Synergies with other EU
projects and initiatives
CircE Project - European regions toward Circular Economy
CircE Project involves 8 partners both at regional and local scale and representatives of different European social and economic scenarios. The project aims at strengthening the diffusion of Circular Economy (CE) in Europe, consistently with the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package (2015). In particular the project aims at helping the Partners involved to increase the capability of their Policy instruments to steer economy towards a circular model. The project carries out this task by aiming at modifying or readdressing the selected policy instruments through an exchange of knowledge/experiences among Partners, through a continuous involvement of Stakeholders and through a deeper analysis of economic system.
IMPEL - The European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law
The Network’s objective is to create the necessary impetus in the European Union to make progress on ensuring a more effective application of environmental legislation. The core of IMPEL’s activities take place within a project structure and concern awareness raising, capacity building, exchange of information and experiences on implementation, international enforcement collaboration as well as promoting and supporting the practicability and enforceability of European environmental legislation. IMPEL and MIW (Make It Work initiative) are engaged in the circular economy issue, focusing on check compliance with the criteria of the WFD in relation to end-of-waste and by-product criteria (for IMPEL project) and enabling eco-innovations for a circular economy under current EU legislation (for MIW project).
MOVECO – for Mobilising Institutional Learning for Better Exploitation of Research and Innovation for the Circular Economy
The goals of MOVECO are:
- To develop a transnational strategy for the transition to the circular economy in the Danube region. This includes the identification of possible material streams for the Danube region and roadmaps for the strategy's implementation;
- The creation of a Circular economy toolbox: For small and medium-sized enterpises, including financial, technical and information tools - https://danube-goes-circular.eu/?q=circular-toolbox;
- An online platform to support cooperation between business and research;
- Virtual marketplace to promote reuse and stimulate industrial symbiosis;
- Mobile exhibition on best practices in the circular economy of the Danube region. The exhibition will be travelling across four countries in the Danube region (Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia).
SINFONIA – Smart INitiative of cities Fully cOmmitted to iNvest in Advanced large-scaled energy solutions
he SINFONIA project is a five-year initiative to deploy large-scale, integrated and scalable energy solutions in mid-sized European cities. At the heart of the initiative is a unique cooperation between the cities of Bolzano and Innsbruck, working hand in hand to achieve 40 to 50% primary energy savings and increase the share of renewables by 20% in two pioneer districts. This will be done through an integrated set of measures combining the retrofitting of more than 100,000 m² of living surface, optimisation of the electricity grid, and solutions for district heating and cooling.
The “Smart City Lab” of Innsbruck, was created as a part of the EU project SINFONIA (Smart INitiative of cities Fully cOmmitted to iNvest In Advanced large-scaled energy solutions). Both pilot actions of ATM use synergies with SINFONIA.
CLIMEV GPP – Resolving Barriers of Climate Impact Evaluation in Green Public Procurement Practice
Sustainable, green and innovation public procurement have been identified as one of the most important mechanism to promote circular economy. The aim of this pathfinder project was to identify good practices and methodologies and bridge the gap between the market and buyers and raise awareness.
Common main objectives of the two project were to identify and introduce innovative cross-value chain waste governance models and analytical tools – life-cycle assessment (LCA) and life-cycle costing (LCC) – to reduce dependencies from primary natural resources within processing (public procurement, industrial activity).
GREENIN – Desired Scenario on Green Public Procurement for Innovation
GREENIN project aim was to set up a desired scenario in green public procurement for innovation (GPPI), aligned with smart specialization strategies, to increase knowledge exchange with policy makers and interested stakeholders, favoring SMEs participation. Procuring green innovative and sustainable products, services, solutions could promote the spread of circular economy practices and the usage of secondary raw materials.
CWC - City Water Circles: Urban Cooperation Models for enhancing water efficiency and reuse in Central European functional urban areas with an integrated circular economy approach
Climate change induced hydrological risks are making Central European (CE) cities increasingly vulnerable against urban floods and at the same time water scarcity problems. This coupled with growing drinking water consumption and consequently rising amount of wastewater to be treated, threatens the safety of future water supplies.
Shared challenges call for adopting water saving and reuse measures beyond current practices, both in the public sector and by individuals. Reforming outdated urban water infrastructure systems via applying the novel approach of circular economy offers many economic and environmental benefits. Recognizing this emerging potential, municipalities and public (waste)water companies from 5 Functional Urban Areas and thematic expert organisations decided to launch CityWaterCircles (CWC) Project.
TRIS – Transition Regions towards Industrial Symbiosis
Industrial symbiosis (IS) is an essential part of circular economy, a means to sustainable growth increasing resource efficiency and SMEs competitiveness and resiliency. The aim of the TRIS project is to promote industrial symbiosis through raising awareness, introduce good practices, identify relevant stakeholders and meet them regularly to discuss the opportunities to foster circular economy which is similar to the goals of CIRCE2020.
Circe 2020 representatives participated in the IS Local Lab regular meetings with the relevant stakeholders – mostly experts, researchers and representatives of environmental associations–, where the situations, problems regarding the identified waste flows in the CIRCE2020 were discussed (March 2018, September 2018, March 2019)