The NonHazCity projects are a great example of how Europeans with smart ideas successfully cooperate to turn good solutions into common practice. Environmentalists, public officials and researchers from eight countries demonstrate how we can reduce the amounts of hazardous substances that enter the environment from sources that cannot be controlled by traditional water treatment, e.g. offices, schools, recreational facilities and businesses. Read here about the household check – a unique tool to reach out to private households and to initiate better consumption decisions. The concerted approach of NonHazCity is innovative and far-reachig which is why the projects are flagships of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
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Beata Fabisiak, project manager of the Interreg BaltSe@nioR and BaltSe@nioR 2.0 projects, explains how empowering young people brings multiple benefits: from driving economy to responding to major societal challenges. BaltSe@nioR and BaltSe@nioR 2.0 are great examples how young Europeans from different countries around the Baltic Sea can learn from each other to design a better future for Europe and its citizens.
People in the countryside release too many nutrients to the environment through their waste water because it is often not purified effectively. This problem was overlooked for many years. The Interreg project Village waters set out to make proper cleaning of waste water common practice across the rural areas around the Baltic Sea. In this interview, the project managers explain why they started the project and what they achieved.
As Interreg becomes 30, Interact has launched the production of an audio podcast this year. In fourty minutes you can travel across Europe, learn about great Interreg projects, and get to know other professionals who use Interreg to fulfil their missions. One of the projects presented is cities.multimodal in which people work towards greener mobility in cities – co-funded from our Programme.
SuMaNu is about sustainable manure and nutrient management and is directly connected with the ongoing development of a Nutrient Recycling Strategy for the Baltic Sea. Interreg Baltic Sea Region’s project platforms are designed to capitalise on the results of existing projects financed from different EU funding Programmes and to create synergies between them, e.g. by feeding into policy making. We interviewed three experts from the SuMaNu platform, which started in autumn 2018, to find out.
The Baltic Sea region has great potential to generate offshore wind energy, but offshore grid development poses a major obstacle. The Interreg project Baltic InteGrid looked into meshed electricity grids, i.e. interconnecting offshore wind farms in order to achieve cost advantages and make more efficient use of maritime space. Thilo Krupp from the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation explains results and experiences from the project.
As many as 43 Interreg Baltic Sea Region projects are working together with Russian partners, showcasing that the same cause unites people beyond borders. From innovating businesses to saving energy and improving mobility – Russian partners are active in all thematic fields of the Programme. But what do they actually do?
Interreg is all about the regional development of municipalities and cities. Every tenth project partner in projects funded by Interreg Baltic Sea Region is a local public authority, i.e. an institution involved in governing a municipality or city. But why exactly do they participate in cooperation projects?
Waste water treatment plants are transforming from energy consumers to energy producers thanks to new technologies, privatisation of public services and growing resource awareness. The Interreg project IWAMA enables regions and cities to make better use of their limited resources: its Baltic Smart Water Hub makes knowledge about relevant techniques available to plant operators and owners as well as researchers and university lecturers.
Next-generation large windmills, solar power plants and electric cars can become more reliable and efficient thanks to advanced power electronics. These new technologies are in fact among the key drivers for reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions. The Interreg Baltic Sea Region project Green PE explored the new terrain for using green advanced power electronics together with academia, technology transfer organisations and industry around the Baltic Sea.