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Call for expression of interest for providers of circular solutions

Boosting the circular economy amongst SMEs in Europe

The European Commission invites providers of circular solutions in the European Union to put themselves forward if they are interested in receiving support in matchmaking and scaling up their solutions from: KPMG, Ecofys, CSR Netherlands and Circle Economy. The circular solution may be any eco-innovative product, process, service, technology, business model, scheme and/or instrument you have either developed and/or implemented and which contributes to resource efficiency and circular economy.

Once the green solutions providers are identified, another call for an expression of interest will be launched to select the SMEs interested in replicating those green solutions.

The training sessions are expected to take place during Q1 of 2018.

The offer:

  • Matchmaking with SMEs wanting to implement your circular solution.
  • • Matchmaking with SMEs wanting to implement your circular solution.

Your benefits:

  • EU-wide exposure and roll-out opportunities for your circular solutions
  • Support in matchmaking and scaling up your circular solution
  • Building up network of SMEs, SME support organisations and regional authorities throughout EU

What is expected from you if you participate:

  • Cooperation and sharing of relevant information to make scaling up of the circular solution as successful as possible
  • Time investment to participate in scaling up activities (matchmaking and workshop)

 

Application form:

Application form for providers of circular solutions which are interested in receiving support to spread their solution

Closing date for submission: 18th of September 2017. The European Commission will then select the most suitable applicants.

In terms of characteristics of the green solution providers, the selection process is based on the following criteria: The green solution

  • is at an early stage of development;
  • is not yet widespread throughout EU but seeking to do so;
  • is based around one of the focus sectors of the EU Action Plan on Circular Economy;
  • and has a high potential for scale-up.

If you have any further question please write to ENV-PILOT-PROJECT@ec.europa.eu

The project also offers capacity building for SME support organisations and policy advice to regional authorities:

Call for expression of interest for SME support organisations

Call for expression of interest for regional authorities

 

Background:

The European Commission has adopted an ambitious new Circular Economy Package to help European businesses and consumers to make the transition to a stronger and more circular economy where resources are used in a more sustainable way. With this plan to make Europe’s economy cleaner and more competitive, the Commission is delivering ambitious measures to cut resource use, reduce waste and boost sustainable production and consumption.

Since adopting the Circular Economy Package the Commission has observed an increased uptake by corporations to adopt resource efficiency, eco-innovation and/or circular economy strategies and practices.

The Commission observes that SMEs are experiencing more difficulties in adopting such strategies and practices, due to:

  • their more limited organisational, technological and financial capacity;
  • and less access to (pre-) financing for circular solutions.

With this project the Commission aims to bring assets (e.g. knowledge, networks and tools) via the right support infrastructure, organisations and associations to SMEs so that these enterprises can start to benefit from the advantages of the circular economy, including cost reductions, new/increased revenue streams and improved environmental performance.

 

Frequently asked questions:

What type of support can I expect?

We will organize a two-day matchmaking & scaling-up workshop with the green solution providers and several SME’s to find the interesting business opportunities. Following this workshop, we will keep on assisting participants in their efforts to implement the green solution through newsletters and guidance to online trainings to assist them. Participants are therefore expected to invest the two days for the workshop, and the follow-up activities will be at the participants own will and availability. We envision that the green solution (including commercially sensitive information) remains property of the green solution provider. The EC only wants to provide a platform for green solution providers for large-scale implementation of the solutions at SMEs.

What type of green solutions are eligible for support?

In terms of characteristics of the green solution providers, the selection process is based on the following criteria:

The green solution

  • is at an early stage of development;
  • is not yet widespread throughout EU but seeking to do so;
  • is based around one of the focus sectors of the EU Action Plan on Circular Economy;
  • and has a high potential for scale-up.


How many people from my organization can join the training session?

Multiple people within the same organization can join the training (max. 10-20; still to be determined). If you have people from multiple organizations, that is possible if the number of people is in the same range.

What are the obligations for participating SME support organizations?

There will be limited obligations for participating SME support organizations. Nevertheless we hope that participating organizations will implement programs to deliver services around circular economy to their members and inform us about the how many of their SME members they have reached.

Is there a certificate at the end of the training?

There is currently no certification at the end of the training.

What is the selection procedure?

Each task will start with supporting the selection of the most suited participants and recipients based on robust criteria, research, tools and expert judgement. Criteria have been developed for the Solution providers, regional authorities and SME support organizations. These will be applied to the application and the European commission will make the final decision. This will be based on for example:

  • Scale-up potential
  • Environmental benefits
  • Feasibility
  • Current awareness of circular economy in region.