The project is centred in the Polish region of Łódzkie. A region that on the one hand, traditionally heavily relies on coal extraction, and on the other hand, has pioneered circular (bio)economy since the early 2000s. The region has always been in the forefront of innovation and has become one of the leading regions in the field of circular economy. In the next 4 years, FRONTSH1P will contribute to further the green and just transition of the Łódzkie region away from its current linear economic foundation, towards the region’s decarbonisation and territorial regeneration. It will do so by demonstrating four Circular Systemic Solutions. Each circular systemic solution targets an economic sector that is aiming towards decarbonisation: Wood PackagingFood & FeedWater & Nutrients, and Plastic & Rubber Waste. Each developed circular systemic solution will furthermore be highly replicable. A feat that will be proven during the project by their implementation in four other European regions: Campania (Italy), Sterea Ellada (Greece), Norte (Portugal), and Friesland (the Netherlands). Through the development of the circular systemic solutions, FRONTSH1P will create Circular Regional Clusters that involve a wide range of local, regional, and national stakeholders, both from the public and private spheres, guaranteeing that no one will be left behind. We are a team of 34 partners from 9 European countries. We are comprising public regional authorities, both large and small and medium enterprises, research institutions and technology centres, NGOs, and European associations. Therefore, we are ourselves a well-balanced consortium already representing key stakeholders within the value chain of circular economy and the identified fields targeted by the circular systemic solutions.

This project is supported by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 Programme. Grant Agreement 101037031.