WP 3 FOSTERING CIRCULAR ECONOMY PROCESSES IN ALPINE SPACE WITH DIGITALIZATION PROCESSES
Local actions addressed to SMEs to foster CE with digitalisation processes
Grouped according to 3 CE approaches (CE Design Model, CE Optimal Use and CE value recovery) and in line with 3 feasibility studies, 15 pilots in 13 areas addressed to SMEs to push CE processes, increase attitude to invest and move toward sustainable growth, waste reduction and optimal use of resources
Partners will implement local actions to develop 3 CE approaches (CE Design Model, CE Optimal Use and CE value recovery) with digitalisation processes developed mainly by partners:SMEs maturity assessment check, identification of the innovation needs, investment plans and 1:1 assistance provided to local SMEs.
PLANNING DIGITALISED CE PROCESSES IN ALPINE SPACE AREA ADDRESSED TO SMES
Planning digitalised CE processes in Alpine Space area addressed to SMEs
The project partners developed local action plans for each region represented in the project to foster the circular transformation of businesses with the support of digital technologies. The plans cover all approaches to circular economy as defined in the project: circular design, optimal use of resources and value recovery. Each local action plan shall use the Circular 4.0 toolbox to help local SMEs improve the circular character of their processes and business models.
Experimenting transnational actions to foster CE approches through digitalisation
The project partners report on the implementation of their local pilot actions for each region represented in the project to foster the circular transformation of businesses with the support of digital technologies. The plans cover all approaches to circular economy as defined in the project: circular design, optimal use of resources and value recovery. Each local pilot action reports on their individual implementation success and shares lessons learnt from the action
Assessing the performance of the actions implemented
The Evaluation Committee is in charge of assessing the performance of the activities implemented in the framework of the local actions and support the selection of success cases as a result of the concrete actions addressed to SMEs.
Members o the Evaluation Committee can be:
- Representatives of the observer organisations,
- Experts having taking part in transnational working groups implemented in Circular 4.0,
- Representatives of the partner organisations, under the condition that they are not personally involved in the development of the toolkit or the implementation of the local action plan in their region.
The first meeting of the Evaluation Committee took place online on Wednesday, 19 January 2022. Following a presentation of the Circular 4.0 Toolkit and an overview the local action plan, the members of the Evaluation Committee issued a series of recommendations with respect to the implementation of the local actions.
The pilot evaluation reports for all 3 transnational actions – CE design / CE optimal use / CE value recovery – were established on the basis of:
- The implementation reports of the local pilot actions as provided by each partner,
- The results of the evaluation questionnaire filled in by each partner.
In total, the 15 local actions did provide support to 295 businesses, out of which 267 SMEs, 25 large enterprises and 3 startups. The evaluation of the local pilot actions, including the tools used by the partners showed a high relevance of the pilots for improving the awareness and maturity levels, as well as generating innovative activities, of SMEs, especially those with an initial low or medium maturity level. It also showed that the tools used were all relevant to increase the awareness and maturity of the SMEs in general.
The second and final meeting of the Evaluation Committee was meant to:
- discuss the performance of the local actions implemented and reported;
- confirm the success cases selected and to be involved with the exhibition planned
The overall performance of the local pilot actions was acknowledged positively. In addition to the overall positive feedback to the local pilot actions, suggestions for improvement of the design and implementation of similar actions aiming for improving the combined circular and digital maturity of SMEs through adequate assistance were discussed with the members of the Evaluation Committee.