On 26 April, the PPI4Waste International Workshop on Innovative Waste Solution was held in Bilbao as part of the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns.
The Life GISWASTE project was showcased, along with other European initiatives in the field of waste management.Thus, nearly a dozen waste treatment solution providers explained their schemes to public contractors, other suppliers and consultants in the field of waste management from all over Europe.
The main topics during the session were the separating of plastic, separate collection, managing bulky waste and systems to support decision-making in waste management.
David San Martín of the Food Research Unit at AZTI-Tecnalia and coordinator of the Life GISWASTE project talked to us about his experience at the event.
- How was the Life GISWASTE project received during the workshop?
The GISWASTE project addresses the problem of decision-making in the real-scale implementation phase of a waste recovery and/or management option from a multi-disciplinary perspective, as it assesses the key aspects that determine the feasibility from an environmental, economic, geographical and technical perspective.Thus, the project provides an overview of the option of managing and recovering the waste being studied and that meant that the project was very positively received.
- What did Life GISWASTE contribute compared to other initiatives considered?
Typically, the implementation of a waste recovery and/or management solution on a real scale is only assessed in the case of solutions that have been successful at pilot or laboratory scale, as that may be considered as the last hurdle to be overcome by the waste managers.In this regard, we could say that the Life GISWASTE project was the only initiative that addressed the study of the implementation phase of a waste recovery and/or management solution on a real scale during the PPI4Waste International Workshop on Innovative Waste Solutions.
- From the Life GISWASTE project perspective, what are the main challenges regarding the acquisition of innovative solutions and green public procurement?
What the Life GISWASTE project has taught us is that there is a great deal to be done regarding the acquisition of innovative solutions and green public procurement. Changes in waste management are difficult to implement and take time, but innovative solutions need to be implemented that manage to increase the sustainability of the production processes of companies. Therefore, the public administrations and private investors fostering innovative waste management solutions is essential, provided that the latter guarantee the profitability of the activity, along with green public procurement, that guarantees the efficient use of resources.
- During the session, Ireland was spotlighted as an example in the management of its waste. Why is the experience of that country considered as an innovative solution?What is the difference with the Basque Country?
Based on the experience of the Life GISWASTE project, there needs to be an emphasis on exporting successful waste recovery and management solutions, which could be the case of Ireland, to other regions.In this regard, the Life GISWASTE project seeks to develop a tool to help with decision making that can be replicated in any other zone of Europe, and even the world, even though the demonstration scenario is the Basque Country.
- Finally, is Life GISWASTE a candidate to become a benchmark in Europe in the waste management sector?
The Life GISWASTE project seeks to reduce the risk when investing in waste recovery and management infrastructures in Europe, and in the world in general, by means of help with decision making by providing information from the simulation of the environmental, economic, geographical and technical viability.Therefore, the GISWASTE tool has great potential to be used by the different stakeholders that are responsible for deciding on how to recover and manage waste and to be positioned as a benchmark in the waste management sector in Europe.
Further information about PPI4Waste workshop:
GISWASTE project presentation during PPI4Waste workshop (PDF):