A leading French RTO in the field of construction, experienced in European projects, is preparing a proposal targeting the H2020 call "Demonstration of systemic solutions for the territorial deployment of the circular economy".
In addition to the consortium in constitution (involving several public and private partners already), the coordinator is looking for specific competences for socio-economic assessment of the circular loop to be implemented and expertise in citizen engagement.
A leading French RTO in the field of construction, experienced in European collaborative projects, is preparing a proposal targeting the H2020 Green Deal call for proposal "Demonstration of systemic solutions for the territorial deployment of the circular economy" (innovation action, deadline of submission is the January, 26 2021).
The circular economy approach in the building sector is currently in strong development, supported by law regulation and the rise of ecodesign for new buildings. Urban areas raise many specific challenges, with a high production of waste, high consumption of resources and the need to limit negative externalities because of population density.
However, as many circular solutions or initiatives are tested at local scale, most of them struggle to get beyond traditional resource recovery in waste and water sectors and prove their economic profitability as well as large-scale replicability. Indeed, the lack of maturity of specific segments of the value chain constitutes a major barrier.
In this context, the Horizon 2020 Green Deal LC-GD-3-2-2020 call for proposal asks for the implementation and demonstration of circular cross-sectorial systemic solutions at regional level that can later be replicated on other areas in Europe.
The foreseen partnership involves, at this stage, a research and technology organization, a regional public administration, several clusters, industrial partners and innovative companies with expertise in process and up cycling (discussions ongoing).
H2020 Green Deal LC-GD-3-2-2020: Demonstration of systemic solutions for the territorial deployment of the circular economy
Expression of interest deadline: December, 4, 2020
Call deadline: January, 26, 2021
- Specific area of activity of the partner: In addition to the consortium in constitution, the coordinator is looking for the following competences (preferably from Belgium, Sweden, Portugal , Germany or Greece but not mandatory) :
- a partner specialized in socio-economic assessment of the circular territorial loops (the environmental analysis is already covered by the consortium). Cost/benefits analysis and detailed business model will be needed by the consortium for the whole systemic circular solution, to compare with equivalent linear solutions and convince policy makers to replicate it. The partner will be in charge of performing this socio-economic assessment based on a sound methodology.
- a partner with expertise in the field of citizen engagement, local participation, and addressing the behavioral and cultural aspects of the territorial transition towards a circular economy. The partner could support the consortium in local and European dissemination, education services for local communities and involvement of community-based innovation scheme (such as local repairing schemes for products).
The partners sought for can be research organization, universities or for-profit companies with a track record in their field. Experience in previous H2020 project is a plus.
In addition, the consortium is also interested to get in touch with regional/national public authorities that have experimented or are willing to experiment circular solutions in the construction sector (knowledge transfers, replication purpose). The interested public authorities could be associated to the project, upon specific modalities.
The proposed project aims to build a complete value chain based on material streams of the construction sector, at each stage of the life cycle.
The project will enable the rise of a dynamic ecosystem of actors with a common goal to launch a sustainable circular solution, which will close resource loops while fostering community-based participation.
Evaluation scheme: Single-stage
Coordinator required: No