Greenlab program for green business in Brussels

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

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.

Integrated waste management in Treviso

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

Organisation: Contarina (public waste management company)

Main partners:

  • Social Cooperatives

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

Summary

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

Summary

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 pilot on urban farms in Brussels

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Eco Production, Technical and Research, Industrial and Territorial Ecology

Organisation: Bruxelles Environnement (Brussels Environment administration)

Main partners:

Localisation: Brussels Region (Belgium)

Summary

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. A first objective was to make the business case of existing SME more resilient by using the resilient design toolkit. This has delivered short term eco-innovation action plan approved by all SME. A second objective was to test a new collaborative approach by clustering companies on a central innovative project which is the full integration of a greenhouse with building applying the “close the loop” principle. This project was co-funded by Interreg IVB, which promotes better integration within the Union of large regions in different countries facing similar problems. It involves national, regional and local organisations.