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FRONTSH1P – A FRONTrunner approach to Systemic circular, Holistic & Inclusive solutions for a new Paradigm of territorial circular

Updated on 20.02.2024

The project is centred in the Polish region of Łódzkie. A region that, on the one hand, traditionally relies heavily on coal extraction, and, on the other hand, has pioneered circular (bio)economy since the early 2000s. The region has always been at the forefront of innovation and has become one of the leading regions in the field of circular economy. 


During its four years, FRONTSH1P will contribute to further the green and just transition of the Łódzkie region away from its current linear economic foundation, towards the region’s decarbonisation and territorial regeneration. It will do so by demonstrating four circular systemic solutions. Each circular systemic solution targets an economic sector that is aiming towards decarbonisation: Wood Packaging;, Food & Feed,; Water & Nutrients,; and Plastic & Rubber Waste. Each developed circular systemic solution will furthermore be highly replicable, a feat that will be proven during the project by their implementation in four other European regions: Campania (Italy),; Sterea Ellada (Greece);, Norte (Portugal);, and Friesland (the Netherlands). 


Through the development of the circular systemic solutions, FRONTSH1P will create Circular Regional Clusters that involve a wide range of local, regional, and national stakeholders, both from the public and private spheres, guaranteeing that no one will be left behind. 

Topic ID: LC-GD-3-2-2020: Demonstration of systemic solutions for the territorial deployment of the circular economy
Grant agreement ID: 101037031
Countries: Poland, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Netherlands
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Start and end date: 01.11.2021 - 31.10.2025
Budget: 18 959 452 EUR
Type of action: Research and innovation action (RIA)

Leading organisation

K-Flex Polska Sp. z o.o., Poland

Regions involved

Łódzkie, Stereá Elláda, Região do Norte, Friesland

Scope and objectives

FRONTSH1P aims at ensuring the green and just transition of the Polish Łódzkie Region towards decarbonisation and territorial regeneration. The project aims to do this through demonstration at TRL7 of highly replicable regenerative circular systemic models and solutions that address the current challenges and needs of the region, transforming them into opportunities for economic growth, social inclusion, decarbonisation of systems of production and consumption, improvement of the quality of life for citizens, and reconnection between the urban and rural context.

The model will be implemented and demonstrated in the Łódzkie region, where key territorial partners (in particular the regional institution, the scientific partner, the representative of civil society, and industry groups) will play a relevant role in promoting, facilitating, and enabling systemic economy and CE at regional scale. The involvement of those relevant actors will allow the promotion of the CE and to reach relevant actors, such as municipalities, companies, consumers, and civil society, which will be engaged in a participatory approach to collect needs and perceived constraints. From this activity, the cluster system will identify and define a CE strategy, with clear objectives, measurable targets, and a proper monitoring method. Moreover, the cluster will facilitate collaborations and co-operations among relevant actors for boosting circularity.

It will mean to:

  • identify already available initiatives and policies at local, regional, national, and international level;
  • create platforms to explore opportunities and to share information, best practices, and successful examples;
  • activate a strong communication between universities, businesses, and civil society for the technological transfer;
  • exchange information and experiences with other regions and countries.

The project foresees activities in which the proposed systemic solution is embedded. Examples of these activities include defining regulatory instruments aimed at accelerating the transition to a CE and creating a Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP).

The ultimate goal is to guarantee a long-lasting effect of this transition by building-up a permanent Circular Regional Cluster applying the Circular Governance Model. This will be done by engaging regional, local and national public authorities to ensure that long term planning and deployment is achieved in the Łódzkie Region and is replicated throughout Europe, leveraging on mutual learning with four regions in Italy, Greece, Portugal and the Netherlands that will act as knowledge providers and as replicators.

Key deliverables

  • D2.1 – Policy Framework and Market analysis
  • D2.2 – Regional Circularity Booster toolkit
  • D2.3 – Circular economy monitoring system model for the Łódzkie Region
  • D2.4 – Policy, business, social, environmental and practice recommendations
  • D2.6 – Circular Governance Model, operational framework, Łódzkie region CEAP enhancement and implementation updates
  • D3.1 – Implementation plan of CSS1 and citizen engagement Plan
  • D3.5 – Ecodesign case studies CSS1
  • D4.1 – Implementation plan of CSS2
  • D4.2 – Citizens engagement for CSS2 co-creation and deployment
  • D4.7 – Ecodesign case studies CSS2
  • D5.1 – Implementation plan of CSS3 and citizen engagement Plan
  • D5.5 – Ecodesign case studies CSS2
  • D6.1 – Community based innovation scheme, citizen engagement plan & implementation plan for CSS4
  • D6.6 – Ecodesign case studies CSS2
  • D7.1 – Methodological approach to enhance circularity in Łódzkie Region
  • D7.2 – Digital Platform and tools
  • D7.3 – Circular economy business models and roadmap to regional enhancements
  • D8.1 – Replication Strategies Model
  • D8.2 – Replication in fellow regions and beyond


Description of future collaboration with CCRI-CSO

  • Input, support and in particular knowledge provision to Thematic Working Groups of the CCRI-CSO.
  • Work Package of translation to other regions as key delivery for the CCRI-CSO (Strategy for the regional replication of the CSS).
  • Development of a regional systemic circular economic approach, including a methodology and toolkit to support the regional transition towards the CE, a circular governance model, and policy and practice recommendations.
  • Participation to CCRI webinars and technical workshops.
  • Involvement in cluster activities of Green Deal Call CE projects.


Main project stakeholders

Industry, civil society, citizens, public administration, municipalities


  • L'isolante K-Flex SpA, Italy
  • Centrum Badan I Innowacji Pro-Akademia Stowarzyszenie, Polands
  • Centrum Promocji I Rozwoju Inicjatyw Obywatelskich Opus, Poland
  • Politechnika Lodzka, Poland
  • Uniwersytet Lodzki,  Poland
  • Wojewodztwo Lodzkie, Poland
  • Zwiazek Miedzygminny Bzura, Poland
  • Gmina Parzeczew, Poland
  • Kpmg Advisory Spolka Z Ograniczona Odpowiedzialnoscia Spolka Komandytowa, Poland
  • Kpmg Tax M.Michna Spolka Komandytowa,  Poland
  • Sirmax Polska Sp zoo, Poland
  • Leda Polymer Sp zoo, Poland
  • Libera Universita Di Bolzano, Italy
  • Sviluppo Tecnologie E Ricerca Per L'edilizia Sismicamente Sicura Ed Ecosostenibile Scarl,Italy
  • Consorzio Per La Promozione Della Cultura Plastica Proplast, Italy
  • Gruppo Di Azione Locale Irpinia, Italy
  • Novamont Spa, Italy
  • Stam Srl, Italy
  • Carmasciando Societa' Agricola Srl, Italy
  • Ethnicon Metsovion Polytechnion, Greece
  • Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptyxis, Greece
  • Perifereia Stereas Elladas, Greece
  • Dimos Levadewn, Greece
  • Laboratorio Nacional De Energia E Geologia I.P., Portugal
  • Laboratorio Iberico Internacional De Nanotecnologia Lin, Portugal
  • Comissao De Coordenacao E Desenvolvimento Regional Do Norte, Portugal
  • Fundacion Cartif, Spain
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain
  • Vereniging Circulair Friesland, Netherlands
  • Provincie Fryslan, Netherlands
  • Waste4me BV, Netherlands
  • European Association of Development Agencies, Belgium
  • Veltha Ivzw, Belgium
  • Universita Degli Studi Della Tuscia, Italy
  • Promix Solutions AG, Switzerland
  • Burkhardt GmbH, Germany

More information

Each CSS targets an economic sector that is aiming towards decarbonisation: Wood Packaging; Food & Feed; Water & Nutrients; and Plastic & Rubber Waste. Each developed CSS will furthermore be highly replicable. A feat that will be proven during the project by their implementation in four other European regions: Campania (Italy); Sterea Ellada (Greece); Norte (Portugal); and Friesland (the Netherlands).

Through the development of the CSS, FRONTSH1P will create Circular Regional Clusters that involve a wide range of local, regional, and national stakeholders, both from the public and private spheres, guaranteeing that no one will be left behind.