This morning the practical workshop aimed at the search for financing and the development of European projects in the field of Circular Economy took place, which was offered by the Chair of Transformation of the Economic Model of the University of Valencia. An activity ‘on-line’, which has had the director of the Chair, Francesc Hernández, and in which Julio Sanchis, head of service of the General Directorate of European Funds of Generalitat Valenciana and Carlos Agustí, consultant and expert in successful European projects have participated in.
The proposal has also had the participation of more than fifty attendees who have followed the online workshop, among which were members of the rest of the university community, companies, local administrations or research centers.
The workshop began with the intervention of Julio Sanchis, who has broken down the most important figures in terms of aid that circular economy projects can receive, both at a European level and also those offered by the Generalitat Valenciana.
Sanchis stressed that “we have a horizon in which until 2023 the European Union has aid equivalent to 1,181 billion euros for the circular economy. In the field of R + D + i the figure is 800 million euros. In addition, other sectors such as Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) or competitiveness, all closely related to each other ”.
«The IVACE also invites and supports the participation of companies, technology centers and other entities in European programs. In addition, during 2019, 3 million euros were used to co-finance initiatives in the field of eco-innovation, reduction in consumption, energy transition; synthesis and industrial symbiosis and others aimed at the technology centers themselves, “he detailed.
For his part, the consultant Carlos Agustí has presented in the workshop the news regarding European financing of projects. “We are just facing a new change in the cycle, with the dates 2012-2027, which represents new opportunities for companies and entities.”
Agustí has insisted on the specific weight of projects such as “energy transformation or digital transformation, which link very well with the objective of circular economy”.
The expert has continued to review the most important sources of financing for projects such as the EU City Facility (EUCF) that is a good fit for energy efficiency and transition projects in municipalities. The Life program «an initiative of enormous magnitude and focused on a multitude of environmental issues, from the recovery of species, through governance issues or the work of NGOs. Thirdly, he mentioned Horizon 2020, “more focused on innovation and research”.
Finally, Agustí has named the well-known ERDF funds and their different geographical divisions as Interreg SUDOE or Mediterranean, among others, whose main objective is “to improve the quality of life and reduce the differences between the well-being of the different regions.”
Carlos Agustí also wanted to share his experience in what refers to the creation and presentation of projects. “If you want to hit the target, you have to present projects that cover a specific need, that offer a novel solution and, of course, that are viable. In addition, we must make sure that our project does not already have a replica in progress.
After some practical examples and the resolution of doubts and questions by the speakers, the director of the Department of Transformation of the Economic Model, Francesc Hernández, congratulated himself on “the success of the initiative that is part of the training activities of the Chair”.
Hernández finally recalled that “next week, on November 17 and 19, the Chair organizes two ‘on-line’ debate sessions focused on success stories of circular economy in local administration and also in water management” .