What we face


One aim, one mission – transfer are economy to the climate neutral and circular. As according to the current plan of the EU presented within the main strategic documents, including Green Deal, we have stil many years until the deadline in 2050, to be successful the concrete active steps need to be taken already today, to transform an industrial sector and all the value chains. The transition is an opportunity to expand sustainable and job-intensive economic activity. However, the transformation is taking place at a too slow pace with progress neither widespread nor uniform. The European Green Deal brings the the conrete actions to support and accelerate the EU’s industry transition to a sustainable model of inclusive growth.

One of the core methodology needs to be adapted is the circular economy which prioritise reducing and reusing materials before recycling them. According to its significany the Circular Economy Action Plan have been developed bringing the‘sustainable products’ policy to support the circular design of all products based on a common methodology and principles fostering new business models and set minimum requirements to prevent environmentally harmful products from being placed on the EU market. Extended producer responsibility will also be strengthened.  

While the circular economy action plan provide general plan for the transition of all sectors, its actions will focus in particular on resource-intensive sectors such as textiles, construction, electronics and plastics. The Commission will follow up on the 2018 plastics strategy focusing, among other things, on measures to tackle intentionally added micro plastics and unintentional releases of plastics, for example from textiles and tyre abrasion. The Commission will develop requirements to ensure that all packaging in the EU market is reusable or recyclable in an economically viable manner by 2030, will develop a regulatory framework for biodegradable and bio-based plastics, and will implement measures on single use plastics.

How we act

The initiative of transition to the sustainable industry was followed by national authorities in Slovakia which formed the main strategy - The concept of intelligent industry for Slovakia (2016) which represents the vertical, horizontal and digital integration of Slovak industry together with the support of business, legal and social capacities for long-term sustainability. The aim of this concept is to support the industrial development based on the technological trends, rapid industrial globalization, changes in the industrial structure and new requirements on the part of consumers. It aims to emphasize the need for better adaptation; human resources through new business models, new technologies and new methods of industrial production.

Following the main nation strategy, Action plan of intelligent industry in the Slovak Republic (2016) was released proposing the more concrete process plan based on the core vision: Create conditions for the development of Slovak industry, which will respond to global digital trends,


in order to increase the competitiveness of companies leading to the sustainable growth of income, employment and quality of life. According to the identified trends, needs and requirements, as the basic prerequisite for the sustainable development of industry in Slovakia is a sufficient number of skilled workers able to work in the conditions of smart industry both at the level of industrial enterprises and at the level of SMEs, their suppliers or customers.

What we do

Technical university of Kosice, as the respected research authority in the region, is one of the strategic partner representing the academic sector within the process of transition to sustainable industry end energy. Our wide range of experts focusing on the various aspects regarding the potential and possible barriers and in cooperation with the industrial partners develop new products and services as the solution the actual demand, which are transferring the new technologies into practise devices improving our living conditions following the principle of circular economy which is still relatively unknown in Slovakia.

Especially to the aspect of circularity are focused several projects supporting the capacity building, regarded as the most needed according to the situation in Slovakia today. As the example can be mentioned the project Innovations in circular economy – environmental labels and declarations (Visegrad fund) which provided the educational activities mostly for the researchers or the very popular CITYCIRCLE project (Interreg Central Europe) which facilitated innovation and technology transfer and improve services and business models in peripheral cities.

And as the primary mission of the university is the education of young generations we are constantly improving also the content and educational tools in this kind of process. The students are within the lectures informed about the new trend and technologies often by authors themselves while the new knowledge is transferred into educational materials also systematically – e.g. as in the case of the project Transfer of knowledge from scientific research activities to the multimedia educational process in the study programme "Environment and engineering production" - Development of methods to ensure the environmental sustainability of production technologies. And another case can be seen within the project Masters course in circular economy for materials processing - collaborating, training and supporting RIS countries to transfer knowledge and develop capacity which was implemented thanks to the support by EIT Raw Materials Platform initiated and funded by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), a body of the European Union, which is the largest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide, with the vision to develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe while our university is the proud member of this exceptional groups since 2018.



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