VITO and OVAM coordinate new European knowledge centre for material management

Since July 2014, VITO and OVAM have been running a new cross-border consortium together. The European Thematic Centre for Waste and Materials in a Green Economy (ETC/WMGE) informs policy-makers and the general public about the transition towards a circular economy in Europe. 

In 2013, the European Environment Agency (EEA) called for the launch of ETC/WMGE, which will help EMA from 2014 to 2018 to change the focus of its waste and material policy. Along with OVAM and a consortium of partners from six member states, VITO submitted a dossier, which was selected by EMA. 

The experts of the ETC/WMGE will, among other things, bundle the European waste and material statistics and draft models and indications for sustainable material management based on those statistics. The European waste model can be used by ETC/WMGE to perform a large-scale analysis of Europe's waste policy or to develop policies that promote closing the circle. 

 

VITO's role

In the last few years, VITO and OVAM have become internationally renowned experts in the field of sustainable material management. Their collaboration within ETC/WMGE fits with the objectives of the Flemish Material Programme (VMP). The focus no longer lies on waste, but on innovative management of resources and materials. 

ETC/WMGE in figures
  • Consortium of partners in Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Finland, the United Kingdom and Belgium
  • Duration: July 2014 - December 2018
  • Total annual European subsidy of about € 1,000,000
The experts of the ETC/WMGE will, among other things, bundle the European waste and material statistics and draft models and indications for sustainable material management based on those statistics.