Ecomondo 2020 digital edition: LIFE funding for your circular ideas

05 Nov 2020

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The LIFE programme featured prominently at Ecomondo, the annual trade fair for the green and circular economy. The digital event comprised bilateral meetings, networking and numerous seminars, enabling the green economy community to forge global relationships on a digital platform. 

The LIFE programme and several of its projects were showcased in a virtual exhibition. Also, LIFE project representatives shared their success stories in two events (detailed below) that should inspire other interested parties to apply for funding.

EASME showcased how LIFE funding can help design a better, circular world. Participants gained useful insights into LIFE funding opportunities by booking bilateral meetings with EASME project advisers.

In addition, the European Commission held two info sessions during Ecomondo:

LIFE Programme 2021-2027 - Financing the European Green Deal

Thursday, 5 November 2020

10:00 - 12:00

This event offered an overview of the LIFE programme, set out its achievements from 2014 – 2020, outlined financing opportunities and highlighted some of the best LIFE projects.

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  • Angelo Salsi - Head of Unit of the LIFE Programme & CIP eco-Innovation at EASME
  • Giulia Carboni, Mario Lionetti and Aurelio Politano – all are EASME project advisers
  • Mónica Gutiérrez – Project manager of LIFEVERTALIM project

‘LIFE is the European Green Deal and vice versa. From climate change and biodiversity to the circular economy, green energy and jobs, LIFE is a catalyst, and its projects are paving the way for the Green Deal to achieve its ambitions.’ - Angelo Salsi - Head of Unit of the LIFE Programme & CIP eco-Innovation at EASME

More details can be found here


The new Circular Economy Action Plan

Thursday, 5 November 2020

14:00 - 16:30

This event provided details on the European Green Deal before looking at the EU Circular Economy Action Plan in detail. Items discussed include key product value chains, making circularity work for people, regions and cities, as well as examples of best projects in the area.

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EASME’s Angelo Salsi featured in this session, as did Mattia Pellegrini, Head of Unit at DG Environment, European Commission. Francesca Pagnanelli, project manager of the LIFE-LIBAT project, shared her experience of working with key product value chains.

‘Less waste means more value. The European Commission is looking into establishing targets, not only for waste recycling and reuse but also for waste prevention. A proposal to establish so-called “end of waste” criteria at EU level is also expected and will boost the internal market of secondary raw materials.’ - Mattia Pellegrini - Head of Unit for Waste Management at DG Environment

More details can be found here

Practical Information

Thursday, 5 November, 2020 - 10:00 to Friday, 6 November, 2020 - 16:30

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