Learning to live with floods

As global temperatures rise, learning to cope with floods is no longer a choice but a necessity. FRAMES showed how the Multi-Layer Safety approach improves flood resilience, inspiring a flurry of action across the North […]

5 ways to supercharge the green energy transition

The latest IPCC report and the rising cost of oil and gas both underline the urgent need to ramp up fossil-free solutions. Focused on innovation and testing on the ground, Interreg North Sea Region projects […]

SMEs bring on the taste of local

Farmers who are part of the cooperative de Streekboer standing in front of a red tractor.

Increased sales of local food products can create rural jobs, help communities to thrive, and support more sustainable food systems. The REFRAME project discovered a staggering 100 ways to support SMEs to grow local food […]

Cities as drivers of green innovation

“We have the challenge – who has the solution?” This is the Living Lab concept for challenge-driven innovation explored by Northern Connections. After four years of work, we have proof of concept that cities, regions, […]

Greening ports from the hinterland

Aerial shot of the dryport in Skaraborg, today a logistics hot spot of Sweden

How can ports become greener and smarter? DRYPORT (2008-2012) explored a concept that has proved very durable and still leads to positive spinoffs in the North Sea Region and beyond.  ”Just call me any time, […]

Growing the healthcare economy

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How can society keep up with increasing needs for healthcare? SHINE found the key may be smart business cases creating wins for both companies and the public health sector. In the project SHINE, eight partners […]

Promoting a digital mindset in public service innovation

After four years full of hackathons, digital coaches and numerous other inventions, the Like! project can boast a great range of innovative digital solutions for public service delivery. I had an online chat with project […]

Helping SMEs expand overseas

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In the award-winning Lean Landing project, business incubators and accelerators joined forces to help micro-SMEs break into foreign markets. Lean Landing was designed to help small businesses grow by moving into markets overseas. Internationalisation is […]

Creating tailwind for wind-assisted shipping

The ECOLINER

The North Sea Region Programme supports innovation that reduces the heavy CO2 footprint of sea carriers. An example is the SAIL project (2012-2015) that helped kick-start wind-assisted shipping propulsion (WASP), a low-carbon freight solution which is now […]

Bikes, business, and social mobility

The small social enterprise Mobiel provides jobs for unemployed people whilst promoting cycling in cities across Flanders. The founder of Mobiel says Interreg support and transnational cooperation were key to their present-day success. Mobiel is […]