Industrial Urban Symbiosis: REDOL Project launched in Zaragoza

22 January 2023 by Dusan Jakovljevic
Industrial Urban Symbiosis: REDOL Project launched in Zaragoza

Solid urban waste (SUW) is an abundant source for circular products production, but it is generally not exploited. Over 500 kg of municipal waste per capita were generated in the EU in 2020, while only 45% was recycled. EEIP joined 35 partners from Spain, Italy, Greece, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, France, The Netherlands, Cyprus, and Hungary, to kick off the REDOL project. REDOL aims to turn Zaragoza, the capital of Aragon, into a zero-waste city by 2040. The project objectives include: Redesigning five value chains for Solid Urban in Aragon (packaging, plastics, CDW, textiles, WEEE), management technologies to collect, sort and classify SUW, improving the processing routes of sorted materials to avoid landfilling and improve interaction among key players.


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Industries consume significant amounts of energy and materials. By connecting manufacturing companies with citizens, cities, and regional sustainability networks and initiatives, a significant aggregate of energy and materials, that would otherwise be wasted, can be reutilised. 

 

Solid urban waste (SUW) is an abundant source for circular products production, but it is generally not exploited. In fact, over 500 kg of municipal waste per capita were generated in the EU in 2020, while only 45% was recycled. This ensures a broad and sustainable benefits for many societal and economic actors.

 

Aragon's REgional Hub for circularity: Demonstration Of Local industrial-urban symbiosis initiatives (REDOL), is an EU funded project that aims to turn Zaragoza, the capital of Aragon, into a zero-waste city by 2040. REDOL has been conceived to take advantage of this scenario and develop a best practice on how to transform cities into hubs for circularity. That implement zero residues strategies while fostering industrial-urban symbiosis (I-US) approaches among local and regional actors.

 

On 18-19 January, EEIP joined 35 partners from Spain, Italy, Greece, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, France, The Netherlands, Cyprus, and Hungary, to kick off the REDOL project.

 

The project objectives include:

  • Redesigning five value chains for Solid Urban Waste in Aragon (packaging, plastics, CDW, textiles, WEEE).
  • Upgrading management technologies to collect, sort and classify SUW.
  • Improving the processing routes of sorted materials to avoid landfilling.
  • Applying cutting-edge digital tools to optimise value chains and interaction among key players.
  • Enhancing organizational procedures, business models and social innovation actions required for the establishment of successful I-US interactions and hubs for circularity at local level.

 

EEIP is proud to contribute its Industrial Symbiosis experience to this important EU project that is positioning excellent work conducted in Zaragoza to the core of the European circular economy.

 

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