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Underground waste transportation system for residual waste, paper and food waste

The high-tech waste sorting and transportation system in Hammarby Sjöstad eco-city in Sweden reduces the need for waste trucks to enter the city while increasing the efficiency of waste separating. An innovative vacuum suction system transports waste fractions to the city perimeter via a series of underground tunnels. 

Returpack ‘Reverse Vending Machine’ incentivises aluminium and plastic recycling

To simplify and incentivise aluminium and plastics recycling in Hungary, recycling company Returpack devised a ‘Reverse Vending Machine’. The standalone machine, which is placed in public places, offers incentive vouchers to citizens in return for their cans and bottles. 

Bulky Bob’s: a better way to manage bulky waste

By contracting Bulky Bob’s, a social enterprise, municipalities in the United Kingdom have drastically reduced the amount of household waste going to landfill. Bulky Bob’s provides a dedicated collection service for large items, such as furniture and white goods, after which it finds the best solution to either reuse or recycle these items. As a result up to 65% of this waste is diverted from landfill.

The Repair Café Foundation: Inspiring repair and re-use in communities to reduce waste

The first Repair Café, set up in 2009, aimed at promoting sustainable practices by raising awareness about reuse and repair. It provided a free space for citizens to try and fix their broken products, with the help from expert volunteers. This waste reduction initiative has since been replicated all over the world, resulting in a global network of Repair Cafés. 

The Environmental Protection of Tzu Chi Foundation

Tzu Chi Foundation, established in 1966 in Taiwan, contributes with over one million members to social services, environmental protection, medical care, education and humanism around the world. With the efforts of 5,463 recycling stations together with 80,000 volunteers in Taiwan, its goal is to reduce the use of resources.

Trash Per-bag Fee Collection Policy

The annual disposal fee necessary for waste management in Taiwan is roughly 95 million Euro. To decrease these costs and solve the related environmental problem, the Taipei City Government has adopted a "Trash Per-bag Fee Collection Policy" in July 2000, targeting strong waste reduction through the charging of trash collection fees per volume of waste.

Rainwater and greywater reuse systems in the Barcelona

Alternative water resources are gaining momentum in Catalonia (Spain) in an effort to promote water conservation and build resilience against droughts. Since 2002 more than 50 municipalities have approved a water saving ordinance that involves the installation of rainwater harvesting and/or greywater reuse systems in new buildings. Agenda 21 processes played a significant role in together with local governments.

European Water Partnership (EWP)

The European Water Partnership (EWP) aims at raising awareness on water usage by promoting its Water Vision for Europe.[1] The partnership is promoting the sector by initiating, supporting and enhancing the initiatives and projects of different stakeholders in order to facilitate a general mindset change and to achieve sustainable water resource management.

 

NeRess (network for resource efficiency)

NeRess, the network for resource efficiency in Germany combines the knowledge and experience of its members on resource efficient production, products, and management in an interdisciplinary and practical way. The network is enhancing the cooperation by encouraging information exchange and networking among the stakeholders. 

Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA)

The Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) is a group of environmental professionals dedicated to working towards a world without waste through public education and practical application of Zero Waste principles. By disseminating knowledge and providing support to its members ZWIA is promoting the implementation of Zero Waste Principles in various aspects.

SymbioCity, Sweden's approach to sustainable urban development all over the World

SymbioCity is the trademarked term for Sweden's approach to sustainable urban development. The overall aim of the SymbioCityApproach is to promote Sweden's knowledge and experience on sustainable urban development internationally – and encourage these developments primarily in low and middle-income countries. 

Resource innovation Network for European Waste (ReNEW)

The Resource Innovation Network for European Waste (ReNEW) represents a network of organisations whose aim it is to develop, support and deliver innovations for and along the waste supply chain.[1] It successfully promotes the recovery of valuable materials from waste.[2] By combining activities the partners are promoting sustainable practices among a wide range of target groups.

 
Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

In order to further accelerate achieving the United Nations’ Millenium Goals[1], the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) facilitates and supports joint learning, overcoming the compartmentalisation of technical and policy work by promoting integrated approaches to the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world.[2]

 
Eurocities

EUROCITIES is a network of local governments comprising of Europe’s major cities. The network is dedicated to strengthen interest representation of cities at European level and to facilitate networking between city governments. A wide range of working groups, projects, activities and events focus on six thematic fields under the policy priorities of climate, citizens and jobs. 

Zero Waste Network

The Zero Waste Network (ZWN) is a group of environmental professionals dedicated to finding money-saving options for conserving natural resources. It works to identify pollution prevention options for large and small businesses as well as consumers by helping companies become more efficient.

European Green Cities Network (EGCN)

The European Green Cities Network (EGCN) is a forum for dissemination of sustainable urban housing initiatives. It is comprised of a network of cities, organisations and companies focusing on contributing to sustainable development in Europe [1].By providing support to one another and being active in new projects, participants of the EGCN work to promote the right conditions to create sustainable cities in Europe.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) is a market catalyst for clean energy in developing countries and emerging markets. In this role it acts as an investor, information provider and connector for up-scaling clean energy business models.[0]

 

 

Cradle to Cradle (C2C) – the Dutch Region of Venlo towards a circular economy

Referred to as a global capital of Cradle to Cradle (C2C), the Dutch city of Venlo is the first municipality in the world to have fully adopted the principle of C2C on a regional scale. Engaging citizens, businesses and local authorities, the region is transforming into an innovative platform employing reverse logistics for a new circular economy with safe and healthy products. 

German Wind Energy Association - BWE

The German Wind Energy Association provides a framework to support renewable energy solutions, including wind power, by supporting the innovation capacities of firmsnetworking and making steps towards improving regulations and standards. Based in Germany, it is a partnership of more than 20,000 members[1] who aim to efficiently expand the use of wind power long term.

International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE)

The International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE) is a worldwide network comprised of 140 Non-Governmental Organisations that promote sustainable energy and social development across around 60 countries.[1] INFORSE have the ultimate goal of supporting renewable energy solutions, by raising awareness and providing support.

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