The goal of this project is to build an eco-system for circular, climate-related innovation that catalyses systems transition in sequences from the experiment through collaboration to implementation. Such a cross-national ecosystem currently does not exist in the Balkan region, but it is demanded by Chambers of Commerce, Ministries, and the business sector.
The project tackles the following objectives:
The project also addresses local municipalities by establishing partnerships through the urban restoration of brownfield spaces, which are aimed to become "innovation catalysers". These physical innovation catalysers include space for innovation display, testing and boosted implementation (commercialisation) of alternatives in the circular economy and climate change area.
The Wuppertal Institute’s focus for CEBB 2022 lies on education on and pilot implementation of an "Urban Circularity Hotspot Framework" (UCHF) for the Balkan region which was defined in the previous project in 2021. This framework aims at supporting municipalities in identifying powerful levers for the transformation towards Circular Economy on city level and initiating their implementation.