Greenlab program for green business in Brussels

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

Organisation: Impulse Brussels

Main partners:

Localisation: Brussels Region (Belgium)


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.

Integrated waste management in Treviso

Categories: Instruments, Legal, Eco Production, Economic, Material fractions, Waste Prevention, Technical and Research, Communication and Education, Energy, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Recycling

Organisation: Contarina (public waste management company)

Main partners:

  • Social Cooperatives

Localisation: 50 municipalities within the province of Treviso, in the Veneto region (Italy)


The Contarina company was created in 1989 to manage waste collection for an increasing number of municipalities (today 50 municipalities) in the province of Treviso. Since 2015, Contarina has also been in charge of the post-mortem landfills after a 2000 decision by the Province of Treviso to close landfills. All this was done according to the systems and directions established by the Priula and Treviso consortia (to become the Consorzio de Bacino Priula in 2014). Subsequently, Contarina’s mandate expanded to include services such as road sweeping and the collection of special and hazardous waste, in addition to the collection and disposal of urban waste. Contarina’s success is based on a curbside collection system with a “pay as you throw” fee: a model that has been thoroughly tried and tested.

Scotland strategy for circular economy

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

Organisation: 1) The Scottish Government; 2)Zero Waste Scotland

Main partners:

Scottish Government agencies including

Financial support of:

  • European Regional Development funds

Localisation: Scotland (UK)


Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) was a programme set up in 2010 to support the implementation of the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan. In 2014, ZWS became an independent not-for-profit company, funded by the Scottish Government to deliver circular economy and low carbon policy priorities. Scotland has realised the benefits of being a frontrunner in waste reduction and the government has consistently supported local authorities to drive up recycling rates. This ambition for a Zero Waste society evolved into strong support for a Circular Economy.

Resilientweb toolkit for SME

Categories: Eco Design, Eco Production, Resources, Technical and Research, Energy, Communication and Education, Water, Product Service Systems, Land use, Biodiversity, Collaborative Economy

Organisation: Bruxelles Environnement (Brussels Environment administration)

Main partners:

Localisation: North Western Europe


ResilieNtWEB is a strategic support programme for SMEs to help them increase their resilience, i.e. their ability to anticipate market changes, adjust to them and learn from the process. The project partners are all innovation support actors in the North-West Europe area, aiming to make local economies more resilient and sustainable. ResilieNtWEB has developed coaching tools for enterprises to become more innovative and sustainable in the continuously changing environmental, economic and social context. This project was co-funded by the Interreg IVB programme, which promotes better integration within the Union of large regions in different countries facing similar problems. It involves national, regional and local organisations.