The successful implementation of the 12th Sustainable Development Goal of the United Nations (Agenda 2030), requires the economic transition to a sustainable economy that needs to be structured as a circular economy. The main principle is the reuse of waste and the acquisition of new raw materials in order to create a self-sufficient supply of raw materials to the economy in order to prevent the extraction of new natural resources because of the negative environmental impact arising from this exploitation. There may be the theoretical paradigm of self-sufficient societies, but in fact, everyone and each community rely on others. A sustainable economy model gets very complicated and is therefore often reduced to such basic, local models of small self-sufficient communities. The concept also involves the reuse of waste sources. In the simple model, it is easy to describe a circular economy as a relatively homogeneous output that can be connected to a relatively homogeneous input or to very specific products. Nonetheless, the ideas for creating a sustainable economy are based on simple models that lead to the development of goals such as the 12th SDG for responsible consumption and production, including the objective of developing a circular economy. Attempts to realize the circular economy have resulted in various measures nationally and EU, but very unclear recycling efforts have been described. In Luxembourg, a study carried out in 2014 found high motivation of people to learn about circularity, a high level of competence about some tools used for circularity, but a low level of knowledge about the circularity framework (Hansen et al, 2014). In Italy, awareness activities provide the opportunity of shifting the concept of CE beyond the current social-political debate centred on recycling, but the need for people’s education towards CE transition is clearly stated (Ghisellini & Ulgiatiy, 2019). In 2018, approaches towards growing public environmental awareness are proposed by the Latvian policies to gradually improve the sustainability of behaviour and consumption patterns and thus drive changes in business models to increase resource productivity. France proposes efforts, including raising public awareness, to make its transition to greener energy a priority through regional policies that aim to the economic and social development of the region, by supporting the transition to a circular economy. Unfortunately, in Cyprus until now, the economy was largely based on the “take-make-throw” model, a linear model in which each product inevitably reaches the end of its useful life, but efforts have been made and measures have been taken the last years to transition to CE. It is clear that the measures taken by the policymakers of the partner countries avoid envisioning how a CE should be implemented or how the 12th SDG should be realised. We shift the responsibility to citizens to address this very essential issue of CE. A huge obstacle to creating a more multidimensional model for achieving circular economy seems to be that the concepts of the idea of a CE are very much based on people’s cultural backgrounds in different countries and environments. There seem to be variations among nations on how citizens envision a CE to be realized. However, goods and waste cross borders and, therefore, nations are unable to survive without dependency on other nations.
To understand the principles of a circular economy and hence the achievement of the 12th SDG an international dialogue with input from people from different settings has to be launched with Luxembourg as a leader of a consortium consisted of Italy, Latvia, France, and Cyprus. This means collaborations are required for the purpose of discussing these issues which correspond to the 12th SGD. Our project will be an attempt to contribute to the cross border circular economy by raising awareness on the obstacles relevant stakeholders face, and exchange good practices through seminars/workshop organized by the partners in their respective countries, in which representatives of the partner organisations will be invited to be trained on how to approach the problem in order to accelerate international solutions that deserve to be called measures to accomplish a real circular economy.
iCirclEU states present!
“Cross Border Circular Economy towards Sustainable Development in the EU” Project, with the acronym iCirclEU, two years duration and project number 2020-1-LU01-KA204-063241, aims at exchanging good practices as a KA204 and sets environmental and climate goals. The project is innovative being a peer learning and teaching project. The Project Consortium consists of five partners, Luxembourg, Italy, Cyprus, France and Latvia. It is of vital importance to mention that each partner has expertise in different fields: adult training, training development, environment, and sustainable development, dissemination processes, etc. During the project time each partner will share their experience and at the same time they will learn from the others during the trainings; the novelty brought by each partner gives the project a new European dimension.
Project’s objectives include:
- the increase of adult educators’ knowledge on Circular Economy (CE) and its value, raise awareness on already existing Cross-Border CE best practices,
- the approach of Cross-Border CE issues in order to accelerate international solutions that deserve to be called measures on a way to realize a real circular economy for the protection of the environment and sustainable living,
- the exchange of good practices among partners on the subject of circular economy.
iCirclEU targets adult educators, adult learners, Trainers of Green Economy Organizations, Green mentors, Educators/staff/members of environmental institutions and the General public. During Project’s implementation three Transnational Project Meetings (TPM) with two participants per partner, will take place. The first one, according to the application form is supposed to take place in Luxembourg, the second one in France while Luxembourg is going to be the last TPM’s destination. Regarding Project’s learning activities, three train-the-trainers events will take place in Luxembourg, Italy and Latvia that aim at increasing the range of teaching abilities of the adult educators on CBCE to feel more confident to offer trainings in CE and CBCE to become familiar with the training materials developed by the trainers and it also aims at pilot-testing the effectiveness of the developed materials and encouraging the participants to develop non-formal education materials related to topics addressed.
According to the application form, iCirclEU is expected to disseminate the aforementioned activities with the contribution and collaboration of the partners, by creating and developing the Project Logo & Templates, the Facebook Page, the Website, the Promotional Materials (leaflets, brochures, gadgets) and the videos and photos of Project activities. Project’s expected outcomes include an e-Booklet titled “Best practice and training recommendations for Cross-Border Circular Economy Booklet“in order to give a clear picture of the training process on CBCE and it will be used by the educators to educate and sensitize the general public on the value of Circular Economy by P1. It also includes Policy recommendations proposals of measures coming from the learners for the promotion of Circular Economy drawn on from the general public, the community people, the citizens. Last but not lease, Evaluation and Quality Assurance Plan by P3, a Dissemination Plan by P2 and a Sustainability and exploitation Plan by P4 are expected as Project’s outcomes.
It is more than obvious that iCirclEU states present!