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20/10/2020 - 22/10/2020
The third TLJ of LCA4regions will take you to Satakunta to discuss LCA for waste management and material flows.
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Project summary Circular economy changes the methods and revenue models of business. Instead of traditional ownership, consumption is based on the use of services: sharing, leasing and reusing. The new method challenges countries and regions to develop and construct new business models that can be used to respond to the global climate crisis, among other things. The REDUCES project funded by Interreg Europe aims to identify the best business models in six European regions and to research and critically assess their climate impacts and sustainability. The project covers six European cities and regions: Southwest Finland, Valencia (Spain), Manchester (UK), Utrecht (Netherlands), Maramures (Romania) and Bulgaria. The project aims to find suggestions for each city or region to guide them towards sustainable circular economy business. The work is based on both interregional and regional collaboration between the partners and the stakeholders. The project will continue until the end of July 2023. €1,389,939.00 from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2023 Topic Environment and resource efficiency Is a circular economy always sustainable? In the project, we study whether circular economy business activities are automatically sustainable. The study is based on the five circular economy business models defined by the Finnish innovation fund Sitra and aims to find ongoing methods, corporate examples and projects in line with each model. The business models comprise product as a servicerenewabilitysharing platformsproduct-life extensionresource efficiency and recycling.Our objective is to collect the best practices within each of the business models and use them to identify opportunities for better supporting and promoting sustainable circular economy business in the different regions. The result is an action plan for each region to help influence political decision-making processes and promote circular economy business in the region. Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Sustainable growth and jobs 2014-2020 - Finland's structural funds programme In South West Finland, the structural funds programme is focused on three thematic objectives: - enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs; - strengthening research, technological development and innovation - supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors. The programme will contribute to Finland realizing the key EU and national development priorities along with the "Europe2020" objectives. In Southwest Finland circular economy is adopted in the strategy for regional development, where one of the targets is to make the region carbon neutral by 2050. In programme period 2014-2020, 25% of funding should be aimed at the promotion of low-carbon economy. The aim is for the strategy function as an innovation platform for circular economy and creating innovation capacities for supporting material, energy, nutrient and resource efficiency. There is still need for development. Especially more efforts are needed to direct funding to support transition to the circular economy business models, and to activate regional stakeholders to apply for the type of projects needed for this development. Changes in structures, adoption of new actions and models, CE product development, investments and multidisciplinary know-how are needed in the region to further transition to circular economy. Which partners are working on this? Turku University of Applied Sciences DECREE 151/2009, of October 2, of the Consell, by which the basic requirements of design and quality in housing and accommodation buildings are approved(DECRETO 151/2009, de 2 de octubre, del Consell, por el que se aprueban las exigencias básicas de diseño y calidad en edificios de vivienda y alojamiento) The ERDF Regional Operational Programme Valencia is the document that determines the strategy and objectives actions co-funded by the ERDF, as well as financial allocations scheduled for these goals.  The priority axes established by the Operational Programme are the following: -Strengthening research, technological development and innovation. -Improving the use and quality of ICT and access to them. -Improving competitiveness and international presence of SMEs. -Supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors. -Keep and protect the environment and promote the resource efficiency.  Circular economy is one of the key topics to support the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors, as well as to keep and protect the environment and promote resource efficiency. The Community of Valencia is a pioneer in some of the matters that circular economy considers, such as the treatment and reuse of wastewater. However, there is still a gap to learn about other processes. In addition, the topic “business models for circular economy” is not addressed at all while it is clear that business models are of key importance to make this transition happen. The project will contribute to the improvement of the ERDR Regional Operational Programme providing with best practices on business models for circular economy and self-sustaining business plans to implement them, and making all the actors involved aware of the different opportunities that circular economy entails. Which partners are working on this? Polytechnic University of Valencia Valencia Institute of Building Greater Manchester European Structural and Investment Funds Strategy 2014-2020 Thematic objective 4 of the ESIF programme for England is aimed at ‘’Supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors’’. In Greater Manchester, the priorities identified to deliver the Greater Manchester Strategy via this policy tool are to develop a Low Carbon Economy via development of energy enterprises; GM’s low carbon infrastructure; demonstrate building energy efficiency/low carbon energy generation based on the strengths of GM’s universities in development of power and smart metering systems, energy management and low carbon sustainability; Support growth in GM’s SMEs in the low carbon/environment sector, including via market development, diversification and eco-innovation; Support SMEs across all sectors to increase the energy/resource efficiency of their business products/services and reduce environmental risk. However, despite the comprehensive nature and interventions of the ESIF programme, there is currently no intervention to focus specifically on the achievement of a zero waste economy. Despite this, the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub, responsible for delivery of the GM low carbon agenda is currently working on the development of a strategic framework for the achievement of the circular / zero waste economy. Ensuring that the future ESIF programme for England is aligned to GM strategy post 2020 will enable the redirection of thematic interventions focused on the achievement of a zero waste/circular economy for Manchester, and England. Which partners are working on this? The Manchester Metropolitan University Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council Chances for West 2: Operational Programme ERDF West-Netherlands The ’Kansen voor West II’ policy instrument facilitates four goals: (1) strengthening research, technological development and innovation; (2) supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy in all sectors; (3) stimulating employment and supporting labour mobility; and (4) stimulating social inclusion and fighting poverty. Utrecht aims to achieve a sustainable economic development, promoting prosperity, jobs and services. Utrecht does focus on eight economic priorities, including ‘Creating a sustainable economy’. Even though, some of the progress is still lacking behind the city’s ambition to comply with Sustainable Development Goals. These priorities strengthen the business climate in the city in general and the specific areas and sectors where Utrecht distinguishes itself in particular. In order to support the transition Utrecht aims at a sustainable economic growth and accelerating current sustainable economic activities. The city aims to co-create a competitive, sustainable economy, together with local and larger businesses, both starting entrepreneurs and established firms. Priority is given to firms who aim for substantial resource efficiency, energy savings, and creating new business and employment in the field of sustainability and circular economy. The policy is aimed at pursuing knowledge transfer and innovation in networks of firms aimed at development of cleaner and less wasteful products and services. Which partners are working on this? City of Utrecht HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht Regional Development Plan of North West Region 2014-2020 The general objective of this policy instrument is boosting the regional economy through multidimensional and integrated development for reducing the intra- and inter-regional disparities and raising the standard of life in the NW region. There are 4 priorities : 1- Increasing economic competitiveness of the the region & stimulating research and innovation, 2- Increased accessibility of the region, the mobility of population goods and information, 3- Increasing the quality of life of the residents in the region 4- Protection of natural & anthropic environment , efficient use of resources & reduce emissions. Our project is relevant for the Priority 1 and 4. Maramures county as part of NW Development Region contributes to the Regional Development plan of NW Region 2014-2020 & Regional Smart Specialization Strategy. According to these 2 strategic documents emphasis should be placed on environmental protection & sustainable development, on energy efficiency & on the principles of the circular economy. The circular economy is a new concept, not so well spread in our economy, but in order to reduce the gap with developed countries we must take it into account and seriously addressed. In the county strategy 2014-2020 there are 2 priorities in line with the project focus - circular economy: P 1.4 Increasing the degree of materials recovery & energy resources, and P 4.2 Ensuring the quality of the environment and natural and anthropogenic risk reduction in the county. Which partners are working on this? Maramures County Council Operational Programme "Environment" 2014-2020 OP Environment 2014 - 2020 is contributing to achieving the objectives: 3.1 Sustainable consumption and production and 3.2 Turning waste into a resource at EU level by 2020. Both of the objectives will be reached by funding of measures laid down in Priority Axis 2 . The Axis 2 “Waste” includes the application of the principles of resource efficiency and circular economy. Sustainable consumption and production contributing to the circular economy objectives will be achieved by funding of the measures laid down in Axis 2 related to demonstration/pilot projects and business models, incl. shifting consumption models,improvement of waste management systems, extended product life cycle and eco-design. The financial allocation to Priority Axis 2 is guided mainly by the identified national needs. At present 72% of the generated waste on municipal level is going to landfills. 50% of those 72% are biodegradable waste. According to the national targets, the share of biodegradable waste going to landfills shall be reduced to 35% and the share of recyclable waste should be increased to 50% by 2020. OPE 2014-2020 is expected to contribute to the fulfillment of country’s engagements in the waste sector and to the achievement of targets resulting from legislation with regards to circular economy. There is a lack of technical capacity to develop demonstration projects and business models contributing to waste reduction through proper waste management systems and better CE development. Which partners are working on this? Euro Perspectives Foundation University of Mining and Geology “St. Ivan Rilski" Sign up for the REDUCES newsletter Subscribe now Study report 4 is now available! The report focuses on the circular business models on Resource efficiency and recycling. Read more (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); REDUCES Tweets by REDUCES Latest News See all project news 29/11/2021 Focus on waste – Maramures Action Plan’s main topic Maramureș County is working in crystallizing the Action Plan targeted to present how different tools can be implemented to improve the policy instrument. Type: Project 19/11/2021 Stimulating Circular Business in Utrecht What's up REDUCES? Type: Project 19/11/2021 Round table session Circular Economy Utrecht Lage Weide, together with HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, organized a round table discussion on CE for companies from Utrecht’s major business park. Type: Project 12/11/2021 Circular economy guided tour The REDUCES team in Bulgaria is focusing on establishment of a circular economy center for transfer of knowledge to the raw material industry. Type: Project 28/09/2021 We’re halfway there We are in the middle of our project in developing ways towards sustainable circular economy business. Type: Project 11/08/2021 Stakeholder meeting in Maramures On Friday, July 30, 2021, a new meeting of the stakeholders took place in Maramures, within the REDUCES project. Type: Project 10/06/2021 5th Regional Stakeholders meeting in Valencia Regional Stakeholders’ meeting to discuss about main topics related with sustainability and circular economy to be included in the new DC-09. Type: Project 18/05/2021 Circular urban development that supports communities Does today’s sustainable urban development pay sufficient attention to social sustainability? Type: Project 14/05/2021 Stakeholder meeting in Bulgaria On 14 May 2021 the European Perspectives Foundation and University of Mining and Geology "St. Ivan Rilski” held a stakeholder meeting. Type: Project 12/05/2021 Sixth key stakeholder meeting Utrecht – 12 May 2021 On 12 May we gathered our Utrecht key stakeholders for an expert panel session. Type: Project
SME CompetitivenessSMEs are the backbone of our economy, accounting for 99% of businesses and up to two-thirds of all private sector jobs in the EU. This is why the competitiveness of SMEs is at the forefront of Interreg Europe, feeding into the broader Europe 2020 strategy for smart, inclusive and sustainable growth. Some 1.2 million enterprises are created in the EU every year, yet only half of those survive the first five years. So the challenge for regions is to improve policies that can boost entrepreneurship and support SMEs - in all stages of their life cycle - by helping them to grow and innovate and breaking down the barriers that prevent business growth. Through our SME Competitiveness theme, Interreg Europe fosters exchange of experience, capacity building and networking aimed at helping SMEs to grow in regional, national and international markets. The field is complex and requires much learning in terms of internationalisation, access to markets, financing, growth capacity, networking and clustering, innovation capacity, business transfer, entrepreneurship development and capacity building. It also entails the incorporation of new forms of SME development, such as design, eco-conception and corporate social responsibility. Solutions do exist. INTERREG IVC has shown, for example, that a solution found in one region can be shared, transferred and adapted for the benefit of other regions. In this context, our SME Competitiveness Policy Learning Platform offers regional and local actors the means to accelerate the design and implementation of their policies, making them as effective and efficient as possible. See all news 03/12/2021 SME competitiveness: successful policy improvements Read about the thematic session on successful policy improvements and achievements in enhancing SME competitiveness as part of Europe let's cooperate 2021. Type: Platform 30/11/2021 The Policy Learning Platform in 60 seconds Learn more about the Policy Learning Platform and its services with our new video! Type: Platform 19/11/2021 Improving access to digital skills for SMEs The Policy Learning Platform brings you a story on how to improve the access to digital skills for SMEs in the adoption of the Industry 4.0 in Lithuania. Type: Platform 18/11/2021 Workshop recording: The future of impact investing Access the recording and presentations of our hybrid workshop on the future of impact investing that took place on 28 October within the AGORADA+ conference. Type: Platform 17/11/2021 Find your answers with the Policy Helpdesk The Policy Learning Platform is here to support you through the policy helpdesk: a personalised and rapid way to get solutions to your challenges. Type: Platform 17/11/2021 E-workshop recording: SMEs digitalisation Access the recording and presentations of our workshop on SMEs digital transformation that took place on 10 November and get inspired! Type: Platform 04/10/2021 E-workshop recording: scaling up European SMEs On 27 September 2021 we organised an online workshop on scaling up European SMEs. Watch the recording, access the presentations and get inspired! Type: Platform 04/10/2021 Industry 4.0 and the SMEs digital transition workshop series Join the Policy Learning Platform in November for a new workshop series on industry 4.0 and the SMEs digital transition! Type: Platform 29/09/2021 Regional policies supporting the internationalisation of... Explore our selection of reading materials and online events that will help you better grasp how to support the internationalisation of SMEs. Type: Platform 27/09/2021 E-workshop recording: sustainable and competitive tourism On 21 September we organised an e-workshop on strategies for a competitive and sustainable tourism sector. You can access the recordings and the presentations! Type: Platform See all events Dec 08-07 2021 Regional policy on student entrepreneurship On 7 and 8 December 2021, we are organising a peer review for the benefit of the Region Sud (France) on regional policy on student entrepreneurship. Type: Platform Latest Users Igor Šurina other Interested in: Joining a project Branimir Genev Stara Zagora Municipality Interested in: Leading a project, Joining a project, Networking with peers, Exchanging good practices, Attending networking events Vítor Simões other Interested in: Leading a project, Joining a project, Sharing a project idea, Networking with peers, Exchanging good practices, Attending networking events, Following online learning activities Edesio Miranda-Barbosa other Juha Hertsi Regional Council of Päijät-Häme Interested in: Joining a project, Sharing a project idea, Exchanging good practices, Attending networking events, Following online learning activities GRAHAM BANKS other Oskar Sniegowski Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia Interested in: Sharing a project idea, Networking with peers, Attending networking events Luis Hancco other Evangelia Zygouri other Domen Jere other Latest Project Ideas Educating citizens on road... The project aims to implement the risk analysis approach in assessing the... Submitted by: Mareglen Tomori Italy (Italia) DEPOLLUTE WATER NATURALLY FOR... Enabling water depollution at a lower cost to make cheaper its recycling/reuse... Submitted by: Julien Constant Spain (España) BIMFM - Building Information... I from University of Madeira, in Madeira Island, in Portugal. BIM (building... Submitted by: José Santos Portugal Get Inspired Interreg Europe is the follow-up programme for INTERREG IVC. Between 2007 and 2014 INTERREG IVC set the cogwheels of interregional cooperation in motion and gathered a lot of knowledge throughout the 204 financed projects. Get inspiration for your project proposal from the INTERREG IVC policy recommendations! Suggested reading: Entrepreneurship brochure A timely inventory of up-to-date evidence and experience to help regional authorities introduce or develop their regional policies in the field of entrepreneurship.  More Suggested reading: Innovation capacity of SMEs A timely inventory of up-to-date evidence and experience to help regional authorities introduce or develop their regional policies on innovation capacity of SMEs.  More
18/11/2019
Special Forum CONDEREFF at the SBE19 Graz – Sustainable Built Environment D-A-CH Conference 2019
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10/07/2018
Preparatory Action: "REACTIVATE" Intra-EU job mobility program for unemployed over 35s
Type: Project
10/02/2017
The second Textile Innovation Group Meeting was held in Huddersfield, on 10th February 2017
Type: Project
17/10/2016
The first Textile Innovation Group Meeting was held in Huddersfield, on 17th October 2016
Type: Project
07/09/2016
The first local stakeholders group meeting of RESET project in Romania was organised on September 7h in Bucharest.
Type: Project
2LIFES Brochure 29/01/2020 2LIFES Brochure Directory Type: Project Hot off the press! 09/01/2020 All media appearances for the 2LIFES project. Type: Project Surveys and Mappings Templates 17/03/2020 Psychosocial Study on Barriers to Re-use & Mapping of Re-use Resources Type: Project Videos 25/06/2020 All 2LIFES related videos! Type: Project Surveys on Barriers to Reuse 21/04/2021 Aim: identify the most reluctant groups to reuse + less popular reusable goods. Type: Project Maps of Reuse Initiatives 21/04/2021 Aim: identify uncovered needs & gaps in partner territories Type: Project See all Library Items 2LIFES Brochure Copy Link 2LIFES Brochure - EMULSA Spanish Version PDF (1.06MB) Download 2LIFES Brochure-Directory (Trifold) Brochure #1 PDF (2.79MB) Download 2LIFES Brochure - EMULSA English Version PDF (293.28KB) Download Hot off the press! Copy Link La Voz de Asturias EMULSA PDF (1.04MB) Download La Voz de Gijón EMULSA PDF (199.06KB) Download ECESP RREUSE PDF (84.26KB) Download Vivere Marche Regione Marche PDF (221.90KB) Download AdriaEco Regione Marche PDF (68.19KB) Download Go Marche Regione Marche PDF (207.50KB) Download La Nueva España EMULSA PDF (1.47MB) Download La Nueva España EMULSA PDF (3.78MB) Download Recycling Magazine RREUSE PDF (164.65KB) Download EYS Municipales EMULSA PDF (1.59MB) Download El ComercioEMULSA - Before the official start of the project! Residuos Profesional EMULSA PDF (858.36KB) Download FMC KDRIU, Semester 2 PDF (2.31MB) Download FEOL KDRIU PDF (2.13MB) Download FEOLKDRIU Aftodiokisi ANEL PDF (3.07MB) Download SZEKESFEHERVAR KDRIU, Semester 2 PDF (400.27KB) Download FMC KDRIU, Semester 2 PDF (2.20MB) Download FEOL KDRIU, Semester 2 PDF (3.28MB) Download Tele Elettel KDRIU, Semester 2 PDF (917.57KB) Download FMC KDRIU, Semester 2 PDF (2.08MB) Download La Nueva España EMULSA, Semester 3 PDF (869.08KB) Download El Comercio EMULSA, Semester 3 PDF (419.20KB) Download Surveys and Mappings Templates Copy Link Mapping of Re-use Resources Our Mapping of Re-use Resources aims to identify what already exists and what is lacking in terms of re-use in our respective regions. PDF (573.10KB) Download Psychosocial Study on Barriers to Re-use Our Psychosocial Study on Barriers to Re-use aims to identify reluctant population groups to re-use and unpopular reusable items. PDF (783.97KB) Download Videos Copy Link European Project - 2LIFESEMULSA Video Waste Valoriser Training ProgrammeFocus on training and employment opportunities within the re-use sector. 2LIFES Vodcast SeriesAddressing re-use and waste prevention practices within the "new normal" of a world in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2LIFES Communication CampaignKDRIU 2LIFES in KlaipėdaKRATC Surveys on Barriers to Reuse Copy Link Psychosocial barriers to re-use Partners had to carry out a psychosocial studies on barriers to re-use concerning different population groups' attitudes. This report compares the results. PDF (5.04MB) Download KLAIPĖDA REGIONAL WASTE MANAGEMENT CENTRE REPORT ON RESEARCH OF PSYCHOSOCIAL BARRIERS TO RE-USE OF DIFFERENT GROUPS AND PRODUCTS IN KLAIPĖDA AND NERINGA CITIES. PDF (957.63KB) Download Regione Marche SURVEYS TO IDENTIFY THE MOST IMPORTANT POPULATION GROUPS AND PRODUCTS WITH REGARD TO REUSE PDF (886.14KB) Download Regione Marche - Annex 1 Annex 1 of the study PDF (743.99KB) Download Regione Marche - Annex 2 Annex 2 of the study XLSX (253.49KB) Download EMULSA - English Version Citzens of Gijon - challenge in re-use practices, both in terms of repair and purchase/exchange of second-hand products. PDF (1.34MB) Download EMULSA - Spanish Version Dificultades de los Gijoneses ante la Reutilización tanto por reparación como por compra/intercambio de productos de segunda mano PDF (1.42MB) Download Affaldvarme Aarhus - AVA AVA received permission from the Lead Partner to prepare its own surveys and studies. PDF (169.82KB) Download Affaldvarme Aarhus - AVA - Annex 1 Questionaire Building Materials PDF (150.30KB) Download Affaldvarme Aarhus - AVA - Annex 2 Good advices on starting a Repair Café PDF (199.68KB) Download Affaldvarme Aarhus - AVA - Annex 3 Materials and tools for a Repair Café PDF (498.48KB) Download ANEL Data analysis of the reluctant population groups and unpopular reusable goods in Cyprus XLSX (35.80KB) Download KDRIU Psychosocial Study on Barriers to Re-use in Hungary. Subcontractor: Adwork Net Bt. PDF (1.28MB) Download Maps of Reuse Initiatives Copy Link Situational analysis of re-use initiatives An initial situational analysis to map re-use activities in all partners’ cities and regions was necessary to adequately assess the departure point. PDF (3.26MB) Download Affaldvarme Aarhus - AVA Mapping of re-use and /or preparation for re-use resources PDF (669.25KB) Download KDRIU Situational Analyses of Re-use Initiatives in the Central Transdanubia region PDF (813.85KB) Download ANEL Mapping of re-use and /or preparation for re-use resources PDF (594.37KB) Download Regione Marche MAPS OF RESOURCES FOR RE-USE INITIATIVES IN MARCHE REGION PDF (1.15MB) Download EMULSA Link: https://gijoncircular.emulsa.es/ DOCX (11.74KB) Download KLAIPĖDA REGIONAL WASTE MANAGEMENT CENTRE Link: https://extrafm.lt/2life/ DOCX (11.04KB) Download Sign up for the 2LIFES 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')); 2LIFES Tweets by 2LIFES
REDUCES newsletter gathers up-to-date information on project results and events and gives guidelines on circular economy business development. Read our latest newsletters: Good practices for circular economy business models - June 2021 Greetings from the REDUCES project! January 2021 Greetings from the REDUCES project! June 2020 REDUCE newsletter January 2020 Subscribe here! Sign up for the REDUCES newsletter Subscribe now Study report 4 is now available! The report focuses on the circular business models on Resource efficiency and recycling. Read more (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); REDUCES Tweets by REDUCES