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Innovation Deals for a Circular Economy

European Commission addresses barriers to innovation: the first Innovation Deal focuses on water reuse

The European Commission, together with 14 partners from national and regional authorities, universities, knowledge centres, innovators and end-users, takes concrete steps to address regulatory barriers to innovation by signing the first Innovation Deal on "Sustainable Waste Water Treatment Combining Anaerobic Membrane Technology (AnMbR) and Water Reuse".

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Selection of the Innovation Deals

Bringing together our circular economy and better regulation goals, the European Commission has selected the following two Innovation Deals:

Sustainable wastewater treatment using innovative anaerobic membrane bioreactors technology (AnMBR).

This Innovation Deal addresses legislative barriers to make use of the value of waste water. AnMBR facilitates the extraction of energy and nutrients, and accelerates treated water re-use for irrigation. The intense reuse of treated waste water will contribute to overcome challenges of water scarcity.
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From E-mobility to recycling: the virtuous loop of electric vehicle.

The main objective of this Innovation Deal is to increase access to electric mobility by reducing the total cost of electric vehicles. This can be done through optimising e-vehicle battery usage through its full life cycle (from the car - smart charge and vehicle-to-grid - to stationary storage services).

Innovators and national/regional/local authority stakeholders:

  • Renault Nissan Alliance (the automotive industry)
  • Lomboxnet (IT and renewable energy)
  • Bouygues (energy services for sustainable cities)
  • French Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Industry
  • Dutch Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Economic Affairs


Next steps:

In the coming months, innovators together with the European Commission, national authorities and other stakeholders will work together on voluntary agreements called the Joint Declarations of Intent (JDIs). The JDIs will contain the following information: Scope, objectives, actions, roles, tasks, timeline and expected results of the Innovation Deals.

The JDIs are expected to be signed in the first quarter of 2017, when further information on the Innovation Deals will be made available.

Standardisation study

Many of the applications for Innovation Deals highlighted issues concerning secondary raw materials and the end of waste criteria. To address these issues, the European Commission and CEN (European Committee for Standardisation) are developing a mapping study for possible future secondary raw material quality standards. To help address barriers to Innovation that were outlined - three of the applications (not selected for Innovation Deals) will be consulted throughout the course of the study.


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