Good food canteens in Brussels

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Eco Consumption, Waste Prevention, Technical and Research, Communication and Education, Energy, Water

Organisation: Brussels Environment

Main partners:

Biowallonie

Localisation: Brussels (Belgium)

Summary

“Good Food Canteens” is a project that supports a shift towards sustainable food in the Brussels-Capital Region in institutional kitchens, including kitchens in nurseries, schools, companies, care homes and other administrations whether they are under their own management or that of an outside catering company.

Using LCA and CO2 performance for procurement in the Netherlands

Categories: Legal, Economic, Eco Consumption, Technical and Research, Material fractions, Energy

Tags: procurement

Organisation: Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment)

Localisation: The Netherlands

Summary

In 2010, the Dutch House of Commons decided that all public authorities in the Netherlands must implement 100% sustainable procurement as of 2015, which constitutes the inclusion of green criteria in all tenders. Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) is the Department of Public Works within the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. RWS aims to use green public procurement to challenge and encourage contractors and suppliers to provide added value through the delivery of sustainable working practices, green materials, energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions.

In order to achieve these objectives, RWS uses functional specifications for infrastructure projects, together with tools to gauge bidders’ commitments to reducing carbon emissions within projects and to assess the life cycle environmental impacts of the materials they propose to use. These commitments and impacts are monetised within the award phase of the tender and quoted prices are adjusted accordingly.

Tools for ecodesign in Flanders

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

Walloon Region circular economy strategy

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

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)