Circular economy cheque

Belgium
Phase: Anticipation
Veids:
  • Transition to a climate-neutral economy
  • Advice
  • Fostering innovation
  • Matching/Networking
  • Support of companies' growth
  • Support of SMEs
Pēdējoreiz mainīts: 29 June, 2021
Nosaukums lokālajā valodā:

Chèque éco-circulaire

Nosaukums angliski:

Eco-circular cheque

Coverage/Eligibility

The place of business has to be located in Wallonia.

The company is an SME, which means, a company that employs fewer than 250 people and has an annual turnover of fewer €50 million, or a balance sheet total not exceeding €43 million.

The company's activity does not fall within a sector excluded on based on the de minimis reregulation, for example fishing, aquaculture, premium production of agricultural products).

Additionally, a prior assessment of the project has to be performed and a certified service provider has to be utilised as well.

Main characteristics

The cheque will let businesses make use of services of a selection 18 specialised experts provided by the government for assistance with eco-design and the development of sustainable products and services, as well as the optimisation and improvement of industrial procedures and organisational processes. The Walloon Region finances the service up to 75% of the costs excluding VAT, limited to €45,000 over three years.

More specifically, the cheque aims to support the company in its reflection on:

  • Ecodesign and the development of sustainable products and services,
  • The exchange or pooling of materials in synergy with other companies,
  • The optimisation and improvement of industrial and organisational processes,
  • The evolution of its business model in a logic of functionality.

The objective is to make possible innovative projects relating to the principles of the circular economy that focus on a creative approach with the aim of bringing added value to the company.

Funding

  • Regional funds

Involved actors

Regional/local government
Walloon region

Effectiveness

After the first year (2017) of the programme in total approximately 355 requests were made, 206 of which were approved, amounting up to €1.7 million.

Strengths

No information available.

Weaknesses

It is only available in Wallonia for a specific set of companies (SMEs, some sectors excluded, etc.).

Piemēri

No information available.
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