New circular economy knowledge hub set to guide European cities and regions.
Press release | Brussels, 1 February 2024
EBN joins a new EU-funded project: K-CCRI – set to increase the impact of the Circular Cities and Regions Initiative (CCRI).
The K-CCRI project, launched in January, aims to set up a knowledge hub to help cities and regions adopt the circular economy. It comes as part of the European Union’s efforts to bring together research and innovation projects that share the same vision over climate change, pollution, soil consumption, and loss of biodiversity.
The global economy is only 7.2% circular today, so the transition to a circular economy has become a central feature of the EU’s policy agenda. However, the transition is slow, and big differences exist across member states and sectors. Although some of these are already experiencing the circular economy, many practices are still limited in scale, depth, and speed of adoption.
“We look forward to helping European cities and regions to turn to circular principles. To do this, K-CCRI will set up a knowledge hub that draws on the insights and experience of existing circular economy initiatives and projects.”Mireia Ferri, K-CCRI project coordinator from the Spanish partner Kveloce (an international consultancy firm specialised in research, development, and innovation).
The overall aim is to make the European Commission’s Circular Cities and Regions Initiative (CCRI) have a greater impact. More specifically, the project’s goal is to overcome technical, policy, knowledge, and business barriers to the adoption of the circular economy. Easy access to systematised workable knowledge, tailored mentoring, and awareness-raising are the three principles on which K-CCRI bases its action.
K-CCRI’s consortium of 11 partners seeks to achieve these goals by enlarging the stakeholder network and bringing together the knowledge and critical mass already developed. This will involve the project partners working closely with the Circular Cities and Regions Initiative.
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