Sustainable microbreweries learning in a Circular Economy Europe

Introducing Circular Economy schemes  in SMILE certification


SMILEce is an Erasmussupported project led by Changemaker based in Sweden. The project partnership is formed by 6 different institutions coming from five European countries (Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Slovenia, Spain & Sweden.)

 The SMILECE project targets the ever evolving Craft Beer/independent Brewery industry in Europe, and builds on the outputs of the previous SMILE* project. SMILECE is offering incumbents and new entrants, exposure to new techniques, culture and ideas from circular economy (CE) which has recently gained traction in European policymaking as a positive, solutions-based perspective for achieving economic development within increasing environmental constraints.


The main outcome of the project will be the SMILEce platform, which together with the learning objects, other resources and its pedagogical model will respond to both the EU/National priorities and the needs identified within the sector.


SMILEce project will:

- Identify specific processes and services for circular economy in the entire craft brewing value chain 

- Certify (through the learning objects developed in the project) the competences for circular brewing

- Improve and update work-based learning methodologies


The project will have a positive impact on the brewing landscape in several forms including:-

- Helping develop the business skills of micro-brewers to sustain enterprise and employment and compete effectively against the global multinational beer producers.

- Helping train brewers to develop leadership and responsibility in relation to sustainability and the Circular Economy

- Reinforcing knowledge of the important link between, brewing, agriculture and the natural environment

- Supporting knowledge creation and exchange in the fields of brewing, malting and fermentation science within the increasing environmental constraints of the ‘European Green Deal’

- Developing the competences and competitiveness of the European micro brewing sector and further encourage the positive contribution that European beer can make to the sustainable economy

- Encouraging the ongoing improvement and dissemination of best available practices and techniques in respect of sustainability within the brewing sector

- Supporting the EU’s drive towards sustainable consumption and production

*The SMILE project,, developed a new, accredited, apprenticeship type training programme which address the needs of this sector.


The project outputs include:

1: Micro Brewing meets sustainability – SMILEce qualification



This is a 2 year project starting in January 2022. As the project progresses we will update you with the results.


Project Partners

                           MEAG - REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

                        Mullingar Employment Action Group (MEAG) is a community supported 'not for profit'                                      organisation focused on the support and development of enterprise, and on personal                                      development and preparedness of individuals for the world of work.


DRAMBLYS Social Creativity Lab - SPAIN

DRAMBLYS is an international non-profit socio-cultural organization which aspires to serve as an interactive platform and meeting point to exchange, design, inspire and promote social innovation projects and creative alternatives


Changemaker are based in Sweden. For over 20 years they have helped companies and organizations with tailor made solutions for leadership, team building and change management. They offer workshops and lectures, project leading and process competence, for both businesses, schools and individuals.


The Comparative Research Network (Germany) was founded in 2007 and worked since then in the field of non-formal adult, youth and VET education and research.


The CRN Network is specialised in training activities within the fields of intercultural competences, intergenerational learning, mobilities and migration. Additionally, the CRN is specialised in creating and performing evaluation and dissemination processes. CRN lately gained through various projects both as coordinator and participant expertise in game design in education, storytelling and community                                                                                 reporting, where the network is currently carrying out training for several target                                                                             groups.


Giacomelli media d.o.o work in the field of corporate and social transformation they are particularly dedicated to the circular economy. They inform, raise awareness and engage all relevant stakeholders and support their clients and partners to lead and                                                                         manage comprehensive transformative processes of their business models.                                                                                      They connect them into circular value chains. By doing this they advocate a systemic                                                                   approach and foster circular culture.


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