Fostering Circular Economy in the Alpine Space area

Circular 4.0 is an INTERREG ALPINE SPACE project that aims to strengthen digitalisation processes by SMEs to foster innovation processes and accelerate the transition to the Circular Economy (CE) in Alpine Space.

The project is co-funded by Fondo Europeo di Sviluppo Regionale –  Interreg Alpine Space.
ERDF grant: 2.176.589 Euro

CIRCULAR4.0 brings in a mixed consortium composed of business support organizations and technical partners to generate innovation processes among business, academia and administration:

Tehnološki park Ljubljana d.o.o. SLOVENIJA

Technische Hochschule Rosenheim DEUTSCHLAND

Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft GmbH ÖSTERREICH

Innovations- und Technologietransfer Salzburg GmbH ÖSTERREICH

Business Upper Austria – OÖ Wirtschaftsagentur GmbH ÖSTERREICH

Veneto Innovazione S.p.A. ITALIA

Grand E-nov FRANCE

Auvergne-Rhône-Al pes Entreprises FRANCE

Institut Jožef Stefan SLOVENIJA

Fondazione Piemonte Innova ITALIA

Confindustria Bergamo ITALIA

Camera di Commercio Industria Artigianato e Agricoltura di Venezia Rovigo ITALIA

Trägerverein Umwelttechnologie-Cluster Bayern e.V. DEUTSCHLAND

RISINGSUD – Agence de développement économique de la région Sud Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur FRANCE


Piemonte Innova represents the actors of the Piedmont region, focusing particularly in SMEs  related to the RIS3 Regional sectors (manufacturing industry: mechatronics, textile, automotive; food and agriculture) with particular attention to the “Optimal Use” of circular economy (Reuse, Repair, Refurbish, Remanufacture, better usage and supporting service, transition from product to service Business Models) ), but also on industrial efficiency and value recovery.

CIRCULAR4.0 will increase the knowledge and raise the attention of Entrepreneurs and Intermediaries on the circular economy concepts, develop and test a set of tools able to foster the contribute of Industry4.0 for the transition of SMEs to the circular economy, with particular attention to Circular Design models, Optimal Use models, Value Recovery models. The project intends to address Policy Makers, Intermediaries and SMEs to raise the importance of digitalization processes, focusing mainly on: the innovation processes, the business models and the investments needed.

The project will produce a CIRCULAR4.0 Action plan to contribute to the transition toward CE in the Alpine Space with SMEs digitalization creating added value for stakeholders in the Alpine Space and supporting Policies and EUSALP Macro Strategy.