Empowering the future through innovative smart solutions for rural areas FUTURAL aims to address social and environmental challenges in European rural areas through a set of digital smart solutions. In six pilot sites located all over Europe (Spain, Netherlands, Austria, Lithuania, Romania, and Greece), two community-led social, technological, and business innovations from two of the smart... Read more

Plastic free rivers

Innovative Solutions for Plastic Free European Rivers INSPIRE's main objective is to contribute to the drastic reduction of litter, macro and microplastics in European rivers in a holistic approach, by bringing together 20 technologies and actions for: DETECTION of the pollution present in the river and at the riverbank; COLLECTION of litter and macroplastics at the river bank and litter, macro... Read more


BECBA (Boosting Employability through Circularity of Bio-waste in Rural areas) aims to empower and engage young people in agro-entrepreneurship actions that involve transforming bio-waste into valuable bio-products through innovative circular business models. The project addresses the challenges of unemployment of young people and mismanagement of segregated and mixed bio-waste in rural areas. To... Read more


The “Nature Based Solutions for Soil Management NBSOIL” project is a four-year EU-funded project coordinated by the Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation IUNG in Poland. It aims to create and test a learning pathway for existing and aspiring soil advisors, providing them with the necessary tools and knowledge to develop a holistic and nature-based solutions approach to the... Read more


Development of methods and assessment instruments to define a transformative trajectory at a regional level, away from current economic models towards sustainable circular economy systems on the basis of renewable raw materials. Recent events at the beginning of the 21st century have shown that an economy based on fossil resources and conceptualised as a linear business model is highly... Read more


Symbiotic, circular bioremediation systems and biotechnology solutions for improved environmental, economic and social sustainability in pollution control The overall goal of SYMBIOREM is to improve the effectiveness, sustainability, circularity, and cost-efficiency of bioremediation and revitalization strategies for soils, sediments, surface water, and groundwater. SYMBIOREM focuses on the... Read more


Accelerate the wider adoption of nature-based solutions for urban water treatment.... Read more


A diversified agricultural system and a circular bioeconomy to empower African subsistence and smallholder farmers.... Read more


Reduce GHG emissions by developing and applying catalyst-based technologies to turn CO2 into useful chemicals... Read more


Raising disruptive bioeconomy ventures, start-ups and spin-offs to the top.... Read more


WATERAGRI aims to reintroduce and strengthen sustainable solutions for water retention and nutrient recycling for agricultural production. ... Read more


DEEP PURPLE proposes an integrated treatment of urban bio-waste in a novel Multi-Platform concept as a key option to implement a synergic treatment of relevant waste streams of urban origin (mixed waste streams, separately collected organic waste, wastewater and the organic fraction of sewage sludge). The beneficial use of bio-waste is obtained by an innovative combination of optimised valorizatio... Read more


HYDROUSA is an EU Innovation project submitted and approved under call topic CIRC-02-2016-2017 (Water in the context of the circular economy) (Grant Agreement No. 776643). The aim of the project is to counteract the annual summer-time water-shortages experienced in touristically active regions by the implementation of innovative nature-based systems, at the same time creating jobs and added econ... Read more


HOUSEFUL is an EU Innovation project submitted and approved under call topic CIRC-1-2017 (Systemic, eco-innovative approaches to the circular economy: large scale demonstration projects) (Grant Agreement No. 776708). The projects aim to develop technical solutions in combination with building-level services to be offered within the framework of closed loop management models. The focus is on soluti... Read more


PVadapt is an EU Innovation project submitted and approved under call topic LC-SC3-RES-6-2018 (Demonstrate significant cost reduction for Building Integrated PV (BIPV) solutions) (Grant Agreement No. 818342). The overall goal of the project is the delivery of a prefabricated, modular and multifunctional turn-key BIPV system. This construction method will reduce the complexity and costs, maximizin... Read more

COST Circular Cities

Implementing nature based solutions for creating a resourceful circular city... Read more


ReCO2ST is an EU Horizon 2020 research program aiming to better building & living. It applies an easy 3-step approach to building renovations, resulting in major savings and heightened standards of living, at a near-zero energy coefficient. First, our interactive Refurbishment Assessment Tool (RAT) provides the customer with clearly defined, user-driven refurbishment scenarios. The... Read more


Green Integrated Structural Elements for Retrofitting and New Construction of Buildings Plants have numerous positive effects on humans and urban microclimate. Plants remove toxic or harmful substances like volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the surrounding air, they therefore reduce air pollution and mitigate urban heat island effects. The integration of plants in... Read more

Automate vertECO

The main innovation of this project is the coupling of the system with customised sensor & control units that verify the quality of treated and purified greywater, ensuring the accordance with the required standards for other uses (e.g. toilet flushes, irrigation systems, washing machines). The system is also equipped with a special software, based on control algorithms and user-defined settings, ... Read more


Cropping hyperaccumulator plants on nickel-rich soils and wastes for the green synthesis of pure nickel compounds Phytomining can offer an eco-efficient alternative to recover valuable metals from low grade ores with naturally occurring processes in plants. Based on the results from the projects Bio-Ore and PhytoMine the environmental and socio-economic viability of the phytomining cycle will b... Read more


Innovative utilization strategies for biomass from sunflower The sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) is one of the world's four most important plants with rapeseed, soy and peanut for edible oil production. In addition, the seeds are also used as ingredients in breads, granola bars, snacks. The aim of the Helicas project is to develop bio-cascading through new uses of sunflower and to integrate... Read more


The use of greywater is an ecologically and economically sensible alternative for applications where no drinking water quality is required. To use nature as a model to make ecosystem services more comprehensible a vertical ecosystem (VertECO) was developed. The greywater (slightly dirty water without faeces, e.g. shower, bath, sinks, …) is purified on a indoor constructed wetlands inside the... Read more