What is New_InnoNet ?
NEW_InnoNet stands for“Near-zero European Waste INNOvation NETwork”. It is an initiative to establish a European platform for stakeholders under the flag of the EU Programme Horizon 2020 aiming to show how the concept of circular economy can be enhanced and stimulated in three pre-selected value chains:
through reduction or elimination of waste, fostering systemic eco-innovation and generating new business opportunities.
The NEW_InnoNet project funded by EU Programme Horizon 2020 is an initiative to establish a European platform for stakeholders aiming to show how the concept of circular economy can be enhanced and stimulated through:
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Who should get involved ?
Our priority is to make the network a representative voice for the circular economy concept. Therefore we invite all stakeholders private and public who want to have a say and are related to the three selected sectors: electric and electronic, automotive and fast moving consumer goods.
Co-developing European circular economy policy
What you can gain ?
Networking and project building
Targeted value chains, waste streams and materials
As pilot areas, NEW_InnoNet focuses on the electronic, automotive and packaging chains. Currently these chains create high environmental impacts generating waste streams such as waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs) and plastic packaging waste, which could be converted into new raw materials such as plastics, metals and minerals. These waste streams represent significant potential for recovery of materials within the value chain, and can provide lessons-learnt and best practices for other value chains and sectors.
New-InnoNet distinguishes between value chains, waste streams and raw materials and focuses on three value chains:
Each of these value chains generates waste. The respective waste streams are:
The waste streams, if properly treated , lead to raw materials such as metals, plastics and minerals that can be used by a variety of sectors and value chains. The choice for these three value chains was based on three main criteria:
Electric and Electronic Industry
Fast-Moving Consumer Goods
ICT Waste, or E-waste is a term used to cover almost all types of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) that has or could enter the waste stream. Although e-waste is a general term, it can be considered to cover TVs, computers, mobile phones, white goods (e.g. fridges, washing machines, dryers etc), home entertainment and stereo systems, toys, toasters, kettles – almost any household or business item with circuitry or electrical components with power or battery supply.
Every year, end of life vehicles generate between 8 and 9 million tonnes of waste in the Community which should be managed correctly. In 1997, the European Commission adopted a Proposal for a Directive which aims at making vehicle dismantling and recycling more environmentally friendly, sets clear quantified targets for reuse, recycling and recovery of vehicles and their components and pushes producers to manufacture new vehicles also with a view to their recyclability. New and stricter EU legislation aims at increasing the recycling levels of ELVs to 95% and higher.
The European Packaging and packaging waste directive 94/62/EC deals with the problems of packaging waste and the currently permitted heavy metal content in packaging. The Directive obligates member states to meet targets for the recovery and recycling of packaging waste. The Directive covers all packaging placed on the Community market. Targets are set as a percentage of packaging flowing into the waste stream. The Directive sets targets for recovery and recycling, requires the encouragement of the use of recycled packaging materials in the manufacturing of packaging and other products and it requires packaging to comply with 'essential requirements' which include the minimization of packaging volume and weight, and the design of packaging to permit its reuse or recovery - requires the implementation of measures to prevent packaging waste in addition to preventative measures under the 'essential requirements', which may include measures to encourage the re-use of packaging.
NEW_InnoNet Project Meeting
The NEW_InnoNet Project Meeting will take place in Amsterdam.
10thNational WEEE Recycling Conference, Ożarów Mazowiecki
NEW_InnoNet Project will be presented at the 10thNational WEEE Recycling Conference.
Kick-off Meeting, Brussels
The Meeting will take place in Brussels initiating the NEW_InnoNet Project.
Start of the NEW_InnoNet Project
NEW_Innonet stands for “Near-zero European Waste INNOvation NETwork”. It is an initiative to establish a ...
Plastics Recycling Show (PRS), Brussels
PRS will feature a pan European exhibition and multiple conference streams designed specifically for the plastics recycling industry.
ProSUM Network Event, Brussels
The first ProSUM Information Network meeting will introduce you to this exciting new initiative to improve the knowledge base on critical raw materials...
Essay Presentation, Breda
Essay Presentation by Tonnie van der Zouwen on organising sustainability.
10thNational WEEE Recycling Conference, Ożarów
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The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 642231