Cradle to cradle, circular design and circular substitutions for linear products in industrial manufacturing processes in the Alpine Space
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Fossil raw materials and toxic substances are widely used in production processes in the chemical, plastics, and forestry sectors. The Cradle-Alp project will focus on replacing chemical, fossil or unsustainable materials with more circular, sustainable and biodegradable ones. The project will raise awareness and capacity of the public, relevant industries as well as policy stakeholders and business support organisations on cradle to cradle (C2C) approaches, circular design, and circular substitutions from the Alpine region. Transnational stakeholder groups will be formed, with the aim of transferring C2C roadmaps into industrial practice along exemplary value chains. Thus, Cradle-Alp will contribute to the industrial transformation and mainstreaming C2C approaches in the Alps.


  • 2021 – 2027
  • Carbon neutral and resource sensitive Alpine region
  • SO 2.2 - Promoting the transition to a circular and resource efficient economy
    • AG2 Economic development
    • AG3 Labour market, education and training
    • AG6 Natural resources
    • AG7 Ecological connectivity
    • AG9 Energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • 11/2022
  • 10/2025
  • 1.953.970 EUR
  • 1.405.478 EUR


Padova Chamber of Commerce Industry Crafts and Agriculture (Lead partner)
  • Lead partner
  • Italy
  • Veneto (ITH3)
  • Padova
Technologiezentrum Horb GmbH & Co. KG
  • Germany
  • Karlsruhe (DE12)
  • Horb a. N.
Chemistry-Cluster Bavaria
  • Germany
  • Oberbayern (DE21)
  • Munich
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
  • Austria
  • Wien (AT13)
  • Vienna
Business Upper Austria – Upper Austrian business agency Ldt
  • Austria
  • Oberösterreich (AT31)
  • Linz
UniSMART-Foundation of the University of Padua
  • Italy
  • Veneto (ITH3)
  • Padova
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia
  • Slovenia
  • Zahodna Slovenija (SI04)
  • Ljubljana
  • France
  • Rhône-Alpes (FRK2)
  • Oyonnax
School of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg
  • Switzerland
  • Espace Mittelland (CH02)
  • Fribourg
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  • Tools and methodologies supporting the uptake of digital and engineering technologies as well as the adoption of business models fostering C2C transformation in SMEs from the Alpine Space

    The Cradle-to-Cradle toolbox will encompass a series of tools enabling business support organisations and businesses to better implement a circular transformation along the entire value chain, from product design until end of life valorisation. Examples of tools are: Value proposition canvas, business model development, capacity and technology maturity assessment, roadmap development and business model canvas, value chain generator.

  • Transnational multiple stakeholders, sector-based pilots aiming at implementing Cradle2Cradle transformative activities into industrial practice.

    The partners will bring together transnational groupings of stakeholders from research, higher education and business along jointly selected value chains within each of the priority sectors of the project. Each grouping will pilot the transfer of the Cradle2Cradle sectoral roadmaps into industrial business cases. At least 5 exemplarily value chains shall be selected for the piloting process. Each pilot shall involve at least partners from 3 regions.

  • From S3 to S4: policy convergence towards transnational S4 strategies in selected thematic areas from the project’s priority sectors.

    Starting from a comparative analysis of their regional S3 strategies, the partners will identify within the priority sectors thematic areas with transnational critical mass, and develop common S4 strategies for those sectors, in collaboration with the relevant policy organisations. Each strategy shall build on the competences and policies of at least 3 project regions.

  • Common cross-border funding instruments aiming at fostering cradle to cradle and circular transformative activities Alpine Space in the priority areas of the project

    Common cross-border funding instruments consist in practice in the bundling of existing schemes in at least 3 different regions under the roof of jointly implemented transnational calls for collaborative proposals with joint terms of reference. The applications shall be evaluated jointly. In practice, the applicants will submit, in addition to a joint project proposal, a specific funding request on the regional level and be funded for their part on the regional (or national) level.

  • Cradle to cradle transformation roadmaps in selected value chains covering technologies and business models.

    Cradle to Cradle transformation roadmaps shall provide policy makers, business support providers and businesses with guidelines for the implementation of circular business models and supportive material, digital and hybrid technologies for each of the selected value chains for the piloting process. The roadmaps will also include examples from industrial practice.


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    05 Mar 2024
    "Transnational consumer survey on circular economy and cradle to cradle" - presentation of the results
    Project: Cradle-ALP
    Presentation of results of "Transnational consumer survey on circular economy and cradle to cradle".
    01 Mar 2024
    Invitation to Cradle-ALP Online Workshop series: "Transformation Roadmap for Circular Economy in Packaging Sector"
    Project: Cradle-ALP
    Workshops for Transformation Roadmap for Circular Economy in Packaging Sector
    07 Feb 2024
    Project: Cradle-ALP
    A workshop on how to craft a circular roadmap for composites with focus on materials & recources.
    20240207 Workshop 1 CRADLE ALPx
    04 Oct 2023
    Are you ready for a consistent circular economy? (In German)
    Project: Cradle-ALP
    In this workshop in World Café format, we will determine what “Cradle to Cradle” means.
    19 Sep 2023
    Cradle-ALP | Concepts and Approaches for the Circular Economy
    Project: Cradle-ALP
    From linear value chains to an effective circular economy (for German speaking audience)
    16 Dec 2022
    Cradle-ALP_Kick-Off Meeting
    Project: Cradle-ALP
    At the kick-off meeting, the 9 PPs will get to know each other and discuss the project activities.

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