Executive Summary
Make your own book

THEME 5 Making Use of Innovation and Knowledge
ICTs for SMEs

Facilitating Sustainable Innovation
Project Aim

The aim was to create an interregional co-operation on sustainable innovation in the North Sea Region between relevant stakeholders in order to foster start-ups and development of innovative companies, products and tools.

Project implementation and results

The measurable results largely centred on exchange of experience (workshops and final conferences) and the development of follow-up projects. One of these development projects were Cradle to Cradle Islands (C2CI), which was approved within the framework of the Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme. C2CI will focus on the development of new and sustainable energy-related technologies and strategies in islands around the North Sea Region.

Joint transnational strategy

The project has improved facilities and opportunities for research and development. The project has been prepared as a tool to stimulate and accelerate the process of sustainable innovations. The main idea behind the project was to create an interregional co-operation on sustainable innovation between relevant stakeholders in order to foster the start-up and development of innovative companies, products and tools.

Impact of the project

Policy shaping
The project has received political recognition as there is a political agreement for using the project results. The final political conference was a big step forward in broadening the developed network into a world wide network (as the participants to a large extent came from outside Europe 55 out of 185 participants): The initiative for a new world wide network on sustainable innovations of the Dutch Cartesius Institute for sustainable innovations and the worldwide organisation Greening of Industries (GIN).

As a consequence, another conference ‘Manifesto’ with recommendations for improved interregional co-operation on sustainable innovation was handed over to the European Commission in 2008. In addition, the manifesto ‘Regions for Sustainable Innovations’ was also presented for the European Parliament.

Icrobalance technique: Students of the University of Halmstad demonstrate an electrical sports car in Halmstad, Sweden.


Provincie West-Vlaanderen, BE
Innovatie Centrum West-Vlaanderen, BE
North Jutland County Council, DK
Flagskibet.dk, DK
City of Emden; DE
Insel- und Halligkonferenz e.V. Region Uthlande, DE
Environmental Forum Halland, SE
Svalöv Municipality, SE
Province of Zeeland, NL
Renewables East, UK
Centre for Sustainable Engineering, UK

Province of Fryslan

Project Manager

Hans van Meerendonk
Province of Fryslân Tweebaksmarkt 52
P.O.Box 20120 NL-8900 HM Leeuwarden
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 58 2925 428

Measure: 1.5

Start Date: 30 November 2005
End Date: 01 June 2008

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