The global goal of combating poverty through the development of the green economy, to which are added the specific conditions of developing economies, requires the development of innovative tools to increase the competitiveness of niche industries, with a positive impact on socio-economic development. and the environment.
Through the proposed objectives, the EcoInnEWaste project aims to respond to a challenge with profound economic, social and environmental implications, namely: increasing the organizational competitiveness of companies operating in the field of recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste, WEEE) in Romania and increasing the degree of involvement of public and private RDI entities in promoting eco-innovation for the development of the green economy. A large number of challenges related to e-waste recycling are facing the business community and the authorities. They aim to eliminate hazardous components and recover as much recyclable material as possible, safe for humans and the environment.
The final product of the project is represented by a prototype of the eco-innovation hub called EcoInnEWaste and a series of innovative tools that are loaded on the hub, respectively: an innovative passport model for recycling electrical and electronic products, an analysis model cost-benefit for e-waste recycling, a model for the implementation of eco-innovative technologies at company level, a method of multicriteria analysis of product characteristics relevant to recycling, an ideality-based recyclability assessment method, an eco-waste library innovation, an eco-innovation and training laboratory in the field.
This is a transparent data collection and analysis infrastructure, easily accessible to the general public and especially by key players, in which the Internet plays an important role. Through the specific facilities of WEB 2.0 programming, facilitating the interactive approach, as well as the content and query techniques used to access databases, the eco-innovation hub created within the ECOINNEWASTE project is a premiere in Romania and in the world. It contains legislative, utilitarian, informative, associative, formative, etc. aspects. The high degree of utility and accessibility of practical means to transfer know-how in the field of WEEE, will ensure a considerable number of its users among citizens, potential investors, local governments, representatives of regulators, SMEs – as of beneficiaries, as well as among RDI entities (universities, research institutes) or service providers regarding WEEE recycling.
2014 – 2014 Stage 1: The Romanian WEEE recycling market and the analysis of its stakeholders’ requirements
- Analysis of the requirements of the users of the eco-innovation hub
- Development of a cost-benefit analysis model for e-waste recycling (part 1)
2015 – 2015 Stage 2: Development of the experimental model of the EcoInnEWaste virtual hub and component tools
- 2.1 Development of a cost-benefit analysis model for e-waste recycling (part 2) and the method of multicriteria analysis of product characteristics relevant for recycling
- 2.2. Development of recycling passport structure and ideality-based recyclability assessment method (part 1)
- 2.3 Development of the structure of the eco-innovation library for the virtual hub and model for the implementation of eco-innovative technologies at company level (part 1)
- 2.4 Determining the functionalities of the virtual hub (part 1)
- 2.5 Exchanges of good practices with universities and institutions in the country and abroad
- 2.6 Participation in national and international technical-scientific events
- 2.7 Communicating and publishing national and international results
- 2.8 Development of a model for the implementation of eco-innovative company technologies (part 2)
- 2.9 Development of laboratory structure for eco-innovation and training
2016 – 2016 Stage 3: Design of the experimental model of the virtual eco-innovation hub EcoInnEWaste and the component tools
- 3.1 Development of an ideality-based recyclability assessment method (part 2)
- 3.2 Determining the functionalities of the virtual hub (part 2)
- 3.3 Design of experimental model of the virtual eco-innovation hub EcoInnEWaste (part I)
- 3.4 Workshop: The relationship between knowledge transfer and eco-innovation in the field of WEEE recycling
- 3.5 Exchanges of good practices with universities and institutions in the country and abroad
- 3.6 Participation in national and international technical-scientific events
2017 – 2017 Stage 4: Realization and testing of the experimental model of the virtual eco-innovation hub EcoInnEWaste and the component tools
- 4.1 Design of experimental model of the virtual eco-innovation hub EcoInnEWaste (part II)
- 4.2 Realization of experimental model of the virtual hub
- 4.3 Demonstrating the functionality of the EcoInnEWaste hub model
- 4.4 Elaboration of the technical documentation / user manual of the virtual hub and of the component tools
- 4.5 Exchanges of good practices with universities and institutions in the country and abroad
- 4.6 Participation in national and international technical-scientific events
- 4.7 Communication and publication of national and international results