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21 January 2016

PPI4Waste offers free webinar to Interest Group members

Members of the PPI4waste Interest Group are invited to take part in a webinar on 11 February 2016 that will explore the impact of the new EU Circular Economy Package on waste management and how it can best be used to promote innovative waste management solutions. The webinar will focus on three topics: redefining waste and waste prevention within the Circular Economy Package; changes, particularly significant changes, which can be expected from the proposed Directive on Waste; and how eco-labels can be used within waste management.

The PPI4waste Interest Group is an online gathering that provides useful information and peer to peer exchange for municipal waste management experts, procurers, policy makers, and suppliers. The webinar is its first activity. Those interested in joining the group and gaining access to the webinar and other benefits can sign up on www.ppi4waste.eu or email caroline.chandler@iclei.org.

The group is run by the PPI4Waste project, which encourages public procurers and others interested in innovative waste solutions to work together to make the transition to better waste management in Europe a reality.

For more information, visit the PPI4waste website.
4 January 2016

EURECA event to showcase new tools for procuring green data centres

EURECA, an EU-funded project that helps public procurers buy and tender for better, more energy efficient data centre solutions, will hold a free event on 29 February 2016 in Turin (Italy), which will showcase new tools being developed by the project. At the heart of the event will be an introduction to a web programme designed to help guide public procurers through the complex process of buying green data centre products and services.

The event will also outline the background of the project and discuss the benefits of greater energy efficiency within data centres. It is the aim of the project members to learn how the public sector procures data centre services and products in Italy, and how EURECA and the EURECA tools may be of help in this process.

Paolo Bertoldi of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) will be among the speakers at the meeting. Around 50 participants will attend. Registration is available online, and is open to all public sector employees involved in procurement. The EURECA project is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 scheme.

For more information, visit the event webpage.
1 December 2015

Study shows that use of innovative materials could reduce road emissions

If conventional materials and construction processes were to be replaced by more innovative, environmentally friendly alternatives, the total emissions released in the laying of new roads in the Netherlands could be cut by around a third, a new study suggests. A selection of road types representative of Dutch transport corridors were used to establish a baseline reading, which took into account emissions from construction, maintenance, and lighting.

Innovative materials that could reduce emissions include: treatments that increase the lifespan of binder materials in asphalt; low-temperature asphalt production processes; and road lighting powered by LEDs or renewable energy. Lighting is responsible for around one fifth of road emissions in the Netherlands, meaning there is considerable scope for improvement through the use of innovative lighting. Dutch road infrastructure currently produces 2200 kilotonnes of CO2 equivalents per year, which new materials could reduce to 1600 kilotonnes annually, the study found.

Through Rijkswaterstaat, the Dutch infrastructure body, the Netherlands has introduced a green procurement policy for all road construction projects, which takes into account the life cycle cost of the overall construction. It also encompasses a CO2 emissions certification scheme that calculates the carbon footprint of companies working on the projects. The EU has set a target for the European transport sector to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent by 2050 compared to the level recorded in 1990.

For more information, download the Science for Environment Policy [PDF].

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