Ecole des Ponts Business School (EPBS), through its Circular Economy Research Center (CERC) is a partner in the new SHARED GREEN DEAL project that will use innovative social experiments to support the objectives of the European Green Deal, involving local communities across Europe. The project has received five million euros from the European Union’s Innovation Programme Horizon 2020.
Much of the recent focus on tackling climate change has centered on green technology development. SHARED GREEN DEAL, however, will involve 24 separate ‘social experiments’ – taking place in neighborhoods across Europe – looking at how organizations and individuals can work together to make our daily lives more sustainable.
“SHARED GREEN DEAL is deliberately spanning a large number of areas – many more than research projects traditionally include – under one umbrella. It covers mobility, energy efficiency, renewables, biodiversity, food, and the circular economy, as well as climate action and pollution.” – said Dr. Rosie Robison, an associate professor at ARU and one of the two coordinators of the project.
The project will work directly with families in fuel poverty, as well as with schools, housing associations, and businesses. Skill-sharing workshops, toolkits for other local networks, and accessible training videos will be developed which focus on sharing energy-saving know-how between generations.
A total of 22 partner institutions, including EPBS-CERC, from across Europe will together examine the role Social Sciences and Humanities can play in helping countries, cities, and neighborhoods dramatically reduce their carbon emissions as part of the European Green Deal program.
The Circular Economy Research Center (CERC) participates in several EU-funded research projects under Horizon 2020, embedding multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral applications of the circular economy principles. At CERC, we strive for excellence and have already acted in supporting the twin (digital and circular economy) transformation process through education, training, and research.
EPBS-CERC is the research lead of the Circular Economy Social Experiment that aims to design, create, and implement an innovation ecosystem focused on the Circular Economy. It will establish Local Accelerator Hubs (LAHs) as unique interactive spaces gathering knowledge and connecting relevant stakeholders to accelerate the uptake of circular business innovations.
The pledge that no person or place is left behind during the transition to a low-carbon society is a crucial part of the European Green Deal. Diversity and inclusivity will be at the heart of the SHARED GREEN DEAL to ensure disadvantaged and vulnerable social groups are supported with the changes taking place.