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.