Promoting a sustainable management of waste resources is one of the key challenges in our society nowadays. Valuable compounds like precious and rare earth metals can be recycled, other materials can be re-used or utilized for the recovery of thermal energy. In addition, already deposited materials like municipal solid waste (MSW) or combustion residues are considered as secondary resources in the framework of urban and landfill mining approaches.
Moreover, the common practice of MSW landfilling is associated with negative long term impacts on the environment since emissions are formed over many decades. Inconsequence, sustainable wastemanagement strategies have to include both new treatment approaches and solutions for the existing contaminated sites.
Since current waste management practices in the Danube countries show severe regional differences, the inAKTION project aims at a pooling of expertise among partners from science, economy as well as politics and administration from the field of water and solid waste resources management.
Shape the future
The Danube region perfectly represents Europe what regards its severe differences related to sustainable waste resources management.
The challenges of a reduced availability of raw materials, increasing energy demand and waste production in a changing environment are substantial and can only be mitigated through joint approaches. The Danube countries may serve as a model region where new and innovative waste management approaches will be developed and implemented, taken local needs and limited economic resources into consideration. The InAKTION network will identify the major research and development needs and come up with a project proposal in the European context.
The inAKTION consortium is conceived as an open network which will be expanded during the initial project period and beyond. The core partners from Germany, Austria, Serbia, Croatia and the Ukraine do represent engineering science in research and innovation. Beyond that, a sustainable management of waste resources has to include partners from the industry, SMEs, authorities, environmental and urban planner as well as NGOs.
InAKTION welcomes accordant partners, institutions and initiatives and invites them to join in the network, share their expertise and ideas and become part of a dynamic consortium.
If you would like to join the network please contact the project coordinator.