Introducing circular economy system to Alpine Space to achieve low-carbon targets


  • Final Event, World Cafe - Projects Interreg CIRCE, SRIP, Interreg WINPOL

    One table of the world cafe session at the Greencycle final event in Maribor was hosted by the projects Interreg CIRCE, SRIP and Interreg WINPOL. The projects have been introduced and the following discussions were held:

    1. Interreg CIRCE, presented by coordinator Saša Kek from the association of municipalities of Slovenia. The focus lies on the potential for Circular Economy in tourism. The fields of action are what a tourist needs: food and accommodation, mobility and attractions.

    2. SRIP: Strategic research and innovation partnership – network for the transition into Circular Economy, was presented by coordinator Dragica Marinič from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Štajerska region of Slovenia. The long-term public-private partnership is working on new business models to establish new value chains with closed material flows. The material efficiency and productivity index shall improve from 1.07 in 2011 to 1.5 by 2020. Target groups are the economy, the government, research and education and NGOs. Projects focus on products and waste.

    3. Interreg WINPOL

    Branko Kosi from Snaga, a public company for Waste Management and Utility Services presented the project. 9 partners work on policy instruments for the local environment.

    The discussions with the visiting participants were divers:

    Drinking water versus recycled water. Is water too cheap?

    How can bottom-up initiatives connect with top-down policies?

    How can we keep the money in the area and not loose it to the global market?

    Alternatively ask, how can to get global money into the local area, the moderator, Greencycle project manager Susanne Knospe from Freiburg said, reminding of the historic glass and clock carriers of the Black Forest. They carried goods to customers all over the world and brought back the money and thus changed this poor region into a thriving area. Innovative circular products from innovative entrepreneurs, like the ones show-cased earlier today from Evegreen, 123zero, milkywaste, Skimöbel and Donar have global market chances and are answers to that question.

  • 2019 Excellence Award: Towards a Circular Economy - Congratulations to the City of Trento

    Trento`s project manager participated at the national competition: “2019 Excellence Award: towards a circular economy”, organized by Fondazione Cogeme and Kyoto Club, to award public authorities and enterprises that had done actions to promote re-use, recycle, waste reduction, efficient exploitation of waste materials and maximization of the end-of-life products usage.

    Some outputs of the Greencycle project, such as: the strategy adopted by Trento Municipality, the pilots implemented on the territory and the functionalities of the platform were described.

  • Circular Economy strategy in the region Großes Walsertal, Austria

    The region of Großes Walsertal (AT) is currently developing a regional circular economy strategy for its 6 municipalities. This strategy will be the first of its kind in Vorarlberg and will serve as best practice example.

    CESBA uses the making of the Circular Economy Strategy Großes Walsertal for promoting the project Greencycle and the Greencycle Manifesto. 12 Circular economy stakeholders in the region signed the manifesto and will even more stick to the principles of circular economy.

    To raise awareness for the need for change from linear to circular economy the region Großes Walsertal will start an information campaign beginning with an event jointly organised by CESBA and the environmental association of Vorarlberg on 30th of April 2020.

  • World Café Session - Showcase of the Greencycle final Event in Maribor, 5th of March 2020

    Within the final event of Greencycle different circular economy showcases got the possibility to introduce their projects within a world café session:

    The H2020 project “Cinderella” aims to develop and demonstrate a circular economy business model to assist companies in setting up successful circular economy business cases based on waste-to-resource opportunities. One of their challenges is how to get the certifications for the new construction materials made of secondary raw material. The other big issue is how to make it a business model? The project is in the middle of its project duration and will soon start its pilot project together with the Interreg Central Europe project “City Water Circles”. Their pilot will be the construction of two water reservoirs – one for waste water and one for rainwater – out of secondary raw material of the construction sector and then to re-enter the water into the construction work chain by making concrete. The pilot will test if the water quality is good enough for making concrete. Still there are a lot of open questions in both of the projects, the project partners are confident to find solutions to reduce the waste of construction material and water.

  • Edmund Mach Foundation signed Greencycle Manifesto

    The Edmund Mach Foundation is one of the most important research centers in Trentino, also involved in education and consultancy for enterprises in agricoltural, food and environment sectors.
    Today three members of the Foundation signed the Greencycle Manifesto, strengthening the collaboration between the Municipality of Trento and other European projects in the food sector, FIT4FOOD (Horizon 2020) and #Saturn (EIT-Climate KIC), and for the biomass enhancement.