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June 2020 (published: 19.06.2020)
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On the results of international projects on the introduction of circular economy principles in the Baltic region
Pavlova A.S. , Sergienko O.I., Violetta Savoskula, Daniliuk M.A. , Pavlov A.S.
Introduction: Both in the Central Baltic (CB) countries and Russia, there is a need to develop current education regarding resource efficiency and circular economy, which is a relatively new and complex issue. The signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, strengthening the legislative framework of the European Union and Russia regarding the implementation of climate policy, as well as the publication of a new Circular Economy Action Plan in March 2020 determine the relevance of the chosen topic. Main part: The aim of the paper is to present the results of the two parallel twinning international projects "CREA-RE" (Creating aligned studies in Resource Efficiency) and "CREA-RE-RU" (Creating aligned studies in Resource Efficiency in Sweden and Russia). The projects were implemented between 2018 and 2020 jointly by four partner universities of the Baltic region countries - the University of Latvia in Riga, Gävle University, Sweden, LAB University of Applied Sciences, Finland and ITMO University, Russia. The main goal of the projects was to develop educational materials for the preparation of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as to strengthen cooperation between companies and universities in the field of resource efficiency and closed-loop economies. Analyze of Results: The goal of the project was achieved thanks to: 1) the development of educational materials for use in higher educational institutions; 2) the transfer of knowledge between organizations and universities through the solution of business cases, 3) the creation of an online platform for the exchange of educational materials. The activities allowed to create a unified approach to teaching and studying the topics of resource efficiency and circular economy.
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Keywords: circular economy, resource efficiency, energy efficiency, universities, learning materials, business cases, countries of the Baltic Region.
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