Over 90 stakeholders gathered at the 3rd INTERREG MED Green Growth Transnational Event “Role of regional and local policy makers in enhancing green innovation” in Durres between 15th and 16th November 2018. REINWASTE was among the 14 modular projects, belonging to the INTRREG MED; the project participated in different thematic working groups. This article summarizes the main points discussed during technical working meetings.
Last 15th -16th November, the 3rd transnational event of the Interreg MED Green Growth Community took place in Durrës, Albania. It is an event that analyses the role of policy makers in enhancing the Green Growth innovation and policies, besides creating contexts of exchanges on the impact of several key players in boosting Green Growth economies.
During the event, participants from several modular projects created thematic work groups ‟TWG” to discuss their contribution regarding the issues, challenges and objectives of the topic from a political point of view. Moreover, they discussed the expected results, policies and decision makers they want to reach, besides the stakeholders they would like to involve.
REINWASTE participated in the TWG1 and TWG3 entitled, respectively, Production and Consumption: Resource Efficiency and Waste Prevention and Management with PEFMED, CAMARG, RE-LIVE WASTE and other projects. The participants were called to describe the main goals of their projects, and for REINWASTE the main objectives are to rebuild the food supply chain by testing innovative solutions for zero inorganic waste through optimizing the use of bio-based materials and redesign products and processes. In addition, REINWASTE aims to transfer this knowledge in agrofood chain at European policy level, to foster the implementation of those solutions.
Moreover, regarding stakeholders the project would like to involve, REINWASTE’s collaborators identified that in order to achieve waste reduction the awareness of the companies that generate them is very important. This consciousness can only be achieved as a requirement of demand. In this sense, the involvement of distribution and consumers is essential. As a way of example, REINWASTE collaborators mentioned farmers from the agroindustry, waste prevention experts, S3 managers, and associations of producers besides association of consumers.
Finally, REINWASTE’s collaborators insisted that the policies they want to acquire are principally related to energy strategy, research, development and innovation.