Since July 2014, VITO and OVAM are 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 to a circular economy in Europe.
In 2013, the European Environment Agency (EEA) called for the launch of the ETC/WMGE, which will support EMA from 2014 to 2018 in changing the focus from a waste policy to a material policy. Along with OVAM and a consortium of partners from six member states, VITO submitted a dossier, which was selected by EMA.
The ETC/WMGE's experts will bundle the European waste and material statistics and subsequently 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 cycle.
In the last few years, VITO and OVAM have become internationally renowned for their expertise 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.
- Consortium of partners in Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Finland, the UK and Belgium
- Duration: July 2014 - December 2018
- Total annual European subsidy of approximately €1,000,000