The Technology Center for Energy and the Environment (Cetenma) organized the final Valuewaste event, a project coordinated by the center itself and financed by European funds within the H2020 program, which took place at the El Batel Auditorium and Conference Center in Cartagena. In this final conference, the results and achievements of the project after four years of work were presented, allowing experts in the field to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the bioeconomy in European cities.
The institutional opening was carried out by Francisco Marín, General Director of the Environment of the Region of Murcia, and Adrián Zittelli, General Director of Relations with the European Union and alternate member of the CDR of the Region of Murcia, who pointed out that “it is about a project that provides concrete solutions to such a great challenge as the implementation of the circular economy in biowaste”.
The main achievements of the project support the fight against the critical challenges facing the urban bioeconomy today at three levels: technological, social and political.
For example: the successful implementation of the experimental model for urban bio-waste collection implemented in Murcia, the demonstration of three value chains for the revaluation of the organic fraction of bio-waste in new products (biofertilizers and food ingredients) as well as the testing of functionalities and market potential in the final biobased products.
The Valuewaste project began in 2018, bringing together seventeen partners from five countries of the European Union. After four years of activity, the project came to an end last October.
The objective has been to promote the adoption of urban bio-waste recovery schemes in European cities, thus demonstrating disruptive recovery technologies and developing pilot experiences in two cities: Murcia and Kalundborg (Denmark).
This final event was organized in conjunction with the related project Scalibur, whose final event took place the day before in Valencia: ‘Breaking barriers to get the most out of organic bio-waste’.
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