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Circular economy (CE) is essential for the future of Europe due to the lack of raw materials and to the evolving environmental problems. REPLACE -REgional PoLicy Actions for Circular Economy- has the goal of integrating, deploying and capitalizing on lessons learnt through the H2020 project SCREEN by engaging policy-makers and managing authorities with the common objective of improving Regional Operational Programmes (ROPs) to enhance CE performances, aligning with the European Commission's Circular Economy Action Plan.
REPLACE aims at improving management, implementation and monitoring of regional policy instruments targeted at facilitating the transition towards a CE, while boosting sustainable development: the main operative target refers to the development and application of policies and actions focusing on identification, valorization, assessment and financing of circular value chains, resulting in new local and interregional projects. REPLACE will develop a replicable framework for regional benchmark on circularity excellence level.
REPLACE wants to fulfil a synergic use of funding for CE, connected to RIS3, to enhance innovation and competitiveness, as well as economic and employment performances while increasing effectiveness of policy instruments. In fact, REPLACE has an innovative horizontal cross-cutting approach, not focusing on one or more specific aspects of CE, but dealing with the lack of an effective and shared strategy for CE at regional level.
The policy instrument aims at supporting regional companies to engage in the 7 thematic areas of specialization of the RIS3 to accelerate the shift towards a circular and sustainable economic model.
The main target is to assist the competitive repositioning of the regional industry by financing projects promoting innovation while opening global perspectives, with policies and actions focusing on upgrading the industrial capabilities (i.e. financing and investments, cooperation between industrial and research sectors).
The policy instrument aims at enhancing Hamburg's sustainability, in particular, Priority Axis 2- Investment Priority 4b focuses on promoting energy efficiency and enhancing the use of renewable energies in the business sector.
The objective is to increase sustainability by tackling Hamburg pollution issues through an holistic approach prioritizing circular economy practices.
In particular, the business and production sectors are expected to contribute by employing and exploiting the means that REPLACE is going to bring to the table of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, namely a set of skills, experiences, knowledge, tools, instruments, benchmark and synergies targeted at the fulfillment of circular economy and sustainable development, facing climatic, social and economic problems.
The main objective is to develop new efficient policy instruments to achieve sustainable development in the Region by fully exploiting circular economy and its substantial potential.
REPLACE tools and benchmark methodology allow to monitor and to study the results of current actions in the field of circular economy, enabling a virtuous assessment and review loop of the most suitable and profitable policy instruments.
The improvement of the ROP is targeted at increasing economic competitiveness, improving living conditions of local and regional communities by supporting the development of circular businesses and the transition of the productive sector while increasing interregional cooperation and enhancing internationalization.
The Agenda addresses current social challenges in numerous fields, such as: water, renewable sources, food and health. It builds on existing qualities and knowledge to realize innovative solutions for regional economic development. Even if circular economy is a relatively new spearhead, a growing group of business municipalities, knowledge institutes and local governments are aware and support the need for a change in the economic model to assure a more resilient future.
The policy instrument is enhanced and upgraded through the addition of circular economy as a crosscutting theme to foster and produce sustainable economic development in our territory. In fact, Fryslân is committed to bring an ambitious contribution toward the global goal of handling efficiently both natural resources and raw materials.
Moreover, we consider the transition toward a circular economy as a great opportunity for our SMEs to grow, earn money and create new jobs by embracing this new business model.
Fryslân is a compact region endowed with a transparent economic structure in which business players know each other. This characteristic allows and helps the closure of loops. Fryslân possesses strong knowledge bases on agriculture and water: these are important pillars in our Northern Innovation Agenda and are also very relevant for the transition.
The objective of the ROP is to increase the competitiveness of Lodzkie region while ensuring, in parallel, the improvement of living conditions for its inhabitants by securing a sustainable and circular development.
The implementation of circular economy is expected to benefit both companies and inhabitants through the generation of new growth opportunities in terms of jobs, safer and more ecological investments and ideas.
The main improvement of the policy instrument reflects the need for more flexible and synergic policy actions capableof meeting the demands of the SMEs to reach the dual objectives of improving competitiveness while activating circular value chains, leading to sustainable growth.
The ROP addresses circular economy by supporting the implementation of collaborative research and innovation in the field of ecological transition; and, by sustaining both the creation of innovative circular companies and the transition of existing industries and value-chains.
The enhancement of the ROP will focus on improving efficiency of call for proposals dedicated to circular economy, and on the implementation and support of cross-regional value chains to internationalize the economy.
Which partners are working on this?
Nexa - regional agency for investment development and innovation
The ROP is oriented toward the reinforcement of competitiveness and the creation of job, supporting a knowledge-driven and sustainable society. In this context, the transition towards a circular economy is a priority.
Although circular economy interests all domains of the society, it is clear that no positive outcome can be reached without the collaboration of the enterprises.
In fact, the improvement of the ROP will focus on the priority axis dedicated to the SMEs, introducing important stimuli for their transition toward the circular economic model.
In addition, Centro firmly believes that it is essential to combine the diverse regional potentialities in order to reach a tangible shift, fully supporting REPLACE objective of capitalizing on cross regional circular synergies by supporting the implementation of cross-regional circular value chains.
Which partners are working on this?
Centro Region commission for coordination and development
The ROP will be improved by inserting circular economy dedicated actions while adopting more efficient procedures to align the policy instruments with the real needs of the industrial and business sectors, enhancing policy efficacy while boosting the shift toward the circular model.
Which partners are working on this?
REPLACE public kick-off meeting it's a side-event of the European Week of Regions and Cities