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Project Identification

Full title of project: Introducing circular economy system to Alpine Space to achieve low-carbon targets

Project acronym: GREENCYCLE

Programme priority: Priority 2 - Low Carbon Alpine Space

Programme priority specific objective: SO2.1 - Establish transnationally integrated low carbon policy instruments

Start date: 01.11.2016

Closure date: 30.04.2020

ERDF Co-Financing Rate: € 1.654.330,98 / 85%

Total Project Budget: € 1.946.271,75

CESBA Budget: € 128.627,25

CESBA Co-Financing Rate: € 109.333,16 / 85%

Project summary

Cities and regions in Alpine Space have mainly set their low-carbon objectives and adopted relevant strategies in energy, mobility, construction etc. - however cross-sectoral approach is missing. The project GREENCYCLE aims to introduce the system of circular economy (replace linear) as a holistic approach to support implementation of low-carbon strategies and provide additional 2-4% greenhouse emission reduction to the partner cities. Circular economy deployment will save energy, water, recover critical raw materials, reduce transport, boost the eco-innovation, create green jobs and benefit to low income citizens, which is directly in line with priority 2 of the ASP. Cities as biggest emissions producers and biggest energy and materials consumers will play the pioneering role by developing circular economy implementation strategies where key target groups (utilities, SMEs, citizens, research organizations) will be actively involved in the process. Supporting toolbox will be developed as an e-tool which will enable planning, management and monitoring of circular economy processes and will be made publicly available. Important part of project is dedicated to pilot project implementation where partner cities will deploy circular economy approach in real-case scenarios to test and evaluate the toolbox. In order to be effective, circular economy requires critical size of market and critical mass of materials which will be enabled by macro-regional approach. A transnational platform will be set up as a circular economy marketplace for materials and cooperation platform for further development of circular economy in Alpine Space. A platform will contribute to the lasting impact of the project with the active network membership of responsible local circular economy managers. Partner cities will become a circular economy lighthouse role-models and will actively involve other Alpine Space cities and/or regions to follow.

Project Partners

Lead Partner: Municipality of Maribor, (SI),

E-institute, institute for comprehensive development solutions, (SI),,

City of Freiburg, (GER),,

City of Trento, (IT),,

Informatica Trentina Spa, (IT),,

IZ Vorau GmbH, (AT),,

Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development, (LI),,

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Énergie Environnement, (FR),,


CESBA – Common European Sustainable Built Envi-ronment Assessment, (AT),,

Project Observers

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, European Secretariat

alpS GmbH

European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment


Regional Council Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Engineering and Architecture

Willy A. Küchler Advisory

La Communauté de Communes de la Vallée du Garon

Municipality of Murska Sobota

Dolomiti Ambiente

Trento province - Agency for Purification

Circular Change Platform / Giacomelli media, management and consulting, L.t.d.


WP M Management

Activity A.M.1 Start-up activities

Activity A.M.2 Project coordination and controlling

Activity A.M.3 Project closure

WP T1: Building the circular economy knowledge platform

Activity A.T1.1 Building the circular economy knowledge base

Activity A.T1.2 Analysis of the state of the art of circular economy

Activity A.T1.3 Circular economy future trends

WP T2: Setting up strategic framework for circular economy

Activity A.T2.1 Collecting and analysis of local data as baseline for local circular economy strategies

Activity A.T2.2 Preparation of (6) circular economy strategies on city level

Activity A.T2.3 Preparation of circular economy manifesto paper for Alpine Space

WP T3: Development of implementation toolbox for circular economy

Activity A.T3.1 Development of toolbox

Activity A.T3.2 Testing the pilots

Activity A.T3.3 Final evaluation report & fine-tuning of toolboxes

WP T4: Establishment of transnational circular economy marketplace

Activity A.T4.1 Establishment of transnational circular economy network

Activity A.T4.2 Building transnational circular economy marketplace platform

Activity A.T4.3 Operation and testing the platform

WP C: Communication

Activity A.C.1 Start-up activities including communication s

Activity A.C.2 Publication(s)

Activity A.C.3 Public Event(s)

Activity A.C.4 Digital activities

Activity A.C.5 Promotional material

Pilot Regions

Local CE strategies are used by the pilot municipalities as guidelines for better integration of circular economy in their existing environmental policies. The strategies will integrate several urban fields (waste, energy, transport, etc.) and help to improve “closing the loop”. The local strategies were prepared by open co-creative processes. For each local strategy a local action group was formed. The CE strategies include measures for the upcoming years and therefore ensure sustainability of project results well beyond the Greencycle project duration.

The 5 pilot cities Freiburg, Vorau, Maribor, Pays Viennois and Trento and their CE strategies:

CE Strategie Vorau

CE Strategie Maribor

CE Strategie Trento

CE Strategie Freiburg

Project Results

Main result of the project will be the change it brings to the low-carbon governance because it provides a system of integration of low-carbon sectoral policies (energy, mobility, waste, construction) into circular economy cycle - providing additional reductions of greenhouse emissions, higher resource efficiency, critical raw materials mining and reduction of transport activities. Additionally, it creates a pool of new business opportunities for eco-innovation and green jobs.

Social Media and Webpages


GREENCYCLE marketplace

GREENCYCLE knowledge platform



Project communication




Project Newsletters

Newsletter 1/2017

Newsletter 1/2018

Newsletter 2/2018

Newsletter 3/2018

Newsletter 1/2019

Newsletter 2/2019

Newsletter 1/2020

GREENCYCLE Project Results

Deliverables of the project GREENCYCLE.

Greencycle Manifesto

Greencycle Video