Financing local circular economy initiatives

Circular Cities & Regions

10 May 2023

European Economic and Social Committee
Brussels, Belgium


With the support of

High upfront investment costs are a recurring challenge for many circular economy initiatives. The Horizon Europe and Horizon 2020 projects DECISO and HOOP address this issue by providing project development assistance, including the development of financing solutions and business plans for local circular economy initiatives with the ultimate aim of leveraging further public and private investment.

The Brussels event will serve as a platform to exchange advice and share best practices on financing circular economy initiatives, and to foster cooperation between financiers and project developers. From high-level keynotes to individual matchmaking opportunities between investors and project developers, this event has been developed with and for public authorities, private investors and innovative solution providers and project developers too answer pressing questions such as:

– What funding opportunities exist for circular economy initiatives?
– How can public authorities attract innovative solutions to solve their local challenges?
– How can we engage private investors to bridge the huge public funding gap?

With the aim of creating a diverse overview of pilots addressing different thematic areas and challenges faced by cities and regions, the afternoon session provides an opportunity for project developers to pitch their ideas. This will be followed by a matchmaking and networking session to bring projects and investors together – an opportunity for companies to get feedback and for investors to meet innovative players in the circular economy ecosystem.

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Capacity Building: Financing local circular economy initiatives






DECISO and HOOP at a glance


Securing funding for circular initiatives


Attracting circular solutions – the power of public procurement


Coffee Break


Bridging financing gaps in cities and regions with private investments

12:30 – 13:30

(Light) Lunch break

Connecting financing with projects: Matchmaking and networking


Elevator pitches by pilot projects (including poster presentation)


Coffee Break


Matchmaking and networking


Closing remarks

17:00 – 17:30


Who are the organisers?

The project ‘DEvelopers of CIrcular SOlutions’ (DECISO) will support Europeancities and regions to develop financing schemes for circular economy initiatives. DECISO partners will set up four pilot projects in city of Hamburg (Germany), Alentejo region (Portugal), Northwest Germany region (Germany) and Western Macedonia region (Greece). The pilots will cover different sectors – waste, water,energy and agrifood. Integrating input from stakeholders along the value chain willallow developing robust business plans. This, in return, shall foster the interest ofinvestors and support by the local community. Based on learnings from four pilotprojects in the sectors water, waste, energy and agrifood, DECISO will thengenerate financing guidelines for future circular economy initiatives in otherregions.

The Hub of circular cities bOOsting Platform to foster investments for thevalorisation of urban biowaste and wastewater (HOOP) project supports cities andregions in developing large-scale urban circular bioeconomy initiatives that focuseson making bio-based products from urban biowaste and wastewater. HOOPprovides technical, business, financial and legal Project Development Assistance to Albano-Laziale (Italy), Almere (The Netherlands), Bergen region (Norway), Kuopio(Finland), Münster (Germany), Murcia (Spain), Greater Porto region (Portugal), andWestern Macedonia region (Greece). Beyond that, the digital HOOP Urban Circular Bioeconomy Hub will create a platform to foster knowledge exchange andreplication in cities and regions across Europe. HOOP created a Board of Circular Investors that advises HOOP on the development of financial engineering tools andon requirements for investments.