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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:33

The pilot project of European Commission - DG for Research & Innovation, is now available online!

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 Official launch of the website of the pilot project of European Commission DG for Research & Innovation “Recovering critical raw materials through recycling - an opportunity for the European Union and African Union”

In the mid of June it was officially launched the website “Recovering critical raw materials through recycling - an opportunity for the European Union and African Union”, an initiative by the European Parliament. The pilot project was implemented by the European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation during 2013, and overseen by invited members of a European Union - African Union Working Group.

In the framework of this pilot project, two events were organised: a workshop held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in June 2013, and a high-level conference held in Brussels, Belgium at the end of November 2013. Both events attracted over one hundred participants – public authorities but also representatives of businesses, research organisations and universities – from more than 28 different African and European countries. These two events successfully supported actively the networking, sharing of knowledge and best-practice examples in the field of waste management and recovery of raw materials, a common challenge for both Europe and Africa.

D-Waste participated in both events presenting its business model and highlighting the importance of new technologies, interconnectivity, massive collaboration and crowd-sourcing as basic means to provide sustainable waste management solutions to those that need it most. The concept of Waste Atlas seemed to have fascinated most of the attendees and was the main field of discussion in one of the groups formed after the end of presentations.

After the second event the European Union-African Union Working Group elaborated a vision for “A Joint European and African Research and Innovation Agenda on Waste Management”. You can download the paper from here.

The paper aims to inform and to mobilise stakeholders from business, academia and government towards the implementation of a “Joint European-African Research and Innovation Agenda on Waste Management” (JR&IA) with the goal of advancing collaborative research and innovation between Africa and Europe in the area of waste management and to leverage institutional, technical, and financial resources to support such collaboration.

Given that waste management priorities vary both spatially and temporally within Europe and Africa, a number of principles have been put forward to guide future collaborative research and innovation work. Achieving these principles will contribute towards the improved management of waste, the increased recovery and recycling of waste, and the increased return of resources into the global economy. These guiding principles provided below are by no means exhaustive and are not listed in any order of importance or priority:

1. Multi-stakeholder participation;
2. Integrating the informal waste sector;
3. Development of SMEs in the waste sector;
4. Creation of decent jobs in the formal waste sector;
5. Innovation transfer between the private and public waste sectors;
6. Local innovation;
7. Uptake of waste innovation by SMEs;
8. Promoting a circular economy.

Supportive legal framework for waste management and resource recovery as well as a supportive economic environment are among the parameters required to achieve the above principles.

Last, it is highlighted that a JR&IA in waste management between Africa and Europe should be developed and conceived within the existing institutional and financial mechanicms, whether at national and/or international level using the available support mechanisms such as the Joint Africa EU strategy (JAES), Horizon 2020, the European Innovation Partnership on raw materials, country-to-country bilaterals, and the UNEP/global partnership on waste management.

 

 

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