The Near-Zero European Waste Innovation Network

Towards near-zero waste at European and global level – time for a change. Get involved!

What is New_InnoNet ?

NEW_InnoNet stands for“Near-zero European Waste INNOvation NETwork”. It is an initiative to establish a European platform for stakeholders under the flag of the EU Programme Horizon 2020 aiming to show how the concept of circular economy can be enhanced and stimulated in three pre-selected value chains:

  • electrics & electronics,
  • automotive
  • fast moving consumer goods

through reduction or elimination of waste, fostering systemic eco-innovation and generating new business opportunities.

The NEW_InnoNet project funded by EU Programme Horizon 2020 is an initiative to establish a European platform for stakeholders aiming to show how the concept of circular economy can be enhanced and stimulated through:

  • reduction or elimination of waste,
  • fostering systemic eco-innovation,
  • generating new business opportunities.

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Who should get involved ?

Our priority is to make the network a representative voice for the circular economy concept. Therefore we invite all stakeholders private and public who want to have a say and are related to the three selected sectors: electric and electronic, automotive and fast moving consumer goods.

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What you can gain ?

  • an EU platform to promote your views towards EU decision-makers and funders
  • a voice in developing new EU policy related to the implementation of circular economy concept
  • access to partners relevant to your topic (either plastic packaging waste, WEEE, ELV) for creating sustainable business relations
  • easy networking for project building
  • knowledge on funding opportunities, business opportunities related to bottlenecks in the material loops
  • early insight about upcoming developments regarding the CE to align your organisation’s strategy
  • support offered by the platform such as searching patent database, funding opportunities, scientific papers, projects under development (projects seeking partner/partners seeking projects) and technologies clustering
  • visibility as a frontrunner in the field of circular economy

Targeted value chains, waste streams and materials

As pilot areas, NEW_InnoNet focuses on the electronic, automotive and packaging chains. Currently these chains create high environmental impacts generating waste streams such as waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs) and plastic packaging waste, which could be converted into new raw materials such as plastics, metals and minerals. These waste streams represent significant potential for recovery of materials within the value chain, and can provide lessons-learnt and best practices for other value chains and sectors.

New-InnoNet distinguishes between value chains, waste streams and raw materials and focuses on three value chains:

  • electronics
  • automotive and
  • fast moving consumer goods

Each of these value chains generates waste. The respective waste streams are:

  • Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
  • End-of-Life Vehicles
  • Packaging waste

The waste streams, if properly treated , lead to raw materials such as metals, plastics and minerals that can be used by a variety of sectors and value chains. The choice for these three value chains was based on three main criteria:

  • volume and thus the potential to achieve environmental benefits
  • presence of the waste throughout Europe
  • potential for transferability of the future use cases

Electric and Electronic

Automotive Industry

Fast-Moving Consumer

Every year, end of life vehicles generate between 8 and 9 million tonnes of waste in the Community which should be managed correctly. In 1997, the European Commission adopted a Proposal for a Directive which aims at making vehicle dismantling and recycling more environmentally friendly, sets clear quantified targets for reuse, recycling and recovery of vehicles and their components and pushes producers to manufacture new vehicles also with a view to their recyclability. New and stricter EU legislation aims at increasing the recycling levels of ELVs to 95% and higher.

The European Packaging and packaging waste directive 94/62/EC deals with the problems of packaging waste and the currently permitted heavy metal content in packaging. The Directive obligates member states to meet targets for the recovery and recycling of packaging waste. The Directive covers all packaging placed on the Community market. Targets are set as a percentage of packaging flowing into the waste stream. The Directive sets targets for recovery and recycling, requires the encouragement of the use of recycled packaging materials in the manufacturing of packaging and other products and it requires packaging to comply with 'essential requirements' which include the minimization of packaging volume and weight, and the design of packaging to permit its reuse or recovery - requires the implementation of measures to prevent packaging waste in addition to preventative measures under the 'essential requirements', which may include measures to encourage the re-use of packaging.