Centro Green Deal project highlighted by the European Commission
The Centro Green Deal project (Centro GD), coordinated by Centro’s Regional Coordination and Development Commission, was highlighted by the European Commission as a good practice in the development of the Research and Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3) at the regional level. The Centro GD, which aims at launching circular public procurement procedures, was considered by the experts of the Joint Research Center (JRC) as an example in the RIS3 approach, boosting the development of transformative agendas that include innovative projects and ecologically oriented activities that encourage and boost regional economic growth. To know more, please visit: https://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/-/green-deal-on-circular-procurement-in-the-centro-region?inheritRedirect=true.
EcoX wins 2nd place at European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2020
EcoX, a company that produces detergents from waste, using a patented technology in partnership with the University of Coimbra, won the 2nd place of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2020 (EEPA) in the category “Support to Ecological Markets Development and Resource Efficiency”. The EEPA is an European Commission initiative aligned with the priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy and coordinated in Portugal by IAPMEI, aiming to distinguish initiatives identified as good business practices, with a relevant contribution to the regional economic development and employment. To learn more, visit: http://noticias.uc.pt/universo-uc/ecox-vence-2o-lugar-nacional-do-european-enterprise-promotion-awards-2020/.
Green City Accord
The Green City Accord was launched during the European Week of Regions and Cities and is open for mayors that are committed to making cities cleaner and healthier. By signing the Green City Accord, cities will become part of a growing movement to safeguard the natural environment and improve the quality of life of Europeans, by gaining access to information concerning EU funding opportunities, participating in networking events and benefiting from capacity-building opportunities. To learn more about the Green City Accord, please visit: https://ec.europa.eu/environment/topics/urban-environment/green-city-accord_en.
Calls: EGLA 2022 and EGCA 2023
The European Commission has launched the competition for the 2023 European Green Capital (EGCA 2023) and the 2022 European Green Leaf (EGLA 2022) Awards, recognising cities that are genuinely committed to becoming more sustainable. More information can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/environment/europeangreencapital/news/EGCA-2023_EGLA-2022_Competition_Open.html.
Project FLIP Cordinhã
The Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra (ISEC) will repair and certify second-hand orthopedic and geriatric equipment to be reused, under the FLIP Cordinhã project. The project, promoted by the Council of Cordinhã, in the municipality of Cantanhede, district of Coimbra, aims at the recovery and reuse of orthopedic and geriatric equipment to combat waste and make it more accessible to the population. To learn more about this project, visit the following page: https://flipcordinha.pt/.
Calls are open for the C-Voucher, a programme for SMEs willing to approach new and circular business models. Until October, SMEs with a circular idea and interested in creating a plan for the circular development can apply for this mechanism. To learn more about C-Voucher, please visit: https://call-for-adopters.fundingbox.com/.
Project MOVELETUR – Electric mobility in natural spaces
The Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco and the Regional Agency for Energy and Environment of Oeste (OesteSustentável) are two of the entities involved in the MOVELETUR project, dedicated to the topic of sustainable mobility. To learn more about this project, visit the European Commission publication here: https://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/projects/Spain/e-vehicles-combine-with-tourist-routes-for-a-green-experience-in-spain-and-portugal.
Covilhã – “Circular Economy Textiles”
The municipality of Covilhã will implement “an innovative circular economy textile system” in partnership with the TO-BE-GREEN platform, which will allow to find “a new solution for end-of-life clothing”, as described by the Municipalily in a statement. The program aims to combat the environmental problem of disposing end-of-life masks (disposable or reusable) with TO-BE-GREEN “to allow an environmentally correct treatment of these textile products, with their valorisation through a recycling process”, as described in the document. For more information, see the following link (in Portuguese).
EEA Grants Project – Oeste +Recicla
EEA Grants approved Oeste Intermunicipal Association project “Oeste + Recicla” in partnership with the Norwegian company Empower. The project’s main goal is to promote the application of the principles of circular economy in specific sectors, with the implementation of a deposit refund system for bottles of non-reusable drinks. To know more about this project, please visit the following link: http://www.oestecim.pt/News/newsdetail.aspx?news=beee55d8-2eb0-4334-81d4-72f15cb120b1%E2%80%8B.
EU Circular Economy Action Plan
The European Commission has adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan – one of the main blocks of the European Green Deal, Europe’s new agenda for sustainable growth. See here the full Communication from the Commission: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=COM:2020:98:FIN.
CENTRO Autumn Course on Circular Economy
Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Centro (CCDRC) organised, together with the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research of the University of Coimbra (IIIUC) and with the support from the Dutch Ministry for Infrastructures and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat) and Instituto Pedro Nunes, an Autumn Course on Circular Economy (http://autumncourse.ccdrc.pt/), with the main goal of sharing knowledge and disseminate good practices about the many thematics underlying the concept of Circular Economy. This Course took place from October 15 to 18, at the facilities of the University of Coimbra and Instituto Pedro Nunes.