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Issue No.02

Circular €conomy Digital Training Toolbox to Foster Innovative Green Entrepreneurship ENG@GE Project No. 2016-1-RO01-KA202-024493

In this issue Eng@ge Project Introduction to Circular Economy

2nd Partners meeting of the Eng@ge project hosted by the MECB LTD, in Malta Raising Awareness of Circular Economy in Malta Workshop on Circular Economy Focus Group, Romania, Greece, Bulgaria

WELCOME TO OUR PROJECT

About the project: The ENG@GE Project addresses the problem caused by the rising demands for and overuse of resources due to global population growth and increased living standards. It promotes the concept of the Circular Economy (CE) as a basis for Green Entrepreneurship. The aim of the project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme - Key Action 2 Strategic partnerships for Adult Education and led by The Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bistrita- Nasaud, Romania, is to develop an open digital training toolbox for VET teachers and training staff which will enable them to transfer the necessary skills to those interested in exploiting the concept of the Circular Economy to set up their own business or to improve their current business model.

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


Issue No.02

Circular €conomy Digital Training Toolbox to Foster Innovative Green Entrepreneurship ENG@GE Project No. 2016-1-RO01-KA202-024493

INTRODUCTION TO CIRCULAR ECONOMY The Glasgow Caledonian University, U.K

Two interesting and contrasting CE developments have recently come to our attention. April 2017 London launched an EU funded programme to support London's SMEs go circular, and take a competitive advantage by become more resource efficient and develop new business models. Major global cities like London with its large populations generate millions of tonnes of waste each year and therefore can put in place a waste management infrastructure that can support reuse recycling and recovery of materials at an economic scale. Secondly these cities can play a key role in encouraging its businesses to adopt circular economy thinking, through resource efficiency initiatives, more sustainable procurement and even help challenge existing “product” focused business models. In contrast the Outer Hebrides have been developing innovative circular economy models around existing anaerobic digestion facilities initial developed for organic municipal waste but now being extended to treat waste from the salmon fisheries and to use renewable energy from wind farm developments to produce hydrogen as a fuel. Island and remote communities often face greater costs for delivery of products and the collection and disposal of end of life products and packaging – hence the driver for innovative solutions in a remote environment. CE opportunities therefore need to be determined in the geographical or economic context a business finds itself in. A business or public sector may consider it has limited influence, but in most countries, commercial waste generated is greater than the amount of household wastes generated. All business procure services and buy “things” and through procurement, can influence its suppliers and encourage waste minimisation. Remote communities can support micro-businesses or community led enterprises to reduce their waste , encourage product life extension or support equipment rental instead of purchasing. But CE thinking won't just happen; it needs government intervention to bring about the necessary changes in the economics of our communities. Programmes like London's business support programme, or the recycling of fish wastes in island communities, only happens though the encouragement of organisations tasked with delivering a more sustainable future. Our CE Engage programme is contributing to the market intervention by supporting the development of vocational training, which encourages innovative CE thinking in the workplace.

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Issue No.02

Circular â‚Źconomy Digital Training Toolbox to Foster Innovative Green Entrepreneurship ENG@GE Project No. 2016-1-RO01-KA202-024493 2nd Partners meeting of the Eng@ge project hosted by the MECB LTD, in Malta.

On the 8 th and 9 June 2017 representatives from Chamber of Commerce and Industry BistritaNasaud attended in the second meeting of the Eng@ge project hosted by the MECB LTD, in Malta. During the meeting were discussed the project activities, the results obtained, the indicators and the responsibilities of each partner.

Raising Awareness of Circular Economy in Malta

On 28th April 2017, Jonathan C. Borg from the Maltese partner organization MECB Ltd, raised awareness about the KA2 Eng@ge Project in a seminar held in Malta. The well attended event was also addressed by Malta's Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change.

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Issue No.02

Circular €conomy Digital Training Toolbox to Foster Innovative Green Entrepreneurship ENG@GE Project No. 2016-1-RO01-KA202-024493 Focus group of the project Circular €conomy Digital Training Toolbox to foster Innovative Green Entrepreneurs” (ENG@GE), Piraeus, Greece

The Greek workshop took place in Piraeus Greece in the Vocational Training Center IRIS. Attending were 8 trainers and youth who are interested in circular economy and its training opportunities. The discussion related to training opportunities, application of circular economy in Greece but also, possible funding schemes. The workshop took place in the context of the curriculum final development phase and enabled the Engage Greek partner, Drosostalida, to receive input on the final outcome designed.

Focus group of the project Circular €conomy Digital Training Toolbox to foster Innovative Green Entrepreneurs” (ENG@GE). Bistrita, Romania

On 5/31/2017 Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bistrita-Nasaud organized the second focus group of the project Circular €conomy Digital Training Toolbox to foster Innovative Green Entrepreneurs” (ENG@GE). The meeting was attended by project team members and trainers in school education. The theme of the meeting was the Curriculum for a modular trainer's course on the circular economy. The curriculum consists of 3 modules and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bistrita-Nasaud will be responsible for Module 3: Exploiting Circular Economy. During the meeting, we tried to identify the expectations of the trainers from this course, how this course can be delivered, methods and tools used.

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Issue No.02

Circular €conomy Digital Training Toolbox to Foster Innovative Green Entrepreneurship ENG@GE Project No. 2016-1-RO01-KA202-024493 Focus group of the project Circular €conomy Digital Training Toolbox to foster Innovative Green Entrepreneurs” (ENG@GE), Burgas, Bulgaria

A focus group interview took place at the University "Prof.Dr. Asen Zlatarov" in Burgas, Bulgaria. Participating were 5 trainers who are interested in circular economy. Some of them have a particular scientific and teaching interest in waste management, re-use and other specific areas of circular economy. The main discussion topics were focused on proposed curriculum and content of the units which will be suitable for Bulgarian economy. The outcomes from the discussion provided useful insights to Bulgarian partner, University "Prof.Dr. Asen Zlatarov".

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