Circular procurement of furniture in Venlo

Categories: Legal, Metal, Economic, Eco Consumption, Waste Prevention, Glass, Plastic, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Recycling, Wood

Tags: procurement

Organisation: City of Venlo (The Netherlands)

Localisation: Venlo (Netherlands)

Summary

After discarding rehabilitation of the old city hall building as an option due to the bad technical condition of the building and high maintenance costs, the city of Venlo decided to demolish the old building and erect a new city hall that would satisfy the current needs of accessibility and functionality, while delivering at the same time a positive contribution to the town, the staff, the environment and the economy. A design and build competition was launched in 2009, in which designers were asked to present their vision of a sustainable building, making sure to include the use of appropriate safe and healthy materials which can be recycled after their lifetime.This brief focuses on the tender process of the office furniture.

Building a greener fire brigade in London

Categories: Eco Design, Legal, Economic, Energy, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Water

Organisation: Greater London Authority (United Kingdom)

Localisation: London Borough of Havering (United Kingdom)

Summary

In 2006, the need for a new fire station serving the growing London Borough of Havering was identified. A site was selected which allowed for the conversion of three existing industrial units, as well as meeting operational requirements. The design brief focused on sustainability principles including reuse of the existing structures, lower energy and water consumption and the production of renewable energy.

Walloon Region circular economy strategy

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

Organisation: 1) Société Régionale d'Investissement de Wallonie (public agency to finance businesses) 2) Agence pour l’Entreprise et l’Innovation (public agency for entrepreneurship and innovation) 3) Office Wallon des déchets (public agency for waste management)

Main partners:

  • Business Clusters (including Mécatech, Greenwin) coordinated by BE.Fin for the circular economy project.
  • The network of advisers for enterprises, brought together within Walloon structures known as “operators”.
  • RESSOURCES: a network of non-profit making companies involved in recovery and recycling in Wallonia and in Brussels. The sixty active members receive, collect, sort, repair, recycle and resell products to which they give again life (textile, cumbersome, electrical equipment and electronic, wood, bicycles, waste of construction, green wastes, services industrial or cartridges of printers).

Localisation: Wallonia (BE)

Summary

The Marshall Plan 4.0 (2015-2019) which follows the Marshall Plan 2.Green (2009-2014) is the economic redeployment program for Wallonia. It intend to refocus the priorities of this economic restructuring program around the digital economy and circular economy. The Marshall Plan 4.0 develops a transverse axis dedicated to the circular economy as part of the Competitiveness Cluster Policy, with a specific focus on SMEs, and in collaboration with relevant actors. This focuses on the joint use of material flows and energy.
Circular economy is also integrated throughout different plans and current policies, among which:
– Regional policy statement 2014–2019
– Walloon Smart Specialization Strategy
– 2nd Walloon Sustainable Development strategy (draft)

Reuse and preparing for reuse of construction material by Rotor

Categories: Construction Material, Technical and Research, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Industrial and Territorial Ecology

Organisation: Bruxelles Environnement (Brussels Environment administration)

Main partners:

Localisation: Brussels (Belgium)

Summary

On a practical level, Rotor, a collective of architects and engineers, handles the conception and realization of design and architectural projects. On a theoretical level, Rotor develops strategic advices on design, material resources, and waste through research, and reports, organising exhibitions and conferences. Since 2014, the spin-off Rotor Deconstruction has been launched, a company that organizes the dismantling and selling of reusable construction components coming from the insides of large-scale, modern buildings.