Knowledge Based Bio-Economy

Bioeconomy initiatives selected for RegioStars Awards

The jury for the 2014 RegioStars Awards has selected four innovative Bioeconomy projects as finalists for the new category ‘Sustainable Growth: Green growth and jobs through Bioeconomy’. The finalists will present their projects before the jury chaired by former Committee of the Regions President Luc Van den Brande during the 11th annual European Week of Regions and Cities – OPEN DAYS 2013 on 8 October in Brussels. The winner will be announced by the Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn at the Award Ceremony in Brussels on 31 March 2014. The four finalists are:

"Ecoponto em casa" – Maia, Porto (PT)
An innovative door-to-door waste collection service to reinforce the recycling industry, improve urban health and safety, cut natural resource consumption and pollutant emissions.
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"BEACON" – West Wales and the Valleys (UK)
Innovative Green Technology Solutions for Welsh companies and beyond with the potential to generate highly skilled jobs across business sectors.

"ORGANEXT" – Euregio Meuse-Rhine (ETC – BE, DE, NL)
An innovative R&D cluster that investigates and valorises the intelligent and sustainable solutions that organic nano-materials can offer for many different domains, such as renewable energy solutions and (nano)electronics.

"ARBOR" – North West Europe (ETC – UK, IE, DE, LU, NL, BE)
Using biomass in North West Europe to facilitate the sustainable achievement of the 2020 energy objectives and to turn the EU into a world-class centre for Biomass utilisation.

As previously announced on our website, the 2014 RegioStars awards include a new category on ‘Sustainable Growth: Green growth and jobs through Bioeconomy’. The objective of the RegioStars Awards is to identify good practices in regional development and to highlight original and innovative projects which could be attractive and inspiring to other regions.

The awards form part of the Commission's Regions for Economic Change initiative, which aims to highlight good practice in urban and regional development. For 2014, the RegioStars Awards Jury has singled out 19 finalists from 80 projects supported by EU cohesion policy funds on the basis of four key criteria: innovation, impact, sustainability and partnership.