BLUEPRINT

Responsible Resource Use

Assisting the transition to a Circular Economy in England and France

 

PECT is a key partner in the BLUEPRINT project. BLUEPRINT is an Interreg funded European project aiming to assist the transition to a Circular Economy in England and France.

Uniting world-class research centres and local authorities, the BLUEPRINT project hopes to not only to provide a Circular Economy transition framework to local authorities across England and France but also to increase household recycling rates and drive the creation of new jobs for the benefit of local communities.

Total project budget is €5.6m, of which the European Regional Development Fund contributed €3.8m
Name of funding programme – Interreg France (Channel) England Programme
Start and end dates – April 2020 to June 2023

Background

Circular Economy (CE) has an undoubtedly positive impact upon the environment through resource efficiency, reuse of materials and a reduction in the need for raw materials. By switching to a CE in food, mobility and built environment sectors, the EEA (European Environment Agency) estimates we could generate a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 83% by 2050.

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) also estimates that the transition to CE across Europe has the potential to create up to 3 million new jobs. However, many local authorities currently do not have policy and frameworks in place to fully benefit from these prospective employment opportunities.

With employment rates at a low, aligning the growth of new markets, like the CE, with upskilling people to secure work in those markets is key to positively tackling unemployment.

 

areas of focus

 

  • Working with local authorities directly to build a strategic framework combining the action on CE with the need to achieve EU waste targets of 65% by 2035
  • Producing a training programme to mobilise social enterprises to prepare individuals to take advantage of new jobs created by the cross-border transition to CE
  • Creating a behaviour change within households to increase recycling rates and support CE growth in their local areas.
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find out more

PECT is joined by Essex County Council, Kent County Council, EcoWise Ekodenge Limited, Anglia Ruskin University, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, NEOMA BS, Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle, and ESITC Caen in the delivery of BLUEPRINT.

To find out more about the project, please contact us at [email protected] or visit https://www.channelmanche.com/en/projects/approved-projects/blueprint-to-a-circular-economy/