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Environment and Resource EfficiencyEnvironment and resource efficiency policies provide opportunities for regional growth and job creation and can boost the attractiveness of a region for businesses, citizens and tourists. Regions need to protect ecosystems and vulnerable landscapes and prevent biodiversity loss in their territories to prevent (further) degradation of these natural assets. The sustainable management and exploitation of the natural environment can also foster sustainable regional development based on so-called ecosystem services. A similar logic applies to the preservation and exploitation of regional cultural heritage. Preservation and exploitation strategies can incorporate ICT applications to, for instance, raise public awareness and ownership of cultural heritage or by introducing applications on e-culture. Enhancing resource efficiency at regional level involves using limited resources sustainably, whilst also avoiding negative impacts for the environment. Efficiency also allows to create greater value from less input, bringing down unit costs for manufacturers and buyers. Regions can play a key role in improving resource use through interacting with consumers and producers, as well as through their own role as energy consumer. Although various national and supra-national initiatives are in place to support this transition, regions do play a key role. Interreg Europe can help regions to find practices to answer regional challenges, such as preparing sustainable exploitation models for natural and cultural heritage assets, developing and integrating green infrastructure, encouraging SMEs to assess and address resource use issues, or, reducing waste volumes in SMES and households. This platform offers participants and other stakeholders a range of ideas and inspiration on how to better protect natural and cultural heritage and use Earth’s limited resources in a sustainable manner and thus contribue to meeting environmental and socio-economic objectives. The support is provided through a set of workshops, networking events, examples of good practices and a helpdesk of experts. See all news 13/10/2021 Recording: green policy challenges in maritime regions On 5 October, the Policy Learning Platform and the Interact ‘Knowledge of the Seas Network’ co-hosted an event on green policy challenges in maritime regions. Type: Platform 29/09/2021 CONDEREFF: Improving resource efficiency in the construction... The Policy Learning Platform brings you a story on improving resource efficiency in the construction sector. Type: Platform 28/09/2021 Land-use and rehabilitation options for a former landfill Discover the policy recommendations from the peer review that took place on 1 and 2 July 2021 for the University and Hanseatic City of Greifswald (Germany). 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 16/09/2021 Protect the bees! The Irish way The Policy Learning Platform brings you a story on how we can protect the bees by supporting pollinator-friendly farming in the EU. Type: Platform 13/09/2021 Your policy learning wishes became reality! End of 2020 the Platform launched a consultation with the community members to gather input and plan activities for next upcoming months. Here are the results. Type: Platform 09/09/2021 Job vacancy: Thematic Expert for Environment and resource... We're hiring! We are looking for a dynamic and independent team player to fill the position of a Thematic Expert for Environment and Resource Efficiency. Type: Platform 23/07/2021 A quick and easy solution to your policy challenges:... Looking for examples of successful innovation vouchers? Wishing to know how others work on e-mobility policies? Find your answers with a matchmaking session. Type: Platform 21/07/2021 Wood as a sustainable construction material Read how wood can be part of the life-cycle thinking and circularity to achieve a climate-neutral building stock in the long-term and why it's crucial. Type: Platform 09/07/2021 Citizens involvement for sustainable food systems Discover European initiatives and Interreg Europe projects that work towards a sustainable food system and get inspired! Type: Platform See all events Nov 09 2021 Cultural heritage in mountain regions On 9 November, the Policy Learning Platform is inviting you to an interactive webinar on cultural heritage in mountain regions. Register today! Type: Platform Latest Users Taisia Apanovych other Olana Bojic other Elisa Preti Lombardy region Joao Marques other Lora Hristova other Sebastià Salas Balearic Fishermen Guilds Federation Interested in: Joining a project, Networking with peers, Participating in peer reviews, Exchanging good practices, Attending networking events, Following online learning activities Eugenio van Maanen Breda University of Applied Sciences Interested in: Leading a project, Joining a project, Sharing a project idea, Exchanging good practices Mélina BALAT-RESTIVO CCI Auvergne Rhone Alpes roberta lamberto metropolitan city of milan Marcello Bussoletti Lombardy region Latest Project Ideas Questions to the German voters... Questions to the German voters in their election on 26 Sep 2021, for a modern... Submitted by: dpns De Nya Svenskarna Sweden (Sverige) Health Matter for good health Health Matter is an online pharmacy shop. Online pharmacy provides a varied... Submitted by: Health Matter United States of America Creative centre for upcycling The creative center for building communities in Presov region. The idea of the... Submitted by: Sona Hatokova Slovakia (Slovensko) Use of innovative technology... Due to climate change, wetlands are among the ecosystems that will be most... Submitted by: Artur Chambel Portugal RESHAPING WASTE MANAGEMENT... Taking into account that waste management concerns both, public administrations... Submitted by: CLARA MARIA CHORQUES SANZ Spain (España) RICH-DEST: Railways'... To preserve, restore, safeguard, valorise, showcase & redeploy the very rich... Submitted by: Manos Vougioukas Greece (Ελλαδα) 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: Eco-innovation 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 eco-innovation. More Suggested reading: Circular economy policy brief A policy brief outlining pathways to a circular economy in cities and regions. The brief answers questions such as: What is a circular economy? How can local and regional authorities foster a circular economy? What funding opportunities exist for regions and cities to support circular economy cooperation? How can European Territorial Cooperation programmes help? More
Lead Partner: Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia
European regions play a multiple role in the adoption of green public procurement (GPP) policies as they elaborate and adopt GPP plans, can mainstream GPP within all policy instruments that they manage, can purchase eco-innovative and resource efficient goods and services, playing thus also a significant role the promotion of more resource efficient economies. There are still large areas for improvement in the adoption of GPP in relation to EU funded programmes and other policy instruments, in the undertaking of the tool by beneficiaries and in the monitoring of GPP implementation, hence in the evaluation and mainstreaming of its benefits. GPP toolkits, common environmental criteria, training materials and help desks have been developed throughout Europe. Limited experience is yet available on how to include environmental criteria into financing instruments and in the implementation of development strategies. GPP-STREAM builds on the idea that interregional cooperation can help mainstreaming GPP policies within the administrations involved and ensure that resource efficiency measures are spread and benefits acknowledged. GPP-STREAM AIMS The project aims to improve the management, implementation and monitoring of policy instruments that integrate GPP approaches so as to ensure that resource efficiency gains can be maximized and that resource efficiency objectives are institutionalized through GPP. The project is coordinated by Region Friuli and is implemented in partnership with 8 Bulgarian, Spanish, French, Italian and Romanian bodies that have complementary environmental and GPP expertise. RESULTS AND OUTCOMES 5 transnational learning events, at least 300 stakeholders involved, 13 GPP webinars, 5 GPP toolkits and one online platform, 8 policy instruments from 5 EU countries will integrate GPP approaches, 40 EU policy instrument managing authorities apply GPP-STREAM toolkits. Author of the cover image: Massimo Armani
Growing a natural resource (Wild salmon) results in more visitors, a stronger local economy and more economic resources for management of the resource.
Location: Övre Norrland, Sweden (Sverige)
Project: WLE
A resource for decision-makers that defines key green infrastructure terms and sets out brief summaries of GI actions and interventions
From folder: Factsheets
Amended Annex IV of the EMAS regulation
From folder: Amended EMAS Annex IV
Through the GPP4Growth periodic newsletter, that is published every six months, we keep you informed about our progress and key outcomes.
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.
Welcome to the second edition of the Newsletter series of the GPP4Growth project!
5th newsletter of the GPP4Growth-project translated in Greek