Life cycle approach by dairy farmers in Drenthe

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Eco Design, Eco Production, Eco Consumption, Technical and Research, Energy, Communication and Education, Water, Recycling, Land use, Biodiversity, Other Fractions

Organisation: Province of Drenthe

Main partners:

  • Waterboard Hunze en Aa’s
  • Boerenverstand
  • ETC
  • DSM
  • LTO-noord
  • NMFD

Localisation: Drenthe/Netherlands

Summary

A series of sustainable dairy farm projects have been implemented in the Province of Drenthe. The activities were carried out with a “life cycle approach”, aiming to support farmers in optimizing their farming system. Nutrient recycling and improving soil biodiversity were key to the approach.

Circular Friesland Strategy

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