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TOPIC : Unlocking the potential of urban organic waste

Topic identifier: CIRC-05-2016
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
10 November 2015
Deadline: 08 March 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Industrial Leadership
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Waste production, processing and disposal are increasing challenges for urban areas. In this context, local biorefineries can use waste from surrounding industries and municipalities in a symbiotic manner. Today, there are very few examples of facilities that can convert the biodegradable fraction of municipal solid waste and sewage sludge into anything other than compost and energy. Further innovations in urban waste management schemes could contribute to better collection and processing of waste for the production of higher value bio-based products, including for example bio-based chemicals and bio-plastics.

Scope:

Catalogue proven and emerging innovations in the collection, processing and use of organic urban waste and sewage sludge, and on that basis identify potential new value chains. Create and support a platform of regional, municipal and local stakeholders, including public authorities, civil society, and industry (the waste management industry, as well as industries that produce organic waste and those that may have an interest using such waste as a resource). Identify technological and regulatory barriers that hinder the use of more biodegradable waste as raw material for higher value bio-based products, and carry out targeted research that would help to address specific barriers. Such research could contribute to the generation of information required for the development of end-of-waste criteria for urban organic waste.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the range of EUR 3 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

To enable the creation of new value chains for higher value purposes other than just for compost or energy, proposals will have to show how to:

  • Contribute to new developments in strategy and policy at regional and local level for the innovative use of urban organic waste.
  • Boost investments in the local and regional economy supporting sustainable growth, development and employment;
  • Facilitate the exchange of information and sharing of experiences among local and regional bioeconomy stakeholders on the production of bio-based products from urban organic waste. In particular, provide inputs to tackle related regulatory gaps and obstacles.
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          For stage 2: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
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  7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.
    This topic participates per default in the open access to research data pilot which aims to improve and maximise access to and re-use of research data generated by projects:
    • The pilot applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available for open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan (to be provided within six months after the project start).
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    • Projects can at any stage opt-out of the pilot.
    The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.
    Further information on the Open Research Data Pilot is made available in the H2020 Online Manual.
     
  8. Additional documents:
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Cross-cutting activities (Focus Areas)
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes

     

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