SPARE – Sustainable paths to the holistic use of hemp for innovative applications 


Project aim:

The SPARE project aims to develop applied research capacities for the holistic valorisation of hemp and to promote the effective transfer of results and opportunities in a transversal way to companies in the primary, industrial and service sectors in order to support the activation of circular supply chains linked to innovative applications in different reference sectors (sustainable materials, food and tourism, sustainable textiles, but also end-of-life use as biomass for energy production or other purposes). The partnership, composed of three research institutions with complementary skills and two companies with great potential for the multiplication and dissemination of results, will identify replicable applications for the sustainable use of hemp and its components and ingredients, in line with the potential of the border area and at the heart of new supply chains promoted through pilot testing and prototyping activities. The project will contribute to the development of the circular economy in FVG, Veneto, Carinthia and Tyrol and to the awareness of stakeholders on these strategic issues.


(expected) Project results:

The five SPARE project partners will continue to work together after the end of the project. In particular, the research institutions will support the “De Claricini Dornpacher Foundation” and the “Consortia Centre” as well as their respective regional stakeholders and partners in the optimal use of the project results and in the activation of circular business models and new business opportunities related to the holistic utilisation of hemp. The research institutions will be able to jointly develop future research projects realizing demonstration case studies in FVG, Veneto, Carinthia and Tyrol.


Added value will be generated for:


ENTERPRISES - Agricultural and processing companies linked to hemp, industrial and service companies linked to the new value chains upgraded for innovative hemp applications (food and tourism, sustainable and composite materials, textiles, green buildings, etc.) will benefit from the results of the actions.


ASSOCIATIONS - Associations and consortia involved in the cultivation and valorisation of hemp and its end uses will benefit from the results of the actions.


PROFESSIONALS - experts and professionals who can contribute to the project's reference value chains - will benefit from the results of the actions.


BUSINESS INTERMEDIATORS - clusters, institutions and agencies that support business innovation and can communicate new opportunities to companies in their respective areas identified by the SPARE project partners.


PUBLIC BODIES - public bodies that will be supported in their policies to promote the circular economy and sustainability thanks to the results of the SPARE project.


RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS - which will be able to strengthen their capacities and know-how thanks to the results of the applied research and prototyping activities carried out during the project.


OTHER: - SCHOOLS - some partners will ensure the dissemination and transfer of information to raise schools' awareness of hemp and the opportunities it offers for a circular economy.

SPARE contributes to this: - European Green Deal and Circular Economy Action Plan (which promotes circular economy processes, encourages sustainable consumption and aims to prevent waste and ensure that resources are used for as long as possible).


Funding Programme:

Interreg V-A Italy-Austria 2021-2027





Lead Partner:



Project Partners:

Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH

University of Innsbruck 

University of Triest, Department für Life Sciences

Centro consorzi Belluno 


Project Management:

DI Herfried Lammer

Dipl.-Des. Klaus Hanke


The SPARE project - “ SPARE - Sustainable paths to the holistic use of hemp for innovative applications ” (ITAT-11-015) - is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Interreg V-A Italy-Austria 2021-2027 and by the Province of Carinthia (Kärntner Wirtschaftsförderungsfonds/KWF).


Further information on the Interreg V-A Italy-Austria 2021-2027 program and the SPARE project can be found at