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CLEAR: Circular Economy Adult Training ToolBox – Knowledge ReUse
The CLEAR project (co-funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Programme focuses on the promotion of a servitisation business model as a way to encourage Circular Economy (CE). A key step in moving towards a servitisation business model is the collaboration with consumers, in order to receive both input on possible new services as well as support in making the shift towards service provision. This project builds on seniors’ experience and knowledge and aims to link them with companies; together they can collaborate in the creation and testing of new services and facilitate companies’ and society’s shift towards servitisation and adoption of CE, while speeding up companies’ service innovation.
Fourth meeting: Portugal - March 2019
The fourth meeting was held in Oporto (Portugal) on 19th March 2019. This meeting was hosted by the SPI- Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação in order to present the progress of CLEAR project results, the dissemination activities, and the next steps. Now all English Modular trainers course content is finished and the translation to Spanish, Portuguese and Greek were in progress. The toolbox design and the e-Learning Management System platform were defined.
The Curriculum for the Modular Trainer´s Course on the Circular Economy Servitisation is available online – CLEAR website. The course will be divided into modules which will enable the trainee to select training modules and units according to his/her interests and needs. The topics to be included are:
European Commission report on the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan
The European Commission published on 4th March 2019 a comprehensive report on the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan it adopted in December 2015.

The report sketches out “open challenges to paving the way towards a climate-neutral, competitive circular economy where pressure on natural and freshwater resources as well as ecosystems is reduced”.

It also shows that “Circularity has also opened up new business opportunities, given rise to new business models and developed new markets, domestically and outside the EU. In 2016, circular activities such as repair, reuse or recycling generated almost €147 billion in value added while accounting for around €17.5 billion worth of investments”.

Source: European Commission (2019). Commission delivers on Circular Economy Action Plan. Accessed on 12/04/2019 on: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/news/commission-delivers-circular-economy-action-plan-2019-mar-04_pt)
Malta National Strategy regarding Circular Economy
The idea of the circular economy is particularly relevant to Malta, given its geographical circumstances, high import dependency, and lack of natural resources. Embracing the principles embodied within the circular economy concept would have an immediate positive impact on the environment while benefiting Malta’s long-term economic prospects. Malta has a Circular Economy Action Plan, with 54 measures foreseen, the majority of which have already been implemented. Also, to encourage the shift from concept to the creation of circular economy business models, the University of Malta is part of the R2Pi Horizon 2020 project. Among other goals, it hopes to identify both market and policy failures that hinder the uptake of circular economy models by business entities across Europe
More information available at: www.um.edu.mt/think/the-circular-economy-and-malta
Master Class – Castellón (Spain)
A group of students from the Senior Citizens’ University of Postgraduate course attended the master class taught by Pilar Escuder and Roger Esteller, on 8th April. Around 45 students attended the session on circular economy and servitization models, as well as information on the CLEAR project. And now they have information about the project that is being carried out.
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“Circular Economy Adult Training ToolBox–Knowledge ReUse” is a KA2 Erasmus+ project co-founded from the European Union. This document reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Project reference: 2017-1-ES01-KA204-038172

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