CIRTOINNO - Circular economy tools to support innovation in green and blue tourism SMEs

Project description

The project involves seven partners representing four countries (Poland, Sweden, Denmark and Lithuania) as well as 2 associated partners located in Sweden and Poland. The partnership as well as associated organisations mainly involves the representatives of education sector (universities) as well as organisations representing and supporting SMEs (chambers of commerce, development agencies) and connected to the research and innovation area (research centre, institutes).
The overall idea of the project is to integrate selected elements of the circular economy into the blue and green tourism companies’ services, products and business models by minimizing the environmental impact of those products and services. As a result those companies are going to be enabled to take maximum value from the products while it is going to be possible to recover / reuse its materials at the end and regenerate during its life-cycle.
The project’s activities start with mapping best practices, state of the art and potential in South Baltic and drafting the recommendations regarding circular economy for stakeholders. In next step development, validation and application of self- assessment tool, development of training programme and pilot training for tourism SMEs are foreseen. Further the project is going to develop and conduct pilot testing of advisory services for SMEs and integrate the training programme and advisory services into one modular programme. At the end of the project, the recommendations are going to be updated with the actual experience from project’s pilot actions. According to the applicant implementation of those activities are going to help to reduce gaps in skills, innovation capacity and environmental consciousness among tourism companies in South Baltic Area.
The main target groups are blue and green tourism SMEs which are going to receive trainings and advisory services, as well as for local authorities, SMEs associations.


Project website

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Project total eligible budget
1 285 975,18 EUR
1 025 003,86 EUR
Project start date
01 Nov 2016
Project end date
31 Oct 2019
Lead partner
Name: Pomerania Development Agency
Address: Al. Grunwaldzka 472d, 80-309 Gdańsk
Region/Subregion: Trójmiejski
Country: Poland
Project partner
Name: Klaipeda Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts
Address: Danes street 17, 92117 Klaipeda
Region/Subregion: Klaipedos apskritis
Country: Lithuania
Name: Public Institution Strategic Self-Management Institute
Address: Baltijos pr. 123-61, 93224 Klaipeda
Region/Subregion: Klaipedos apskritis
Country: Lithuania
Name: Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden
Address: Smedjegatan 37, 35246 Växjö
Region/Subregion: Kronobergs län
Country: Sweden
Name: Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery, Polish Academy of Sciences
Address: Fiszera 14, 80-231 Gdańsk
Region/Subregion: Trójmiejski
Country: Poland
Name: Centre for Regional and Tourism Research
Address: Stenbrudsvej 55, 3730 Nexo
Region/Subregion: Bornholm
Country: Denmark
Name: Linnaeus University
Address: Universitetsplatsen 1, 35195 Växjö
Region/Subregion: Kalmar län
Country: Sweden
Category of intervention
064 Research and innovation processes in SMEs (including voucher schemes, process, design, service and social innovation)