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The LOOP-Ports project holds its second internal meeting at the Port of Malmö in Copenhagen - Institute for International Economics

The LOOP-Ports project holds its second internal meeting in the Port of Malmö in Copenhagen

  • During the meeting, the partners presented the first results of the project concerning the Mapping of European Ports.
  • Circular economy activities identified in the 480 European ports analysed include the ports main and secondary Ten-T network, fishing ports and marinas and other ports of interest.

12 April 2019.- The The second internal meeting of the European project "LOOP-Ports - Circular Economy Network of Ports" took place yesterday at Copenhagen in the Port of Malmö facilities.

The LOOP-Ports project, coordinated by the Valenciaport Foundation and financed by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) through EIT Climate-KIC's main objective is to facilitate the transition to a more circular economy in the port sector, where products, materials and resources are not considered as waste but can be turned into sustainable and replicable business processes in ports with similar characteristics.

During the meeting, the partners discussed the first results of the project concerning the Mapping of European Ports. In particular, the activities have been presented of circular economy identified in the 480 analyzed ports, belonging to 23 countries. This list includes the main and secondary ports of the Ten-T network, relevant fishing ports and marinas and other ports of interest. More than 100 activities of circular economy have have been identified in areas such as management of waste, shipbuilding, dredging activities, industrial symbiosis, etc.

One of the The objectives of this meeting were to analyse the progress made in the creation of a network of ports that will benefit from the results of the project, among which find: the development of models replicable business models in ports with the same needs as well as tailor-made training activities for the professionals of the port clusters. Currently the network has 31 members and is expected to continue to grow significantly in the next months.

On the other hand part, during the meeting - and as external participation - Petra König, Responsible for the Environment in Copenhagen Malmö Port and Irene del Barrio, representative of the Water and Marine Group of the Environmental Agency European Union, have explained to the partners the initiatives they have launched in circular economy from a port approach.

The The next steps of the project will be aimed at analysing the main drivers (legal, political, regulatory, market, financial, etc.) that can facilitate the transition to a circular economy of activities linked to the port sector. In addition, there are plans to organise in the within the framework of the 30-seminar project (20 at port level and 10 at institutional level) between the end of 2019 and the end of 2020. These seminars will be will be held in at least 6 countries: Denmark, Netherlands, France, Spain, Germany and Italy and will address all the results of the project so far and will also receive feedback from the network's member stakeholders.

13 partners are involved in Loop-Ports belonging to 6 EU member states (Spain, Italy, France Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands): Fundación Valenciaport (coordinator); EIT Climate-KIC S.L.; Climate-KIC S.r.l.; Climate-KIC GmbH; Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU); NTU International A/S; Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (TNO); University of Bologna; Universität Hamburg; Universidad Politécnica de Madrid; Universitat de Valencia; Eco Environnement Ingenièrie (2EI) and Veolia Innove.

The The project will take place over a period of just over 2 years (26 months), ending in November 2020.

About EIT Climate-KIC

EIT Climate-KIC is the largest public-private partnership in the EU to address the climate change through innovation and to build an economy of zero carbon through entrepreneurship. EIT Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a of the European Union.

Your approach focuses on improving the way of life in cities, which industry produce those products that are respectful of the environment and time that optimizes the use of land and its resources to produce the necessary food.

It has programs across Europe to accelerate startups in action areas by the climate, as well as training programmes to inspire and empower next generation of leaders in the hypocarbon economy.

EIT Climate-KIC currently has a presence in 28 European countries.