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European industrial transition regions face several challenges such as decrease in industrial employment due to decline in certain traditional industrial activities, lack of appropriate skills-base of the workforce and a lack of investment in innovation. During industrial transition in regions it is particularly important to boost the innovation capacity of existing SMEs that work in areas of regional competitive strength in line with RIS3 as well as to promote the set-up and growth of new enterprises that emerge in “new” and dynamic sectors to fill the gap that arises from declines in certain traditional industrial activities. The project aims at contributing to the regional economic transformation of this kind of regions based on their smart specialisation priorities by boosting the innovation capacity of SMEs and by promoting entrepreneurship in the regions´ niche areas of competitive strength. The project will do this by analysing innovative models of public private partners.
Self-diagnosis tool to establish the rate of adoption of Industry 4.0 Concepts and at the same time defining a maturity matrix of the participating enterprises
Location: Lisboa, Portugal
CNR Compagnie Nationale du Rhône

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(bio)NGV station to open soon at Montoir de Bretagne
Type: Project
Lead Partner: Birmingham City Council
Industrial Symbiosis (IS) is a building block of the Circular Economy, a means to sustainable growth increasing resource efficiency and SMEs competitiveness and resiliency.  Despite the acknowledged advantages, IS is not yet fully widespread. The challenge TRIS is facing is to enable a systemic uptake of IS in 5 European regions, supporting policy makers to increase the competitiveness of their SMEs by introducing IS practices. To do so, the TRIS consortium will: -Identify facilitating elements and obstacles and embed them in (or remove them from) the appropriate policy instruments. -Reach out and engage with the actors that can drive and/or be impacted by the change and involve them in structured local networks.   Starting from the knowledge already achieved within the Climate-KIC initiative, TRIS will benefit greatly from interregional cooperation, given the diversity in terms of geography, productive system and maturity of IS practices: the City of Birmingham, project leader, is the most advanced, Hungary and Emilia-Romagna regions have already tested pilot projects, while Småland och Öarna and Valencia regions have approached the topic more recently. Industrial Symbiosis Ltd will play both an advisory and dissemination role, acting as a bridge between the consortium and the European perspective.   TRIS is determined to cause the following CHANGES and accomplish the following RESULTS: -Raising awareness on the concepts of IS and its economic and environmental benefits -Causing a mind-shift and building a cooperation culture in the stakeholder groups (including SMEs and policy actors) -Standardize IS practices into regional policy instruments -Launching tangible initiatives in the regions: reaching out to more SMEs, supporting their business with new IS cases/projects, preventing industrial waste production, testing new governance models. -Bringing IS to a higher position in the European political agenda.
A Network of Labs, Clusters and Platforms, facilitating industrial research, technology transfer and business innovation in S3 priority sectors
Location: Emilia-Romagna, Italy (Italia)
Project: RELOS3
The Third Industrial Revolution in Hauts-de-France, based on energy transition and digital technologies, aims at changing behaviours and transform the economy.
Location: Nord - Pas-de-Calais, France
Project: PASSAGE
REPLACE introduced at the online hearing 'Industrial transition towards green Europe'
Type: Project
What is a Stadtwerke? And where to start to localize energy transition? SWE presents its activities and goals
Type: Project
Thank you! Thank you for joining us for the workshop on Industrial Symbiosis in Helsinki! We hope that you were inspired by the good practices, study visit and presentations.  You are able to revisit the presentations, highlights and photos of the workshop on the conclusions page.  About industrial symbiosisThe part of industrial ecology known as Industrial Symbiosis engages traditionally separate industries in a collective approach to competitive advantage involving physical exchange of materials, energy, water and by-products. The keys to industrial symbiosis are collaboration and the synergistic possibilities offered by geographic proximity’ (Chertow). Industrial Symbiosis activity in Europe is very diverse in terms of features, emergence and development patterns or the content of the transactions. Proximity plays an important role in the feasibility of synergies, with most synergies happening in a radius of less than 50km. Regional actors аrе well-placed to undertake actions for facilitating efforts for engaging in Industrial Symbiosis. The workshop The workshop was small-scale and highly focused for peers with experience in industrial symbiosis, and an interest in successful approaches and opportunities in industrial symbiosis. The event provided a forum of exchange between regions of smart strategies for developing Industrial Symbiosis in their regions. The thematic focus of the workshop was on Industrial Symbiosis exploring the success factors, challenges, practices and approaches which worked. Since the launch of the Interreg Europe programme, more than 40 of the approved projects address the topic of environment and resource efficiency. A number of these projects target waste and resource efficiency and two projects focus entirely on the topic of Industrial Symbiosis.  The second day of the thematic workshop consisted of a study visit to the Envor Group Ltd. where the role of regions in facilitating Industrial Symbiosis was discussed. Themes that were tackled by the projects range from: circular economy roadmaps,responsibility of industry,recovery of different waste streams (Construction and Demolition Waste, energy, biogas, waste water, etc.),matchmaking between enterprises,recycling and recycling infrastructureThe workshop represented an opportunity for discussing and creating synergies through sharing experiences, solutions and practices with regards to stimulation and facilitation of Industrial Symbiosis in the regional context. It built upon previous thematic exchanges during platform’s events held in Brussels and Seville in 2017 where it was emphasised that regions are instrumental in the transition to circular economy by providing the right policies, incentives and facilitation for the uptake of different Circular Economy Business Models such as the Industrial Symbiosis. Eco-innovation in Europe Discover this policy brief on the topic of eco-innovation and industrial symbiosis. Cover photo credits: photo by Radowan Nakif Rehan on Unsplash Read more Circular Economy Business Models in the EU Interested in the policy framework and recent good practices of industrial symbiosis? Take a look at this policy brief.  Cover photo credits: Photo by Bill Oxford on Unsplash Read more Location of the venue