Promoting and fostering research for sustainable development, fighting again climate actions, protecting and restoring ecosystems: these and the rest of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations have been at the core of VELTHA missions during the last 10 years. We contribute, to a certain extent, to all of the SGDs. However, as a not for profit association mainly operating in the sustainable development and circular economy sector, we are focused on the following SDGs, in which we are able to maximize our impact.
Veltha ideated and co-coordinated the H2020 project SCREEN (Synergic Circular Economy across European Regions), that defined a replicable systemic approach towards a transition to Circular Economy in EU regions within the context of the Smart Specialisation Strategy. The project developed policy support advisory services that enabled EU regions to invest EU funds to improve circular economy solutions in compliance with EU objectives and SDG goals 9, 11 and 12. Through its participation in the Interreg project REPLACE (Regional Policy Actions for Circular Economy), Veltha enabled 8 European regions to use the same approach, thus multiplying the Circular Economy’s leverage effect generated by the project, that will be extended to cities and communities in each region.
Veltha is currently involved in the H2020 project DIGIPRIME (Digital Platform for Circular Economy in Cross-sectorial Sustainable Value Networks), that will develop the concept of a circular economy digital platform in order to create circular business models based on the data-enhanced recovery and reuse of functions and materials. Specifically, it will create and operate a federated model of digital platforms for cross-sector business in the circular economy. DigiPrime will be validated through several cross-sectoral pilots, further detailed in 20 use cases covering different European industrial sectors (automotive, renewable energy, electronics, textile, construction), and by additional pilots in new sectors, funded through an open call mechanism that will be designed aand coordinated by Veltha.
Veltha conceived and then participated as co-coordinator, the FP7 project ZEPHYR (ZEro-imPact innovative tecHnologY in foRest plant production), that developed an innovative technology built on pre-cultivation of forest regeneration materials in a zero-impact and cost-friendly production unit.
Forests are an important global natural resource on which human populations depend for wood, air quality, recreation and many other uses. Forests help prevent climate change by acting as ‘sinks’ that absorb carbon dioxide (CO2),. Forests also play a major role in the storage, purification and release of water to surface water bodies and subsurface aquifers. Veltha also promoted and co-coordinated the FP7 Project DEBPAL (Reinforcing Capacity Building for Defending Biodiversity in the Palestinian Territories) that reinforced the cooperation capacities of the Arab University of Jerusalem to improve its researches activities in defence and recovery of Biodiversity, including Agro-Biodiversity, in the interlinked fields of conservation and restoration as requested by the international Convention on Biological Diversity.