In light of the EU’s Waste Framework Directive, member states will be required to collect bio-waste separately by the end of 2023, significantly increasing the availability of bio-waste for composting and anaerobic digestion. Yet, considering the large disparities in bio-waste collection and treatment across the EU, it’s crucial to identify and validate best practices and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) along the bio-waste management chain. Unlocking the full potential of bio-waste recycling requires an ambitious project like LIFE BIOBEST.
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Promote greater efficiency in bio-waste management by identifying and validating best practices, from production to treatment, and establishing a list of reference key performance indicators (KPIs) for the sector.
Breaking down barriers and paving the way for change – Through dynamic networking activities, co-creation meetings and capacity-building events with all relevant stakeholders, we will develop and share innovative solutions and strategies to overcome the barriers preventing the adoption of validated best practices.
Empower local and regional authorities with comprehensive EU guidance and two decision support tree guides, customised to their specific context, offering feasible strategies and instruments to achieve efficient collection and recycling of bio-waste into high quality compost and digestate.
Introduction of premium European standards for bio-waste entering the composting and anaerobic digestion process, guaranteeing optimal management processes and a safe return to soil.
Recognizing bio-waste as a cross-cutting resource, BIOBEST activities aim to trigger a positive ripple effect on key EU policy areas, including soil health, energy, agriculture and pollution reduction (e.g animal by-products regulation, farm-to-fork strategy, renewable energies directive, bioeconomy strategy, zero pollution action plan, fertilisers regulation).
Our mission is clear: to guide the mainstreaming of best bio-waste management and recycling practices, closing the gap in the biological cycle to enrich our depleted soil with high quality compost!
ENT Foundation (ENT) is a research centre based in Barcelona and dedicated to the elaboration, analysis, and implementation of public environmental policies. ENT’s team is comprised of around 25 highly specialised consultants.
ENT primarily partners with public administrations and non-profit organisations, while also working with for-profit initiatives that share their values. Much of the organisation’s current work is in Europe, through local, regional, national and EU-wide projects. Innovation is at the heart of ENT’s mission, and they have a diverse range of research and development projects. Results are disseminated in peer-reviewed scientific publications and at scientific conferences.
ENT has an extensive experience in the development of projects of consultancy, research and cooperation for development, which are carried out individually as well as integrated in consortia.
The Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable Resource management (ACR+) is an international network of cities and regions sharing the aim of promoting a sustainable resource management and accelerating the transition towards a circular economy on their territories and beyond. Circular economy calling for cooperation between all actors, ACR+ is open to other key players in the field of material resource management such as NGOS, academic institutions, consultancy or private organisations. The network currently counts over 100 members, mainly local and regional authorities as well as national networks of local authorities representing around 1100 decentralized public authorities.
Through its activities, ACR+ strives to develop the expertise and skills of public authorities in effective waste-product-resource policies, as well as encourage practical action. The association provides support to regional and local authorities in their new challenges and promotes cooperation and partnership to develop eco-efficient solutions. The key activities include facilitating the exchange of experiences between members, sharing technical and policy information, mainly through technical reports and weekly newsletters. The technical and policy information shared by ACR+ secretariat is focused on 5 thematic areas: i) built environment, ii) sustainable food systems, iii) circular lifestyles, iv) policy and governance, and v) waste and material flows.
The Italian Compost and Biogas Consortium (CIC) is a non-profit association gathering 144 members including composting and anaerobic digestion facilities. CIC’s activities include the assessment of the quality of organic waste collected in Italy (around 850 composition analysis per year from more than 550 Italian municipalities). With these analyses, CIC obtains information about impurities present in the bio-waste and learns about collection challenges.
Since 2003 CIC has managed a voluntary scheme awarding the compost from bio-waste that fulfils the quality requirements of the National Fertilisers Regulation to improve its marketability and traceability. Currently 33% of the compost produced in Italy holds CIC’s quality label. To complement these initiatives, since 2006, CIC manages a certification scheme for biodegradable and compostable items according to EN 13432, aiming to provide the consumer and the bio-waste sector with a clear label identifying this type of materials.
Considering its background and the good performance of Italy in terms of bio-waste capture rate (125 kg/inhabitant/year) and quality compost produced (2.1 Mt/yr), CIC is involved in many activities EU-wide showcasing how the bio-waste value chain can return organic carbon to the soil while generating energy carriers and green jobs.
The European Compost Network (ECN) is a membership organisation with 66 members from 27 European Countries, promoting sustainable recycling practices in composting, anaerobic digestion and other biological treatment processes of organic resources.
It work with practitioners, researchers, technicians and policy makers to deliver integrated organic waste recycling solutions that generate high quality products for the benefit of the environment and the users of the recycled products. ECN supports the policy objectives of the European Union through its activities and with its network of knowledgeable experts. ECN directly assists Member States in developing waste management plans and policies that drive them away from large scale landfilling and into the recycling of organic resources. ECN also serves as a focal point for developing EU quality standards for bio-waste treatment and compost production; it is a network for the organic waste recycling sector in Europe, as well as the emerging bio-based economy.
Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) is a dynamic network of 35 local and national communities, organisations, dedicated leaders, experts, and change agents from across Europe. Our collective mission is to collaborate towards the sustainable preservation of resources, the prevention, and elimination of waste in our society.
We actively drive the transition towards a zero waste Europe by interconnecting and integrating three core pillars. Firstly, we establish enabling conditions through comprehensive measures such as policy development, regulatory frameworks, and financial incentives. Secondly, we implement on-the-ground zero waste solutions by mobilising cities, businesses, and investments, exemplified by initiatives like our Zero Waste Cities program. Thirdly, we focus on movement-building and facilitation by mobilising and collaborating with diverse groups both within and outside our organisation. We forge alliances and coalitions to amplify our message and advance our shared goals. Currently, we host the coordination of the Break Free From Plastic movement in Europe, including the Rethink Plastic alliance, and the Food Contact Materials coalition.
As the European branch of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), ZWE operates as both a knowledge network and an advocacy group, working towards the transition to zero waste.
Gemma Nohales Duarte holds a degree in Environmental Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a Master in Environmental Intervention: person, society and management from UB-UAB. She is specialized in Waste Management and Prevention and Circular Economy with more than 20 years of experience. Her main areas of expertise are prevention, PxR and waste management strategies and plans, bio-waste and textile fraction management, individualized collection models and identification systems, design and monitoring of collection systems, simulation models, indicators and environmental analysis, consultancy for the administration, grant and European project management. She has experience in communication, fair fees and personal data protection applied to waste management, and in the field of public administration.
She has worked for the Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona-BCNecología for 16 years and for the Waste Agency of Catalonia for 4 years. Since 2023, she has been working as a consultant for ENT Foundation where she has been involved in the coordination of the LIFE BIOBEST project on bio-waste policies and management within the EU framework. She has participated in seminars and conferences as a speaker and has coordinated training activities in collaboration with the Environmentalist College of Catalonia.
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Mike Stinavage holds a MA in Political Science, specialised in Comparative Politics, from the City University of New York Graduate Center. He has experience in United States and European Union environmental programs on waste management and prevention. As a Fulbright and IIE Martin Kriesberg fellow (2021-22), he researched the municipal interpretation of EU waste policy in Navarra and the Basque Country by way of personal interviews, federalist theory, public policy, and local journalism. As a writer, he has published in popular publications not limited to the Gagosian Quarterly, Slate, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Riverdale Press. He is currently working on the LIFE BIOBEST project on bio-waste policies and management.
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Eva is full time employee at CIC, coordinating many projects funded by the EU and national public authorities. She holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from University of Salamanca. After gaining coordination skills in Spain related to the management of EU funded projects on renewable energies, she is the responsible of collaborative projects at CIC. She also performs data processing and GIS visualization. In the LIFE BIOBEST project, she manages the internal coordination to ensure the tasks are carry out smoothly and in optimal time.
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Jean-Benoit Bel is an environmental engineer holding a degree in general engineering from the École Centrale de Lille (France) and a Master in environmental engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). He has worked for 9 years for the Paris Region Waste Observatory (ORDIF), where he first defined the environmental impact monitoring of the regional waste management, and then developed ORDIF’s European cooperation through the participation to various EU project and the coordination of the Regions for Recycling Interreg project. He joined ACR+ in 2016 and participated in various EU-funded projects on waste prevention and management, focusing on the replication of results for local and regional authorities. He also conducted various studies, mostly consisting in benchmarking and cross-analysis of local waste management systems, on various fractions such as food waste and textiles. He is currently managing the co-creation approach of the Life Biobest project, as well as on other EU projects and initiatives such as the CCRI.
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With two master’s degrees in European Policies (Political Science) and Local Sustainable Development, Manon Jourdan develops and manages zero waste local and national projects for more than 3 years. She specialised in waste prevention strategies, particularly within municipal settings, and has conducted extensive research on the collaborative efforts between local authorities and civil society organisations in this domain.
As a project manager for the Portuguese NGO Zero Waste Lab, Manon played a pivotal role in initiating innovative pilot projects. Notable among them is REPLAY, recipient of the prestigious New European Bauhaus prize in the category “shaping a circular industrial ecosystem and supporting life-cycle thinking” in 2022, which established the country’s first collection and recycling network for end-of-life toys. Additionally, she contributed to the design and implementation of Liga-Ação, a networking platform aimed at empowering civil society organisations dedicated to waste reduction in Portugal. Continuing her commitment to the zero waste movement, Manon recently joined Zero Waste Europe as an Implementation Officer. Her current role focuses on advancing the adoption of reuse systems at the local level and promoting effective biowaste collection and recycling solutions through the BIOBEST initiative.
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Steffen Walk (MSc) is a scientific officer at ECN. He is an experienced scientist who has spent many years working in the field of bioresources and circular economy. He has been involved in several EU-financed projects in which he has developed a broad knowledge on bio-waste management. His experiences include waste management system analysis, concept development for new collection systems, and implementation in case studies. He has co-authored several scientific publications and technical reports and is currently in the process to complete his PhD at the Hamburg University of Technology, where he was member of the Bioresource Management Group.
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