The European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP), an online hub for cluster stakeholders, aims to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of Europe’s industrial ecosystems, particularly SMEs, improving their performance in terms of productivity, innovation, internationalisation and resource efficiency through a variety of modern tools:
Events to foster capacity building and peer discussions
Matchmaking events supporting cooperation between clusters in Europe
A knowledge database mapping regional, national, international and sectoral cluster networks, toolkits and publications
Partner search and exchange facilities to share offer/demand directly
Within the framework of the "Clusters meet regions" site visits, a matchmaking event "Boosting talent as a key driver for a future sustainable competitiveness" and workshops will be organised on 14 - 16 December 2022. Their focus is on three key EU industrial ecosystems (Agrifood, Energy and mobility) where clusters play an active role in regional economies driving transition pathways towards sustainability through collaborations between clusters and regional stakeholders.
After a year 2022 full of challenges for world economies and the Balkan region, an international Conference - "Balkans Go Circular" - will close this year in Belgrade (in hybrid mode) on 15-16 December.
Senior experts in this field and relevant stakeholders from the academic sector, business world and public institutions will present systemic solutions for the systemic challenges that the Balkan region and the entire world are currently facing.
There can be no doubt that circular demand creates opportunities for circular supply. But how can closed loop criteria be integrated into public procurement, which represents nearly 14% of Europe's GDP? To figure it out, Renewable Matter interviewed Helena O'Rourke-Potocki and Simon Clement, respectively circular economy and procurement officer and senior coordinator on the circular economy at ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.
ICLEI is a global network working with more than 2 500 local and regional governments committed to driving local action towards a social and ecological transition. In future, whether purchasing services or products such as buildings, furniture and food, local authorities will need to look for increasingly sustainable supplies.
The Lithuanian Commune DIY, a team of skateboarding professionals and enthusiasts, collects old, broken Canadian maple hardwood skateboards that have lost their original purpose and recycles them 100 %. The new products made of skateboards are sustainable, strong and have a new life span which is longer than the one of an average skateboard deck.
Are there limits to robustness in our socio-economic metabolism? And is 100% circularity rate in the EU27 theoretically possible? Can we use principles and indicators from regenerative economics to develop (rather than just grow) regenerative circular economies?