The present project, “Identification of opportunities for the integration of the Bio-health and Environment sectors: New value chains for essential products in the framework of a circular economy and post Covid-19”, co-financed by the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa and carried out in collaboration between the Basque Health Cluster and Aclima – Basque Environment Cluster-, was born as a search for solutions to the complications caused by the pandemic crisis originated by Covid-19.
The health crisis generated by the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the weaknesses derived from external dependence on the supply of “essential products and the relevant global chains”. It is therefore necessary to review the supply chains of essential goods with criteria of self-sufficiency, employability and security of our territory in the face of possible “crises”.
Medicines, health products, socio-health services and all those products and services related to health care can be classified as essential and their availability is essential to the welfare state of our society. Therefore, it is essential to detect which are the essential products and services that allow, on the one hand, self-sufficiency and, on the other hand, the generation of an economy based on a business network for the manufacture of Km0 essential products.
The urgency of these products should not be an obstacle to not responding to health or industrial regulatory requirements and at the same time observing a circular economy; the introduction of circular and sustainability principles can generate opportunities for diversification and generation of new local industrial value chains, more resilient and competitive in a European framework that is committed to the transition towards a green and sustainable economy, which is embodied in the Green Deal. The green or circular economy is committed to applying the principles of eco-design, repair, reuse, remanufacturing and recycling, among others, to the supply of goods and services. Thus, the lines of study proposed in this project are to be axes to work towards the generation of new value chains linked to new technological or business models in relation to essential health products.
By this way, this project aims to detect, assess, and prioritize potential value chains for the manufacture of essential health products that Gipuzkoa can offer, in terms of sustainability and considering the circularity of production, within the framework of the 2030 Agenda and the European Green Deal.Memoria_ Identificación de oportunidades para la integración del sector Bio-Salud y Medio Ambiente en Gipzukoa