INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS, PROCESSES, SERVICES, TECHNOLOGIES, BUSINESS MODELS
In October 2013 the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) launched a call for Raw Material Commitments (RMCs). An RMC is a joint undertaking by several partners, who commit to activities aimed at achieving the EIP’s objectives between 2014 and 2020. Commitments must aim to deliver innovative products, processes, services, technologies, business models or ideas that can be brought to the market or that would bring wider societal benefits. The EIP’s commitments are essential to achieve the objectives set out in the EIP’s Strategic Implementation Plan. Early 2014 the High Level Steering Group of the EIP confirmed that 80 commitments fulfilled the required criteria.
EURELCO was one of the 80 commitments that were given the official status of “EIP RMC, thereby corroborating the EU-wide relevance of the vision and mission of EURELCO. The goal of the EURELCO RMC commitment is ‘”to be a an open, quadruple helix (multi-stakeholder) network that supports the required technological, legal, social, economic, environmental and organisational innovation with respect to Enhanced Landfill Mining within the context of a transition to a circular, low carbon economy. (…) ELFM is part of a wider view of a circular economy and is perfectly complementary to urban mining and recycling in general.” The EURELCO RMC was initially signed by KU Leuven, VITO, Group Machiels (Belgium), Stena Metall & Linköping University (Sweden) and VTT (Finland). Obviously, all other EURELCO partners are to be involved in the implementation of this EURELCO RMC. The RMC status will be used to apply for new project opportunities, such as Interreg Europe.