Circular economy (CE) is essential for the future of Europe due to the lack of raw materials and to the evolving environmental problems. REPLACE – REgional PoLicy Actions for Circular Economy – has the goal of integrating, deploying and capitalizing on lessons learnt through the H2020 project SCREEN by engaging policy-makers and managing authorities with the common objective of improving Regional Operational Programmes (ROPs) to enhance CE performances, aligning with the European Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan.
REPLACE aims at improving management, implementation and monitoring of regional policy instruments targeted at facilitating the transition towards a CE, while boosting sustainable development: the main operative target refers to the development and application of policies and actions focusing on identification, valorization, assessment and financing of circular value chains, resulting in new local and interregional projects. REPLACE will develop a replicable framework for regional benchmark on circularity excellence level.
REPLACE wants to fulfil a synergic use of funding for CE, connected to RIS3, to enhance innovation and competitiveness, as well as economic and employment performances while increasing effectiveness of policy instruments. In fact, REPLACE has an innovative horizontal cross-cutting approach, not focusing on one or more specific aspects of CE, but dealing with the lack of an effective and shared strategy for CE at regional level.
The project, which will run from 1 August 2019 to 31 January 2023, is developed by 9 entities (Lazio Region, Lodzkie Region, Crete Region, Fryslân Province, Nexa – Regional Agency for Investment Development and Innovation, Veltha ivzw, Hamburg Institute of International Economics, North-East Regional Development Agency and CCDRC), benefiting from a financial support of € 1 694 570 (Interreg Europe / ERDF). More information about REPLACE can be found at the project’s website here: https://www.interregeurope.eu/replace/.
REPLACE 1st Learning Event
December 3rd and 4th 2019 – Leeuwarden, Netherlands
REPLACE 1st Learning Event, that took place in the Province of Friesland, focused on the Local Analysis Tool.
REPLACE 1st Circularity Tour
December 3rd 2019 – Leeuwarden, Netherlands
REPLACE 1st Circularity Tour included: the Water Alliance, Wetsus Campus and Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences (Water Application Centre).
REPLACE Kick-off meeting
October 11th 2019 – Brussels, Belgium
Last October, REPLACE partners met in Brussels for the Kick-off meeting to organise the upcoming work.