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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:

  • CCI SMEs Clustering in the Mediterranean historic city centers promoting urban revitalization and social integration Networking at cross border level, accessing knowledge Innovation Endorsement of Industrial Symbiosis, Social Economy and Cross-Border schemes. Synergies with local governments and stakeholders.
  • CCI SMEs access to new and external knowledge from the research/educational sector and experts on CE and training on the use of new technologies and smart tools to accelerate innovation and boost their competitiveness. Deliver new innovative products and new business models for CCI SMEs on the circular economy concept.
  • Promotion of social engagement with CE practices through six case study clusters and active involvement of local stakeholders/local communities. Boosting job opportunities, Enhancement of Social Cooperative Entrepreneurship and Sharing Economy, Promotion of social inclusive and gender equality policies.
  • Urban centers’ revitalization through CCI SMEs supporting the adoption of Circular practices.
  • Use and promotion of local knowledge and technology.
  • Development of new networks and clusters of cooperation.
  • Production of new innovative products from recycled/upcycled materials.

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 ( 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.



  1. National Technical University of Athens NTUA, Greece, Attiki
  2. Environmental Ploanning Engineering and Management – EPEM, Greece, Attiki
  3. Municipality of Prato – MoP, Italy, Toscana
  4. Center for Economic and Social Research for the South of Italy – CRESM, Italy, Sicilia
  5. Municipality of Tunis, Tunisia, Tunis
  6. Birzeit University – BZU , Palestine
  7. Future Pioneers for Empowering Communities’ Members in the environmental and educational fields – FPEC, Jordan, Amman

TITLE: Support Waste Management in Kosovo (EuropeAid/133800/C/SER/XK)

CLIENT: EU / represented by the EU Office in Kosovo

DURATION: 20/1/2014 – now

kosovo The project’s overall objective is to contribute, via the upgrading of waste management (WM), to the sustainable and continuous improvement of the quality of the natural environment of Kosovo, in order to reach EU standards, especially in relation to public health and economic development. The project aims at strengthening the institutional capacities of the central and local competent authorities on issues related to the drafting of policies and plans and implementing effective measures for environmental improvement, with focus on WM, via the utilization of national and EU financing mechanisms. Among the project’s main goals is to promote waste generation reduction, categorization, sustainable collection, reuse/recycling treatment and safe disposal of residues. More specifically, the project consisted of the following activities:

  • Task 1: Development of an Information Management System on waste
  • Task 2: Development of a Master Plan for the implementation of waste management priority projects
  • Task 3: Elaboration of EIA studies, detailed Design and TDs for the priority project projects to be financed by IPA (in addition to an “urgent” project – sanitary landfill – in N. Kosovo)
  • Task 4: Application guidelines for Grants to the environmentally friendly packaging producers
  • Task 5: Public awareness campaign

Over the course of the program, EPEM worked closely with the Greek Ministry of Environment, the EBRD, the Government of FYROM, the local authorities in the city of Stroumitsa, as well as with all the bodies established in the recipient country for the implementation of the MEAP Program.

EPEM SA and Grant Thornton, co-organized a special event last March in Greece, with the support of the British Embassy in Athens, entitled “PPPs & Integrated Solid Waste Management: The opportunities of Greece and the experience of Manchester" presenting the course of implementation, as well as the existing experiences, from the larger *PPP project in solid waste management in Europe .

(Click here to download the presentation)

The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority along with Viridor Laing, they have created a network of state-of-the-art recycling and waste management facilities in the context of a 25 year private finance initiative (PFI) contract. Within a 776 million Euros construction programme, they've offered a long-term sustainable solution for the 1.1 million tonnes of municipal waste.

The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, the biggest **WDA in England, serves 9 of the association of Greater Manchester Authorities’ (AGMA’s) Waste Collection Authorities (WCAs) and disposes the 5% of the nation’s waste.





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..




EPEM team with constant efforts, high level skills and knowledge, efficiency and capabilities in development and implementation of complex projects, is the key factor in EPEM’s efficient respond in challenges and fast adaptability in the continuous changing of the external conditions.

Human Resources Management consists one of our main commitment and through the application of modern methods in recrewing, training, evaluation and rewarding we: 


>  Use Selection Assessment Methods taking into account the need and the requirements of each work leve

>  Provide Equal educational and career progression opportunities among our employees

>  Strengthen frameworks of Recognition and rewarding of working methods complied with the EPEM’s culture and values.






High quality service is one of EPEM’s priorities, as we believe that our clients deserve the best. That is why EPEM has been certified for its Quality Management System, according to the international standard EN ISO 9001:2008, by TUV Austria Hellas

EPEM’s certified services also include:

  • Environmental Studies

  • Environmental Consulting

  • Studies of Construction Works

  • Project Management

TITLE: Update of the solid waste management regional planning, Region of Central Macedonia

CLIENT:Special Management Agency, OP Central Macedonia

DURATION:11/2002 – 02/2003

The study was the first Greek Municipal Solid Waste Management Plan at regional level, which was prepared before the adoption of the JMD 50910 on Regional SWM Plans. It incorporated the requirements of the 99/31/EC Directive on the diversion of biodegradable wastes from landfills, and the actions necessary to restore uncontrolled landfills (dumps), in the logic of the subsequent Circular of the Ministry for Environment on the Technical Studies for Environmental Restoration.

The aim of the study was:

  • To review and update the projects’ proposals and actions contained in the existing Prefectural Plans. The goal was to minimize the treatment and disposal facilities and the maximum utilization of the facilities for which construction had already begun.
  • To set objectives, implementation schedule and operational plan for the construction of additional facilities.
  • To develop a plan for the management of biodegradable and packaging waste, in line with the 2939/2001 Law and the 99/31Directive.
  • To elaborate a program for the termination of the operation of the uncontrolled landfills and to develop technical specifications for the sites’ restoration.
  • To develop guidelines for the formulation and operation of Solid Waste Management Bodies.
  • To establish a database, dynamically linked with a GIS, designed for easy and quick monitoring of solid waste management in the Region.
  • To consider the development of a distinct structure for monitoring the implementation of the Regional Planning.
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