Use of mineral waste and by-products as quality-controlled recycling construction materials in technical buildings in Saxony-Anhalt   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT - The Guidelines need to be adapted to the EU construction and demolition waste management protocol, in order to enrich resource efficiency provisions for the construction sector in the region, addressing in more specific terms public administrations, recycling construction building materials producers and builders. - The Guidelines need to be improved in order to include provisions and procedures that provide framework for the recycling of mineralicwaste which is used as substitute resource for future economic activities in Saxony-Anhalt.   Which partners are working on this? isw Institute for Structural Policy and Economic Development Sign up for the CONDEREFF newsletter Subscribe now (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')); CONDEREFF Tweets by CONDEREFF Latest News See all project news 20/11/2020 CONDEREFF at the Recy & DepoTech 2020 Dr. Ingrid Winter, head of the Department Waste & Resource Management at Directorate 14, Government of Styria, held a presentation at the Recy & DepoTech 2020. Type: Project 18/11/2020 Discussion on the End of Waste and by-products Discussion on the End of Waste and by-products: barriers and solutions for a sustainable and effective circular economy Type: Project 03/11/2020 Policy awareness event organized online by AURA-EE On October 5th, AURA-EE organized an online event on the reuse of building materials and the solutions to prescribe it in public procurement contracts. Type: Project 03/11/2020 Information to regional shared energy advisors AURA-EE presented the CONDEREFF project and its goals at the regional day of shared energy advisors organized online on September 24th with 30 participants. Type: Project 01/10/2020 Three-dimensionally printed house Czech Republic What's new in Czech construction? PRVOK - The first three-dimensionally printed house in the Czech Republic. Type: Project 17/09/2020 Regional meeting in Larissa, Greece The Regional Meeting of the 17th September 2020, took place in Larissa, and focused on the present situation in Thessaly regarding CDW. Type: Project 02/09/2020 RRA-PK in ODPAD ZDROJEM 2020 The RRA PK participated on the conference “Odpad zdrojem 2020” (Conference Waste is a Source), organized by the NGO INCIEN. Type: Project 19/05/2020 Panattoni won “Turning waste into resources” Panattoni Europe Company won “Turning waste into resources” Competition Type: Project 22/04/2020 Interview on Italian newspaper "Il Sole 24 Ore" ENEA's Antonella Luciano speaks about CONDEREFF on "Il Sole 24 Ore" Type: Project 19/02/2020 CONDEREFF Partners at EXCO’20 CONDEREFF with UPV and the Faculty of Building Engineering at the EXCO'20 Type: Project
Project summary We believe that a metropolitan region of tomorrow should provide its residents with a safe, functional and resilient environment. Low-carbon transportation and mobility are vital components of such smart urban areas. However, transportation in metropolitan regions today generates congestion and vast greenhouse gas emissions. This imposes enormous challenges upon local and regional authorities in providing healthy living conditions for inhabitants and a supportive environment for businesses.   SMART-MR finds solutions and helps local and regional authorities improve transport policies.  The key project outputs include a guide on sustainable measures for achieving low-carbon and resilient transportation in metropolitan regions, selected good practice descriptions, and policy recommendations. Through these outputs, as well as dissemination events (such as political meetings, the final conference, and regional stakeholder meetings), SMART-MR contributes to Europe 2020 goals, Cohesion Policy, and the Interreg Europe Program.   Smarter together  7 workshops are organised by the project partners in order to find solutions by sharing experiences in transport and mobility planning. For each workshop, the partners will issue an in-depth analysis, describe good practices and organise a study visit. Practical experiences will be presented and discussed, and policy recommendations developed. The partner metropolitan regions will also prepare and implement action plans to improve the implementation of regional transport policies and instruments by:creating sustainable mobility planspromoting low-carbon network-oriented urban development relying on public transportation and development of nodes including stakeholders in project activities and in the design and implementation of the action plans. SMART-MR brings together 10 project partners from 8 metropolitan regions (Oslo, Göteborg, Helsinki, Budapest, Ljubljana, Rome, Porto and Barcelona).     €2,215,566.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2021 Topic Low-carbon economy     Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy in the Period 2014-2020; Thematic objective 7: Promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures  The Operational Programme is an implementing document setting out how EUR 3.2 billion of support provided under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Cohesion Fund will be spent in the 2014-2020 period. The document, which identifies investment priorities that will be eligible for support in the next seven-year period, builds upon the Europe 2020 Strategy and its targets and complies with the Fund-specific requirements. The underlying objective of the document is to ensure economic, social and territorial cohesion. As a priority, EU support will target four key areas that will help deliver the headline targets of economic growth and job creation: • research and innovation, • ICT, • stepping up the competitiveness of SMEs, • supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors. From the project perspective we will focus on the shift towards a low-carbon economy, particularly with the investment priority Enhancing regional mobility by connecting secondary and tertiary traffic nodes to TEN-T infrastructure, including multimodal nodes. As the focus of the priority is on constructing new infrastructure, this investment priority must be strengthened by comprehensive transport strategies that might by connecting transport and spatial planning and by optimizing services and mobility patterns decrease the need for mobility and thus provide more sustainable development. Which partners are working on this? Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts Regional Development Agency of Ljubljana Urban Region Regional Plan for Land Use and Transport in Oslo and Akershus Oslo and Akershus have provisional plans for transport and spatial development to achieve sustainable growth due to be adopted by the end of 2015. Implementation is likely to meet conflicts of interests between the travel modes, especially in terms of space allocation. The region is looking for ways to develop and improve mobility planning that include all transport modes, and ways to bridge the gap between mobility and land use planning. An integrated approach to finding agreed solutions is sought. SUMP will be adopted as a tool to help planners and politicians prioritise in each case. Which partners are working on this? The City of Oslo, The Agency for Urban Environment Viken County Council (until 31/12/2019 Akershus County Council) Sustainable Growth, goals and strategies focusing on regional structure In the policy document, “Sustainable Growth, goals and strategies focusing on regional structure”, The Goteborg Region Association of Local Authorities (GR) sets out a number of fundamental elements of a regional structure necessary to improve in order to achieve an attractive and sustainable region. The main objective for this policy document is to contribute to long-term sustainable development within the Gothenburg region. Such development covers three basic and mutually dependent dimensions – the social, the environmental and the economic. The policy document is an agreement between the regional level (GR) and the local level (the municipalities). In the agreement the local municipalities have committed themselves to develop their territory in accordance with the regional policy. The policy document states that the Gothenburg region shall establish attractive and efficient regional commuting rail services. This means that land use and infrastructure development that supports these goals need to be prioritized. In this manner the urban transit oriented development is pointed out to be of key importance to reach the main goal of the policy document. It will have an integrated role for locating new housing, infrastructure investment and densification of land use that will transform station communities into local hubs for sustainable commuting. Which partners are working on this? The Göteborg Region Association of Local Authorities The Finnish ERDF program Sustainable Growth and Jobs 2014-2020 (CCI 2014 FI 116M2OP001), Policy instrument 2. Utilizing and producing latest information and knowhow. Investment priority 3. Promoting research, innovations and use of low-carbon technology. Special target 3.2. Developing solutions... The Finnish ERDF program supports the competitiveness of SMEs and employment and promotes low-carbon economy. The objectives are still on quite general level and the measures towards carbon neutrality are not very specific. It is important to transform the objectives into concrete and operational policies, which should be developed for the short and long term and also by giving new and good practical examples. This can be done for example by piloting new approaches. Which partners are working on this? Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority Integrated Transport Development Operational Programme 2014-2020 The Integrated Transport Development Operational Programme 2014-2020 (IKOP) consists of Hungarian transport development projects funded by the European Union. IKOP’s 3th priority addresses sustainable urban transport development, with a strong focus on the development of track-bound transport modes, intermodal services, passenger information, e-ticketing, promotion of cycling and on-demand services. PP7 can contribute to the success of this policy instrument through the implementation of Budapest Transport Development Strategy (BMT) Balázs Mór-plan, which is Budapest’s first SUMP-based strategic transport development plan. However, the lack of information about citizens’ needs, preferences, environmental and economic issues related to infrastructure projects is a core issue in Budapest. Therefore BKK will define innovative communication tools to collect large amount of data in order to provide valuable feedback for the improvement of this financial instrument.  Which partners are working on this? BKK Centre for Budapest Transport 2014-2020 Lazio Region ERDF Operational Programme – Thematic Objective 4 – Sustainable Energy and Mobility – Investment Priority e) – Specific Objective “Increase of sustainable mobility in urban areas”: Action 4.6.1 “Implementation of infrastructures and intermodal nodes aimed at increasing... In 2014, within the metropolitan territory, an increase of motorization index, mortality rate for road accidents and CO2 emissions, were registered. The policy instrument aims at reducing traffic congestion on roads towards the capital, by allowing car/bus parking nearby commuter stations. Due to the insufficient network of P+R and underpasses, the project will focus on development of intermodal nodes between the hinterland and the Capital and of an integrated cycling network. Which partners are working on this? Metropolitan City of Capital Rome North Region Operational Program (2014-2020) – North 2020 North 2020 is a financial instrument to support regional development, set on the current cycle of structural funds of the European Union. It is assumed as an important contribution to regional development strategy, based on a dual path of convergence with the European and national average. Its goal is to be able to produce goods and services that will recover the convergence trend at European level, ensuring a sustainability, yield increases and employment of the population. NORTH 2020 is organized into six thematic objectives. The goal, which is relevant for this project, is "Support the transition to low-carbon content in all sectors” with following objectives: - Promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy use in businesses; - Support for energy efficiency, intelligent energy management and renewable energy used in public infrastructures, including in public buildings and in the housing sector; - Promotion of low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multimodal urban mobility and relevant adaptation measures. The objectives of North2020 are important and central in transforming our society to a sustainable low-carbon economy. However, it is important to transform the objectives into concrete and operational policies and measures as well as to give new and good practical examples of how to move towards low-carbon society. This can be achieved by channeling knowledge and experience.  Which partners are working on this? Porto Metropolitan Area Catalonia’s ERDF Operational Programme 2014-2020, Specific objective 4.5.1 Catalonia’s ERDF OP prioritises knowledge and innovation, entrepreneurship and green economy. Axis 4 promotes the transition towards a low-carbon economy, and one of its investment priorities is the promotion of carbon reduction strategies for all sectors. Axis 6 focuses on resource efficiency and the protection of the environment, and one of its priorities is improving the urban environment and revitalization of cities. PP10 can contribute to the goals set in this policy instrument through the development of an Urban Mobility Metropolitan Plan (PMMU). This plan is aimed at managing mobility in the metropolitan area of Barcelona with an integrated approach, and putting particular emphasis on sustainability, efficiency, accessibility and safety. The PMMU will address several aspects of mobility (public transport, private vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles, nodes, parking, environmental sustainability, etc.), and it can become one of the key measures for achieving the goals for sustainable urban mobility and climate adaptation set in the Catalan ERDF OP for 2014-2020. Nevertheless, it is important to note that funding from ERDF is not granted for this, as calls are not open yet at this stage of preparation for this Interreg Europe project. Through this cooperation, the policy tool can be improved thanks to the exchange of knowledge and experience from different European metropolises that face similar challenges when addressing their mobility plans.  Which partners are working on this? Barcelona Metropolitan Area Sign up for the SMART-MR newsletter Subscribe now Transforming European Metropolitan Regions The publication gives you the main lessons learned during the seven SMART-MR workshops. Read now (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')); SMART-MR Latest News See all project news 26/11/2020 SMART-MR Conference promotes better liveability The SMART-MR final web conference took place virtually on Thursday the 26th, and Friday the 27th, November 2020. Type: Project 31/03/2020 SMART-MR guidelines for developing station areas The SMART-MR addresses the importance of urban station communities and creates joint guidelines for developing them. Type: Project 05/08/2019 SMART-MR Video - Solutions to Mobility Challenges Listen what experts have to say on how to solve mobility challenges in European metropolitan regions. What needs to be done? Type: Project 08/03/2019 SMART-MR Political Meeting How to create smart mobility in metropolitan regions? The project results from the first stage are presented and discussed in the SMART-MR Political meeting. Type: Project 12/11/2018 SMART-MR conference on Mobility challenges Mobility challenges in urban and metropolitan areas are discussed in Barcelona (Spain) the 12th and 13th of November. Type: Project 08/10/2018 SMART-MR 7th workshop in Porto, Portugal The SMART-MR Workshop entitled "Sharing Economy" part of the European SMART-MR project will be held in Porto, on October 9 and 10, 2018 Type: Project 26/06/2018 SMART-MR 6th workshop was held in Budapest, Hungary The 6th SMART-MR workshop 'Managing Transport' was held 11-13 June 2018 in Budapest, Hungary. Type: Project 10/04/2018 SMART-MR 5th Workshop will be in Helsinki, Finland SMART-MR project fifth workshop will be organised in Helsinki, Finland in 11-12 April 2018. The theme of the workshop is Shaping low-carbon areas. In the worksh... Type: Project 12/12/2017 SMART-MR 4th Workshop will be in Kungälv, Sweden The Theme of the 4th SMART-MR project Workshop is Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Type: Project 25/09/2017 Newsletter on Creating a mobility plan published The results and good examples of Creating a Mobility plan are presented in the SMART MR 2nd Newsletter. The Newsletter is available at the SMART MR Library Type: Project
Project summary SMART-HY-AWARE aims to promote hydrogen-electric mobility by tackling main infrastructural, technological (range anxiety related) and market uptake barriers related to hydrogen for electro-mobility through the improvement of PI linked to Structural Funds in Europe, addressing the transition to a low carbon economy, as clearly requested by objective 3.1 of the INTERREG EUROPE Programme. Specific sub-objectives of the project, to reach the main goal, are: • Exploiting the potential of hydrogen technologies for electro-mobility involving the whole supply chain; • Improving regional and local strategies which focus on real needs for implementation such as giving impulses for new models of fuel cells integration; • Increasing efficiency of green propulsion in transport; • Improving renewable energy grids to cut down electrolysis costs and IT management applications to enable advanced planning of short-tomid-term power productions and foster use of hydrogen power within distributed networks (Gopalakrishnan Kumar, Serhan Dermici, Chiu-Yue Lin, 2013); • Increasing the deployment and the accessibility to refuelling infrastructure for both public and private sector in urban and rural areas; • Supporting the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles in public transport by setting up regional financial support schemes; • Promoting and assessing new measures favouring public-private partnership (PPP) in e-mobility sector, by designing suitable PPP business schemes to trigger hydrogen mobility; • Enhancing the capability of public Authorities in developing effective policies for reducing the carbon footprint of transport activities. €1,359,626.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Low-carbon economy Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Aragon ERDF ESF regional operational programme 2014-2020. Thematic objective: 04 - Supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors. IP 4 (c) The central concept of aforementioned policy includes measures focused on the promotion of the deployment, production, storage and use of renewable energy. In this respect, the regional operational program explicitly covers the impetus to hydrogen in the region highlighting initiatives with a clearly oriented industrial development, supported by the regional government, as a factor for business cooperation in the scope of the use of renewable energy and hydrogen technologies in building, fuel decarbonisation, sustainable mobility, deployment of infrastructures for alternative fuels, management and integration of renewable resources, research and innovation, training, dissemination and awareness actions. Support for the development of hydrogen technologies has been prominent in the successive regional strategic plans in force since 2007, in particular the Hydrogen Master Plans in Aragon 2011-2015 and 2016-2020. The implementation of these work lines is regarded as a way to achieve sustainable territorial development. To ensure that the policy instrument support this implementation in the most efficient way, interregional cooperation is the most important way to facilitate the penetration of hydrogen into the fuel supply networks as well as to be aligned with the European initiatives on hydrogen and electromobility. Which partners are working on this? Government of Aragón - Development Agency of Aragón ERDF Regional Operational Programme Lazio 2014-2020 Objective 4: Sustainable Energy and Mobility - Priority: Increasing sustainable mobility in urban areas. Action 4.6.2 "Interventions for urban sustainable mobility, also encouraging the use of low-impact transport systems" which foresees the purchase of buses with high environmental efficiency, either electric or powered by natural gas, to be used only in the urban and metropolitan area of Rome and within the framework of integrated urban sustainable mobility actions. The policy instrument is not sufficiently detailed as regards alternative fuels for mobility, therefore the project could help completing it by integrating measures able to stimulate the hydrogen electric mobility in the region. Which partners are working on this? Lazio Region (Chances for West II (Kansen voor West II'') - policy instrument - Low Carbon Economy "CO2 emissions must be reduced. For an area that is as populous and economically active as the Western part of The Netherlands (the so called 'Randstad'), this task is all the more urgent. Projects, focusing on reducing CO2, using alternative energy, and saving energy deliver a great deal of effort to get their funding around. Changes for West II opportunities are focused on funding projects that are in line with the National Energy Agreement or the European Rural Development Program (POP) and will reduce the share of fossil fuels in total energy consumption in the area of opportunities for West II Reduce energy consumption in urban areas. A fifth of the available budget (€ 36 million) is for this purpose. Especially the deployment of Zero Emission Vehicles in urban areas apply to these goals." Which partners are working on this? Province of South Holland Regional Operational Programme ERDF 2014-2020, Sterea Ellada OP- T04 Low carbon economy "The Municipality of Delphi, with its regional status, will address the thematic priority ERDF T04-Low carbon economy, by assessing and evaluating the use of hydrogen in the region that will be produced and used through a circular sustainable economy. T04 states that Greece has energy capacity potential for energy production from renewable energies including biomass. Energy production from renewable energies is stated as a priority objective. Furthermore, high energy usage of the transport sector is also addressed as well as the need for a shift towards more holistic sustainable mobility plans using environmentally friendly means of transport. The policy instrument addressed seems to lack connection between energy production and sustainable mobility. Both objectives are mentioned independently while there is no holistic point of view to address a circular economy starting from energy production from renewable resources to energy used in transport. The Municipality of Delphi through SMART-HY-AWARE, will investigate best practices regarding hydrogen mobility and how these can be applied into the region. The aim is to investigate ways of producing the required energy for the hydrogen production from renewable energy sources of the region, such as local agricultural waste (biomass) or solar energy. Furthermore, an action plan will assess the suitability of the fuel cell vehicles for operational usage for the Municipality as well as tourist application for Natura areas." Which partners are working on this? Municipality of Delphi CANCELLED ERDF/Cohesion Fund2014-2020 Operational Programme I (OPI)-Fostering a competitive and sustainable economy to meet our challenges SMART-HY-AWARE falls under Malta's Operational Programme, Priority Axis 7 “Shifting towards a more low carbon transport sector” of the Cohesion Fund 2014-2020 Operational Programme I of Malta (OPI), and in particular on Investment Priority 7c "Developing and improving environmentally friendly (including low noise) and low carbon transport systems, including inland waterways and maritime transport, ports, multimodal links and airport infrastructure, in order to promote sustainable regional and local mobility". It is to be noted that Transport Malta on behalf of the Government of Malta had published the Malta National Transport Strategy 2050 and the National Transport Plan as required so that Malta can justify the use of ERDF and Cohesion Funds. Transport Malta also is participating in another project under INTERREG, entitled PROMETEUS to upate its Malta National Electromobility Action Plan. The policy instrument addressed It is important to further focus OPI (7c) on innovative technologies and promotion of sustainable means of transport in order to reduce greenhouse gas emission, pollution and noise. Which partners are working on this? Transport Malta Aberdeen City Region Hydrogen Strategy and Action Plan 2015 - 2025 The Strategy aims to maintain and build on Aberdeen's position as a leading European Region in the early deployment of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as to becoming a leading hub for hydrogen technologies in Scotland. The Strategy examines how to secure investment for further vehicle deployments followed by new infrastructure investment from 2018 onwards when capacity will be maximised. The Strategy looks at Vehicle Deployment; Production of Renewable Hydrogen; Non-Transport Applications; Supply Chain and Market Development; Communication and Education; Policy and Regulation. The Strategy has been well received and has achieved many of its short-term goals but there are reasons for its review. Firstly, the Strategy was written in 2014 and with technological advances a review would improve the Strategy. In addition, the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU) has set up a Regional Initiative to develop business cases for fuel cell products. Which partners are working on this? Aberdeen City Council Territorial and Settlement Development Operative Programme (TSDOP) 2014HU16M2OP001 TSDOP (equivalent to INTERREG EUROPE Priority Axis 3, to the Specific Objective 3.1) is an ERDF supported program aiming to improve the implementation of regional development policies and programmes, in particular programmes for Investment for Growth and Jobs. It aims to support regional, decentralized economic development and an increase in employment based on local resources. It allocates more than EUR 1 billion to integrated sustainable urban development actions in the framework of a dedicated priority. The Programme is focusing on: (1) Creating local conditions to boost economic growth and increase employment (2) Enterprise friendly and population preserving urban development by the means of increasing resource-efficiency, green growth and eco-innovation and environmental performance management among the population, local stakeholders and economic entities, promoting circular economy. Which partners are working on this? Pannon Business Network Association Tweets by SMART HY AWARE
This regional stakeholders meeting was only the first of a series of events foreseen by the ENERSELVES project itself
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