Environmental Management

Improving industrial efficiency

The REC contributed to the study “Cases of implementing resource-efficient policies by EU industry”, published by the EC’s Directorate-General for Environment. The study aimed to show practical examples of how the industrial sector has improved its resource efficiency, and to outline the resulting economic, social and environmental impacts. Resource efficiency measures at business level were identified and the results of their implementation assessed. A detailed description of each set of actions was provided according to a set of criteria proposed for their evaluation. The assessment determined which internal and external factors had the greatest influence on the results of public policy implementation, and which have the greatest potential for replication in other installations. A total of 21 detailed European company case studies were undertaken for the study.

Waste as a resource

The topic area team was involved in the elaboration of the study “Analysis of Certain Waste Streams and the Potential of Industrial Symbiosis to Promote Waste as a Resource for EU Industry” for the EC’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry. The general aim was to identify the waste streams, players and economic levers relevant to promoting waste as a resource for European industry in the context of industrial symbiosis. More specifically, the study aimed to investigate the market potential of five waste streams from the perspective of waste as a resource; present an inventory of the main industrial symbiosis networks existing in the EU; and identify areas where there is significant potential to spread best practices within the EU.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Under the project “3R in the Western Balkans”, the study “Supporting the Implementation of the 3R Concept in the Drina River Basin: Recommendations for Local Waste Management Practices” was elaborated based on desk research and in-depth interviews with representatives of 11 municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. The study assessed the status of waste management in the Drina River basin and explored potential actions at local level. It also provided recommendations for measures and activities to integrate the 3R concept — reduce, reuse, recycle — into waste management practices. The study was presented at a two-day regional capacity-building workshop and stakeholder consultation held on November 26 and 27 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The event was aimed at representatives of municipalities in the Drina River basin and also provided an opportunity for stakeholder consultations among a wider target group. Participants were invited to discuss the contents of the study with the aim of further improving it.

Environmental Management

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