WP Title: Realizing a Green Economy Future
Lead: CERTH, Participants: UOWM, BAS Academy, RCB
Objectives: WP 4 will continue and complete the work undertaken at WP3. Specifically, at WP4, the trainees will be required to apply cradle-to-cradle life-cycle techniques, ISO 14044 standards and business analysis tools, so to perform a full evaluation of the technologies studied in WP3 and to identify the most promising systems to be implemented in the cross-border area. To augment the learning experience, groups will interact to each other by presenting their own demo models/projects. Trainees will be able to choose to follow between three (3) training courses (Actions 4.1 – 4.3). Each course will run for a total of 80 hours over a two-month period, which will be broken up as 40 hours of contact time (e.g., lectures) and 40 hours of homework. Additional actions (Action 4.5 & Action 4.6) are also envisaged.
Action 4.1. Successful Case Studies (M06 – M11): Experts from both UOWM and CERTH will investigate successful National and European case studies best suited to the cross-border region while supporting the trainees and providing them with all the necessary tools in order to conduct comparative studies on the topics of: a) RES Electricity Production for a Post-Lignite Future, b) Green Mobility and Transport, c) Smart Buildings and d) Circular Economy.
Action 4.2. Cradle-to-Cradle Life Cycle Analysis (M07 – M12): CERTH’s experts will conduct one (1) LCA/LCCs study for the most promising green technologies in the cross-border region in terms of circular economy. This study will provide the trainees with all the necessary input in order to conduct a comparative, in-depth study for “which technology, in which area, for what purpose?” is the most efficient and sustainable process in terms of circular bioeconomy.
Action 4.3. SWOT / PEST / PESTLE Analyses – Business Plans (M08 – M13): SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) in addition to PEST (Political, Economic, Social and Technological) and PESTLE analyses (two more factors: Legal and Environmental) will be the key tools to help trainees develop a full awareness of all the factors involved in making a business decision. Sharing know-how and giving opportunities for an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of cutting-edge techniques, trainees will be able to identify not only the weaknesses and threats of an action plan, but also the strengths and opportunities it makes possible. All these analyses will set the basis for the development of innovative start-ups. BAS’s and RCB’s staff will preparing SWOT / PEST / PESTLE Analyses – Business Plans for the cross-border region, while supporting the trainees and providing them with all the necessary tools in order to conduct SWOT / PEST / PESTLE Analyses and prepare of complete 10 Business Plans for the cross-border region.
Action 4.4 Best Green Employment Practices (M09 – M14): A study for the best green employment practices in creating and executing a green-collar job training program, as well as important challenges to learn from when establishing a new program will be conducting by the technical staff of CERTH and BAS for both regions. Moreover, BAS will prepare a joint plan with the activities that will be realized by the external expert, which will coordinate all stakeholders. An external expert’s training of 200 participants (companies, startups, SMEs) for financial facilitating will take place. As a result, five (5) companies will be supported with the development of applications document package for green loan, five (5) companies for Innovation and technology development and co-financing five (5) companies for green energies investments – programs for IPARD. RCB will also develop:
✓ Communication and Dissemination Plan for External expert for green employment plan development for companies, startups, SMEs.
✓ Internal systems for job positioning incorporating environmental techniques and technologies (analysis of the European legislation on environmental issues, with particular attention to environmental impacts, IPPC, SEA), in two (2) chamber member companies.
✓ Redesign of existing internal systems for job positioning incorporating environmental techniques and technologies (analysis of the European legislation on environmental issues, with particular attention to environmental impacts, IPPC, SEA), in two (2) chamber member companies.
Action 4.5 Guide for Green Entrepreneurship (M09 – M14): CERTH’s and BAS’s experts will design a guide in order to help prospective entrepreneurs develop green business ideas and assist other potential green entrepreneurs in developing new, innovative green business ideas that will help both countries meet their environmental and developmental goals and ensure a clean, prosperous future. In addition, RCB will develop guidelines for companies with analysis of regulation obligations for green energies and ecology and navigation of financial facilitation of investments in ecology protection and green energies (PART-1 Regulation/policy guidelines). RCB will also develop guidelines for companies with analysis of regulation obligations for green energies and ecology and navigation of financial facilitation of investments in ecology protection and green energies (PART-2 Financial possibilities, subsidies and grants from national and EU programs and funds).