Management of used cooking oils and food waste in Greece
Opportunities offered through the collection of used cooking oil to produce advanced biodiesel were discussed during a workshop organised by RREUSE in the framework of the Biohec Life project at Harokopio University of Athens on 29th June 2018.
With its experience in the local, social and eco-friendly collection and transformation of used cooking oil into biodiesel, the social enterprise GECCO (Lille, France) is leading the Biohec Project which aims to develop an eco-designed, compact and flexible demonstrator that produces competitively-priced advanced biodiesel. Through partnerships and franchises, the project also aims to develop GECCO’s activities in other EU countries.
The workshop provided an opportunity for Greek stakeholders interested in renewable energies, sustainable transportation, social economy, energy independence and waste recycling to gather and discuss the opportunities provided by sound treatment of used cooking oil.
This event was part of the Energy Days for its relevance with the European Union Sustainable Energy Week organised in Brussels between the 4th and the 8th of June. It was organised in cooperation with Ecorec who held its second ECO-OVERVIEW Day ‘For the Present and the Future of Recycling in Greece’.
Two days prior to the workshop, a compact and highly motivated group of RREUSE members congregated for the summer edition of RREUSE’s tri-annual network meetings. The event was hosted by members Klimax Plus and Ecorec which also saw participants stay at the newly refurbished Welcommon Hostel, a former refugee shelter re-inventing itself into an innovative community hub with refugee integration remaining firmly at its core. Key topics of the RREUSE meeting included the upcoming EU elections, transposition of the EU Waste Framework Directive and the RREUSE’s 2018 annual conference.
Picture credits: GECCO