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ACR+ member Brussels Environment, has been nominated in two categories (cooperation and innovation) in the EUROCITIES Awards, which in 2017 are focusing on the theme of “Circular Economy”. The EUROCITIES awards recognise outstanding achievements by its members in the delivery of local activities or practices which improve the quality of life for citizens.

Under the “Cooperation” category a project on “Brussels regional programme for a circular economy” (BRPCE) has been shortlisted. The BRPCE programme brings together 111 measures on the circular economy. Working with around 60 public and private stakeholders, the plans include training 20,000 economic operators in circular economy ideas, and using environment clauses in 50% of its public tenders. It aims to transform environmental objectives into economic opportunities; anchor economic activities within Brussels’ boundaries while boosting entrepreneurship; and create new employment opportunities.

Another project - “Be Circular – Be Brussels”, has been shortlisted in the “Innovation” category. The project is designed to support entrepreneurs and businesses in Brussels in innovative projects that integrate circular economy concepts while also creating local jobs. Following the first call 85 project ideas were received, of which 41 were funded, creating 30 jobs. The projects included an online platform that aims to mutualise goods with a low rate of use within a community of members, as well as a service that aims to collect and resell hardware and technological devices.

The winners will be announced at the EUROCITIES conference taking place in Ljubljana from 15 to 17 November 2017.

Source: (in French)


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