Med Cities face the problem of overwhelming waste production demanding effective management. Circular Economy (CE) may offer a solution to this challenge, reintroducing waste in the production cycle. Additionally, Cultural & Creative Industries (CCIs) present a remarkable percentage of the total Med Cities urban production. Therefore, building on their common identity by integrating into their productive schemes the circular principles is of great importance. INNOMED-UP proposes to collaborate with CCI SMEs so as to shift local urban economies towards a circular production/consumption paradigm including optimal use of material resources, innovation enhancement for SME level, knowledge transfer among Med-cities, social inclusion and citizens’ engagement. General objective of INNOMED-UP is to propose a strategy for Med Cities, where CCI SMEs create circular economy clusters locally and participate at cross border innovation networks thus promoting urban and social inclusion.
Specific objectives of the project are the following:
Main expected results:
Among Med Cities, the adoption of new, wasteless productive schemes by CCIs is of outmost importance for the resilience of cities. Project duration: 01 September 2019 – 31 August 2022
The project INNOMED-UP is implemented in the framework of ENI CBC “Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme” 2014-2020 (http://www.enicbcmed.eu/). The total budget of the project is 3.12 million € and 2.8 million € are funded by the European Union through The European Neighbourhood Instrument.
EPEM S.A. as head of the Partnership “EPEM-SLR-TUMAS”, is responsible for the Project implementation “Technical Support and Construction Supervision of Balikesir Solid Waste Management Project” (EuropeAid/129944/D/SER/TR) of the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.
The Project’s duration is three (3) years and is taking place in Balikesir province, situated in the general area of Marmara, with a population ~1.2 million inhabitants. Aim of this Project is the support of Waste Management Body (BAÇEYÖB) for the successful implementation of the activities related to the development and operation of the integrated Solid Waste Management System in Balikesir and in near municipalities.
The projects, which will be constructed by the Consortium «GÖKSIN / HELECTOR», include:
• Sanitary Landfill with biogas and leachate management facilities
• Two Transfer Stations
• Compost Facility
• Material Recovery Facility
• Sterilizing Medical Waste Facility
• Rehabilitation of 7 uncontrolled landfills/open dumpsites
Two waste management consulting projects were undertaken in the area of Kosovo by the Environmental Consulting Company (EPEM S.A.) engaged in providing consultancy services in the area of solid waste management.
More specific, the Company is responsible for the European Union Project “Support/maintain Waste Management in Kosovo” total contract value 1,080,000 Euros. The company will also provide solutions in amelioration of the current Solid waste Management System, development of waste management plan, creation of informative systems , improvement of knowledge and training of waste management bodies.
In parallel/Simultaneously, the company is contractor in World Bank’s Project “Evaluation & Upgrade/Improvement of Solid Waste Management System/Sector and Feasibility Study on Solid Waste Management Projects” total contract value 190.000 Euros (260 thousands Dollars). Under this project EPEM S.A. develops an amelioration plan of Kosovo’s Solid Waste Management System, a National Hazardous Waste Management Plan and price policy for Hazardous waste and a feasibility study on Solid Waste Management Projects.
“Through these projects we export innovation technologies, in a period when Greek mark face the crisis/ Greek market dealing with the ugly face of crisis” report George Firfilionis, Technical Consultant in EPE S.A..