Sorel-Tracy, May 17, 2021 - Six territorial symbioses will propel the Programme d'accompagnement en économie de la fonctionnalité among Quebec businesses, under the coordination of the Centre de transfert technologique en écologie industrielle (CTTÉI), thanks to $1,124,536 in funding from the Quebec government.
Six organisations, experts in the circular economy and close to their territory, are at the initiative of the EFC Quebec consortium. This consortium will support the transition of Quebec companies towards the economy of functionality and cooperation, an innovative circular economy strategy that is still little known in Quebec.
The pilot project will run for two years. It will bring together the six founding organisations who will work in pairs with business advisors from their territory. Together, they will accompany 24 volunteer companies in order to experiment with the economy of functionality, initiate the transition and document the benefits. The CTTÉI, which has expertise in accompanying territorial symbiosis projects, in technology transfer and in the deployment of the circular economy in Quebec, will coordinate the activities.
The functionality economy consists of selling the use of a good, rather than the good itself. It avoids the over-consumption of resources, promotes the expertise and value of services and combats programmed obsolescence through the production of durable and repairable goods. The expected benefits are the implementation of new and resilient business models, increased competitiveness of companies, the development and maintenance of local skilled jobs and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
The Programme d'accompagnement en économie de la fonctionnalité auprès des entreprises québécoises (EFC Québec) receives financial assistance from the Government of Quebec in the amount of $1,124,536 from the Action-Climat Québec program and is in line with the objectives of the Plan pour une économie verte 2030.
The CTTÉI leads the Synergie Québec community, the network of industrial and territorial symbioses in Québec, from which the six founding organisations of EFC Québec are drawn.
About EFC Québec
The EFC Québec consortium is an initiative of the following six organizations, represented by :
- Émilie Dupont, SADC du Kamouraska - Kamouraska Circular Economy
- Pascale St-Germain, Comité 21 Québec - Économie circulaire Montérégie
- Véronique Morin, Lanaudière économique - Synergie Lanaudière
- Marie-Pier Lussier, Brome-Missisquoi CLD - Symbiose Brome-Missisquoi
- Audrey Roberge, Conseil régional de l'environnement, région de la Capitale-Nationale - Économie circulaire Capitale-Nationale
- Mélissa Stoia, PME MTL Est-de-l'Île - Synergie Montréal
This pilot project dedicated to the deployment of the economy of functionality and cooperation in Quebec has the support of more than 30 institutional and private partners and will be coordinated by the CTTÉI.
About the CTTÉI
Since 1999, the Centre de transfert technologique en écologie industrielle has been developing and sharing its unparalleled expertise in waste management. It increases the performance of businesses and communities through research and development of innovative approaches and technologies in industrial ecology. The CTTÉI leads the Synergie Québec community, a network dedicated to supporting the transition to a circular economy in Québec, which includes 25 industrial and territorial symbioses.
Press release, Government of Quebec
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