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ECOPOL launches € 40.000 scale-up partnerships to accelerate eco-innovation policy transfer

The ECOPOL project has launched scale-up partnerships with public organizations from France, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Turkey*. The scale-up partnerships aspire to accelerate the transfer of eco-innovative policy practices in the areas of green public procurement, waste management and internationalization of eco-innovative SMEs.

Each of the selected scale-up partners will receive funding of up to €40,000 from ECOPOL to implement the new eco-innovation policy instruments in their country or region. The new scale-up model has been developed by the ECOPOL partners to allow more European policy-makers to tap into the pool of 200 eco-innovation policy measures collected and analyzed by the project partners. Scale-up partners can browse and select the proven practices they consider best suited to their region or country and use ECOPOL support to prepare transfer and implementation of the chosen practice. Each scale-up partner has identified one or more potential eco-innovation policy instruments and will launch a pilot project in order to implement new practices. The financial support from ECOPOL to each project was made available following a fast, impact-oriented non-bureaucratic application process that all applicants considered highly suitable for achieving results quickly. “I am very pleased with the smooth process of finding competent scale-up partners. Now, we have the opportunity to test this innovative model to accelerate the implementation of the activities and knowledge gathered through the ECOPOL project.”, says Tomi Tura, coordinator of the ECOPOL initiative. ”If successful, this model will establish a new, efficient way of scaling-up project results at European level. I am keen to see the results of the pilots.” The results will be presented at the ECOPOL conference on 22-23 October 2013, in Athens.

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Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czechia, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, United Kingdom