CIRCULAR4.0

WP 1 APPROACHING CIRCULAR ECONOMY IN ALPINE SPACE AND STRENGTHENING THE CONTRIBUTE OF DIGITALIZATION PROCESSES

CIRCULAR ECONOMY AS A "DRIVER" FOR ECO-INNOVATION IN ALPINE SPACE

Benchmarking report concerning CE and digitalization practices in AS

The very first result of CIRCULAR4.0 is a benchmark that to collects Alpine Space and EU “best/ good practices” like past and ongoing digitalization processes, services or tools in small and medium-sized enterprises concerning circular economy, such as policies and arrangements that economic promotions or the service providers are offering to realize circular economy.

 

Workshop to capitalise past projects on digitalisation and CE

CIRCULAR4.0 partnership made a report of the collection of past and on-going projects on SMEs digitalization and circular economy to be analysed and main outputs to be capitalized within CIRCULAR4.0

A capitalization workshop was organized with the aim to achieve a comprehensive list of past and on-going projects on SMEs digitalization and circular economy which can be reviewed concerning maturity assessment tools, financial and funding opportunities guidelines, service & tools for eco-innovation, open innovation tools, platforms, databases etc.

The following projects are listed in the application integrated with projects selected during the kick-off meeting in Ljubljana:

• BIFOCALP

• OPENALPS

• GREENCYCLE

• FIDIAS

• GREENOMED

• MOVECO

• SMART-SPACE

 

Report on SMEs, intermediaries and Policy Makers perception on CE

As third step, interviews were conducted by all PPs to evaluate the current state of the art and perception of Circular Economy methods among SMEs, intermediaries, institutions, ministries and policy makers. For this report the results of all interviews were analysed and clustered according to the key findings. Results will be presented in the categories “Circular Economy General”, “Waste Management” and “Digitalization”.

 

A.T1.1 Circular economy as a "driver" for eco-innovation in Alpine Space - Deliverables

ESTABLISHING TRANSNATIONAL WORKING GROUPS TO SUPPORT CE WITH DIGITALISATION PROCESSES

 

In the scope of the project Circular4.0 three transnational working groups met to discuss on users’ needs and expectations and to make a SWOT analysis for the development of an overall Alpine Space plan . The business models those groups will be divided in are as following:

Meeting to set-up the transnational working group on circular design models approach

Setting-up the transnational working group on optimal use models approach

Setting-up the transnational working group on value recovery models approach

Transnational working group for circular design models (Deliverable D.T1.2.1)

A new circular economy needs new designed focusing on such. Products and services need to be redesigned in order to fit and support a more circular economy. The focus of this TWG is the identification and development of circular design approaches. Products and services designed for a long life use and optimal value recovery after product life ends.

Transnational working group for optimal use models (Deliverable D.T1.2.2)

The focus of TWG optimal use is to provide and identify services and products that support optimal use conditions in order to extend product life as long as possible. Approaches like repair and refurbishment of products are being followed.

Transnational working group for value recovery models (Deliverable D.T1.2.3)

The focus of this TWG is the recovery of value after product life has ended. Recycling or remanufacturing approaches of goods and materials are supporting to create open and closed loops.

A.T1.2 Establishing transnational working groups to support CE with digitalisation processes - Deliverables

USERS NEEDS, EXPECTATIONS AND SWOT ANALYSIS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN OVERALL AS PLAN

 

Circular design models and digital technologies in AS: mapping and analysis for circular design models, optimal use models and value recovery models

These reports are summaries for the individual actor mapping of the members of the Transnational Workings. Each working group developed a report to design the Alpine state of the art in Circular Economy. They study the markets of reference, the map of SMEs, Large enterprise, R&D institution, etc.

Therefore, the mapping of actors was collected from six different areas in the alpine space from the different project partners.

 

Setting-up the CE Alpine Space community to raise knowledge, exchange practices and strengthen cooperation

CIRCULAR4.0 partners in order to set up the circular economy Alpine community selected the most appropriate circular community learning e-tool (IT instrument) with the objective for establishment of digitally supported circular economy community and supporting implementation of some of the Circular 4.0 activities.

ALLIGNING STRATEGIES, PLANS AND INDUSTRIAL SECTORS OF REFERENCE TO IMPLEMENT DIGITALISATION PROCESSES AND CE IN AS

Report to align Circular Economy, Digitalisation with KET, S3 and other strategies in Alpine Space

Partners also made a report to align Circular Economy, Digitalisation with KET, S3 and other strategies in Alpine Space implemented digitalisation processes and Circular Economy in the Alpine Space area with the aim to analyse the policy environment and support the implementation of the toolkit that CIRCULAR4.0 will develop in order to strengthen Circular Economy processes utilising SMEs digitalisation.

It aligns EU, Alpine and Regional policies for Circular Economy, digitalisation, single digital market, etc., in view to contribute to the definition of the relationships between Circular Economy and digitalisation processes in Alpine Space area, for the benefit of SMEs.

The analysis includes KETs and S3 comparison with reference to the different project areas. The main objective of this report on the industrial sectors selected by each area is therefore to give an overview on the crucial industrial sectors according to the economic situations, companies’ needs and Circular Economy approaches adopted in CIRCULAR4.0. The report analyses the main policies and action plans concerning Circular Economy and Digitalisation at EU, National and regional level. The analysis has been harmonized with the Smart Specialisation Strategy of each area and also an overview on KET impact has been included, were relevant, for the role these technologies can play in the digitalisation process.

 

Report on the industrial sectors selected by each area according to the needs and the CE approaches selected

Partners then prepared a report based on the collection and analysis of information and data about the industrial sectors in each project area and the justification of those selected to be mainly addressed by CIRCULAR4.0 actions.

A third report guide operators and intermediaries through the organisation of the training process needed for the implementation of the Circular 4.0 project with the specific focus on the Operators Training Course (OTC). The document provides a comprehensive methodological approach to “bench learning” through the training process with the purpose to facilitate the adoption of circular business models and accelerate circular transformation processes among participating SMEs in the Alpine space by the adoption of the digital and industry 4.0 technologies. While the participating SMEs benefit from scaling of circular business models, and increased potential to absorb further investments and generate new, sustainable and circular growth, other project participants benefit from a systematic accumulation of expert knowledge and the application of specific tools used to support circular and digital transformations that are available throughout and after the project’s lifetime.

CE and digitalisation for Alpine SMEs: perpectives, needs and expectations

The actors - the parnters - the sectors

Some infographics give the overall picture of the Alpine approach to CE by SMEs and the role of digitalisation. In particular they display:

  • Organisations focused on circular economy and supporting companies in the implementation of circular transition initiatives.
  • Organisations specialised in the digital transformation and supporting companies in their digital transition.
  • Organisations supporting companies in defining and implementing Industry 4.0 approaches.
  • Organizations creating linkages among local actors to allow companies to respond adequately to the challenges deriving by the ecological and digital transition.
  • The EU initiatives that support the green transition
  • The sectors selections to set up three Transnational Working Groups (TWG) focused on Circular design, Optimal use and Value recovery models approach.