The “Circular Area B30” report has been selected from around twenty projects from different European regions, to be presented as a good practice of territorial innovation during the final conference of the European project SeeRRI, held in Barcelona on 29 and 30 September. Participants in the session were able to see first hand the work carried out by the B30 Circular Action Network to boost the circular economy in the territory, as well as the roadmap for moving towards this circular vision. The ultimate goal of the XAC B30 initiative is to strengthen alliances and collaboration between change agents who are already working on revitalizing the circular economy within the B30 territory, offering training, qualification and expert support, scaling experiences and creating a space that brings together innovations and resources in the circular economy in the territory.
The “Circular Area B30” study places the territory of the B30 next to other European cities or regions that have carried out a Circle City Scan exercise – such as Bilbao, Amsterdam or Prague. The document constitutes the circular vision of the B30 area region; a visual roadmap that identifies opportunities and starting points for fostering the transition to a circular economy. The document presents the analysis of the starting point in the territory, a prioritization of the economic sectors with the greatest potential for circularity, and 16 circular strategies for these areas. In this sense, the four sectors with the greatest potential for circularity in the territory are agri-food, packaging systems, metal and fine chemicals. The project has received the support of the Diputació de Barcelona.
The SeeRRI project
The aim of the SeeRRI project is to move towards a model of more sustainable R&I ecosystems, which includes all the actors in the territory (research and education, business, administration and citizenship, what is called the quadruple helix) and incorporates the principles of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). In addition to universities and research centers, regional governments and business associations are involved in the project. To carry it out, three European territories with different smart specialization strategies have been selected as a case study, one of which is the B-30 area. The UAB and the Generalitat de Catalunya have co-designed, together with local actors, a pilot project in this area to assess how to make being a highly competitive territory compatible with having a decarbonised and waste-free economic development model. At the final conference held on 27 September, some twenty cases of good territorial practice in different European regions were presented.