Smart V4 Strategies

South Poland Cleantech Cluster participates in a newly started Visegrad project together with partners – Czech Smart City Cluster, Slovak Smart City Cluster and Digitalis Jolet nonprofit from Hungary. The project “Smart V4 Strategies” was awarded financing support from the Visegrad Fund.

The aim of the project is to connect relevant partners in the given area of SMART strategies and prepare procedures for classification of SMART strategies in V4 countries into one complex database portal. The project offers V4 partners international cooperation in unifying SMART strategies to GreenDeal/SDG rules. The vision is to strengthen the unity and effectiveness in implementation of SMART strategies in all V4 countries.
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South Poland Cleantech Cluster

is the initiator of the krk UrbanHub project - a sustainable CEE (Central- and Eastern European) urbanization hub
krakowurbanhub is a partner in the urbanhub europe consortium of European cities consisting of BLOXHUB in Copenhagen, KIRAHub in Helsinki, Munich Urban Colab, FACTORY Hammerbrooklyn Hamburg, FAKTORY Berlin, Urban Resilience Hub Barcelona
krk UrbanHub is a national and international meeting place that engages people in architecture, design and sustainable urban development. This is done through exhibitions, debates, events, business development and new partnerships.
krk UrbaHhub is an ecosystem for creating cities of the future, and at the same time a space to share ideas, skills and strategies for designing buildings and urban development based on a people-centered approach and high standards of sustainable development, and a membership-based community combining urban development, architecture, design, design, construction, circular economy and digitization.
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South Poland Cleantech Cluster

SPCleantech is co-founder of European Alliance for Cross- Industrial Circular Economy Investments (ICEI Alliance) consisting of European clusters and universities. During 2020-2021 there have been held meetings to prepare the establishment of the European Alliance for Cross- Industrial Circular Economy Investments, hosted by the Circular Economy Centre at Digipolis, Kemi, Finland.

The ICEI Alliance has for ambition to make Europe the global industrial circular economy platform to accelerate the deployment of world-class circular economy solutions to industry. It acts as a pipeline of business-led circular economy investment projects. Alliance members support businesses with the structuring of their investment cases as well as with accessing funding and financing streams.
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On 11.02.2019, the next meeting of the Bio-economy and circular economy (GOZ) cluster platform took place at SPCleantech. During the meeting, Ms. Anna Młost from the Regional Policy Department presented the SYMBI project whose partner is the Marshal’s Office. In the second part of the meeting, prof. Joanna Kulczycka (AGH) presented the European Commission’s plans related to the GOZ and the possibilities of EU funding for joint projects.

The aim of the EU project in which the Regional Policy Department, SYMBI, participates is minimization of the amount of waste generated and even better use of secondary raw materials generated in industrial production.

SYMBI (Industrial Symbiosis for Regional Sustainable Growth and a Resource Efficient Circular Economy, or industrial symbiosis for sustainable regional development and resource efficiency in a circular economy) is an international project implemented under the INTERREG Europe program. Its partners are administrative bodies, scientific and non-governmental organizations from seven countries: Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Greece, Hungary, Finland and Poland.

The aim of SYMBI is to support public policies in regions striving for a circular economy model through increased resource efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. In December 2015, the European Commission presented an EU action plan on the circular economy. Waste proposals set a clear, ambitious and long-term strategy at all stages: from production through consumption, repair and recovery to waste management and the production of secondary raw materials that are put into circulation again in the economy.

As part of the SYMBI Małopolska project, he persuades to use the potential hidden in the re-use of waste. Also organizes a study visit during which the project partners will exchange experiences on waste treatment.

The budget of the whole project is almost 1.6 million euros. A part of the Małopolska Voivodship amounts to 147 thousand. euro (125 thousand euro from the European Regional Development Fund and 22 thousand euro from the voivodship budget).

The project is being implemented in 2016-2021.

SYMBI project partners:

FUNDECYT Foundation (Extremadura, Spain) – lead partner
2. Regional Ministry of Environment and Territorial Development (Andalusia, Spain)
3. Lesser Poland Voivodeship – Department of Regional Policy
4. Chamber of Commerce in Isernia (Molise, Italy)
5. Government Bureau for Development and European Cohesion Policy (Slovenia)
6. Kozani Commune – Development Office (Greece)
7. Pannon Novum Regional Innovation Nonprofit LTD (Hungary)
8. Häme Council (Finland)
9. Häme University of Applied Sciences Ltd (Finland).
Participants of meetings wanting to make a real contribution to the improvement of the degree of industrial symbiosis in the pursuit of a circular economy (GOZ) in Lesser Poland, are willing to share their own opinions and experience during consultation meetings on 4 documents developed as part of the SYMBI project implementation:

Comparative analysis of national and regional policies in the field of GOZ and industrial symbiosis.
Mapping of investment potential in the field of industrial symbiosis.
Catalog of good practices in the field of replacement of by-products and energy ecosystems.
Green public procurement as a stimulus for the development of industrial symbiosis.
Recommendations received from participants of consultation meetings were collected and forwarded to foreign SYMBI partners. Thanks to this, there will be an impact on the directions and speed of development of industrial symbiosis and GOZ in Małopolska, but also in partner regions: in Finland, Spain, Italy, Greece, Slovenia and Hungary.

The SYMBI project aims to support public policies in the pursuit of a circular economy model through the spread of industrial symbiosis. In addition, the project aims to support the implementation of instruments and actions to reduce production costs and mitigate pressure on the environment through increased resource efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.