NAME OF BEST PRACTICE:
NEWInnoNet – The Near-Zero European Waste Innovation Network
COORDINATING UNIT: PNO Consultants Laan van Zuid Hoorn 15 | 2289 DC Rijswijk | Netherlands
Coordinator: Dr. Tjerk Wardenaar
WHERE: Europe, Coordinated in: Netherlands, finished project
WASTE MANAGEMENT HIERARCHY: Recycling: Reuse – Reprocessing; Prevention: Replacement – Reduction
TYPE OF INSTRUMENT: Education, information, awareness raising, Regulatory / normative, Voluntary / promotional (e.g.: business support schemes, green public procurement, infrastructure, fiscal measures)
WASTE STREAMS: Municipal waste, Packaging waste, Tires, Waste electrical and electronic equipment, End-of-life vehicles, Plastics, Other metals, Industrial waste, Batteries
About: The best practice NEW_InnoNet’s main goal is to mobilize stakeholders towards joint efforts aimed at implementing circular economy approaches, and thus develop and reinforce solid foundations for building the European Near-Zero Waste Platform.
Thus NEW_InnoNet plays a role of:
– Facilitator for improving cooperation and participatory approach within or along different value chains and among stakeholders which can lead to more benefits for each value chain player, resulting in a quicker implementation of more efficient use of raw materials and to waste reduction.
– Coordinator for pooling of resources and defining common vision, defining global objectives and strategies requited by the complex nature of the waste management challenge to boost Eco-innovation
NEW_InnoNet stakeholder meeting at the World Circular Economy Forum in Helsinki (2017)
Europe generates around 3 billion tons of waste yearly, which is expected to grow further. Despite the introduction of innovative waste and recycling technologies, market uptake varies drastically among the 27 Member States.
NEW_InnoNet is the new stakeholder platform initiative by 12 European consortium members active as entrepreneurs, researchers and policy makers. These recognize that in order to reach a European near zero waste economy, all value chain stakeholders must cooperate, exchange generated knowledge, insights and hands-on experience and enforce changes to the value chain structure together.
Previous initiatives were unable to achieve actual, large scale results towards a sustainable growth of the European economy. The reason is that they either focused on a specific waste area or they lacked the involvement of the competent industries. This project includes various waste value chains which enable exchange of information and technology transfer from one chain to another.
In addition, the consortium’s network includes over 2000 relevant industrial stakeholders and several already expressed their interest in this new stakeholder platform, its goals and actions. During the project, key stakeholders will be mobilized to participate in the platform and road mapping workshops, as only an active involvement of industrial organizations will lead to the desired changes in the structure of the value chain. The many letters of support show the consortium’s strength in mobilizing stakeholders.
NEW_InnoNet’s main objective is to mobilize stakeholders towards building a circular economy by developing and reinforcing solid foundations for building the European Near-Zero Waste Platform through:
1. Set-up and maintain near zero waste stakeholder platform.
2. Analyze selected waste streams and develop innovation roadmaps per waste stream.
3. Develop an integrated near zero waste strategic research and innovation agenda.
4. Stakeholder mobilization and interaction.
Knowhow: Partners input; stakeholder input
Funding: Total cost: EUR 1, 493, 211.25, EU contribution: EUR 1, 493, 211.25
Action Line 1
– identify and involve relevant stakeholders in shaping our future’s economy,
– analyze their position, roles, interests and attitude to the circular economy concept
Action Line 2
– identify and analyse existing bottlenecks on transition from linear to circular approach in value chains,
– gather existing and in the pipeline solutions to overcome them
Action Line 3
– create an industry-supported common vision as a basis for the shift towards the near-zero waste economy,
– develop Roadmaps for three selected value chains that define where and how a difference can be made
Action Line 4
– develop a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for waste reduction,
– propose policy recommendations to foster the near-zero waste economy
Environmental ways of improvement:
– NEW_InnoNet project has four specific objectives that will improve the environmental aspects:
• Set-up and maintain near zero waste stakeholder platform
• Analyze selected waste streams and develop innovation roadmaps per waste stream
• Develop an integrated near zero waste strategic research and innovation agenda
• Stakeholder mobilization and interaction
Urban metabolism relevance
Action Line 4 propose to develop a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for waste reduction, and to propose policy recommendations to foster the near-zero waste economy. The integrated strategic research and innovation agenda will demonstrate how specific waste reduction targets in each of the value chains could be reached taking into account the potential funding schemes, award mechanisms and business models. It will include proposals for business opportunities and future use cases within the different value chains. To facilitate this, an ICT tool will be created, for clustering existing and in-the-pipeline technologies fostering the near-zero waste objective. Policy recommendations to further facilitate the developments towards the near-waste economy will be proposed based on the feedback from the roadmaps and the agenda.
Action Line 3 propose to create an industry-supported common vision as a basis for the shift towards the near-zero waste economy, and to develop Roadmaps for three selected value chains that define where and how a difference can be made. This action line aims to develop an industry-supported common ground, that can be the basis for the shift towards the near-zero waste economy. Roadmap will be developed for each value chain in order to define where and how a difference can be made. This action line will focus on technological as well as on non-technological solutions, such as award mechanisms, business models, standards, involvement of citizens, legislation, financing, tools and processes fostering collaboration of different stakeholders etc. The roadmaps may serve as models for other areas and waste streams.
The practice considers tools related to urban metabolism oriented to developing a shared vision and roadmaps for WEEE and packaging waste streams, circular economy by developing and reinforcing solid foundations for building the European Near-Zero Waste Platform.
Knowledge is needed on the issues and risks that may hamper the transition towards the circular economy. These issues may be legal, technological, economic, organizational, conflicting interests, social etc. Also experiences, approaches and technological solutions to mitigate these risks and issues already implemented elsewhere might be available at hand and could be transferred as best practices.
Therefore actions in this line will be dedicated to identifying and characterizing bottlenecks and collecting available best practices. This knowledge will help assessing the current as well as anticipated future risks associated with the different waste streams as well as planning strategies for business opportunities.
Engaged participatory processes
Action Line 1 proposes to identify and involve relevant stakeholders in shaping our future’s economy, analyze their position, roles, interests and attitude to the circular economy concept. The project has been highly advertised in media.
The project is an innovative platform, but he also promotes an integrated strategic research and innovation agenda and future use cases.
Sustainability and replicability
Being a collaboration platform the practice has a high degree of sustainability, reinforcing solid foundations for building the European Near-Zero Waste Platform. The project is easily replicable, serving as an example for:
– Develop a shared vision and roadmaps for WEEE, elv and packaging waste streams.
– Defining an integrated strategic research and innovation agenda and future use cases.
– Mobilizing and analysis of stakeholders involved in the three selected value chains.
– Analysis of bottlenecks and best practices in the value chains
– Set-up and maintain near zero waste stakeholder platform
– Analyse selected waste streams and develop innovation roadmaps per waste stream
– Develop an integrated near zero waste strategic research and innovation agenda
– Stakeholder mobilisation and interaction