INTERREG IVC and waste issues
The INTERREG IVC Programme
INTERREG IVC provides funding for interregional cooperation across Europe. It is implemented under the European Community’s territorial co-operation objective and financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Following on from the INTERREG IIIC programme (2002-2006), INTERREG IVC will last from 2007-2013.
The overall objective of the INTERREG IVC Programme is to improve the effectiveness of regional policies and instruments. Aiming to contribute to the economic modernization and competitiveness of Europe, the priorities of INTERREG IVC lie in the areas of Innovation & the Knowledge Economy, and Environment & Risk Prevention.
The projects generally build on the exchange of experiences among partners who are ideally responsible for the development of their local and regional policies. Possible project outcomes include, for example, case study collections, policy recommendations, strategic guidelines or action plans. INTERREG IVC also allows light implementation or piloting, but only complementing activities focused on exchanging experience.
In Regional Initiative Projects partners work together to exchange experiences in a policy field of their interest. They can choose between three levels of intensity for their cooperation. These vary from simple networking to the development of policy instruments or the establishment of mini-programmes.
In Capitalisation Projects partners transfer already identified good practices into mainstream programmes of EU Structural Funds. This is done by developing action plans and involving relevant policy makers. The European Commission offers additional expertise to some of these projects, the so-called Fast Tract Projects.
The European Week for Waste Reduction is the biggest awareness raising project on waste in Europe, supported by the LIFE+ Programme of the European Commission until July 2017. It aims to organise communication actions during a single week, all over Europe, which will raise awareness about the 3R, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. In 2016, the EWWR will take place between 19 and 27 November, with a special focus on packaging waste prevention.
The IMPACTPapeREC project's objective is to further increase the separate collection of paper for recycling. More specifically, it aims to boost the implementation of participatory strategies on separate paper collection for efficient recycling in particular by providing an innovative and common knowledge platform which will enable cooperation between the key stakeholders involved in the paper value chain.
The project will seek to facilitate the implementation of 11 cases of Good Practice leading to reduced environmental impact. The identified cases of Good Practice include sustainable energy (biomass, wind, biofuels, photovoltaic, geothermal energy); measurement and monitoring systems; optimization of industrial processes; low carbon vehicles; green chemistry; eco-housing; recycling and valorising wastes; storage of electric energy / batteries; valorisation of CO2.
The objective of the CLUE regional development project is increased regional capacity in policy development to facilitate implementation and assessment of new solutions and technologies to support low carbon economy in urban areas.
The C2C network brings together EU regions to share and capitalise on regional good practice in implementing C2C principles in relation to waste prevention and management, and do so by producing sustainable solutions, economic development opportunities and social well-being.
The project partners’ overall objective is to improve their development policies for competitive and sustainable regional food industries and SMEs based on European wide experience exchange.
European regions have joined forces to reduce CO2 emissions regionally and locally. The objective is to develop low carbon solutions at regional and local level and contribute to economic growth at the same time.
PRESERVE partners have set out to integrate sustainability in regional tourism policies.
The project addresses waste prevention regional policies, with the objective to improve the effectiveness of existing policies and to significantly reduce waste production and the risks deriving there from.
Regions for Sustainable Change (RSC) is a partnership of 12 organisations from eight EU member states. Through regional cooperation, the project aims at promoting an EU-wide shift to climate-friendly economies and seeks to identify opportunities for, and the costs and effects of, moving to a low-carbon economy.
SufalNet4EU is a network of 15 local and regional authorities transforming closed landfill sites in public parks, sports facilities for biking and golf, dog shelters, solar- and windparks and commercial areas.
The W2E project focuses on the potential to improve the sustainable management of waste in Europe's regions, and to produce energy from waste. Eight regional partners from across the European Union cooperate to exchange knowledge and good practice about techniques for energy recovery from waste, and to develop regional action plans to improve levels of energy recovery.
Zero-impact cultural heritage Event Network – ZEN is a project aimed at developing a shared methodology to reduce the impact of events and festivals in historic centers and on cultural heritage through the exchange of significant experiences and lessons learned by the particpating partners.