Waste Management

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  • EMITS referenceAO8787
  • ActivityFeasibility Study
  • Closing date06 January 2017

Waste is a growing concern for society. In the EU alone, around 3 billion tonnes of waste are generated every year. The negative effects are increased by collateral effects such as pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and significant losses of raw materials. The composition of waste is another concern, since the waste mix is changing and the volume of hazardous materials is increasing.

Obviously, the best approach to handle all these issues is to generate as least waste as possible. The second best approach is to recycle and reuse the waste to the maximum threshold. Regulatory efforts are moving waste management towards these directions, requiring changes to the classical waste management operations.

This transformation represents a growing business opportunity for waste management industry, currently employing around  two million people and representing around 1.1% of the EU’s GDP. The EU has ambitious targets in terms of recycling aiming for 70% of waste recycling, which should create around 500,000 new jobs across Europe.

As initial starting point, the following topics, where space-based services in combination with terrestrial technologies could provide added value over current practices and operations, have been identified by relevant user communities as of high interest:

  1. Logistics and recycling of commercial / industrial / domestic waste
  2. Biomass / anaerobic digestion and greenhouse emissions
  3. Landfill issues and illegal waste dumping

However, the applicants to this tender will be free to select any other waste related topic where they see a business opportunity for sustainable integrated applications and services.

Funding Scheme

Funded participation to ESA Business Applications is open to any company and/or organisation, be it as group of users, public body or non-governmental organisation, residing in any of those states that subscribe to the ARTES IAP programme.

To date, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have subscribed.

The applicable funding level of the individual prime- or subcontractors is subject to authorisation by the involved National Delegation(s). Therefore bidding teams are requested to obtain a Letter of Authorisation from all their national delegations before submitting a Full Proposal.


ESA Project Cost Funding Per Country
(up to)

Funding Limit/ Activity Duration

Feasibility Study 50% up to 100%*  
Demonstration Project 50%  
Kick-start Activity 75%/80%** 60 kEuro/ 64kEuro**
6 months

 * based on a consideration of the risks and maturity of the target market

** SMEs (i.e. enterprises fulfilling the criteria defined in the European Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003 (2003/361/EC) or as updated) involved in Kick-Start Studies are funded at 80%