Organized by: Interreg MED Green Growth community

The workshop “Sustainability approaches for clusters in the Mediterranean” is organized by the INTERREG MED Green Growth community, which gathers and creates communicational, technical and political synergies among 14 projects and over 100 stakeholders (NGOs, public authorities, businesses, research institutions) of the Mediterranean region. Clusters play a key role in reinforcing the competitivity of businesses, through their capacity to reunite numerous economic actors working for a mutual benefit and thus to easily foster the dissemination of sustainability principles. Moreover, clusters are a priority of action for the majority of projects in the Green Growth community. The half-day workshop will provide a unique opportunity to debate and gather insights concerning the state-of-the-art, perspectives and good practices from academia representatives (such as University of Sant’Anna), sustainability experts (such as Fondazione Ecosistemi) and clusters from the Mediterranean region such as Italy, Spain and Slovenia working on a variety of themes such as water, energy, manufacturing and eco-design.

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BETA Tech Center - University of Vic (Spain)
Fondazione Ecosistemi (Italy)
CUEIM (Italy) from the INTERREG MED Green Growth Community


9.30 Introduction by the Chairs
Interreg MED Green Growth community: purposes, members and role of clusters

9.45 Sustainability and clusters – what actors, stakes and perspectives?

Fabio Iraldo, Research Director of CeSiSP (Centre for the Development of Product Sustainability) and IEFE Bocconi, Professor of Environmental Management at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and SDA Bocconi
Using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to measure the environmental benefits of industrial symbiosis in an industrial cluster of SMEs

Giorgio Galotti, Fondazione Ecosistemi
Environmental innovation in ecological clusters

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 Successful sustainability stories from MED clusters

Sara Gabarrón, CWP - Catalan Water Partnership (Spain)
Alexia Boulanger CLEVER – Cleantech & Energy Innovation Cluster (Italy)
Chiara Mansanta, ACMM- Marche Manufacturing Cluster Association (Italy)
Matjaž Milfelner, TECOS - Slovenian Tool and Die Development Centre (Slovenia)
Marco Foschini, Agrifood Clust-ER Emilia-Romagna (Italy)
Daniela Carlotti, Consorzio Conciatori di Ponte a Egola) and Marco Cavallini, Associazione Conciatori (Italy)

12.00 Interactive session / peer-to-peer exchanges

12.45 Discussion and conclusion of the session

Simultaneous translation service English - Italian will be provided in this session