Wastemanagement focussing on: Knowledge and Integration to create Transnational economic development
Project WASTEKIT and its three drivers:
- Societal & economic attention for sustainability & specific waste management;
- Waste management-related regional economic development;
- Network of networks for European innovation and competitiveness excellence.
The project has the following objectives:
- Expand ambitions of regions with respect to regional economic development based on waste management research & technical development (RTD), innovation & business creation;
- Expand international mentoring roles of waste management-related actors;
- Create an international role as a European network of (regional) waste management-related clusters. Result indicators are linked to the objectives.
Working together: Emilia-Romagna region (Italy), Yorkshire & Humber region (UK), Sofia region (Bulgaria) and Amsterdam region (the Netherlands). Regions of Knowledge experiences gave the consortium argument that 4 regions will lead to high (regional) impact potentials looking at characteristics of waste management infrastructures and RTD & innovation processes. Each region is represented via triple helix actors: regional/local authority or related organisation, knowledge institution and company, including linkages with intermediary actors. In total 19 consortium partners contribute to WASTEKIT.
The consortium sees fruitful waste domains like waste to energy, recycling, agricultural/bio waste, and waste prevention; minimisation. The consortium invests in mentoring mechanisms; this leads to a focus on mentoring regions on waste disposal. The consortium acknowledges the methodologies and approaches (like Joint Action Plan definition and activation) as suggested in the call for proposal “Regions of Knowledge”.
The project has three phases: Analysis Phase, Synthesis Phase; Measures, Mentoring; Dissemination Phase. WASTEKIT will collaborate with Regions of Knowledge projects SOWAEED and St Inno (both focusing on water management) within the WASTECLUSTER.
As European society has grown wealthier it has created more and more rubbish. Each year in the European Union alone we throw away 1.3 billion tonnes of waste - some 40 million tonnes of it hazardous. Between 1990 and 1995, the amount of waste generated in Europe increased by 10%, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The EU is aiming for a significant cut in the amount of rubbish generated, through new waste prevention initiatives, better use of resources, and encouraging a shift to more sustainable consumption patterns.
WASTEKIT contributes to these EU-aims by underlining the relevance of European dimensions in RTD, innovation and business-oriented projects in order to maximize the usage of (knowledge) spillovers and enhance innovation in waste management.
Innovations in all fields related to sustainability, including waste management, are needed to face tomorrow’s societal, economic and ecological challenges.
Project WASTEKIT will formally run until December 2012, but its effects and spin-off will last much longer!