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A FRONTrunner approacTransition to a circular & resilient future: deployment of systemic solutions with the support of local clusters and the development of regional community-based innovation schemes

FRONTSH1P is a 48 month long European circular economy project that started on 1 November 2021. It is funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 programme. The project is centred in the Polish region of Łódzkie. A region that on the one hand, traditionally heavily relies on coal extraction, and on the other hand, has pioneered circular economy since the early 2000s.

FRONTSH1P will contribute to further the green transition of the region away from its current linear economic foundation, towards the region’s decarbonisation and territorial regeneration. It will do so by demonstrating four Circular Systemic Solutions (CSSs). Each CSS will be implemented in the region and targets an economic sector that is aiming towards decarbonisation: Wood Packaging, Food & Feed, Water & Nutrients, and Plastic & Rubber Waste.

Another major goal in the demonstration of the CSSs is their replicability. A feat that will be proven during the project by their implementation in four other European regions: Campania (Italy), Stereá Elláda (Greece), Região do Norte (Portugal), and Friesland (the Netherlands). Through the development of the circular systemic solutions, FRONTSH1P will create Circular Regional Clusters, which will involve a wide range of local, regional, and national stakeholders, both from the public and private sphere.

The project consists of 34 partners from 9 European countries. We are comprising public regional authorities, both large and small and medium enterprises, research institutions and technology centres, NGOs, and European associations. FRONTSH1P will furthermore apply a circular governance model and create circular regional clusters, which will involve a wide range of local, regional, and national stakeholders, both from the public and private sphere.

Total Eligible Budget

16,118,418.01 €

INL Eligible Budget

395,561.25 €

Total Funding

16,112,118.01 €

INL Funding

395,561.25 €

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H2020-LC-GD-2020 Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: Research and innovation in support of the European Green Deal

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