Circular4.0 aims at improving the Alpine eco-system of innovation and its contribution to the transition to Circular Economy in the Alpine Area by SMEs and economic operators, exploiting the potential and the added value of the digitalization processes by SMEs. The eco-system of innovation (policy makers, stakeholders, academia and research institutions, intermediary organizations, entrepreneurs and citizens) will strengthen the cooperation according to the principle of the sustainable development and the principle of the green economy and will work closely in the frame of the digitalization processes addressed to SMEs, to contribute to make the Alpine area a cleaner and greener environment, open to innovation and new business.
Policy makers and stakeholders will have a model of eco-innovation through digitalisation to make Alpine space cleaner, more resource efficient and sustainable; they will get support for the transition to the Circular economy (CE) together with the acceleration of the digitalisation processes by SMEs. Intermediary organizations, service providers and research institutions increase their knowledge and capacity to assist SMEs for their digitalization processes oriented to foster eco-innovation and new sustainable business models for sustainable growth in the AS. SMEs will be assisted to strengthen their investment on digitalization processes to foster the transition to the CE, eco-innovation and clean technology.
a) "Circular economy and digitalisation in Alpine Space: SMEs, perspectives, needs and expectations" that sums-up users needs analysis, on-going experiences and alignment to EU, EUSALP and National policies;
b) CIRCULAR4.0 toolkit available to intermediaries with tools to support SMEs implement their digitalised circular economy processes, promote new business models and define investment plans and funding opportunities;
c) Local Actions addressed to SMEs to foster circular economy with digitalisation processes according to transnational feasibility studies in line wth 3 circular economy approaches (circular design models; optimal use models; value recovery models);
d) CIRCULAR4.0 Action Plan to strengthen the implementation of the EU circular economy package in AS;
e) CIRCULAR4.0 circular economy Community to strengthen circular economy and digitalisation processes, exchange knowledge and best practices and monitoring the benefit of SMEs digitalisation for circular economy processes in terms of well-being, sustainable growth and optimal use of resources.