How to assess circular economy projects?
REPLACE project, together with SCREEN project, Lazio Region and Veltha organised the 15-minute pitch ‘How to assess circular economy projects?’ within the most important annual event dedicated to European territorial cooperation: the European Week of Regions and Cities.
The pitch was promoted within the European Week of Regions and Cities, the Interreg Europe website, as well as by REPLACE project social media and website, as well as in the Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform.
The event took place on 13 October 2020 at 12.30 p.m. with 57 participants of the 98 registered.
The proceedings opened with a welcome from the moderator Sara Bergamin (Veltha), REPLACE communication manager; she presented the online event and introduced the speaker Ferdinando Rossi (Lazio Region), REPLACE project manager.
Ferdinando Rossi greeted the audience and introduced the work that led to the creation of the assessment criteria, namely the efforts of the SCREEN project revolving around the Policy Lab and the two-year discussion among 17 European regions and technical partners. He explained the link between SCREEN and the follow-up REPLACE project, as well as their main actions and targets.
Then, the assessment criteria grid was presented to the audience, accompanied by a brief showcasing of its main components; the presentation continued by highlighting the barriers and challenges so far encountered in their formal adoption. Of the latter, the most pressing relates to the lack of uniformity in assessment methodologies within and across policy owners and managing authorities.
The pitch explained how to assess circular economy projects by practically adapting the developed SCREEN and REPLACE assessment criteria grid to the existing procedures.
The moderator then posed two questions arising from the discussion, and after Mr Rossi's quick explanations of the points raised, the event concluded by thanking the public for taking part in the online meeting.
Take away message
The Assessment Criteria Grid is highly adaptable; one or more criteria can be used and added to the existing evaluation grid and assessment methodology.
The REPLACE and SCREEN criteria can be tailored to the diverse needs of different public authorities and to the diverse types of calls for proposals; the grid is a tool enabling proper evaluation of circular economy proposals.