Environmental Management

Industrial emissions and reporting

The multiannual project Setting up the Environmental Management Centre (EMC) in Serbia, based on a partnership between the REC and the Serbian Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) within the framework of Serbian–Norwegian bilateral cooperation, was successfully finalised. Ten industrial facilities in Serbia received tailor-made environmental management and reporting systems, and an integrated electronic environmental reporting system now operates on a national level at SEPA.

The REC organised the international scientific conference “Reporting for Sustainability” in May. The event in Montenegro attracted 200 participants and significant keynote speakers, making it one of the key environmental conferences in the SEE region.

Sustainable resource use and the circular economy

With a strong portfolio of complementary projects — including tasks for the European Topic Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ETC/SCP) related to resource efficiency and waste prevention; Industrial Symbiosis and Waste Streams; Towards Zero Waste in Industrial Networks (ZeroWIN); and Resource Efficiency Cases — the TA gained a strong market position in the fields of resource efficiency, circular economy and material efficiency, and built strategic partnerships with key players such as the Wuppertal Institute, the Netherlands research organisation TNO, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the VITO research organisation (Vision on Technology), the United Nations University, the consultancy firm Ecorys, and the University of Southampton.

As part of the activities of the European Environment Agency (EEA), the TA contributed within the ETC/SCP to reviewing progress made in the implementation of the waste prevention programmes of EU member states. Assistance was also provided to member countries of the European Environment Information and Observation Network (Eionet) to develop and implement national resource efficiency strategies and action plans through a series of EEA webinars.

The REC was one of the main organisers of the annual international event of CARE Electronics (Comprehensive Approach to Resource and Energy Efficiency), the Green Electronics Workshop on Resource Efficiency in the Electric and Electronics Industry, which was held on November 4–6 in Budapest. Participants included leading experts from firms such as HP, Nokia and Panasonic; suppliers such as Rhodia/Solvay; branch associations such as Plastic Europe; and recyclers such as Unicore; as well as representatives of public authorities, consultants and academics.

The TA team was involved in a study carried out by the EC Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry aimed at identifying relevant waste streams, players, and economic levers for promoting waste as a resource in European industry in the context of industrial symbiosis. The REC played a lead role in the study, undertaking a literature review and selecting a preliminary list of industries in which the use of waste as a resource can be further enhanced through industrial symbiosis.

The Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) Platform was launched in 2012 to help public authorities, procurers, policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders harness the power of PPI. Within the project, the REC is leading the Experience Exchange Programme, launched in 2013.

As part of the project Enhancing the Connectivity between Research and Policy Making in Sustainable Consumption (CORPUS), the REC has developed integrative modalities of knowledge brokerage at the policy-science interface, promoting evidence-based policy making on food, mobility and housing at EU and national level.

Waste management

The REC continued to host the CEE secretariat of the International Partnership for Expanding the Waste Management Services of Local Authorities (IPLA).

Albanian authorities are being supported to develop a solid waste cost and tariff system, including the country’s first manuals and tools for calculation and management. REC Albania is a member of the National Advisory Commission for Solid Waste Management at the Ministry of Environment.

SEEING THE SITES: Through the EMC project, ten industrial facilities in Serbia now have state-of-the-art environmental management and reporting systems

TEAMS talk
May 2013| Print

TEAMS success
May 2013 | Print

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