This year’s Ecomondo fair in Rimini, Italy, saw a quite significant participation of the URBAN–WASTE project which was present at both “Sustainability evaluation in waste management” seminar and EASME’s info day.
The URBAN-WASTE project was presented at the seminar “Sustainability evaluation in waste management”, organized by the Ecomondo Scientific Technical Committee, the Italian Society of Chemistry, and the Italiana LCA network and hosted by the Ecomondo fair. URBAN-WASTE has been selected as one of the three intro speeches, together with another EU projects “Waste4Think” and the presentation of the report “Global Food Waste Management: an implementation guide for cities”.
The topics of the seminar were the impacts assessment of alternative treatment and recovery scenarios, the consideration of costs and economic feasibility, and the possible social consequences deriving from the implementation of different solutions, comparing the results of several assessment tools (environmental monitoring, environmental, social and economic LCA, Material Flow Analysis, scenario analysis, and others).
Ambiente Italia presented the URBANWASTE monitoring approach (as a part of the integrated urban metabolic approach for waste and urban policies), showing a first evaluation of the measures implemented during the testing phase in the 11 pilot areas through the use of both qualitative and quantitative indicators, including the assessment of gender in waste management measures. A specific issue of the presentation was about the opportunities of collecting a large number of original data offered by the two ICT tools developed by the project: the WasteApp and the Food Tracking Device.
During one of the days of the Ecomondo fair, on 8 November, URBAN-WASTE project was presented at the EASME stand, as well. URBAN-WASTE has been selected with other 38 “best-in-class” projects from the Programmes managed by EASME (COSME, Horizon2020, LIFE, and new European Innovation Council pilot EIC-SME Instrument).
ACR+ team, sharing the booth with another Horizon 2020 ptroject, URBANWINS, set up a way to present URBAN-WASTE discussing with people coming about the links between the 2 projects (mainly urban metabolism approach). WasteApp, developed in URBAN-WASTE, was an efficient hook to raise the awareness among the opportunities to integrate tourism in sustainability patterns.