The European Commission took 40 EU-funded projects to Ecomondo

The European Commission took 40 EU-funded projects to Ecomondo

The European Commission took 40 EU-funded projects to Ecomondo – the annual trade fair for the green and circular economy – to show how EU-funding helps circular economy become a reality with concrete projects on the ground. The fair took place in Rimini, Italy on 6-9 November – discover all the projects below!


The projects are all managed by the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and receive funding from one of the programmes that EASME implements on behalf of the European Commission: Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency, Horizon 2020 Environment, COSME, LIFE, and the European Innovation Council pilot’s SME Instrument.

The projects include energy retrofit packages to make existing buildings more energy efficient, a lighting system combining sustainability and design, a solution to and recover valuable raw materials from complex construction and demolition waste, an alternative to plywood made from mixed plastic waste and innovative noise-reducing asphalt mixes.

The European Commission’s stand is located in the “Hall Sud”. The 40 beneficiaries will showcase their products and solutions developed to help the EU’s transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy.

In addition the LIFE programme will as well host the session Financing green and circular economy businesses: opportunities under the EU LIFE programme. The session will include an overview of the programme, inspirational projects and support for close-to-market solutions.

The session will be chaired by Angelo Salsi, head of the LIFE & CIP Eco-Innovation unit of the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (EASME), together with representatives of the Italian Ministry of Environment and Italy’s National Contact Point for the LIFE programme. Check the agenda.

Ecomondo attracts over 116,000 visitors and 1,200 exhibitors each year. The 2018 edition will focus on the reuse and valorisation of organic and non-organic waste, alternative raw materials and industrial eco-design, the rehabilitation of contaminated areas and the bio-economy. Alongside Ecomondo, a large exhibition, the Key Energy Expo, will feature energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions and applications.