The next ACR+ monthly webinar will take place on 28 November 2018 at 10:00 (Brussels time) on the topic of biofuels.

The European Union aims to achieve the goal of a 10% share of renewables in the transport sector by 2020. The valorisation of used cooking oils as biofuels therefore plays a key role in achieving this target, as well as in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from petroleum-based fuels. However, less than 40% of UCO are currently collected.

This webinar will present the EU-funded project BIOHEC-LIFE to discuss the case of biofuels as a food waste management solution, as well as the related challenges. BIOHEC-LIFE aims at exploiting used cooking oils (UCO) for the production of environmentally-friendly biofuel while promoting the social economy sector.

The draft programme includes a presentation by Gecco, French solidarity-based company collecting used oils from the catering industry, and a presentation by the Municipality of Lille. Additional information will be soon available on our website.

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For the 10th edition of the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR), taking place from 17 to 25 November 2018, more than 14,000 actions related to waste reduction, product reuse and materials recycling, as well as clean-ups will be carried out across 30 countries in Europe and beyond. This new edition is another success showing that over the past 10 years the EWWR has gone from strength to strength, with a steady increase in the number of actions, countries, coordinators, and action developers. The first edition in 2009 saw 2,672 actions implemented in 14 countries, while the 2018 EWWR has seen over 14,000 actions registered across 30 countries. And for this year the EWWR even reached Morocco and saw the first actions implemented there, thanks to the involvement of Rabat Municipality as a coordinator.

Each year, the EWWR offers a special focus on waste prevention via the Thematic Focus. For this edition, the chosen topic is "Hazardous Waste Prevention: Time to Detox!". Hazardous waste poses a greater risk to our health and our environment when compared to other types of waste. Thus, it is even more important to reduce our consumption of products with hazardous contents as well as make sure that they are properly disposed of. 100 million tonnes of hazardous waste are generated each year, a fifth of which comes from households. That is why this year the EWWR encouraged Action Developers to think about ways to detox and diminish the use of such products in their nearest surroundings such as bathrooms, kitchens, sheds and garages. Discover some of the exciting upcoming actions in our 2018 database of actions and don't hesitate to get involved!

More information on the EWWR 2018: http://ewwr.eu

Several new calls for Horizon 2020 proposals were published last week on topics that are very relevant to ACR+ and its members. ACR+ is supporting its members willing to build or join a consortium by facilitating the search of partners. We identified two relevant calls:

The first proposal is an ‘Innovation action’, meaning with a strong input from technical or technological partners (that could be located in your territory) but also with a big room for public authorities. The specific focus of this call is recycling of raw materials from buildings. The deadline is set on 7 February 2019 to submit the concept note.

The second proposal is a ‘Coordination and support action’, which covers the coordination and networking of research and innovation projects, programmes and policies. This specific call is focusing on global cooperation about responsible sourcing for raw material. The deadline is set on 19 February 2019 to submit the full proposal, so no time to lose!

And of course there are still other open calls recently open that we encourage you to have a look at, as some ACR+ members shared their interest:

Interested? Connect to the ACR+ Forum and post a reply in the topic dedicated to the call of your interested, indicating:

  1. Who you are: name of organisation, website, contact person, and email;
  2. Your experience and possible planned actions on the topic of the call;
  3. If you already have an idea of a project on a specific topic and the tasks you are ready to carry on;
  4. If you are aware of an existing consortium on the topic (and if yes, please provide contact);
  5. If you are willing to take the lead on the project so that it fits better with your expectations.

We hope that this search will be helpful and will lead to the elaboration of strong proposals with pro-active partners. And of course if your proposal needs a strong partner able to support knowledge gathering about actions from cities and regions, dissemination and capacity building activities, remember to think about ACR+ as a partner.

The ACR+ Forum is accessible to ACR+ members via the Member Space. Should you have forgotten your password or have problem accessing the Member Space, contact Gaëlle (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The Bucharest National Arena will start soon a pilot project to promote differentiated collection and on-site sorting, compacting and delivery of plastic and paper fractions to recycling companies. This is one of the information gathered by ACR+ during a field visit to the National Arena in Bucharest, realised as part of the LIFE TACKLE project with the support of the Romanian Football Federation. Together with researchers from the Institute of Management of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, ACR+ had the opportunity to observe the performance and environmental management procedures before, during and after the eternal derby in Bucharest. Thanks to the availability of the Municipality of Bucharest, ACR+ interviewed the stadium manager and those responsible for environmental management. The results of the field visit will be incorporated into the Environmental Management Guidelines to be tested in some of the stadiums that will host matches of the forthcoming European Football Championship.

The LIFE TACKLE project is co-funded by the LIFE programme of the European Commission. The project partnership is made by: Scuola Superiore Sant’Annan, the Italian, Romanian and Swedish National Football Associations, Euractiv, as well as ACR+ and two its members, LIPOR and AMIU.

From 6 to 9 November 2018, Ecomondo was organised in Rimini (Italy) to bring together all sectors of the circular economy in a single platform: from material and energy recovery to sustainable development. ACR+ joined this international event to present several of its projects and activities.

To start with, on 6 November 2018, ACR+ teamed up with another partner of the URBANREC project, Fraunhofer ICT, to set up an interactive booth related to the project at the EASME stand. A little homemade wooden wardrobe and some foam samples produced by recycled material from bulky waste were used to attract people and explain the main project activities. Then, ACR+ participated in the session “Empowering territories for a Sustainable Mediterranean” organised by Interreg MED Communities. ACR+ was one of the six speakers of the panel “Circular economy opportunities and challenges in the MED area” and presented the BLUISLANDS Project. Topics such as marine litter, resilience and climate change in the MED area were discussed by the panel.

On 8 November 2018, ACR+ was back at the EASME stand to present the URBAN-WASTE project. As the stand was shared with the URBANWINS project, the links between the two projects (urban metabolism approach) were often highlighted. The WasteApp developed by URBAN-WASTE and the opportunities to integrate tourism in sustainability patterns were also in the focus.

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