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GREENER C GBThe Greener project – BoostinG industry EngagemEnt iN green pRocurement – aims to improve the skills of procurers and administrative profiles focusing on SMEs, with regards to GPP criteria and enhancing the responsiveness of curricula of traditional profiles to the future demand of skills.

Project co-financed by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union, 2020 - 2022

 

Highlights

The GREENER project has started working on its first outcome: the development of the skills framework for professionals in circular/strategic procurement. As a first step, GREENER partners will carry out 28 interviews with public authorities and companies to identify the public administration and companies’ skills gap and the barriers which hamper the diffusion of circular and green public procurement. Some of the challenges that have already been identified are the lack of time to include circular clauses in the tender, the lack of knowledge about circular economy or poor cooperation between departments. To complement the feedback provided during the interviews, partners launched an on-line survey addressed to companies. The survey is still running, so companies are invited to participate and contribute to embedding circular and green requirements into the procurement process.

 

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logo verticalThe TOURISME project – Improving sustainability of tourism SMEs through knowledge transfer, international cooperation and multi-stakeholder engagement – aims to improve the sustainability of SMEs active in the field of tourism, working closely with 62 different SMEs, located in Spain, Italy, Cyprus, and France.

Project co-funded by the European Commission under the COSME programme, 2020 - 2023.

 

Highlights

TouriSME is looking for European SMEs in the tourism sector willing to enter in a comprehensive one year-long support scheme starting from November 2021.  Following a call open until 15 September, 62 SMES, coming from Cyprus, Spain, France and Italy, will be selected. Support will include trainings for knowledge transfer, matchmaking events for international cooperation and knowledge exchanges, as well as tailored mentoring and financial support to access environmental certifications.

 

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The current pandemic of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, raises questions and brings challenges regarding municipal waste management practices and procedures (safety and health measures for employees, waste treatment requirements, general procedures due to coronavirus for waste sector). Since the beginning of the crisis, several webinars have been organised on the topic. You will find below a selection of those whose recordings are accessible to all. If the webinar you have organised is not included in this list, please send an email to Gaëlle Colas (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

LWARB hosted this webinar to share knowledge on its COVID-19 research projects. It features insights on; A study to predict the impact of COVID-19 on commercial waste volumes and composition within London; Learnings from London waste authorities’ responses to the need to protect waste and recycling services during the March 2020 COVID-19 lockdown; and; An extension to the waste compositional study conducted as part of the ‘Making recycling work for people in flats’ project, to look at the impact COVID-19 measures have had on waste volumes and composition in purpose built flats.

This series, jointly organized by UN-Habitat and the Wuppertal Institute for Environment, Climate, Energy under the Urban Pathways project, includes four webinars: Challenges and Opportunities of Municipal Solid Waste ManagementAdapting Municipal Solid Waste Systems; Workers' Safety; Managing Medical and Special Waste. Recordings, presentations, and a written summary are available.

 

 

WEcovidThis webinar organised by the World Economic Forum answers the following questions: What are the pressing challenges that have emerged for the global movement to combat plastic pollution and waste as a result of COVID-19? What are the biggest setbacks we’re seeing in each sector? How are different players adapting their strategies in light of this new paradigm, and what are some examples of support and collaboration that can help us move forward together?

 

 

This webinar organised by Zero Waste Europe brought together waste and health experts to assess the impacts that the COVID-19 virus is having on zero waste policies and strategies in Europe. It examined whether governments can simultaneously prioritise the health and protection of their citizens, whilst also progressing towards their local zero waste agenda.



At this online roundtable organised by the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) the speakers, from the ISWA Board and Scientific & Technical Committee, discussed waste management in these unprecedented times.





Webinar in Italian organised by AICA and ERICA. A summary of the webinar is available, including the main points of each speaker and the questions asked by the audience.







Webinar in Italian organised by AICA and ERICA. A summary of the webinar is available with the main points of each speaker.







The Spanish association Fertile Auro organised a webinar on community composting during the COVID-19 offering the opportunity to hear the opinion of expert microbiologists and to share the guidelines and modifications of the maintenance and management protocols of these areas that have been implemented by different territories of the Basque Country and Galicia.

 

 

The Spanish association Fertile Auro organised a webinar on the differentiated management of municipal waste. It focused on door-to-door collection systems implemented in different municipalities of the Basque Country, Catalonia and Valencia to see how they have dealt with this situation.

 

Survey on the impact of the COVID-19 on municipal waste management systems

ACR+ ran a survey targeting municipal and local authorities (or their waste operators) to understand and assess the impact of the COVID-19 on their waste systems, in particular regarding the services provided, the quantities collected, health and safety measures, finances and communication to users.

The survey, combined with the collection of information and good practices, led to the identification of key trends:

  • Municipal waste generation decreased in most cities, with a significant decrease of assimilated waste generated by commercial activities, that did not compensate the increase of household waste linked with lockdown measures. Likewise, touristic areas could experience important decreases.
  • Municipal waste sorting performances could be maintained or even improved in many territories. However, waste authorities that had to decrease the collection service for selective collection experienced significant decrease.
  • Local authorities had to prioritise waste services to adapt to the changes of waste generation and shortage of staff; civic amenity sites were closed and on-demand collection interrupted in many territories, sometimes leading to fly-tipping.
  • The measures taken for the collection of potentially contaminated waste were quite different from one city to another. Some cities set specific collection routes for households with COVID-19 cases, while other only imposed specific precautionary measures.

The full report is available here. Make sure to also consult COLLECTORS Guidelines for implementation and Policy recommendations, that now includes specific sections on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This survey is conducted in the framework of H2020 COLLECTORS. This project's mainstay being to share knowledge between territories, it only took one step to use its strength and expand the exchange of experience to understanding and overcoming the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has already had tremendous impacts on the waste sector. At first, while the pandemic was progressing and lockdowns imposed in many countries, public authorities and municipal waste operators had to rapidly adapt their waste management systems and procedures to the situation. This is when ACR+, replying to requests from its members, started collecting data on the different systems and solutions implemented with the aim of gathering and exchanging practices. This work is available on a page dedicated to what can be called the first phase, during which the priority was to provide a fast and safe answer to the questions raised by the pandemic. A summary of the trends observed amongst these practices during March is provided in the infographic below.

As the lockdown or other restrictive measures are progressively lifted, a second phase is starting and new challenges are appearing. Public authorities and municipal waste operators do not have to act to face an urgent situation but they now have to deal with the impacts of the different measures of the so-called first phase and with the necessity to re-assess the situation. Adaptation is needed once more, this time to search for stabilized operation. The crisis is also moving along the value chain reaching new actors such as recyclers. As it did during the first phase, ACR+ is gathering data on the situation in different countries to monitor the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on different waste management systems. The aim is to gather and exchange practices, being aware that situations are diverse and dependent on the national and local constraints as well as means available.

In several countries, surveys are conducted (at national, regional or local level) to assess the situation and provide a summary and statistics on waste collection and treatment activities during the lockdowns. Currently data are available for the city of Milan, Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, England, Ireland, and France. Such information is indicated with the following pictogramme: analysis

Note: the information is published as we received it, with the addition of the necessary sources and edition if required. Translations are made by our team and are not under the responsibility of the issuing authority or organisation. Should you want to contribute, please send an email to Paolo Marengo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Last update: 18/11/2020

ACR 2020 03 Waste management covid19 graphSummary of observed trends regarding municipal waste management during the COVID-19 crisis in March 2020 (click on the picture to enlarge it or download it as a pdf).

 

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The first hours of the pandemic of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, forced public authorities and municipal waste operators to rapidly adapt their waste management systems and procedures to take into consideration elements such as safety and health measures for employees, waste treatment requirements, general procedures due to coronavirus for waste sector, staff availability, etc.

To reply to requests from its members, ACR+ gathered data on the different systems and solutions implemented across Europe to manage municipal waste in what can be called a first phase during which most territories experienced lockdowns or similar situations (covering the months of March and April 2020 for most countries included below). It has to be noted that situations are diverse and dependent on the national and local constraints as well as means available. As the pandemic is evolving and the situation moving to what could be called a second phase, the collection of practices linked to the first phase stopped in May 2020. The list below is thus offering an overview of which types of measures have been taken by the different actors at a certain time (mainly at the height of the pandemic) and does not reflect the current situation.

A synthesis is available in the infograph below which summarizes the observed trends regarding municipal waste management during the COVID-19 crisis in March 2020.

As the lockdown or other restrictive measures are progressively lifted, a second phase is starting and new challenges are appearing. ACR+ continues to gather data during this phase, making them available online.

Note: the information on national, regional and local practices has been published as we received it, with the addition of the necessary sources and small edition when needed. Translations were made by our team and are not under the responsibility of the issuing authority or organisation. We thank all our contributors.

 

ACR 2020 03 Waste management covid19 graph(click on the picture to enlarge it or download it as a pdf)

 

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