Digital technologies as enabler to foster the transition to the circular economy by the SME in the Alpine Space area
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New technologies can be used for the creation of innovative circular economy business models to contribute to a more sustainable future. However, how can such a transformation be carried out? The project Circular 4.0 improved the Alpine eco-system of innovation and contributed to the transition to a circular economy in the Alpine area by focusing on SMEs and economic operators. An eco-system of innovation (policy makers, stakeholders, academia and research institutions, entrepreneurs and citizens) was identified for better cooperation and tools were developed and tested to attain the ultimate goal: to strengthen digitalisation processes by SMEs to foster innovation processes and accelerate the transition to the circular economy in Alpine Space.


  • 2014 – 2020
  • Innovative
  • Improve the framework conditions for innovation in the Alpine space
    • Group 1: To develop an effective research and innovation ecosystem
  • 10/2019
  • 06/2022
  • 2.560.693 EUR
  • 2.176.589 EUR


Technology Park Ljubljana Ltd. (Lead partner)
  • Lead partner
  • Slovenia
  • Zahodna Slovenia
  • Ljubljana
    Technical University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim
    • Germany
    • Oberbayern
    • Rosenheim
        • Germany
        • Stuttgart
        • Stuttgart
            Austria Wirtschaftsservice
            • Austria
            • Wien
            • Vienna
                Innovation Salzburg GmbH
                • Austria
                • Salzburg
                • Salzburg
                    Business Upper Austria - OÖ Wirtschaftsagentur Ltd.
                    • Austria
                    • OberAustria
                    • Linz
                        Veneto Innovazione
                        • Italy
                        • Veneto
                        • Venezia
                            Grand E-nov
                            • France
                            • Alsace
                            • Mulhouse
                                Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Entreprises
                                • France
                                • Rhône-Alpes
                                • Lyon
                                    Jožef Stefan Institute
                                    • Slovenia
                                    • Zahodna Slovenia
                                    • Ljubljana
                                        Torino Wireless Foundation
                                        • Italy
                                        • Piemonte
                                        • Torino
                                            Confindustria Bergamo
                                            • Italy
                                            • Lombardia
                                            • Bergamo
                                                Chamber of Commerce Industry Craft and Agriculture of Venice Rovigo
                                                • Italy
                                                • Veneto
                                                • Mestre
                                                    Cluster of Environmental Technology Bavaria
                                                    • Germany
                                                    • Schwaben
                                                    • Augsburg
                                                        RISINGSUD - Regional Development Agency for region Sud Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
                                                        • France
                                                        • Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
                                                        • Marseille
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                                                            • CIRCULAR4.0 toolkit

                                                              Circular 4.0 has created an easy toolkit to assess your company and see how circular your SME is.
                                                              The toolkit is free and it offers: CAS & DMA Tools Assess your level of digital technology readiness and commitment or assess the level of maturity and commitment of target firms for circular transformation. OTC Training Training modules for intermediary organisations (operators) providing knowledge and skills needed for understanding key circular economy principles, the application of the digital technologies and assessing company’s investment opportunities. CAT 4.0 Training Modular training course as a tool for SMEs to be delivered by the operators. CAT4.0 is designed to steer and facilitate the circular transformation by deployment of digital technologies.

                                                            • Local actions addressed to SMEs to foster CE with digitalisation processes

                                                              All partners have realised a local pilot action basing on maturity assessment check and the identification of the company innovation needs.

                                                            • Enterprise cooperating with research institution to foster CE with digitalisation

                                                              CIRCULAR4.0 explains the methodology followed to assist SMEs for technology innovation and gves an overview of the assistance provided to SMEs.

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                                                              29 Sep 2022
                                                              THE FINAL CONFERENCE CIRCULAR4.0
                                                              Project: CIRCULAR4.0
                                                              The future of the circular economy and digitalization in the Alpine Space