Circular Friesland Strategy

Categories: Construction Material, Governance, Strategy and Planning, Biogenic fraction, Eco Design, Eco Production, Business models, Paper, Legal, Eco Consumption, Economic, Metal, Material fractions, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention, Glass, Energy, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Communication and Education, Plastic, Water, EEE, Recycling, Wood, Land use, Product Service Systems, Other bulky items, Industrial and Territorial Ecology, Biodiversity, Other Fractions, Collaborative Economy

Organisation: Circular Friesland Association

Main partners:

Localisation: Friesland (NL)

Summary

The Circular Friesland Association (Vereniging Circulair Friesland) was initiated by coorporations within Friesland, later drawing in the provincial municipalities as partners. There was an acceptance that future business models would have to change due to the changing state of natural resources. In Friesland the chains are short and most parties are already familiar with eachother, allowing the concept of circular economy to be absorbed in the transition that was already taking place within the area.

Horta à Porta in Porto

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Governance, Strategy and Planning, Eco Production, Eco Consumption, Waste Prevention, Communication and Education, Land use, Biodiversity

Organisation: LIPOR – Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto

Main partners:

  • Municipalities – Porto, Maia, Matosinhos, Espinho, Gondomar, Valongo e Vila do Conde;
  • Local Authorities (Parishes) of São Pedro de Rates, Aldoar Foz do Douro e Nevogilde, Aver-o-Mar Amorim e Terroso, Custóias Leça do Balio e Guifões, Vairão, Fajozes, Ermesinde, e Gondomar, Valbom e Jovim;
  • Institutions and Companies – Therapeutic Community of Meilão, Porto Night Shelters, TECMAIA – Maia Technology and Sciences Park, CICCOPN – Vocational Training Center, ALADI – Lavra’s Association for the Intellectually Disabled, Sé Cathedral Social Institution, ACISJF – International Catholic Association at the Service of Feminine Youth, Maia Municipal Company, COHAEMATO – Housing Cooperative, APPACDM – Portuguese Association of Parents and Friends of the Mental Disabled, InComunidade – Cooperative of Social Solidarity, Ermesinde Social Centre and Porto Holy House of Mercy.

Localisation: Greater Porto (Portugal)

Summary

Since Lipor’s constitution, in 1982, the organic waste management has represented a crucial issue in Lipor’s strategy. Through composting, Lipor has promoted the recovery of the organic fraction present in the Municipal Waste (about of 40%, in weight, of its composition) and the production of a natural compost with beneficial properties for lands poor in organic matter.

Currently, and taking into account the National and European politics, Lipor developed a sustainable management of the municipal waste produced by its associated municipalities, in which preventing waste production is considered the starting point. Although there are several projects related with home composting, educational kitchen gardens and organic farming in Porto's Region, they are spread and not easily accessible to the population. The creation of a net of this nature has a great importance.

In an attempt to optimize the existing areas, information and resources in the region, Lipor launched the Project Horta à Porta. This initiative allows the creation of dynamic and productive green areas but also the promotion of the contact with nature and healthful habits without forgetting the waste reduction.

Product-service system module by UCM

Categories: Eco Design, Technical and Research, Material fractions, Energy, Water, Land use, Product Service Systems, Biodiversity

Organisation: Bruxelles Environnement (IBGE-BIM)

Main partners:

Localisation: Brussels Region (Belgium)

Summary

The Brussels-Capital Region has granted a budget of € 60,000 to UCM to test a support module for SMEs (less than 10 people) over Product-Service System. From March 2014 to December 2014, seven companies (2 start-up and 5 existing companies) have followed the individual and collective support module. The selected SME starts with an individual interview or pre-diagnosis made by UCM to suggest to most relevant model/tool based on its profile. Then, the SME follows 6 collective sessions, complemented by two personal meetings with a consultant, over 10 months and a regular follow up by UCM.

Greenlab program for green business in Brussels

Categories: Construction Material, Biogenic fraction, Eco Design, Eco Production, Paper, Metal, Technical and Research, Material fractions, Glass, Communication and Education, Energy, Plastic, EEE, Water, Wood, Product Service Systems, Land use, Other bulky items, Biodiversity, Collaborative Economy, Other Fractions

Organisation: Impulse Brussels

Main partners:

Localisation: Brussels Region (Belgium)

Summary

GreenLab (previously BSE Academy) has been created to develop the environmental markets in the Brussels-Capital Region and create jobs of all kinds. It offers an “accelerator programme” for projects covering areas such as circular economy, renewable energy and the environment with a focus on projects that have a technological component. Impulse takes care of the academy’s day-to-day running: over a six-month period, around 8-10 business start-ups (of 2-4 people with complementary profiles) receive guidance and support from Impulse itself and various experts and coaches. The aim of GreenLab is to ensure that by the end of the programme those start-ups have a pilot project tested and a business plan and a financial plan in place.