Project - Mediterranean Trans-Regional Cooperation for green manufacturing innovation

Description


Description (EN): Manufacturing is an important pillar for Europe, since it impacts significantly on economy, occupation welfare and environment. It consumes about the 30% of the total energy produced, uses as input critical raw materials and is responsible for environmental emissions. Thus, the adoption of green practices in manufacturing is a top-priority of several European Regions. However, even if Europe is a global leader in green manufacturing research, its innovation capacity should be strongly improved. The availability of a European network of pilot plants accessible to SMEs could significantly contribute to this goal. The setup such an interconnected network of pilot plants requires the identification of common challenges and the mobilization of considerable resources. For these reasons, Regions should cooperate to reach this goal under the paradigm of smart specialization. In the “VANGUARD Initiative”, a Clusters-governed methodology for the setup of trans-national projects of pilot plants was conceived, but was not tested on a structured basis and on a large scale. Based on this experience, GREENNOMED aims at testing and transferring this methodology in the MED Regions, considering their peculiarities and also their link with other relevant EU manufacturing Regions, in particular with Germany. GREENNOMED will address business support organizations (Clusters), enterprises, SMEs, research and innovation organizations , Public Regional Authorities, as well as the general public.
Description: L’industrie manufacturière est un pilier important pour l'Europe, car elle influe sur l'économie, le bien-être au travail et l'environnement. Elle consomme environ 30% de l'énergie totale produite, utilise des matières premières et est responsable d’émissions. Ainsi, l'adoption de pratiques écologiques dans le secteur manufacturier est une priorité importante de nombreuses régions. Même si l'Europe est un leader mondial dans la recherche sur le green manufacturing, sa capacité d'innovation devrait être fortement améliorée. La disponibilité d'un réseau européen d'usines pilotes accessibles aux PME pourrait contribuer à cet objectif. La configuration d’un tel réseau interconnecté d'usines pilotes nécessite l'identification de défis communs et la mobilisation de nombreuses ressources. Pour ces raisons, les régions doivent coopérer pour atteindre cet objectif dans le cadre de la spécialisation intelligente. Dans la "VANGUARD Initiative", une méthodologie, pour le montage de projets transnationaux d'usines pilotes, a été conçu, mais n'a pas été testé sur une base structurée et sur une grande échelle. Sur la base de cette expérience, GREENNOMED vise à tester et à transférer cette méthodologie dans les régions MED, compte tenu de leurs particularités ainsi que leur lien avec d'autres régions européennes, en particulier avec l'Allemagne. GREENNOMED abordera les clusters, les entreprises, les PME, les organismes de R&D, les autorités régionales publiques, ainsi que le grand public.
Expected Results (EN): 1 Tested and transferrable trans-national cooperation methodology for Clusters : This methodology will be a detailed guide for Clusters on how to set-up and coordinate trans-regional cooperation activities in which to engage regional members. The methodology will consist in a sequence of activities, supported by adequate tools (such as templates, guidelines, training courses for members, etc.) that Clusters should carry out in order to engage manufacturing companies and innovation organizations in the process of: identifying regional priorities for pilot plants; mapping internal resources and competences for their development; connecting to extra-regional partners; defining goals of mutual interest; shaping common projects and business plans for pilot plants implementation; identifying financial support opportunities, etc. The methodology will also describe and characterize the services that Clusters will have to offer. Some examples are: matchmaking and brokerage, training, mentoring and coaching on innovation, public and private funding opportunities, international projects, advocacy and lobbying, etc. This result will put Clusters in the conditions to offer a consolidated mix of transnational activities for the implementation of innovation actions in the field of green manufacturing, thus directly contributing to the target indicator. In particular, during the project, each participating Cluster will experiment the offering of trans-national services (AFIL, ACMM, CIE, Plastipolis). In Regions represented by partners that are not Clusters but represent however innovation actors (such as chambers of commerce, technology parks, technology transfer: EURECAT, PTP, TPLJ, HGK, IBEC), services will be offered by these partners, with the intent of transferring them to Clusters as soon as they will be properly established. This will account for 9 organizations ready to offer innovative trans-national cooperation services at the end of the project. In addition, it is planned that each of these members will transfer the methodology and services to other organizations within their Region or their Nations. Considering the transfer that will be done also towards the two Associate partners T2i and Aster, this will account for 11 additional organizations that will be trained in the offering of innovative trans-national activities. In total, 20 innovative organizations in the MED Regions will support transnational activities.1 Tested and transferrable trans-national cooperation methodology for Clusters : This methodology will be a detailed guide for Clusters on how to set-up and coordinate trans-regional cooperation activities in which to engage regional members. The methodology will consist in a sequence of activities, supported by adequate tools (such as templates, guidelines, training courses for members, etc.) that Clusters should carry out in order to engage manufacturing companies and innovation organizations in the process of: identifying regional priorities for pilot plants; mapping internal resources and competences for their development; connecting to extra-regional partners; defining goals of mutual interest; shaping common projects and business plans for pilot plants implementation; identifying financial support opportunities, etc. The methodology will also describe and characterize the services that Clusters will have to offer. Some examples are: matchmaking and brokerage, training, mentoring and coaching on innovation, public and private funding opportunities, international projects, advocacy and lobbying, etc. This result will put Clusters in the conditions to offer a consolidated mix of transnational activities for the implementation of innovation actions in the field of green manufacturing, thus directly contributing to the target indicator. In particular, during the project, each participating Cluster will experiment the offering of trans-national services (AFIL, ACMM, CIE, Plastipolis). In Regions represented by partners that are not Clusters but represent however innovation actors (such as chambers of commerce, technology parks, technology transfer: EURECAT, PTP, TPLJ, HGK, IBEC), services will be offered by these partners, with the intent of transferring them to Clusters as soon as they will be properly established. This will account for 9 organizations ready to offer innovative trans-national cooperation services at the end of the project. In addition, it is planned that each of these members will transfer the methodology and services to other organizations within their Region or their Nations. Considering the transfer that will be done also towards the two Associate partners T2i and Aster, this will account for 11 additional organizations that will be trained in the offering of innovative trans-national activities. In total, 20 innovative organizations in the MED Regions will support transnational activities.2 Running projects of trans-national pilot plants supporting green manufacturing innovation : Methodology testing will imply that GREENNOMED partners will engage -within the project lifetime- their regional manufacturing stakeholders in the structured process for the collaborative trans-national definition of strategic projects for a European network of pilot plants. It is expected that, at the end of the project, a set of trans-regional collaborative projects for pilot plants implementation will be in place as a result of the testing activities. Each project will involve multiple Clusters that will support their members in the intra-regional work and in the trans-regional cooperation with other manufacturing companies and innovation organizations. The progress of each pilot project at the end of GREENNOMED can not be forecasted at this stage of the proposal, since it will depend on the effective participation of companies in the process and, especially, on the maturity level of the ideas that will be shared and developed. For example, pilot projects might have defined a multi-regional shared concept of European network of pilot plants (early conception stage), or a business plan for implementation (funding stage). However, the existence of this volume of manufacturing stakeholders cooperating in the frame of the launched trans-national process for a common goal will generate a demand of additional services for Clusters in the future. For example, companies might be assisted in shaping their participation in the international initiative, in technology/market intelligence, international project management, identification of potential funding sources at all levels (regional, national and European), etc. This will contribute to increase the share of innovative clusters offering to their members a consolidated mix of transnational activities in key sectors of the MED area. It is foreseen that at least 3 trans-national projects for pilot plants will be running at the end of the project, involving al least 100 Clusters members or regional manufacturing stakeholders in total.3 Institutional framework for trans-regional cooperation in green manufacturing innovation : The participation of Regional Authorities as Associate Partners and the transfer of results to them at the end of the project will contribute to establish the institutional framework necessary to boost and increase the effectiveness of the trans-national cooperation that will be demonstrated and activated in GREENNOMED. Regional Authorities will be in fact in the position of favouring the trans-national processes whose benefits will be proved on the one hand, and of considering the topics of running projects on trans-national pilot plants for the definition of future innovation funding programs on the other hand. It is expected that new instruments to support the trans-regional cooperation supported by the GREENNOMED methodology will be defined by Regional authorities, and that future innovation funding programs will offer funding possibilities for the realization of the running pilot plants projects. The creation of such a favourable institutional context will contribute to further increase the share of innovative Clusters offering trans-regional services to their members for green manufacturing innovation. Since the timing required for the design and implementation of such type of instruments and policies by Regional Authorities is higher than available project time, it is foreseen that Regional Authorities participating to the project will release a declaration of future intents or similar communication. Considering the participation of Regional Authorities as Associate Partners in the project, it is foreseen to reach at least 8 Regional Authorites of MED Regions.
Expected Outputs (EN): Trans-national cooperation methodology,Trans-regional cooperation services offered by Clusters to SMEs,Enterprises involved in the collaborative design and setup of pilot plants through services offered by Clusters,Transnational innovation Clusters ready to offer cooperation services,Transnational innovation Clusters ready to offer cooperation services

Thematic Information


Thematics: Clustering and economic cooperation  
Specific Objective: To increase transnational activity of innovative clusters and networks of key sectors of the MED area
Thematic Objective: (1) strengthening research, technological development and innovation by:
Investment Priority: (1b) promoting business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation, and supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, early product validation actions, advanced manufacturing capabilities and first production, in particular in key enabling technologies and diffusion of general purpose technologies


Project Summary


Project name (EN): Mediterranean Trans-Regional Cooperation for green manufacturing innovation
Project acronym: GREENOMED

Period: 2014-2020
Date of latest update: 2019-05-23

Web: https://interreg-med.eu/

Project start date: 2017-02-01
Project end date: 2019-07-31
Project status: Closed

Total budget/expenditure: EUR 2.050.000,00
European Union funding: EUR 1.742.500,02

ERDF budget: EUR 1.742.500,02

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Lead Partner (EN): National Research Council - Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation
Lead Partner: Conseil National de Recherches - Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation
Department: Institute of Intelligent Industrial Technologies and Systems for Advanced Manufacturing
Address: PIAZZALE ALDO MORO 7, Rome, Italy
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Address: 18 Loutron, Lagadas, Greece
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Address: Rue Pierre et Marie Curie 180, Oyonnax, France
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Address: OreŠkovićeva 8j, Zagbreb, Croatia
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Department: County Chamber Varazdin
Address: Petra Preradovića 17, Varaždin, Croatia
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Address: TehnoloŠki park 19, SI, Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Address: Plese 9a, Murska Sobota, Slovenia
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Address: Av. Universitat Autonoma 23, Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona), Spain
Legal status: private
Address: Brecce Bianche, Ancona, Italy
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Address: Via E.Oldofredi 23, Milano, Italy
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