Mediterranean Trans-Regional Cooperation for green manufacturing innovation (1MED15_1.1_M2_072)

Manufacturing is an important pillar for Europe, since it impacts significantly on economy, occupation welfare and environment. It consumes about the 30% of the total energy produced, uses as input critical raw materials and is responsible for environmental emissions. Thus, the adoption of green practices in manufacturing is a top-priority of several European Regions.

However, even if Europe is a global leader in green manufacturing research, its innovation capacity should be strongly improved. The availability of a European network of pilot plants accessible to SMEs could significantly contribute to this goal.

The setup such an interconnected network of pilot plants requires the identification of common challenges and the mobilization of considerable resources. For these reasons, Regions should cooperate to reach this goal under the paradigm of smart specialization.

In the “VANGUARD Initiative”, a Clusters-governed methodology for the setup of trans-national projects of pilot plants was conceived, but was not tested on a structured basis and on a large scale.

Based on this experience, GREENNOMED aims at testing and transferring this methodology in the MED Regions, considering their peculiarities and also their link with other relevant EU manufacturing Regions, in particular with Germany.

GREENNOMED will address business support organizations (Clusters), enterprises, SMEs, research and innovation organizations , Public Regional Authorities, as well as the general public.


Project Partners

LP1 National Research Council,CNR  – ITALY / Lazio


PP2 Associazione Cluster Marche Manufacturing, ACMM – ITALY / Marche

PP3 EURECAT Foundation, EURECAT – SPAIN / Cataluña

PP4 Pomurje Technology Park, PTP – SLOVENIA /Vzhodna Slovenija

PP5 Technology Park Ljubljana Ltd, TPLJ – SLOVENIA /Zahodna Slovenija

PP6 Croatian Chamber of Economy – County Chamber Varaždin – CROATIA /Kontinentalna Hrvatska

PP7 Cluster Intelligent Energy, CIE – CROATIA /Kontinentalna Hrvatska

PP8 Plastipolis, Plastipolis – FRANCE /Rhône-Alpes

PP9 Interbalkan Environment Center, iBEC  – GREECE / Central Macedonia

PP10 Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology, FRAUNHOFER – GERMANY /Oberbayern

Associate Partners

PP11 t2i – technology transfer and innovation,T2i – ITALY / Veneto

PP12 Marche Region – ITALY / Marche

PP13 Ministarstvo gospodarstva Republike Hrvatske – CROATIA / Kontinentalna Hrvatska

PP14 Catalan Agency for Business Competitiveness, ACCIO – SPAIN / Cataluña

PP15 ASTER S.Cons.p.A., ASTER – ITALY / Emilia-Romagna


PP17 Saxon State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport, SMWA GERMANY / Dresden

PP18 Lombardy Region – ITALY / Lombardia

PP19 Regional office of companies, competition, consumption, work and employment Rhône-Alpes, DIRECCTE – FRANCE /Rhône-Alpes

Greenomed expected results are:

  • Structured methodologyenabling design and implementation of pilot plants, which is widely adoptable by European Clusters.
  • New service offeringsof Clusters and other intermediaries to SMEs.
  • Running projects of pilot plants boosting green manufacturing innovation in Europe.
  • Policy and institutional framework supporting the establishment and access to pilot plants for the uptake of green technologies.


The final outputs are:

  • OneTrans-national cooperation 
  • FourTrans-regional cooperation services offered by Clusters to SMEs.
  • 100 Enterprises involved in the collaborative design and setup of pilot plants through services offered by Clusters.
  • 8Transnational innovation Clusters ready to offer cooperation services.


The project’s duration is 30 months (February 2017 – July 2019), its total budget is 2.050.000,00€ and it is co-financed by 85% by the European Regional Development Fund

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