The final event of the Biocircularcities project for the Pazardzhik province took place on 8 June 2023 in Pazardzhik itself.
The thirty participants represented mainly public administrations (Peshtera, Pazardzhik, Bratsigovo, the Regional administration of PP, and the Regional Environmental Inspectorate) but also energy agencies, NGOs with environmental profile, SMEs association, and educational authorities.
The Regional Governor of Pazardzhik Province, Mr. Trendafil Velichkov, welcomed participant congratulating the REAP team for the active work and good results of the project with many international partners. Mr. Velichkov said that „we need to find the best approach to waste recycling at the regional and local level to in order to recycle waste, produce energy, and valorize the existing biomass and solve the problem of resource scarcity by turning the waste into a valuable resource”. Also, he emphasized that “we need to bequeath to our children a better environment, and projects like BIOCIRCULARCITIES will contribute for that”.
Participants then discovered more on the project, its goals, aims, and activities. An emphasize was logically put on the chosen chain in the pilot in Province of Pazardzhik – forest residues, but explained also the other two biowaste chains in the cities of Barcelona and Naples. An overview of the three local living labs previously organized in Province of Pazardzhik and the expected products of the project was shared.
After that, a session was dedicated to the current situation and alternative scenarios of the selected biowaste chain in Pazardzhik Province. Participants were informed about the concept of life cycle assessment and life cycle costing analysis. Different and interesting data, charts and diagrams accompanied the explanation of the two analysis concerning Pazardzhik Province. The presentation included the main drivers and barriers regarding the selected biowaste chain in Pazardzhik.
The event continued with a presentation of the Biocircularcities webtool. It will include information on how biowaste can be utilised, what barriers and solutions would be useful to implement, tips that have been learned during the project and many other applications that will be included in the webtool which will be fully accessible soon to all interested stakeholders.
To close the day, a roundtable brought together REAP experts and stakeholders to discuss 7 different issues. Some of the comments provided by experts were:
- Majority of participants acknowledged that the presented analyses related to LCA/LCC of the
selected value chain in PP can play a significant role in the process of policy development of local
and regional administrations;
- Some participants mentioned the technology barriers as a major challenge towards the larger
utilization of biowaste;
- Majority of participants also agreed on the need to undertake LCC and LCA analyses before
initiating large environmental and/or biowaste management project;
- Educational authority representatives pointed out the importance of starting to address the
topic of recycling and separate collection of waste and biowaste at an early age.
Presentations (in Bulgarian) are available on the event’s page.
19 June 2023