On the Occasion of the Regional Innovation Award on Circular Economy, ShineBright on the Brussels Region, in Belgium that presented its Program for a Circular Economy (BRPCE).
On the initiative of 3 regional Ministries he Brussels Region has adopted in March 2016 a global strategy for moving from a linear to a circular economy: The Brussels Regional Program for a Circular Economy (BRPCE).
In terms of circular economy, the Brussels region faces tremendous challenges as revealed in a recent study :
- 9 million tons of resources imported every year (22kg/inhabitant/day)
- 7 million tons of resources exported per year (16kg/inhabitant/day)
- 1,3 million tons of waste are exported/year (average of 2kg/habitant/day).
This BRPCE is an integrated strategy englobing 111 measures covering both transversal, governance, territorial and sectorial topics for delivering circular patterns at city level. It’s the first bottom-up initiative of this size implicating 3 different regional ministries, 15 different administrations, advisory committee and about 60 stakeholders (public and private).
The BRPCE pushes forward 3 main objectives :
- To transform environmental objectives in economic opportunities
- To anchor economic activities within Brussels boundaries. This in order to maximize resources circularity while boosting entrepreneurship
- To create new employment opportunities
The BRPCE directly support the 2025 Strategy adopted by the Belgian government which explicitely stated a transformation from a linear economy into a circular economy.
For more information check the Circular europe network!
The next Regional Innovation Award will take place in 2018 and will be dedicated to the Silver Economy in the context of AER SEED project.
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