Circular Minds (CG4C) – Circular Governance for Change

Circular economy is a systemic and global transition, but without local and organisational implementation, there will be no worldwide impact. New approaches, new business models and different relations with suppliers and supply chains lead to changes in internal policies and behaviour in organisations. Circular economy pilots (procurement and others) demonstrate circular potential but often fail to create real impact because organisations struggle with the implementation of the pilots.

GRANDIS – Green, digital, female-driven SMEs

Uncapping the entrepreneurial potential of women is a powerful driver to boost the twin transition. Gender quality is not just about social justice. Research shows that female- led initiatives are making headway towards sustainable development; that female entrepreneurs reach positive socio-economic results; and that climate action is not gender neutral. Merging female driven approaches with the innovation potential of areas such as clean and green tech can be an important driver for growth. The challenge for public authorities is how to design policy that can: reduce the gender gap, address the need for a more professionals in digital clean/green tech fields and support creation of vibrant and productive start-up and SME environments to foster the twin transition.

DARKERSKY4CE – Strategic Transnational Approach to Reduce LIGHT pollution in Central Europe

DARKERSKY4CE project aims to reduce light pollution in central Europe by changing how it is perceived by policy makers, tourism facilities tourists, and locals. The project objective is to raise awareness on the problem and generate a positive, solution-oriented, attitude to preserve ecosystems and biodiversity, highlighting that dark skies can be a competitive asset for sustainable development in non-urbanised areas. This can be achieved by providing evidence that light pollution is detrimental to ecosystems and biodiversity.

REUSE2030 – REshaping Central Europe IndUstry Sustainability through circular Economy models by 2030

In Central Europe, the mechanical sector encompasses various sub-sectors, including machinery, industrial equipment and manufacturing as significant contributor to the economy of Central Europe, employing millions of people and generating a substantial share of the region’s exports. The sector currently faces several challenges in terms of reduction of waste streams, as well as difficulty in sorting and recycling, due to complex composition of products and the presence of hazardous materials.

CE-PRINCE – Green PRocurement and Innovation Network for Circular Economy

PRINCE aims to support the transition to Circular Economy in Central Europe (CE) leveraging on Green Public Procurement (GPP) as a means to improve companies circularity while reinforcing the public sector capacity to publish tenders containing more and more elements of circularity.

OPTI-UP – Optimizing and greening Public Transport networks through Integration with Urban Planning and data driven approaches

The OPTI-UP project aims to optimize public transport (PT) networks in small and medium-sized cities in central Europe through integration with urban planning and data-driven approaches, while also making PT more environmentally friendly. This holistic approach is innovative because it considers the interdependent relationship between land use and transport and recognizes the importance of data-driven decision-making in PT planning.

HyEfRe – Hydrogen integration for efficient renewable energy sytems

HyEfRe will counteract challenges related to low integration and balancing of fluctuating renewable energy sources (wind and photovoltaic), suboptimal energy efficiency and lack of carbon-neutrality in CE energy systems, resulting in high energy prices and climate change.

HERCULES – Enhancing the energy transition in Central Europe with the support of renewable energy communities

The energy transition, the access to RES with lower infrastructure investment costs can be greatly increased if citizens and SMEs are involved in the form of communities aiming at sharing energy with savings.

Danube DNA

The Danube DNA will be the nucleus of integrative smart specialization, skills development, cross-sectorial collaborations, SMEs transformation, and transition towards industry and logistics 4.0, through the transfer of knowledge, inter‐regional capacity building, jointly developed solutions, and implementation of innovative and sustainable pilot actions.

DANUBE WOOD(s)ROUTE

The main goal of the project is to utilize the natural resources and cultural features of the forests in the Danube Region in order to create sustainable and innovative ecotourism and develop related services.

RISE – Rising competences & skills in less developed Danube regions through food sector cross-topic innovations

Main problem is related to innovation capacity in remote areas. In partner regions those areas are facing declining employment opportunities in traditional industries as result of structural change.This emphasises the need to take steps to stimulate economic activity with employment generating potential for regions are facing difficulties in maintaining a critical mass of facilities to support economic development.Analysis show that food sector together with other value chain related sectors represent one of the most important, potential field to leverage improvement of socio-economic situation in remote areas.

NRGCOM – Creating appropriate operational conditions for renewable energy communities in the Danube Region

The goal of the project is to provide the Danube Region with proper environment and informed society, where community renewable energy initiatives can be launched and expand unhindered, thus facilitating the green transition and increasing energy efficiency, contributing to the achievement of the decarbonisation climate targets and enhancing energy security.

TEX-DAN – Moving forward with circularity in textile and fashion value chains

TEX-DAN aims at the uptake of technologies at SMEs for improved circularity in the textile and fashion (T&F) value chains through transnational collaboration in the Danube Region. The Danube Region is characterised by large differences in the use of circular solutions in the textile and fashion value chains. In many ways textile and fashion sectors are lagging behind other sectors including circularity. In addition, a low level of awareness is observed all over the Danube Region.

Circular SME Scan in Hospitality

Sustainable tourism, hospitality development requires informed participation of all relevant stakeholders, as well as strong political leadership to ensure wide participation and consensus building. Hospitality sector will be more sustainable through SMEs and their ecosystem’s circular movements. Circular SME Scan in Hospitality (CSS-H) increases and encourages joint action across the value chain by providing tools and materials for increased circularity cooperation across the whole chain.

Upskilling local public actors for e-bus transition

Upskilling local public actors for e-bus transition (Skilled-eBus-Transition) project focuses on electric bus related VET skills and capacity building for green and climate friendly mobility. Management and staff of local public bodies and companies (including public private partnerships) in urban public transport are assisted in e-bus centered decision-making & implementation and in e-bus-fleet deployment & operation. E-bus industry, green transition experts, continuous training (C-)VET bodies and citizens indirectly benefit from the project.

DaWetRest – Danube Wetlands and flood plains Restoration through systemic, community engaged and sustainable innovative actions

DAnube WETlands REStoration (DaWetRest) Lighthouse is designed to develop and demonstrate (pilot) concrete solutions applied on the Danube basin to address the challenges faced by its inland and coastal wetlands ecosystems’, namely on (i) biodiversity, (ii) water quality and availability, (iii) climate resilience and/or neutrality and (iv) socio-economic benefits for the local communities. These transformative and innovative solutions will be validated by local communities and main Regional and European-wide stakeholders.

CIREVALC – Introducing and upscaling circular economy models in regional value chains in the food, catering and packaging sectors

CIREVALC aims at introducing and upscaling circular economy models in regional value chains in the food, catering and packaging sectors through community building, strengthening circular economy skills of enterprises, non-business entities and local communities and through improving policy learning.

PROMOTER – PROMoting TERritorial strategies for sustainable mobility through green energy prosumer hubs

PROMOTER enables EU to achieve its climate neutrality and re-power, by pursuing innovative decarbonised mobility, thus contributing to a greener territorial quality. To contribute this change, it promotes green energy hub-production at local level supporting sustainable transport. As prices for clean energy and storage technologies continue to fluctuate and regions explore ways to reduce emissions and dependency from fossil fuel and currently from foreign sources, integrating higher shares of renewable energies is becoming more urgent and complex.

National Projects

2020-3.1.4-ZFR-EKM – Pilot project of promoting the establishment of energy communities

Establishment and operation of an energy community in District VII. of Budapest. The overall goal of the project is to establish and operate an energy community in District VII. of Budapest, which integrates a wide range of stakeholders and relevant actors (energy consumers, producers, service providers, actors with different energy and legal characteristics and interests) to a common system, and at the same time, it presents and organizes as much of the traditional and innovative technical and financial solutions as possible. By the end of the project the aim is to elaborate the regulatory documents, technical-energy, legal and financial mechanisms of the energy community, which have been tested and proved to be adequate.