The Assembly of European Regions calls all regions in our continent to look at the successful stories of innovation in their territories in the field of Circular Economy.
What is Circular Economy? Circular Economy is a new way of doing things. It is time to overcome the old model of linear economy: resources-production-distribution-consumption-waste. Natural resources are finite, so it is a matter of responsibility to find an environmentally and economically sustainable strategy to use them.
According to the EU definition, “in a circular economy the value of products and materials is maintained for as long as possible; waste and resource use are minimised, and resources are kept within the economy when a product has reached the end of its life, to be used again and again to create further value. This model can create secure jobs in Europe, promote innovations that give a competitive advantage and provide a level of protection for humans and the environment that Europe is proud of. It can also provide consumers with more durable and innovative products that provide monetary savings and an increased quality of life”.
Many regions host outstanding projects that deserve to be well known beyond the boundaries of their territories. Ideas that work and have an impact, that contribute to build this new circular economy that is key for a sustainable growth in Europe. Initiatives that deserve to be made visible so they can inspire other regions, motivate them to adapt these ideas to the particular situation of each territory. We invite you to look at all the great projects and initiatives in your regions and identify those that can participate in our Regional Innovation Award. Initiatives in fields such as recycling, resource efficiency, reuning, durable design, new materials, etc.
Visit the site of the Regional Innovation Award and find out how easy it is to participate in this year edition. And if you have any doubt about the process, don’t hesitate to get in contact with the Secretariat by email.