Innovation Ecosystem Acceleration

ECO Industrial Park Network for the Alpine Regions — Exploiting the Smart and Circular Economy (ECOLE)

The pro­ject, fun­ded by the Inter­reg Alpi­ne Space Pro­gram, aims to sup­port indus­tri­al parks in the Alpi­ne Space in their trans­for­ma­ti­on towards more cir­cu­lar eco­no­my and sus­taina­bi­li­ty by pro­vi­ding tools, stra­te­gies, recom­men­da­ti­ons and exch­an­ge in a strong net­work.

Twel­ve pro­ject part­ners are part of the con­sor­tia from Ger­ma­ny, Aus­tria, Ita­ly, France, Switz­er­land and Slove­nia. The pro­ject began in Novem­ber 2022 and will end in Octo­ber 2025.

TUMint con­tri­bu­tes to the pro­ject in seve­ral ways:

  • Bench­mar­king sus­taina­bi­li­ty per­for­mance in eco-indus­tri­al parks and deve­lo­ping a frame­work for asses­sing sus­taina­bi­li­ty and cir­cu­lar eco­no­my along the trans­for­ma­ti­on pro­cess.
  • Deve­lo­ping a pro­cess for mana­ging eco-indus­tri­al parks, cal­led the “sys­te­mic thin­king com­mu­ni­ty enga­ge­ment model.”
  • Pro­vi­des an evi­dence-based assess­ment of why stake­hol­der enga­ge­ment is essen­ti­al to lever­aging a smart and cir­cu­lar eco­no­my in indus­tri­al parks.

The pro­ject is mana­ged by the Ita­li­an part­ner Con­sor­zio ZAI Inter­por­to Qua­dran­te Euro­pa. The other 10 part­ners from five Alpi­ne count­ries are: Tri­es­te Eco­no­mic Deve­lo­p­ment Agen­cy (IT); Deve­lo­p­ment agen­cy Sora Ltd (SI); Regio­nal Deve­lo­p­ment agen­cy of the Ljublja­na (SI); Ener­gy and Inno­va­ti­on Cent­re of WEIZ (AT); Wirt­schafts­agen­tur Bur­gen­land GmbH (AT); Lands­hut Uni­ver­si­ty of Appli­ed Sci­en­ces (DE); Ita­li­an Cham­ber of Com­mer­ce Munich-Stutt­gart (DE); Gre­no­ble-Alps Metro­po­le (FR); POLYMERIS (FR); and Lom­bar­dy Foun­da­ti­on for the Envi­ron­ment (IT).

More infor­ma­ti­on about the pro­ject is available on the pro­ject web­site.

This pro­ject is co-finan­ced by the Euro­pean Uni­on within the Inter­reg Alpi­ne Space pro­gram.