Programme: HORIZON 2020, Duration: from 2016-11-01 to 2018-10-31

Total cost: EUR 1.771.865, EU contribution: EUR EUR 1.742.747

Consortium: 17 Regions from 12 different Countries, plus Tuscia University

Role of Veltha: Proposal preparation, Project Management, Chair of Policy Lab, Dissemination

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Regions are key players in the transition to a circular economy and can strongly support the creation of new local and cross-regional circular economy value chains with critical mass. However, these regions may also run up against different kind of difficulties and barriers.

In order to facilitate these regions, SCREEN has defined a replicable systemic approach towards a transition to Circular Economy in EU regions within the context of the Smart Specialization Strategy, thus contributing to novel future eco-innovative and horizontal business models across different value chains.

It is a Horizon 2020 project that has as partner 17 Regions of 12 different European countries, coordinated by the Lazio Region with the technical-scientific support of the University of Tuscia. These regions worked together for two years to define a common and replicable methodology for a transition to the circular economy.

SCREEN is a project made by the Regions for the Regions, with a “bottom-up” approach, very practical, generated where the circular economy actually takes place and where the problems, barriers and research gaps that hinder sustainable development are generated.

It is a project that, through a continuous comparison between the partners and several adjustments raising from the discussions carried out, has produced tools that can facilitate the planning and management of projects for the development of a circular economy in the regions. This project makes its results available and invites other European regions to use them, in order to define common value chains and start interregional cooperation in the circular economy. The project has developed along four different axes, all related to each other:

All the results obtained constitute the “Methodology for cooperation between regions” that we will present tomorrow, while all the difficulties and barriers encountered are reported in a manual with recommendations for policymakers at regional, national and European level, which will also be presented tomorrow. An appendix of this manual also contains the research gaps detected during the identification of some value chains and suggestions to the European Commission for some research topics able to overcome such gaps.

Considering the results obtained, which went far beyond what was expected at the beginning thanks also to the enthusiasm and determination of the participating, the end of the SCREEN project coincides with the start of a cooperation network between European regions in the circular economy, which has already gathered other adhesions and aims to become an advisor of the European Commission in this challenging matter.