The ReNEW project (Resource innovation Network for European Waste), brings together researchers, public authorities and businesses in North West Europe to explore new ways to extract valuable resources - such as metal, nutrients and chemicals - from households and industrial waste.
A €4.88 million project, funded at a rate of 50 per cent by the Interreg IVB North West Europe Scheme, the ReNEW project is led by the QUESTOR Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, with partners in the UK, Ireland, Belgium and Germany.
We aim to inspire and increase collaboration between research institutes, governments and businesses to create value from alternative resources and waste.
The European Union faces huge economic challenges in its use of labour and scare natural resources. While some regions have increased their resource efficiency in recent years, supply risks in an increasingly competitive global economy mean we need to get better at using natural resources.
One route to improving resource efficiency is to develop a circular economy. This involves keeping products and resources in use for as long as possible through recovery, reuse, repair, remanufacturing and recycling.
As well as protecting the environment, this potentially offers substantial economic benefits.
To help develop the circular economy ReNEW has helped cooperation between research and business to create value from waste. The project’s partners have been actively working on solutions to tackle material scarcity and product design, and support strategies that will help the local economies grow in ways that will help them move away from existing unsustainable practices.
The ReNEW project has received European Regional Development Funding through INTERREG IVB “Investing in opportunities” (ref. 317J-RENEW).
The project ran from 2013 until September 2015. This site will be available until 2021.