Project Details

Title: Waste to Energy
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Waste management

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2010 - 30th Sep 2012
Website: http://www.waste-2-energy.eu


Total budget: €1,063,874.00
ERDF contribution: €837,744.30

Lead partner

Östergötland County Administrative Board
Östgötagatan 3
581 86, Linköping

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    • Contact Person: Ranko Simic
      Phone: +46 19 60000
      Fax: +46 13 101381

Project summary

The W2E project will focus on the potential to improve the sustainable management of waste in Europe's regions, and to produce energy from waste.

Its objective is to exchange knowledge and good practice about regional policies for sustainable waste management, by changing the perception of waste as a potential resource, and to increase energy recovery from waste. The project will lead to the development of regional action plans to improve sustainable waste management and levels of energy recovery in partner regions

In doing this, the project will address three linked issues affecting Europe’s regions:

- It will support policies which divert waste from landfill,

- It will demonstrate ways to increase production of sustainable energy and;

- It will contribute to low-carbon economic growth in the partner regions.

The principal results of the project will be:

firstly, the development of a policy tool which can support regions in the development of more sustainable waste management strategies, and;

* secondly, the development of 7 sustainable waste management action plans, one in each region (the two Slovakian partners will work jointly on a single action plan), which will focus on the reduction of waste going into landfill, and the potential to recovery energy from that waste.

The project addresses key themes of both the Lisbon and Gothenburg Strategies; that is, it addresses the growing waste problem in the EU, it supports the development of renewable energy sources and it also contributes to the growth of the environmental technologies sector.

The development of this project is particularly timely, as regions are under obligation by EU directive to develop sustainable waste management strategies; this project will contribute to those strategies not only in the 8 participating regions, but by presenting a model for other regions to use.

The project will bring together 8 partners which are using different approaches to sustainable waste management. All the partners are either regional authorities with responsibility for waste management, or are regional energy agencies; they are therefore best placed to influence regional policy in this area. 5 of the partners are in newer member states (Romania, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary), whilst 3 are from longer-standing member states (Sweden, UK, Italy).

The project will share knowledge and experience of strategies to recover energy from waste, through of study visits to look at good practice in action, and seminars to share experience. It will use the knowledge gained from those study visits to develop a policy tool to improve energy recovery from waste; a tool which can be used by any EU region.

Finally, building on the tool, the project will enable each region to develop an Action Plan which will form a part of the region's wider Waste Management Strategy

Project achievements

During the 2 years and 9 months that the project has been running we have conducted 5 on-site study visits in the partner regions had regional and interregional seminars and have seen concrete results on how diverting waste from landfill can be done and shared many experiences in this field.

The first year of the project was dedicated to gaining knowledge about our own regions concerning waste management and about sharing experiences with each other by discussing different approaches at the seminars we organized and by showing concrete examples of how it is done at the study visits.

It was very satisfactory for all involved as everybody could contribute with know-how in a certain area and gain knowledge from the others in areas where they needed improvements.


The second year of the project was dedicated to making a model of a regional waste management system within the framework of the EU waste directive. This was done by the development of the policy assessment tool. The tool also includes recommendations on action depending on the results of the assessment. The policy tool has actually been one of the most successful outcomes from this project as it has been proven very useful for those that have used it. The policy tool has also been spread outside of the project and it is also translated to Bosnian for the use of SERDA, the Sarajevo regional development agency.

One other useful outcome in the second year of the project was the Waste to Energy movie. The movie has been proven as an excellent educational and raising awareness tool. The movie has been translated to several languages and is available in: Polish, Slovakian, Hungarian, Romanian, Italian and English.


In the second year of the project, when the policy tool was finished we started to work on our regional actions plan based on the results from the assessment tool.

Apart from the immediate effects the project has also contributed to better cooperation of all relevant stakeholders on regional level as these have been involved in the work with the regional action plans. The project framework functioned as a forum for discussion between relevant stakeholders, a forum that in many cases, previously did not existed at all or were on a very low level.

In the last year f the project the regional action plans were developed and the work with implementing these in the regional level policies will continue even after the completion of this project.

All in all this project resulted in:

We developed sub-regional strategies to divert waste from landfill by sharing current levels of experience of sustainable waste management policies and by identifying and sharing good practices in the participating regions

1. We have greater understanding of the range of possibilities for W2E.

2. We have been learning from working examples of new and existing waste management technologies.

3. We have better understanding of EU regulatory context and how each country and region in the W2E project is tackling this.

4. We have appreciation of the drivers for successful implementation;

5. We understand the importance of local circumstances and how different political systems impact on decision taking and results;

6. We all contributed in a very meaningful way towards the development of the policy tool for the EU-27.

7. We have greater understanding of different business and governance structures across the nations/regions which participated.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Östergötland County Administrative Board, Linköping SWEDEN Östra Mellansverige +46 19 60000
Cumbria County Council, Carlisle UNITED KINGDOM Cumbria +44 1228 226476
A.R.A.E.N. – Abruzzo Regional Energy Agency, L'Aquila ITALY Abruzzo +39 0862 363248
South Great Plain Regional Deveopment Agency, Szeged HUNGARY Del-Alfold +36 62 549 597
Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship, Torun POLAND Kujawsko-Pomorskie +48 56 656 11 35
Slovak innovation and energy agency, Bratislava 27 SLOVAKIA Bratislavsky kraj +42 125 82 48203
Regional Energy Agency, Sala, Šaľa SLOVAKIA Bratislavsky kraj +421 31 770 3646
Dâmboviţa County Council, Targoviste ROMANIA Sud - Muntenia +40 245 207600


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