I EUROACE Ecodesign Meeting - DEGREN Project
On October 30 and 31, the I EUROACE Ecodesign Meeting was held at the Palacio de Congresos Manuel Rojas in Badajoz (Spain), which was part of the Interreg POCTEP project “DEGREN - DEsign & GReen ENgineering”, of which the Sustainable Habitat Cluster is a partner.
In this event, aimed at meeting innovative minds, committed to raising awareness of Ecodesign for improving business competitiveness, some ideas and opportunities were presented to the agents of the EUROACE territory (Alentejo, Centro and Extremadura).
On the first day, October 30, DEGREN Ecolab took place, a proactive event with dynamic lectures on Ecodesign initiatives developed by students of the Escola Superior de Artes e Design das Caldas da Rainha (ESAD.CR) and the University of Extremadura (UEx), as well as business projects in varying degrees of development.
Speakers were asked to answer the following questions:
- How is Ecodesign integrated into your project?
- What innovation component does Ecodesign bring you?
- What added value does Ecodesign give your project for positioning in the market?
On October 31st, IEEM hosted four plenary conferences on current trends and themes related to Ecodesign:
- Ecodesign: What is it and what does it offer? – José María Fernandez – IHOBE;
- Ecodesign Opportunities in the EUROACE Region – João Mateus – ESAD.CR (IPLeiria);
- Past, Present and Future of Ecodesign in the EUROACE Region – Carlos Cabo e Manuel Martín – DEGREN Project;
- Ecodesign Good Business Practices – Pedro Assude – DELTA Cafés.
This day was also characterized by two idea laboratories. The first dealt with themes such as: the challenges for the circular economy; natural and recycled materials; environmental product declarations; The strategy for reducing environmental impacts in the EUROACE Region and the speakers were: Cristina Rocha (LNEG), José Timón and Mónica Ruiz-Roso (Urvipexsa); Victor Ferreira (Sustainable Habitat Cluster) and Alba Victoria Hernández (Proyecto Creación de Guia de Compra Pública Verde para la Administración y las Empresas).
The second laboratory related themes such as: SMEs towards Ecodesign and Consumer Communication; the Public Sector as the engine of Ecodesign in SMEs; Ecolabeling of products; and finally how to communicate Ecodesign. This laboratory featured presentations by: José Luis Canga (ABALEO, S.L.), Rubén Carnerero (IK Ingeniería); Marisa Almeida (CTCV); and Esther Sánchez (RETEMA).
During these two days, there were also several occasions for conviviality among the participants, both in the debate panels, as in the networking moments, which resulted in new interactions, new contacts and a more dynamic discussion regarding the topics presented throughout the event.