Resource Recovery, an economic opportunity
Dublin, January 2015 – Ireland. The Green Way is delighted to announce it is joining the ReNEW consortium. ReNEW (Resource innovation Network for European Waste) is a €4.88 million project, funded at a rate of 50% (€2.44 million) by the Interreg IVB North West Europe scheme.
The project is led by Queen’s University Belfast (QUESTOR Centre), with partners spanning the UK, Belgium, Germany and Ireland. Partners in the ReNEW consortium are leading in research, policy and advocacy to nurture the development of the resource recovery sector across Europe. Irish partners are to the fore-front of this work.
Aideen O’Hora stated “Globally we face many environmental challenges, from climate change to lack of access to non-renewable resources. I’m delighted to participate in the ReNEW project, and develop solutions to support the resource recovery sector. We have wonderful European partners in this project, but I’m heartened that the partners based on the island of Ireland are experts in the field, and I look forward to working with them. In doing so we will develop new business opportunities and develop the economic success of the Irish cleantech sector.”
Irish partners include the Technology Centre for Biorefining and Bioenergy (TCBB) at University of Limerick and Donegal County Council. Subpartners include the TCBB at National University of Ireland Galway and Inishowen Development Partnership. The Rediscovery Centre is also a subpartner and will work closely with the Green Way to support delivery of the ReNEW project.
Sarah Miller, CEO of the Rediscovery Centre said “The Circular Economy has an estimated global value of $1 trillion. The ReNEW vision is aligned to the principles of the circular economy. My ambition is that Ireland is recognised as a circular economy leader, and the Rediscovery Centre will facilitate this through capacity building for practitioners
With challenges there are opportunities, and the ReNEW consortium responds to these opportunities.