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Eco-Cycle Center ‘Moskogen’

Kalmar

Detailed description of the Good Practice

The Eco-Cycle Centre Moskogen (ECM) in Kalmar is a central hub for capacity building within the
fields of technology, management and behavioural issues connected to the environment and sustainable
development. ECM offers a network and an arena for active, long term and dynamic cooperation
between the academic sphere, the business sector and the public sector, as well as with non-governmental
organisations and ordinary citizens. The cooperation is conducted on local, regional, national and
international levels. The activities of the centre are welcome to all on the condition that the common
platform of shared values and the business concept of the ECM are accepted and implemented.
The centre is neither a hierarchical organisation, nor one physical place, but rather a dynamic long term
arena, the content of which is subject to the steering of players and the common platform of shared values.

Sustainable development

Stakeholder involvement

Objectives of the Good Practice

Overall goal :

Environmental sustainability as an instrument for economic growth

By offering:

  • an arena for exchange of knowledge and experiences as well as for common understanding and coordination,
  • the possibility of playing an active part in cooperative projects within Research, Development and Demonstration (RDD) platforms for capacity building and knowledge transfer,
  • courses to increase competence among players’ staff members, students, external stakeholders and in certain cases also the general public, and
  • large scale resources for RDD in the form of land for field research, pilot scale facilities, broad-scale laboratory experiments and laboratory bench-scale trials and chemical and biological environmental analyses.

Participants of the Good Practice

The major stakeholders of the ECM are today Sustainable Sweden Southeast AB, the waste management
organisations in the region (Kalmarsundsregionens Renhållare), Kalmar Energy, Kalmar University, SP
Technical Research Institute of Sweden AB, the consultancy company “Vatten och samhällsteknik AB”,
The Regional Council in Kalmar County and the IUC Kalmar (a industrial development centre).

Target group of the Good Practice

The Stakeholders

More Details of the Good Practice

The centre is an arena whose activities are organised according to the following principles:
• Participation in activities is open to all possible parties, provided the values and the activity and the business concept are shared by each party, as illustrated in Figure 1. Partner D can participate when its values are coordinated with the whole.
• All of the players participate by mandate of the resources they make available to the centre.
• The centre has no actual head of activities but does have an active “host”.
• The activities of the centre comprise three levels: (1) Exchange of knowledge and experience, (2) Common understanding and coordination, and (3) Collaboration. The number of participants in activities connected to the various levels is often different as shown by the triangle in Figure 2. The degree of “commitment” increases when moving from a lower to a higher level. Collaborative projects are regulated by “contracts” with clearly defined financial responsibilities and liabilities.

Available files

FileSize
Arena building.pdf1.63 MiB

Contact details

Kalmar Municipality
Box 611
391 26 KALMAR
Sweden
Mr. Jan Martinsson
+46 480 45 00 94
jan.martinsson@kalmar.se

Data sources and references

Baltic Environment and Energy - Report 2 of the BEE project (2007)
www.beeproject.eu

(Visited on the 13th of January 2009)