The Region of Murcia Circular Economy Strategy has a total of 51 measures, structured in 8 pillars of action. Total investment in the strategy between 2019 and 2025 will amount to 510.4 million euro and it could generate almost 2,000 direct green jobs.
On December 27 last, the regional minister of Employment, Universities and Environment, Javier Celdrán, explained the strategic lines of this roadmap to members of the regional government, at their final session of the year. The document is a key instrument in terms of guiding the transition from a linear to a circular economy model based on responsible, sustainable production and reuse.
The strategy, which will place the Region of Murcia at the forefront of the transition to the circular economy in Europe, was drafted with the participation of experts and technical specialists from six departments of the regional government, and with the cooperation of the main economic and social actors. In addition to the contributions of citizens, the document was drafted with the participation of over 60 representatives of universities, technology centres, research bodies, social and ecological organisations, trade associations, agricultural organisations and trade unions.
Eight pillars of action
The 8 pillars of action, into which the 51 specific measures of the strategy are integrated, are as follows: sustainable production, with 13 measures and investment of 172.7 million euro; sustainable consumption, with 8 measures and a budget of 16.2 million euro; waste management, with 7 initiatives and a budget of 29.7 million euro; secondary raw materials, with 4 measures and investment of 19 million euro; efficient use of water, with 5 measures and a budget of 205.3 million euro; promotion of R&D&I, with 3 initiatives and investment of 46.6 million euro; knowledge, awareness and participation, with 7 measures and a budget of 2.1 million euro; and employment and training, with 4 initiatives and a budget of 15.4 million euro.
The specific measures contained in the Circular Economy Strategy include: a circular economy support plan for entrepreneurs; a sustainable energy efficiency plan; the promotion of new business models based on a transforming economy with impact; improved energy efficiency in households and institutions, and a digitisation plan for annual environmental declarations.
Other outstanding measures include the development of a market for by-products and secondary raw materials; improved energy efficiency in the urban water cycle; the development of a regional eco-innovation plan; support for mechanisms to aid the transition to green technologies; training schemes for primary and secondary students; and training for companies on how to improve efficiency in the use of resources in a cost-effective way.