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Project acronym: RB21T

Project title: RECO Baltic 21 Tech

Application call: 3

Priority: 4. Attractive & competitive cities and regions

Project website: http://www.recobaltic21.net

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Lead Partner:

IVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet
P.O. Box 21060
100 31 Stockholm
Åsa STENMARCK Project manager
E-mail: asa.stenmarck@ivl.se
Phone: +46 (0) 8598 563 66
Fax: +46 (0) 8 598 563 90

Project Manager:

IVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet
P.O. Box 21060
100 31 Stockholm
E-mail: tord.svedberg@ivl.se
Phone: +46-8-598 563 00
Fax: 046-8-598 563 90

Information Manager:

Research and Transfer Centre „Applications of Life Sciences“
Lohbruegger Kirchstraße 65, Sector S4
21033 Hamburg
Prof. Walter Leal
E-mail: walter.leal@haw-hamburg.de
Phone: +49-40-42875-6313
Fax: +49-40-42875-6079

Summary description of the project:

RECO Baltic 21 Tech (RB21T) has aimed to facilitate for local and regional decision makers to perform sustainable waste management investments. RB21T has developed a Joint BSR Strategy for Waste Management that makes use of 'best practices' from regional and national strategies. All together RB21T has contributed towards sustainable waste management and development by putting into practice a systematic approach to Waste Management and providing a platform that enables a BSR-wide co-operation to address the challenges posed. The overall objective of RB21T has been to strengthen the local, regional and nationel capacity in the implementation of waste management strategies to assist all to climb in the waste hierarchy. A Joint Strategy was needed due to the large differences identified in the approach on how to fulfill the goals set by EU among countries something that slows down the process of adjusting the waste management system towards EU regulations and sustainable development .

RB21T's partnership was carefully selected to be able to meet the challenges faced in contemporary Waste Management in the BSR - It consisted of problem owners, policy makers and experts in waste management and in systematic approach. RB21T represents the BSR by 12 partners and 3 associate partners from 8 countries. RB21T has also achieved flagship status under the EUSBSR (HA Sustain) as well as CBSS Lighthouse status which gives great oportunities to spread the project results. RB21T has directly targeted and assisted more than 30 decision makers on local/regional, national and EU-level about how to realise sustainable waste management investments. To realise this, not only a Joint Strategy but also an investment model has been developed. To enhance the discussion among decision makers a “Baltic Waste Management Council” (BWMC) was established – an important and necessary forum.

18 pilots have been carried out implementing the methods and tools developed in the project as well as giving input to structural hinders for the BSR in order to progress in waste management and altogether climb in the waste hierarchy (1. waste prevention 2. waste reuse 3. material recycling 4. energy recovery 5. disposal). Alarming is that still in Poland 95% of the house hold waste (MSW) goes to landfill - in Sweden and Germany it is less than 3%. The areas for the pilots are 1. Material recycling, 2. Biological treatment, 3.Recovery of landfill gas. The project has unlocked investments of near 30 Million Euro linked to these pilots. RB21T has established a transnational and cross-sectorial platform for expertise exchange in waste management, which will increase the competitiveness of the region, this database is available on the projec't website.

Achievements of the project so far:

Within RB21T 18 pilots have been carefully selected in order to improve their present unique and current situation and to provide feedback to the Investment Concept and the Joint Strategy. They were selected to learn from and study the process in different countries of the Baltic Sea Region and to exchange experiences. The pilots were also important to achieve the goal of unlocking funds for waste management investments. Activities that have been carried out are for example a comprehensive workshop with financing institutions, matchmaking activities and study visits.

The main output from the project is the Joint Strategy and Investment Concept – both with the aim to assist the BSR to climb in the waste hierarchy and reach the EU targets. Looking into these issues also gives at hand that the need for procurement practicies is highly important – therefore a manual with procurement guidelines has been produced.

The Joint Strategy describes the present situation and indentifies the obstacles why the Region is having difficulties climbing in the waste hierarchy. It gives suggestions for actions to be taken at various levels to improve the situation. The Strategy target decision-makers dealing with household waste management at national and EU-level. The target group for the Investment Concept is municipalities with the aim to strengthen their capacity fulfilling the EU-/national-legislation. RB21T has sett up a database with waste related information on experts, equipment, financing options as well as reference objects (that can be visited). The long awaited database (Envirobase) aims, for problem owners facing waste management investment, to simplify and narrow down the search for applied techniques and facilitating the decision on availabe waste management options for the municipality or region.

Avoiding duplication of initiatives and progress is a cornerstone in the European integration process. Transfering RB21T to the Mediterraen (MEDA)-region is a fundamental part of RECO-values. The interest is vast, to learn on how RB21T has been developed and can be transferred to this part of Europe. Measures are taken to further elaborate the mutual learning process between the two Macro Regions (MEDA-BSR). These activities will in the future facilitate mainstreaming on how to approach sustainable waste management by using transnational co-operation as a basis.

Being both a flagship and a lighthouse project increases the outreach of the project findings and their usage providing input to the long-term strategic work in BSR. The leadpartner IVL Swedish Environmental Reserach Institute concludes the extensive impact of transnational cooperation and truly values the extended network and accumulated knowledge collectively gained within the project.

Project Duration: Sep 2010 - Dec 2013
Approximate total project budget in EUR: 2.721.410,00
ERDF co-financing: 1.967.880,00
ENPI co-financing: 234.000,00
Norwegian national contribution: 0,00

List of partners

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute
100 31 Stockholm | SWEDEN
P.O. Box 21060
Region: Stockholm
Contact person: Åsa Stenmarck Project manager
Phone: +46 (0) 8598 563 66
E-mail: asa.stenmarck@ivl.se
Web: www.ivl.se
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:680.000,00
ERDF co-financing:510.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Sustainable Business Hub
211 10 Malmö | SWEDEN
Anckargripsgatan 3
Region: Sydsverige
Contact person: Per Simonsson/Håkan Knutsson
Phone: 0046 768 870430
E-mail: per.simonsson@sbhub.se
Web: www.sbhub.se
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:63.200,00
ERDF co-financing:47.400,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Kaunas University of Technology, The Institute of Environmental Engineering (APINI),
LT-44029 Kaunas | LITHUANIA
K. Donelaičio str. 73,
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Prof. habil. Dr. Jurgis Kazimieras Staniškis / Asta Laurinkeviciute
Phone: +370 37 300760
E-mail: jurgis.staniskis@ktu.lt, jolita.kruopiene@ktu.lt,
Web: www.ktu.lt, www.apini.lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:253.500,00
ERDF co-financing:215.475,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Siauliai region waste management centre
76206 Siauliai | LITHUANIA
P.Luksio street 8
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Gintautas Petraitis
Phone: 0037041437795
E-mail: g.petraitis@sratc.lt, g.katkauskaite@sratc.lt
Web: www.sratc.lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:132.000,00
ERDF co-financing:112.200,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Alytus region waste management centre
62112 Alytus | LITHUANIA
Vilniaus street 31
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Andrius Jučas
Phone: 00 37031572842
E-mail: andrius.jucas@alytausratac.lt/algirdas.reipas@alyt
Web: www
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:113.749,00
ERDF co-financing:96.686,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Belarussian Association of Environmental Management (BAEM)
2200007 Minsk | BELARUS
Zhukouskaga str 5-1-19
Region: Minskaya Oblastj, g. Minsk.
Contact person: Siarhei DAROZHOKA
Phone: +375 173 313049
E-mail: dorozhko@bnty.by
Web: ww
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:260.000,00
ERDF co-financing:0,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Waste Management Association of Latvia
Kuršu street 9-2
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Ruta BENDERE
Phone: +337167551384
E-mail: bendere@edi.lv
Web: www.lasa.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:253.874,00
ERDF co-financing:215.792,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Ogre municipality
5001 Orge | LATVIA
Brīvibas st. 33
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Edgars Parpurcis
Phone: 00371 65022170
E-mail: edgars.parpucis@inbox.lv
Web: www.ogresnovads.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:71.084,00
ERDF co-financing:60.421,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Gdańsk University of Technology
80-952 Gdansk | POLAND
Narutowicza 11/12
Region: Pomorskie
Contact person: Jan Hupka / Andrzej Tonderski
Phone: +48 (58) 3472065
E-mail: ktch@pg.gda.pl
Web: www.pg.gda.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:220.000,00
ERDF co-financing:187.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Estonian Regional and Local Development Agency
10151 Tallinn | ESTONIA
Ahtri 8
Region: Eesti
Contact person: Jüri Roos
Phone: +3726943420
E-mail: erkas@erkas.ee
Web: www.erkas.ee
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:104.000,00
ERDF co-financing:88.400,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Estonian Institute for Sustainable Development, SEI-Tallinn
10133 Tallinn | ESTONIA
Lai 34
Region: Eesti
Contact person: Harri MOORA
Phone: +372 6276108
E-mail: Harri.Moora@seit.ee
Web: www.seit.ee
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:70.000,00
ERDF co-financing:59.500,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Hamburg University of Applied Sience
D-21033 Hamburg | GERMANY
Lohbruegger Kirchstraße 65
Region: Hamburg
Contact person: Walter Leal
Phone: 491727835489
E-mail: walter.leal@ls.haw-hamburg.de
Web: www.haw-hamburg.de/
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:500.000,00
ERDF co-financing:375.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00