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weTHINK. and The International Waste Working Group (IWWG) have organized their first podcast together, focused on Thermal Treatments for Municipal Solid Waste.
IWWG is a wide, active, scientific and professional forum, created in 2022 with the view to promote and disseminate new developments in the waste management industry worldwide. The cooperation between weTHINK. and IWWG aims to facilitate knowledge exchange between the industry and academic sectors regarding waste circularity.
Prof. Dr. Umberto Arena (The University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy) and Prof. Dr. Lidia Lombardi (Niccolo Cusano University, Italy) coordinate the Task Group on thermal treatment.
The guests for the first podcast were:
- Prof. Dr. Marco Castaldi (The City College of New York, USA);
- Prof. Dr. Massimiliano Materazzi (University College London, UK);
- Christophe Cord`Homme (Waste TT / International Solid Waste Association, France).
weTHINK. Waste Circularity TEAM
As part of our commitment to connect the international strategy makers with the most important experts from the construction industry, weTHINK.`s network of partners has actively engaged in supporting the European Commission`s upcoming Guidance to support the preparation and implementation of sustainable public infrastructure projects through public procurement.
The Guidance will consist of good practices, lessons learned, and new ideas to support stakeholders that are involved in public procurement of sustainable infrastructure.
As such, we are happy to share with you the contributions from The German Cement Works Association (VDZ), The Austrian Cement and Concrete Association (VÖZ), The European Concrete Paving Association (EUPAVE), Amiblu Holding GmbH and Sixense Romania & Southeastern Europe.
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UPGRADE of Photovoltaic Installation at SALONIT to 3,7 MWp
The Slovenian Cement Plant SALONIT Anhovo has decided to install an additional capacity of solar power plants with a rated power of 1.5 MW, which are expected to be put into service in autumn 2022.
Here are more details about this green electricity project from SALONIT’s own public information: “This will provide an additional source of renewable energy on our path to energy self-sufficiency, in line with our development plans.
We plan to achieve a total rated power of solar power over 3.7 MW by autumn 2022, generating 3,520 MWh of green electricity per year. By 2024, we want to put over 5 Mw of installed solar power, which will be provided with additional solar power plants on all suitable roofs in the industrial complex and on the ground in the quarry and in the area of the old cement plant.
Solar power plants and the first hydrogen bottling plant in Slovenia represent the first concrete steps towards our strategic goal – carbon neutral cement production with minimal environmental impact by 2035.”
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Today, on the 31st of August 2021, Salonit strengthened its ambition to become a carbon-free cement production plant by signing an agreement with Interenergo for the construction of one of the largest rooftop solar power plants in Slovenia. The solar power plant will produce 2,120 MWh of electricity annually and has a peak power of 2,2 MWp. With the new solar power plant, Salonit will indirectly contribute to the reduction of up to 995 tonnes of CO2 per year.
weTHINK. started an awareness campaign with a group of Slovenian and Austrian construction companies against the negative effects (employment, sustainability) of 4 Chinese state-owned construction companies.
Based on this initiative, the Slovenian government passed an intervention law in the area of public procurement, which made it more difficult for bidders from non-EU countries to participate in public tenders.
Consequently, the 4 Chinese construction companies were ruled out because China is not a signatory of the World Trade Organization agreement on government orders and does not have multilateral or bilateral agreements with either Slovenia or the European Union.
A consortium led by the Slovenian construction company and partner of weTHINK. (Kolektor) won the €1.2bn-plus project bid.
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Water and Wastewater Group meeting - September
In this meeting we will talk about strategic challenges and solutions for water circularity in Europe, wastewater technical challenges and solutions.
weTHINK.eu Waste Circularity Group meeting - September
In this meeting we will talk about different aspects on how to improve waste circularity in Europe. We will Brainstorming on strategic, legal, political, administrative and economic challenges and solutions to improve waste circularity.