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Sectors: Construction and buildings Circular resource management Bioeconomy Industrial symbiosis

Comunitat Valenciana

Updated on 23.11.2023

The Valencian Institute for Business Competitiveness (IVACE) is a public law entity, integrated in the regional government. An objective of IVACE is, among others, to manage the regional industrial policy and support innovation for the competitiveness and modernisation of SMEs and industrial areas, entrepreneurship, energy efficiency and renewable energies. IVACE has a staff of 245 people, around 90 of whom are linked to the circular economy (CE).

Countries: Spain
Population: 5.058.000
Resource use, flows and materials: To be confirmed

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We coordinate the regional Network of Technology Centres, which provide SMEs with a specialised offer of advanced technological services and research, development, and innovation, with the aim of improving their competitiveness. The capabilities of this network include many areas of knowledge and technological lines, projects and equipment associated with CE. The network employs 1784 professionals, in total.

Leading organisation

Comunitat Valenciana


Valencian Institute for Business Competitiveness of the Regional Government

Link to existing circular economy action plan

There is no specific Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP), but there are different strategic approaches that include CE policies, projects, or initiatives. The most important of these is the drafted law for the prevention of waste, ecological transition, and promotion of the CE, which is currently being submitted to the regional parliament. It is expected to be approved this year.

The main goals of this law are:

  • To encourage the reduction of waste generation, increase the reuse of materials and products, and increase the recovery of materials for further use by recycling the waste generated.
  • To discourage the disposal of waste through landfill and incineration techniques.
  • To guarantee adequate waste management that prevents and minimises adverse impacts on the environment, protects human health and improves people's quality of life.
  • To consolidate the governance model based on the effective coordination of the regional and local administrations to carry out the adequate management of domestic, commercial, bio-waste and agricultural waste in the region, in all phases of the treatment process of this waste. This includes collection, transport, treatment, and recovery of materials, and the final disposal.
  • To encourage and promote the application of CE criteria in the processes of production, consumption, and post-consumption in the territorial scope of the region, and especially the implementation of industrial symbiosis.
  • To favour the mitigation of the causes of climate change as well as adaptation to its effects.
  • To contribute to the regeneration of degraded areas and the decontamination of soils.


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Other activities

The new law for the prevention of waste, ecological transition and promotion of the CE will contribute to the development of a CEAP for the Valencian Region. However, a change of economic model, such as the one proposed in the CE, requires a multidisciplinary, multi-sectoral approach that involves different types of agents and develops different policies. In this sense, it is necessary to consider other strategies of the regional government that would also contribute to the construction of a Valencian CE model.

Link to Circular Systemic Solution

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Circular economy good practices

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Key publications, policies, legislations and initiatives

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Support from CSO

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