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To identify early new partnership trends, forms of Collaborative Management, Cooperation, Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding, Distributed Capitalism, Business Innovation & people at the Base of the Pyramid, Knowledge Partnerships, Standard-setting Partnerships, Service Partnerships will be key. 

A Confidential letter is available for Privilege Partners and Full Members. It addresses Partnerships shifts and trends related to i.a. Shared vision, Shared goals, Leadership, Influence, Inclusiveness, Reward , PPP's, Purchasing power, Long term commitment, Systemic partnership challenges.

EPE is a Forum facilitator for Privilege Partners or Public Institutions in view of Resource Efficiency and a New Generation of Partnerships to accelerate the transition towards a New Prosperity Model linked with a Green Economy. Indeed, they require a paradigm shift in the way business works with an increasing number of companies having to co-operate and the need of multi-stakeholder approaches. These partnerships will be key to designing an integrated system for managing the nexus water-energy-food-raw material-climate-poverty and related challenges. Such partnerships should provide new mechanisms for cross-institutional collaboration. They offer good prospects for being learning institutions and generate eco-innovation.

In this context, to learn to ‘share’ natural, financial and knowledge resources in a common biosphere  will be of paramount importance. The EPE Resource Efficiency Programme aims to foster a voluntary open-coordination between front runners willing to leverage their respective powers, share their expertise and means to accelerate change in a world moving towards new co-operative models, distributed business and intelligently apportioned capital. The EPE Resource Efficiency Programme will further address the systemic interdependence between energy resources and natural resources (water, food, raw materials), as well as related scarcity, security, life style concerns and the combined green jobs creation and well-being potential in a ‘biosphere policy’ for Europe. EPE identified three categories of for multi-stakeholder partnerships: knowledge partnerships , standard-setting partnerships , service partnerships.

EPE helps Privilege Partners and Public Authorities as partners in the value chain to set up ‘Alliances’ to address resource efficiency transformation challenges as: Systemic issue, Core competences of all partners made complementary, Appropriate set of partners and trust, Building leverages to scale up and replicate.

Report done by EPE and the Wuppertal Institute for the Dutch Ministry of Housing on support to front runners of two building value chains (construction wood and concrete) suggests that we need policy and training adaptation, as current instruments are thematic and not “chain” oriented.” 


  • How the supply side can co-operate better with the demand side?
  • How to establish large-scale programmes on one hand to accelerate the deployment of EU Objectives on the other hand to reduce costs? 
  • How to address the lack of trust, barrier to progress? 
  • How to help the demand side to move towards a life cycle perspective from both an energy and materials perspective?
  • How to address skills in relation with these 4 concerns and in particular: emerging skills, retraining/up-skilling, skills supply, skills shortages, skills recognition and validation.


Three core principles that have recurred in cross-sector partnerships are the principles of Equity, Transparency and Mutual Benefit.  Key Partnering Principles addressed by EPE: Clear benefits for all participants in the chain (demand-supply), Sharing of the same long-term objectives , Shared understanding, mutual commitment and trust

As well as a commonly agreed goal, all partnerships along the value chain will need some guiding principles to hold them together in the achievement of a project. These principles should be worked out as part of the partnership-building process and agreed by all partners. If they provide the foundation upon which the partnership is built then, as project progresses, they continue to provide the ‘cement’ that holds the partnership together over time. 


EPE Programme 2015. A New Dynamic.



RMC – Covenant Circular Economy 2022

Your Region or City, and their relevant agencies, are invited to join the ‘Covenant Circular Economy 2022‘, a commitment to facilitate open-coordination to implement the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials.

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