Project reference: 101037031

Start/end: November 2021October 2025

Total Cost: EUR 19 033 745,36 

EU contribution: EUR 16 112 118,01

Call: H2020-LC-GD-2020

Topic: LC-GD-3-2-2020

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A FRONTrunner approach to Systemic circular, Holistic & Inclusive solutions for a New Paradigm of territorial circular economy

The project is centred in the Polish region of Łódzkie. A region that on the one hand, traditionally heavily relies on coal extraction, and on the other hand, has pioneered circular (bio)economy since the early 2000s. The region has always been in the forefront of innovation and has become one of the leading regions in the field of circular economy. In the next 4 years, FRONTSH1P will contribute to further the green and just transition of the Łódzkie region away from its current linear economic foundation, towards the region’s decarbonisation and territorial regeneration. It will do so by demonstrating four Circular Systemic Solutions (CSS). Each CSS targets an economic sector that is aiming towards decarbonisation: Wood Packaging, Food & Feed, Water & Nutrients, and Plastic & Rubber Waste. Each developed circular systemic solution will furthermore be highly replicable. A feat that will be proven during the project by their implementation in four other European regions: Campania (Italy), Stereá Elláda (Greece), Região do Norte (Portugal), and Fryslân (the Netherlands). Through the development of the circular systemic solutions, FRONTSH1P will create Circular Regional Clusters that involve a wide range of local, regional, and national stakeholders, both from the public and private spheres, guaranteeing that no one will be left behind.

In this framework, Veltha plays an essential role in the design of a Regional Systemic Circular Economy Approach. We will develop a circular economy monitoring system through the provision of methodologies and toolkits to support the regional transition. We will define strategies for the creation of new circular business models and regional enhancements, alongside generating and assessing impact through citizens and stakeholders’ engagement for CSSs deployment. We will then explore replication strategies to broaden the regional approach and enhance the reiteration potential to extend the systemic solution to other fellow regions.