A replicable systemic approach towards a transition to Circular Economy in EU regions

HOW TO assess projects' circularity

Once cross regional projects have been identified, and an agreement on how to finance them has been achieved, there is the need of a common set of assessment criteria to be adopted by the Regions

A specific action of the SCREEN project deals with a common agreement on a specific set of "evaluation criteria for circular economy projects". Even if each regional authority managing structural funds already has its own assessment criteria for the evaluation and selection of projects, specific criteria for circular economy projects are still missing. The criteria to be defined are therefore the additional ones to be used for the sole purpose of evaluating the "circularity" of one project respect to another one and help the evaluators to make a clear and transparent ranking list.
The Draft table of assessment criteria for circular economy projects in the following figure has been prepared after several discussions between the 17 SCREEN regions and other stakeholders: it is intended as a tool for helping the evaluators of circular economy projects asking for regional funds, to be used in addition to the usual evaluation criteria.

Draft table of assessment criteria; click to download pdf version

It is not yet completed because at this stage SCREEN is still collecting feedbacks. it is to be noted that the European Commission issued on 16th of January 2018 a Communication "on a monitoring framework for the circular economy", containing 10 indicators selected to capture the main elements of a circular economy.

Although SCREEN has worked in a completely independent and separate way from the Commission's product, there is a noticeable correspondence between the indicators of the document mentioned and the evaluation criteria proposed for the projects, as shown in the following figure.

Comparation between the indicators in the Monitoring framework document and the assessment criteria; click to download pdf version

An online questionnaire has been launched and promoted, to gather comments from different stakeholders; its results were discussed during the SCREEN Policy lab in Brussels on 30th of May 2018, held at the European Economic and Social Committee

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