Winners of the MOVECO Innovation Award
The five winning companies of the MOVECO Innovation Awards (from right to left): Lorenz GmbH & Co.KG, DONAR d.o.o., Cupffee, Refurbed, Ponio, together with the Minister of the Economy of Upper Austria, Markus Achleitner (fourth from left), and the manager of the Cleantech Cluster, DI Christian Maurer (left).
MOVECO Innovation Award
Innovation Awardee Ponio
The Slovak enterprise Ponio manufactures cosmetics in compostable containers and won the innovation award in the category “Product of the year 2019” for micro-enterprises with fewer than nine employees.
Innovation Awardee Cupffee
The Bulgarian enterprise Cupffee produces edible coffee cups and received the innovation award in the category “Product of the year 2019” for small enterprises with fewer than 49 employees.
Innovation Awardee DONAR
DONAR d.o.o., from Slovenia, produces chairs out of recycled materials and received the innovation award for “Circular design of the year”.
Innovation Awardee Lorenz GmbH & Co. KG
The German company Lorenz GmbH & Co. KG develops recyclable and smart water meters and won the innovation award in the category “Product of the year 2019” for small enterprises with fewer than 249 employees.
Innovation Awardee Refurbed
The Austrian online platform Refurbed resells used, fully functional electronic devices and won the innovation award in the category “Circular innovation of the year”.
MOVECO final conference
On 14 May 2019, the project MOVECO, co-funded by the European Union, organised its final conference “The Danube goes circular” in Linz (Austria).
From December 2016 until August 2019, 16 partners from ten countries in the Danube region have been working together within the MOVECO consortium to promote the circular economy.
Munich – On 14 May, 2019, the EU-funded project MOVECO held its closing conference at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz under the motto “The Danube goes circular”. About 70 participants from ten countries in the Danube region took the opportunity to exchange views on the circular economy. Project results from MOVECO were presented, including a transnational strategy for the circular economy in the Danube region as well as a travelling, mobile exhibition on this topic. The conference culminated in an awards ceremony in which the project partners announced the winners of MOVECO’s Innovation Award.
With the Innovation Award, the MOVECO project commended the achievements of innovative and circular products and services for the first time. The 65 businesses that applied for the award were all creative, future-oriented companies from the partner countries Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania. An international jury of circular economy experts from these countries selected the 15 finalists who were presented at the conference.
The furniture manufacturer DONAR d.o.o. (Slovenia) won in the category “Circular design of the year”, and the online platform Refurbed (Austria), which repairs and resells used electronic appliances, received the prize for “Circular innovation of the year”. In the “Product of the year 2019” category, three companies impressed the international jury: Ponio (Slovakia), with its compostable cosmetics containers; Cupffee (Bulgaria), with its edible coffee cup; and Lorenz GmbH & Co.KG (Germany), with its recyclable and smart water meters.
Transnational Strategy and Roadmaps for a Circular Economy in the Danube Region
Under the guidance of the Slovenian Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, the MOVECO partners developed a transnational strategy targeting political decision-makers to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy in the Danube region. Through new circular business models, the approach contributes to intelligent and sustainable growth in the region, creating jobs and helping to reduce social and economic disparities between the countries.
The strategy focuses on three streams of waste: from electrical and electronic equipment, from batteries and accumulators, and from packaging. At the same time, it proposes measures and actions for product manufacturers and waste operators, as well as for households and consumers. Based on this strategy, roadmaps have been drawn up with concrete recommendations for action.
Antonija Božič Cerar, expert in environmental affairs at the MOVECO headquarters in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, is satisfied with the outcome of the project: “It was a pleasure to observe the imaginative and creative business ideas and projects linked to a more efficient, circular use of resources. We hope they will inspire other companies contemplating how to approach the transition from linear to circular modes of production and also help raise awareness that this transition is achievable within the wider community.”
Conference attendees could also visit a mobile exhibition that displayed products and solutions from companies in the Danube region that are closing loops in their resource management and thus successfully implementing the vision of a resource-conserving circular economy.
Funded within the European Union’s Interreg Danube Transnational Programme, MOVECO (www.interreg-danube.eu/moveco) raises awareness of the circular economy among companies, universities and research institutions, public authorities, economic development institutions and citizens. From December 2016 to August 2019, 16 partners from ten countries in the Danube region1 have been working together to promote knowledge about the circular economy and to improve the framework conditions for circular products and business models in the region.
The project consortium developed an online platform (www.danube-goes-circular.eu) with a virtual marketplace to support cooperation between companies and research institutions, to promote the reuse of products and raw materials and to stimulate industrial symbioses. The project is coordinated by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia. Two German partners are also involved in the consortium: the Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR) GmbH from Munich and the Cluster of Environmental Technology Bavaria from Augsburg.
About the Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR)
The Bavarian Research Alliance (www.bayfor.org/english) – funded by the Bavarian Ministry of Science and the Arts – supported the MOVECO consortium in the application process. In the ongoing project, BayFOR is involved as a scientific project partner and is responsible for the project’s external communication.
BayFOR’s purpose is to promote Bavaria as a centre for science and innovation within the European Research Area. It supports and advises Bavarian scientists and stakeholders from the private sector in securing European funding for research, development and innovation. The focus is on the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 and the future Horizon Europe Framework Programme. As a partner in the Enterprise Europe Network, BayFOR provides targeted advice for SMEs interested in EU research and innovation projects. BayFOR is a partner institution in the Bavarian Research and Innovation Agency (www.research-innovation-bavaria.de).
 The project consortium consists of representatives from the following countries of the Danube region: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.http://www.interreg-danube.eu/moveco
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