We promote the circularity of biowaste in the city of Porto.

CityLoops is a project funded by the European Union, with a focus on organic, and construction and demolition waste. Seven European cities are involved in this project: Høje-Taastrup and Roskilde (Denmark), Mikkeli (Finland), Apeldoorn (The Netherlands), Bodø (Norway), Porto (Portugal) and Seville (Spain).

These cities will pilot and promote a series of demonstration actions and activities which involve Construction and Demolition Waste (CDW) and organic waste (OW) with the aim of making these materials circular. Over 30 new tools and procedures will be tested as part of the CityLoops project, involving 28 partners.

"CityLoops aims to provide a tested blueprint for promoting circularity which other local and regional governments across Europe can follow", stated Simon Clement, coordinator of the ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, a city network responsible for leading the CityLoops project.

Our involvement

We are partaking as one of the partners of the City of Porto. The entities involved in developing the projects are:
  • Porto City Council
  • Empresa Municipal de Ambiente do Porto (Porto Municipal Environment Company) - Demonstration Manager
  • 2GO OUT Consulting
At LIPOR, our responsibility lies in promoting the circularity of biowaste in the city of Porto, coordinating pilot initiatives, included in Work Package 3 of the project, which are considered as an addition to the separate collection of biowaste, facilitating the integration of the sectors linked to the Social Economy and to Tourism within the city, in a circular approach for this type of waste. Lipor leads the development of the following actions:
  • Preparing training in Circular Management and Circular Buying in the area of biowaste;
  • Developing a predictive mathematical model that supports the Social Economy and Tourism sectors in the daily management of food orders, preventing them from being wasted;
  • Creating a support decision tool for sending biowaste generated by Social Institutions, Hotels and Restaurants;
  • Establishing a Certification model for Sustainable Green Spaces;
  • Expanding and optimizing the connection between the distribution and the social sector, promoting food donation and reuse networks;
  • Designing guidelines for shops and managing green spaces which facilitate the circular vision for Biowaste;
  • Developing 3 models for the circular management of biowaste, one in a Private Institution of Social Solidarity (IPSS), another in a Hotel, and the last aimed at the community, particularly in well-established and controlled residential areas.
Circular Procurement with recommendations/circular criteria in the Biowaste area

Within the scope of the Cityloops Project, the Porto Circular Procurement Guidelines Tool was developed with the support of LNEG – National Laboratory of Energy and Geology, with the objective of developing a set of circular recommendations/criteria to support the elaboration of Public Procurement procedures for school meals/catering and maintenance of green areas, to be used by C.M. Porto, cluster Porto, entities of the tourism sector and third sector.

This tool suggests a set of sustainability/circularity criteria, with a holistic perspective of the systems.

To access the Porto Circular Procurement Guidelines Tool, use the button below.

Learn more about the CityLoops project at CORDIS webpage.

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