Knowledge Hub

The Knowledge Hub is an interactive resource centre, which gathers useful information for Vocational Education and Training teachers and professionals from companies who seek for knowledge and inspiration on zero waste and circular economy. Here, you will find scientific and “grey” literature, standards and legislation, books, good practices, case studies, presentations, videos, software, methods, tools and other relevant resources.

Zero Waste Europe Network
Zero Waste Europe Network
English
Author:
Zero Waste Europe
Published:
Undetermined
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Other
Country: General
Target Group: Professionals from companies
paid
Zero Waste Europe connects and supports a vibrant network of 31 national and local NGOs promoting the Zero Waste strategy as a way to make Europe more sustainable. Local groups are responsible for promoting ZW, managing and monitoring the network of Zero Waste municipalities, and engaging with companies and decision-makers.
EuropeNetworkZero waste
The Advanced Energy Design Guide—Achieving Zero Energy series
The Advanced Energy Design Guide—Achieving Zero Energy series
English
Author:
ASHRAE
Published:
Undetermined
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Book / Guide / Handbook / Report
Country: General
Target Group:
free
The Advanced Energy Design Guide—Achieving Zero Energy series provides a cost effective approach to achieve advanced levels of energy savings. The four-color Guides offer contractors and designers the tools, including recommendations for practical products and off-the-shelf technology, needed for achieving Zero Energy which is defined as a building that, on an annual basis, draws from outside resources equal or less energy than it provides using on-site renewable energy sources.This Guide been developed through the collaboration of ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), with support from the Department of Energy (DOE), to help meet all of an owner's energy performance requirements. In an effort to promote building energy efficiency, ASHRAE and its partners have made these Guides available for download (PDF) at no charge.
ASHRAEBuilding energy efficiency
Design and Optimization of Zero Energy Consumption Buildings
Design and Optimization of Zero Energy Consumption Buildings
English
Author:
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Published:
Undetermined
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Regular course / Training
Country: General
Target Group: Professionals from companies, VET teachers and trainers
paid
This online course is the outcome of the collaboration of the University of Athens with the International Union of Architects - ARES Int. WP and is grounded on distance learning with its base being the educational system of E- Learning Programme of the Center of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UOA). The course fees for the first 25 applicants will be 700 euros. The aim of the whole module is the Vocational Training and Education mainly for architects and other related specializations such as Civil Engineers and/or other engineering scientists dealing with issues of planning, evaluation and optimization for buildings of zero energy by the positive energy balance. The present course is included in the Environment - Architecture category of our online courses and it runs via a user-friendly educational platform."
BuildingsEducationOnline courseZero waste
Net zero energy design: a guide for commercial architecture
Net zero energy design: a guide for commercial architecture
English
Author:
Hootman T.
Published:
2012
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Book / Guide / Handbook / Report
Country: General
Target Group: VET teachers and trainers
paid
This book is an indispensable resource for anyone venturing into net zero energy design, construction, and operation, and it also serves as an excellent resource on a variety of sustainable design topics. Important features include: Organization based upon the commercial building delivery process.
ArchitectureManagementZero energyZero energy buildings
The zero waste index: a performance measurement tool for waste management systems in a ‘zero waste city
The zero waste index: a performance measurement tool for waste management systems in a ‘zero waste city
English
Author:
Zaman AU, Lehmann S.
Published:
2013
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Article / Scientific Article
Country: General
Target Group: Other
paid
Waste is the symbol of inefficiency of any modern society and a representation of misallocated resources. Significant progress has been achieved in reducing waste but it varies from city to city. Currently, cities use their waste diversion rate as a tool to measure the performance of their waste management systems. However, diversion of waste from landfill does not give a holistic picture of zero waste performance. This paper conceptualises the concept of the ‘zero waste city’ and proposes a new tool to measure the performance of waste management systems called the ‘zero waste index’. The zero waste index forecasts the amount of virgin materials, energy, water and greenhouse gas emissions substituted by the resources that are recovered from waste streams. Three high consuming cities (Adelaide, San Francisco and Stockholm) were analysed using the zero waste index. The zero waste indexes in Adelaide, San Francisco and Stockholm were found to be 0.23, 0.51 and 0.17 respectively (i.e. around 23%, 51% and 17% of resources were recovered and potentially substituted for virgin materials). In addition, the zero waste index estimated the potential energy, greenhouse gas (GHG) and water savings due to resource recovery from municipal solid waste in each of the three cities. It is evident that the zero waste index is an innovative tool to assess waste management performance and materials substitution by waste management systems in different cities.
Diversion rateMaterial substitutionMunicipal solid wastePerformance indicatorZero waste cityZero waste index
Circular Czechia
Cirkulární Česko
Czech
Author:
Institute for Circular Economy, Direct People
Published:
2018
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Book / Guide / Handbook / Report
Country: Country- specific
Target Group: Professionals from companies, VET teachers and trainers
free
The aim of the publication Circular Czechia is to introduce circular economy as an opportunity for successful innovations in companies. It focuses on description of potential circular business models as well as presentation of eight successful practical examples of Czech companies that have already embarked on the circular path.
Business modelCircular economyEco-innovation
Lifelong learning course Circular Economy
Kurs celoživotního vzdělávání Oběhové hospodářství
Czech
Author:
University of Chemistry and Technology Prague
Published:
2017
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Regular course / Training
Country: Country- specific
Target Group: Professionals from companies, VET teachers and trainers
paid
The lifelong learning course on Circular Economy includes 11 full-day training blocks on the topic, from materials and waste management, through water and energy, to smart cities and collaborative economy. It is intended for managers and technicians from practice, and includes excursions to waste management facilities and development of students’ own practical projects.
Circular economyLifelong learning
Recycle Buildings!
Recyklujme stavby!
Czech
Author:
Czech Technical University in Prague - Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings, Czech Standardization Agency
Published:
2018
Sector:
Sector-specific
Type of resource:
Website
Country: Country- specific
Target Group: Professionals from companies, VET teachers and trainers
free
Recycle Buildings! is a web portal providing information about recycling and the use of secondary materials in construction. It is made up of two main sections: (1) Catalogue of secondary raw materials arising from the recycling of construction and demolition waste; (2) Catalogue of products made of secondary raw materials, i.e. construction products derived from recycled materials.
ConstructionDemolitionProductsRecyclingSecondary raw material
On-line CSR reporting tool
CSR reporting
Czech
Author:
Czech University of Life Sciences, University of Economics Prague, Charles University
Published:
2018
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Software / Tool / Online calculator
Country: Country- specific
Target Group: Professionals from companies
free
The tool makes it easier for companies to include corporate social responsibility (CSR) in their strategic planning. CSR is monitored in five areas: economic, employment, environmental, social and organisational management. After filling in the questions, the tool generates valuable insight and creates a model of CSR maturity at the organisation.
CSRNon-financialReportReporting
Guide for SMEs to increase competitiveness through eco-efficient approaches
Příručka pro malé a střední podniky ke zvyšování konkurenceschopnosti eko-efektivními přístupy
Czech
Author:
ENVIROS, s.r.o.
Published:
2011
Sector:
Cross-sectoral
Type of resource:
Book / Guide / Handbook / Report
Country: Country- specific
Target Group: Professionals from companies, VET teachers and trainers
free
The aim of the guide is to provide SMEs with an orientation in approaches that help them achieve eco-efficiency. The guide provides simple procedures to identify where the company has a potential for the greatest savings and other improvements, and which tools can be the most effective to implement.
Eco-efficiencyEnergyMaterialsWasteWater
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