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Circular Economy in the Construction Sector - Acting Today for a Better Future

Framework: Interreg Europe
Duration of the project: 01.03.2023. – 28.02.2027.

Aim of the project:

The overall objective of the KARMA project is to increase resource efficiency and optimise waste management and recycling practices in the six participating partner regions for public and private construction projects. This will be achieved by introducing and formalising stronger Circular Economy principles into 3 regional, 1 sub-regional and 2 local policy instruments until 2026 based on interregional exchange. With the improvement of policies on different hierarchical levels, KARMA aims for higher capacity of local/regional authorities to achieve climate neutrality by circular approaches with positive effects on costs, waste reduction, grey energy balance, and giving impulses to local stakeholders. For doing so, the KARMA partners strive to develop innovative approaches and regulations for their regions with a focus on construction and demolition waste; public procurement; restoration&refurbishment; new business models; governance; and procedural as well as technological inspiration.

Project partners:

  • Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (Germany)
  • County Bergstraße (Germany)
  • Suceava Municipality (Municipiul Suceava) (Romania)
  • Pannon Business Network Association (Hungary)
  • Calabria Region (Italy)
  • Public Waste Agency of Flanders (Belgium)
  • Eurokom Association (Italy)

Activity of PBN:

The partnership strives to make the construction sector, with its huge resource consumption and environmental impact, more circular, and thus to help put Europe on the path to a greener and climate-neutral future. For doing so, seven partners from five European countries (BE, DE, HU, IT, RO) cooperate to exchange of good practices helps to improve the quality of regional development strategies and ensures that policy makers seek to avoid common weaknesses and apply improvements to their policy instruments, thus contributing to competitiveness, resilience and sustainability.

Budget in Euro:
Project overall budget:1,672,810.00 EUR
ERDF funding: 1,338,248.00 EUR
Project homepage: https://www.interregeurope.eu/karma
Program homepage: https://www.interregeurope.eu/
Project manager: Zsófia Kocsis (zsofia.kocsis@pbn.hu)

"The project is realized in the Interreg Europe programme with the co-financing of the European Union and Hungary."