Świętokrzyskie unleashes potential

May 7, 2021 | Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, Poland

RDI2CluB -project activities in the Świętokrzyskie region have been presented in the Polish Climate Report TOGETAIR, prepared by the ‘Clean Air’ Foundation, in cooperation with i.e.. the National Centre for Research and Development, Ministry Climate and Environment and regional authorities of all Polish regions.

RDI2CluB was the main project behind the extension stage project ConnectedByBiobord. Both projects are co-funded by EU and are part of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme (Capacity for innovation), as well as EUSBSR flagship projects.

" The RDI2CluB -project contributed to the popularization of low emission and its threats. It is no coincidence that the spa municipalities of Busko-Zdrój and Solec-Zdrój, where the pilot actions were implemented (including measurements of air pollution levels using a drone), are among the most active local governments in Świętokrzyskie, acquiring funds under umbrella projects to co-finance the replacement of outdated coal-fired furnaces with environmentally friendly, renewable energy sources. The project's innovation includes a focus on the role of regions and local communities in the development of a bioeconomy, which means taking care of nature in a broad sense combined with innovative solutions that support the local economy - this has been achieved through the development of regional bioeconomy profiles for partner regions and action plans to develop regional bioeconomy ecosystems.

As part of the international pilot, a digital platform Biobord.eu was also created as a virtual working environment and meeting place for bioeconomy enthusiasts. It has been a great success in the region in raising awareness about the bioeconomy and its importance among different groups, through various events and promotional activities, including online activities for children and seniors. This has resulted, among other things, in an original project by the youth council of the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship and the youth council of Miedziana Góra called Smog Out, which includes educational activities on air quality and the fight against smog. The youth assembly also set up an environmental commission with a real impact on the regional documents and decisions of the regional authorities on environmental issues that are being developed.

Above all, the RDI2CluB project has helped to initiate a discussion on bioeconomy and closed loop economy, at a time when the Świętokrzyskie region is formally redefining its development directions for the next years. For the first time bioeconomy was mentioned by name in such important documents as Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship Development Strategy 2030+ and Regional Innovation Strategy. " (TOGETAIR 2021)

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