Waste is one of the main focus areas of the "Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials Challenge" in Horizon 2020. In this sense, the main concern is to support the transition towards a more circular economy, where waste generated in one industry becomes a raw material for another. This transition will generate growth and create jobs, while contributing to environmental protection and reducing Europe's dependency on raw material imports.
Waste as focus area
The EU funded research project aims to support innovation in the whole production and consumption cycle involving all economic sectors and all societal actors. Furthermore, the research on “waste, a resource to recycle, reuse and recover raw materials”, is also supporting different EU initiatives (VOICES, Public-Private Partnerships on sustainable process industries and on bio-based industries) and contributing to the resource efficiency road map.
Waste research and action areas
The major research and action areas are:
- addressing the shift towards a circular economy through industrial symbiosis
- developing a system approach for the reduction recycling and reuse of food waste
- encouraging the recycling of raw materials from products and buildings
- moving towards near-zero waste at European and global level and
- preparing and promoting innovation procurement for resource efficiency.
Members that have ideas to start up an EU funded project can consult the Secretariat in their search to find members in other countries to build a strong consortium.