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Networking with LIFE and H2020 projects related to plastics

In September 2017, URBANREC participated in a forum of exchange between different European projects. Several workshop sessions aimed to explain how the projects are contributing to make plastic waste fit for the circular economy.


On 21 and 22 September 2017, AIMPLAS (as the coordinator of the URBANREC project) attended the LIFE Platform Meeting on Plastics and Circular Economy, held in Athens, Greece.


As the name suggests, the aim of the event was to offer a forum for current EU LIFE projects directly dealing with the issue of plastics in a Circular Economy. To make most out of the event, and to stimulate synergies and exchange of experiences, several H2020 projects working on the same topic were also invited. URBANREC was one of the five invited H2020 projects to attend the event. 


The meeting gathered project coordinators as well as highly ranked representatives from the European Comission’s DG-Environment and EASME / NEEMO organisations (Project Officers and LIFE Monitors), the latter being the external agencies acting as mediators between the project coordinators and the EC representatives in the case of LIFE Projects. The profile of the attendees was wide, including companies and SMEs, Research and Technological organisations, public organisms and universities, etc. 


This activity provided the opportunity for URBANREC to share with their peers the identified challenges for plastics in the Circular Economy in terms of marine litter, collection and sorting, processing and bioplastics. Based on the discussions that took place and the conclusions presented by the different working groups, the European Commission representatives will elaborate a series of recommendations that will help in some way to implement and/or improve the next official work programmes.   


During the event, URBANREC identified opportunities for synergy with two other EU-LIFE projects. Future conference calls with their consortia will be established in short as networking activities.


 

» Author: URBANREC NEWSLETTER

» Publication Date: 20/12/2017

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement N° 690103