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DECISIVE has published the results of an extensive survey conducted during spring 2017 by DECISIVE partners in 6 countries, namely in Denmark, Germany, Belgium, France, Italy and Spain.
 
The survey consists of three parts:

  • the identification of factors important for biowaste collection;
  • the evaluation of the current biowaste collection in Europe;
  • the provision of a framework on biowaste collection chains for decentralised valorisations.

 The focus of the study was set on food waste from households and catering, since both waste types are underutilised, available in most locations, and suitable as feedstock for the decentralised micro-scale anaerobic digestion facilities, which are the anticipated valorisation unit within DECISIVE.

The survey represents an important step towards the development of the DECISIVE decision-support-tool which aims at supporting local stakeholders on the implementation of urban biowaste collection solutions connected with a decentralised micro-scale anaerobic digestion unit.

The outcomes of the survey can be downloaded here in form of an extensive report.

Source: www.decisive2020.eu

 

The European Week for Cities and Regions took place in Brussels between 9 and 13 October. ACR+ has been an active and visible participant delivering multiple presentations and contributions to the carried discussions.

First of all, ACR+ gave a keynote presentation on cities and regions driving circular economy through eco-innovation during a policy workshop on Circular Economy. The event was jointly organised by seven projects funded by the Horizon 2020 programme, among which three involve ACR+ – URBANREC, DECISIVE and URBANWASTE.The event further included presentations of each of the projects, with the objective to strengthen the future cooperation between the projects and to discuss the contributions to policy-making at different levels.

Furthermore, ACR+ also delivered a presentation on green public procurement (GPP) in the workshop on “Circular Cities: helping cities and regions to implement the circular economy”, moderated by Kestutis Sadauskas, Director of Circular Economy and Green Growth in DG Environment. The ACR+ intervention showcased GPP good practices from local authorities and presented the GUF tool of the LIFE FUTURE project.

Moreover, ACR+ moderated a roundtable discussion on circular economy and regulation, in the framework of a workshop “Circular Economy: stimulating and making way for circular business models”. This workshop was co-organised by ACR+ member Cleantech Region and the Arnhem Nijmegen City Region and gathered about 60 participants representing cities and regions from the organising territories and East Netherlands.

In addition, ACR+ was also present during “Circular Economy and the new entrepreneurial and social revolution”, a workshop organised by Lodzkie region. During this workshop, ACR+ member Maribor Wcycle Institute presented its approach based on gathering the five local utility companies to work together in a complementary way.

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ACR+ has just published a new report of the Circular Europe Network (CEN), the Roles of local and regional authorities towards the prosperity of local SMEs. This publication aims to complete the General guidelines for circular economy planning for local and regional authorities by providing concrete examples of good practices to set actions specifically for local SMEs.

Members of ACR+ have contributed to the study by providing information on their actions related to Circular Economy that have been implemented in their city or region. Indeed, governments must create across-the-board connections between stakeholders at all levels, whether they are private companies, public authorities, scientists, academia or consumers. If you would like to share your own experience, please contact the ACR+ Secretariat.

This publication will be presented during the webinar hosted by ACR+ on 19 October 2017 at 11:00 (Brussels time) focusing on the role of governments in deploying circular economy. Participation in this webinar is free for ACR+ Members, but registration before 18 October 2017. To register, please contact the ACR+ Secretariat before 18 October 2017.

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 Between 18 and 26 November, take part in the biggest EU-wide campaign on waste reduction. The registrations for the European Week for Waste Reduction will last until 12 November.  

 Action Developers, ranging from public authorities, associations, NGOs, businesses, educational establishments or anybody interested in participating, are invited to organise an action focusing on the "3Rs": Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! Actions can vary from conferences, contests, information booths or exhibitions, always with the same aim: raising awareness about waste reduction!
The EWWR 2017 edition focuses on Reuse and Repair with the slogan "Give it a new life". For some ideas of action, the EWWR developed several factsheets, notably on how to set up a “Give Box or how to organise a “Reuse Workshop”. Action Developers are encouraged to explore this topic further!

To register, visit this page www.ewwr.eu/register, and follow these 5 easy steps. Once registered, you will have access to all the EWWR Communication tools, which you can use to promote your initiative.

For further information, visit the EWWR website.

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During the past summer months the ACR+ member Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM) kicked off the living lab on industrial symbiosis in Belgium in the framework of the ACR+ project FISSAC. Building on its experience to facilitate the cooperation and the symbiosis between industrial partners and with the research and knowledge centres, OVAM organised different gatherings. These intended to discover the potential for a software tool matching the supply and demand for (secondary) raw materials from waste streams. OVAM also wanted to reflect with its partners on the challenges facing the building sector while making the transition from a linear to a circular economy.

On 22 and 29 June 2017 the offices of OVAM in Mechelen were the venue for the stakeholders from several industrial sectors, waste traders and research institutions. They met to discuss the pros and cons of an online symbiosis platform. Apart from getting insight in the expectations and relevant features of a future ICT-platform, a few more fundamental questions were raised: How does an ICT-platform safeguard a higher valorisation of waste? How do we guarantee the financial viability of the platform? How will we evaluate its success? How can we open up the debate on industrial symbiosis and circular economy from a mere academic debate to a common practice?

On 28 August 2017 key stakeholders of the construction and demolition sector met with government officials and researchers. This time the aim was to get to grips with key questions and challenges of urban mining for the building and demolition sector. They further aimed to identify research questions that could be taken up in the following labs and possible trial projects. The challenges were manifold: from mere technical and logistic issues, to legal and financial brain twisters and a call for new and different business models.

Building on the gathered insight and questions raised, the project will further research the issue with its partners in order to find innovative solutions.