C2CN’s lead partner Province of Limburg organised a three day programme in order to deepen some C2C inspired practices as collected earlier in the C2CN Initiatives Guide. Several partners and their stakeholders found their way to the provincial buildings in Maastricht and attended a varied programme focussed on governance and C2C and a particular workshop organised around Van Gansewinkel’s Waste no More concept.
On July 11 an afternoon session was dedicated to the LIOF Vouchers. Mr. Charles Mevis from LIOF outlined why and how they started the Vouchers programme for a C2C scan for SME’s. Moreover, he extensively touched upon the results and lessons learnt. An interesting discussion followed in which the question was raised whether a voucher is the most suitable tool to raise awareness. LIOF has positive experiences with boosting business via voucher systems (which are quite common in other European regions as well), yet in case of the C2C scan it turned out C2C awareness wasn’t as present in the target group’s minds as they expected which had obviously an impact on the results.
In cooperation with the Flemish partner OVAM, the programme of 12 July provided the participants with a more elaborate agenda touching upon the theory of C2C in relation to governance and an array of practical examples.
Mr. Johan Hovelynck (BE), started the day and highlighted in his presentation points for regional C2C strategising. Some key words; spread the initiative, focus on eco-effectiveness, prioritise and be aware of your own role. The examples could be divided in basically two overarching topics; networks and methodologies and knowledge transfer. Practitioners showed how they embraced the C2C concept and how it was applied in their initiatives. The array of examples was rather broad; Mr Peter Laybourn presented the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (UK), an innovative business opportunity programme that delivers bottom line benefits for its members whilst generating positive outcomes for the environment and society. Plan C (BE) presented by Mr. Karel van Acker and Mr. Walter Tempst addressed a Flemish Transition Network on Sustainable Material Management. The Research Institute BuilT environment of Tomorrow, of Hogeschool Zuyd, was presented by Mr. Michiel Ritzen. RibuilT’s (NL) mission is to develop and disseminate knowledge to support the transition towards 0-impact buildings and built environments. After a short break, Mr. Dirk Le Roy revealed the C2C Platform (BE). An initiative that aims to provide companies and organisations with the opportunity to examine the feasibility of Cradle to Cradle for their products. Mrs. Marie-Jose Notten from Hogeschool Zuyd, highlighted the educational programme for professionals (NL). A course which focuses on the technical application of C2C in practice. Mr. Gerard Boonekamp, enthusiastically outlined the ambitious approach of the community of Peel & Maas towards C2C and how it adopted the concept in its policy.
Deliberate discussions were scheduled in the afternoon workshop sessions. Moreover, ISSI (Mr. Toon Diegenant - BE), DuWoBo (Mr. To Simons - BE), C2C Masterclass (Mrs. Saskia van Stroe - NL), C2C Community and C2C Lunch Meetings (Mrs. Marjolein Smit - NL) were given the floor to present their initiative shortly. In this way they provided additional input for discussions. Especially Industrial Symbiosis, organisation of networks, social innovation and drivers for collaboration (what is in it for me?) were interesting topics which were addressed in the networks and methodologies workshop. Awareness raising, community building and C2C education was extensively discussed in the knowledge transfer workshop. Partners found complementarities and ideas for cooperation were launched. Overall, an intensive day concluded with a networking drink. An ideal breeding ground for possible project ideas.
The three day event was concluded with the Van Gansewinkel workshop. Waste management or in particular Waste no More turned out to be an appealing idea to several regions. Van Gansewinkel has incorporated C2C in its business model and developed its business processes from backdoor collection of waste, to waste management, to front door cooperation. By setting up take back systems and intelligent materials pooling Van Gansewinkel has become the spider in the web and a materials expert. Because of its materials knowledge Van Gansewinkel more often plays a role in product development (f.i. C2C office paper, Senseo Philips). Mr. Kramžar from the Slovenian company SNAGA presented the way they take care of household waste. SNAGA dealt not so much with C2C at the moment yet its approach was none the less very ambitious and therefore C2C might be an opportunity for the future. After lunch, the participants witnessed real life recycling of waste in Wandre (BE). During the site visit, it was shown how fridges, tv’s, laptops, etc, were completely dismantled, shredded and further divided in order to become raw materials for new products. Waste no More!
Attached you will find most of the presentations and the participants lists.