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ECO-INNOVATION CLUSTER FOR SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Tuesday, 12 April, 2016
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Nord-Vest
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Other Label: 
-
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Grigore
Vlad
Cluster Manager
+40 722 437 999
vlad@icpebn.ro
Male
Viorel
Dan
Other
+40 745 696 452
Viorel.Dan@imadd.utcluj.ro
Male
Henriette
Szilagyi
Other
+40 728 555 975
henriette.szilagyi@incerc-cluj.ro
Female
Alexandru
Ozunu
Other
+40 744 768 561
alexandru.ozunu@gmail.com
Male
Mircea
Chintoanu
Other
+40 744 534 420
mircea.chintoanu@icia.ro
Male
Languages spoken: 
English
French
Romanian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Environmental Services
Technology fields: 
Energy from wastewater
Environmental Engineering / Technology
S3 EU priority areas: 
Eco-innovations
Emerging industries: 
Blue Growth Industries
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Disaster Management
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
33
Number of SME members: 
22
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
0
Number of larger company members: 
0
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
8
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
3
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
AGENTIA DE DEZVOLTARE REGIONALA NORD-VEST
Co-working Space
CAMERA DE COMERT SI INDUSTRIE BISTRITA-NASAUD
Co-working Space
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
SC I.C.P.E. BISTRITA SA
SME
UNIVERSITATEA TEHNICA CLUJ-NAPOCA
University
INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE DEZVOLTARE PENTRU OPTOELECTRONICA INOE 2000 INCD
Research Organisation
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

CLEMS is oriented towards the identification of the strengths and of the opportunities in the environmental sector, meant to connect the various actors and to put into practice collaboration projects in the field of research – development – innovation, which specifically aim at upholding the enhancement of the cluster competitiveness and of each and every member’s, both on the national and on the international market.

In order to accomplish these goals, CLEMS involves eco-innovation in finding ways of mitigating the impact of the organisation’s and society’s processes, products and services upon the environment, for the benefit of the member organisations and with an impact upon society, in general.

Until the end of 2021, CLEMS expects to become one of Romania’s most credible providers of eco-innovative services and products, as well as of organisational support systems, offering to their members the possibility of being competitive on the national and international markets.

Our challenge is to render services and to carry out activities aiming at facilitating, furthering and upholding the enhancement of the cluster members’ competitiveness and visibility, by creating a framework of cooperation based on fostering eco-innovation and eco-efficient technological development, meant to shape and to provide a sustainable environment.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Access to technology services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Support of knowledge transfer
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
China
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Hungary
Poland
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Hunan Cooperation Center for Water Resources Research and Development (ASEM Water Resources Research and Development Center)
Umweltcluster Bayern
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)
H2020

CLEMS’ members took part in the project competition organised by The North-West Regional Development Agency (ADR-NV) within the Neptune project. This project, financed through the agency of the ‘Horizont 2020’ research-development-innovation programme of the European Commission, is meant to support the development of the companies that are members of the clusters in the region, by opportunities of financing the access to support services for innovation and entrepreneurship in the following fields : Water Resource Management in the Urban and Rural Environment ; Harbour Logistics, Sea & River Transportation ; Environment & Renewable Marine / Hydro Energies. The companies that qualify for applying for the voucher scheme belonged to the following NEPTUNE regions : Romania (North-West), France (Nouvelle Aquitaine, Occitanie and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur), Greece (Attica and Western Greece), Italy (Lombardy), Poland (Mazovia, Pomerania, Lasser Poland, Silesia), Spain (The Basque Country, Catalonia), Sweden (Skåne, Blekinge, Småland and Halland). The executive top management of CLEMS cluster had several information meetings with representatives of ADR-NV, with whom they got into partnership for participating in this programme.

There were work meetings with the “Integrated Systems for Water Treatment and Purification” group, in order to disseminate the programme and to build partnerships for project submission.

Also, the executive top management of CLEMS cluster had facilitated meetings between CLEMS members and ADR representatives, in order to prepare the financing applications.

Within the CLEMS cluster there were 7 companies that submitted projects, out of which 5 succeeded in getting EUR 200,000 vouchers.

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

I.Internationalization on water management

CLEMS and the Romanian Water Association – the ‘Transilvania’ Territorial Committee and the Bistriţa-Năsăud Chamber of Commerce and Industry signed a protocol of collaboration with ASEMWater – the Hunan Province from the People’s Republic of China. The main task is to found a Joint Research Centre of ASEM Water (EJRC) in Eastern Europe, to implement models and mechanisms targeting the acceleration of the organisation’s incorporation and of the coordination network in the field of water resources. Furthermore, EJRC will be developed as a link-coordination knot and as a pole of science and technology in Eastern Europe, specialised in identifying talents, funds / capital, technology and information services. The event took place in Bistrița-Năsăud, on September 22nd, 2016.

In October 2016, the President of CLEMS and two cluster member organisations, ICPE BISTRITA  and UTCN (The Cluj-Napoca Technical University), attended the ASEM Seminar on Urban Water Management (in Changsha, China), during they contacted their potential collaborators (including a cluster from Hungary – The Hungarian Water Cluster).

The cluster was presented within ASEM Water’s Technical Committee, the stress being laid on the cluster members’ potential of collaboration in the field of integrated water management.

We expect to collaborate within a joint project focused on the treatment of the wastewaters in the Rodna mining area, which would involve universities, research institutions and also enterprises, which would represent a good example for the industry-school education-research combination. During the project development there will be staff exchanges, as well as activities of research and technological transfer among the Romanian specialists, CLEMS’ members and the Chinese specialists.

The model will be the inter-governmental project carried out by ASEM Water and the French partner – The Geological & Mining Research Department (BRGM) – from the French Central Region.

II. The cluster’s involvement in activities of training and raising awareness to the future entrepreneurs for environmental protection

a) With an aim to foster education and the entrepreneurship actions within circular economy, to uphold a responsible behaviour from the part of the young people and to help the same develop their business initiation and management skills, the Eco-Innovative Cluster for Sustainable Environment – CLEMS, jointly with the Cluj Agency for Environmental Protection – APM Cluj and CLEMS’ members (UTCN, SNSIM) organised an event dedicated to the European Week for Waste Material Reduction : THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP PLATFORM FOR THE GOOD MANAGEMENT OF PACKAGING IN CIRCULAR ECONOMY – November 23rd–24th, 2016 – Cluj-Napoca.

The mobilisation took place by means of a joint platform for the academic environment, the representatives of the local public administration authorities, the undertakings, the citizens and the undergraduates that are involved in the process of managing packaging and packaging waste, with an aim to reduce the same, thus contributing to sustainable development.

b) For the theoretical and practical training of the undergraduates in the field of Disaster Management and for consolidating the link between the universities and the institutions specialised in responding to such situations, CLEMS cluster and the Institute of Research for Sustainability and Disaster Management Based on High Performance Calculation (ISUMADECIP) within the Babeş-Bolyai University, as well as CLEMS’ members (SNSIM and ICPE BISTRIŢA) organised the International Summer School entitled ‘Disaster Management’, at UBB’s Arcalia Centre from the Bistriţa-Năsăud county, between August 21st and 27th, 2017.

Within the event, CLEMS’ work group ‘Integrated Systems for Water Treatment and Purification’ organised a work-shop entitled ‘CONCEPTS, STRATEGIES AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING DRINKABLE WATER IN RISK AND NATURAL DISASTER SITUATIONS’.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

CLEMS represents a centre of competitiveness with regard to the creation of a favourable environment for the development of the eco-innovative sector. At the regional level it has got a network of partners with wide views in terms of environmental research and development.