Greenlab program for green business in Brussels

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

By-products exchange platform in Catalonia

Categories: Construction Material, Biogenic fraction, Paper, Metal, Glass, Material fractions, Technical and Research, Energy, Plastic, Water, EEE, Wood, Industrial and Territorial Ecology, Other bulky items, Other Fractions

Organisation: Agència de Residus de Catalunya (Waste Agency of Catalonia)

Main partners:

Localisation: Catalonia (Spain) (provides service to companies all over Spain)

Summary

In 1991 the first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Waste Agency and the Catalan Chambers was signed, and since then subsequent agreements have been in place to provide the By-product Exchange service with the support of the public administration.

Scotland strategy for circular economy

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

Tools for ecodesign in Flanders

Categories: Construction Material, Biogenic fraction, Eco Design, Paper, Resources, Metal, Technical and Research, Glass, Plastic, Energy, Water, EEE, Wood, Land use, Biodiversity, Other bulky items, Other Fractions

Organisation: OVAM (Public Waste Agency of Flanders)

Main partners:

Localisation: Mechelen (Belgium)

Summary

OVAM created an ecodesign service within its facitlity. It developed 3 main tools: Ecolizer (estimation of the environmental impact of a product design), OVAM SIS Toolkit (Sustainable Innovation System – integration of sustainability principles into innovation and design processes), EHE-kit (Implementation of eco-design in higher education). In addition OVAM developed 3 specific activities to boost ecodesign in Flanders: Awards for designers, research and collection of good examples, launch of the European Network of Ecodesign Centres (ENEC).