Training options and sources for information regarding Co-processing
Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL)
The European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL) is an informal Network of the environmental authorities of the Member States, acceding and candidate countries of the European Union and Norway. The network is commonly known as the IMPEL Network. The European Commission is also a member of IMPEL and shares the
chairmanship of meetings.
Data bank of the Federal Environmental Agency (Umweltbundesamt Berlin)
The Federal Environmental Agency is the scientific environmental authority under the jurisdiction of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and assumes responsibility for the protection of the environment and of humankind against adverse environmental factors. The BMU investigates, describes, and assess the state of the environment in order to determine adverse impacts for humanity and the environment. The institute advises other national, regional and private bodies and places information on any environmental topic at public disposal.
VDZ, Verein Deutscher Zementwerke - Forschungsinstitut der Zementindustrie German
Cement Works Association
The purpose of the Association is to promote technology and science - including research and development - in the field of manufacturing and application of hydraulic binders. The statutory functions of the Association include, in particular, the development of hydraulic binders with additives, the testing, monitoring and certifying of cement and cement-type binders for the purpose of the Construction Product Law, and the promotion of measures for quality assurance, environmental protection and safety at work. The members receive advice and
support under the terms of the Association's charter. The transfer of scientific findings and those obtained during practical plant operation is promoted by means of publications, colloquia, seminars, conferences and congress. Another purpose of the Association is to promote the training and development of young managers. In pursuit of this object, the Association has, since June 1995, been administering the "Gerd Wischers Foundation", a science foundation of the German cement industry without legal capacity. On its web site the German Cement Works Association offers technical information and specialized knowledge on cement, concrete, construction materials, their production, use, and ecology.
VDI Wissensforum - The Association of German Engineers
VDI is the Association of German Engineers and is a financially independent and politically unaffiliated, non-profit organization of 126,000 engineers and natural scientists. More than 12,000 of these members work for the VDI in an honorary capacity. Established in 1856, the
VDI is today the largest engineering association in Western Europe. In Germany, it is recognized as the representative of engineers both within the profession and in the public arena. As the leading institution for training and technology transfer among experts, it is also a partner at the preliminary stages of the decision-making process in matters of technological policy and for all questions that engineers face in their professional or public lives.
ECRA - european cement research academy
The European Cement Research Academy (ecra) is a forum to communicate and exchange research results which are highly relevant especially to cement producers. The concept is based on the positive experiences gained from the joint research which has been performed for many years by the Research Institute of the Cement Industry in Düsseldorf. The Academy provides seminars, workshops and conferences in which the research. The programme covers process and concrete oriented issues of high concern for the cement industry. Some seminars are of specific interest for cement producers while others provide information of more importance for cement associations. The Academy has been initiated by the Verein Deutscher Zementwerke e.V. (VDZ) as an independent company separate from the VDZ in organisational terms to emphasize it's European focus. Cement companies and cement associations can join the Academy and participate in the seminars and workshops. Most of the seminars and workshops take place in the Research Institute of the Cement Industry, located in Düsseldorf. The Institute is a renowned and internationally recognised establishment which covers all aspects of cement: from limestone to high quality concrete.
University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, Institute for Ecopreneurship
Core functions of the Institute of Institute for Ecopreneurship (IEC) are academic education, applied research & development and national and international training courses and capacity building on selected topics. IEC is a well recognized partner for the industry, national and local authorities, as well as international development organizations. The Institute focuses on applied technical know-how transfer and has broad experiences in the implementation and adoption of practical solutions. The Institute is among others, partner of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment FOEN, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (seco), the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), UNIDO, UNEP and GTZ (German Corporation for International Cooperation). For GTZ the IEC is coordinating the present Strategic Alliance between GTZ and Holcim in promoting co-processing waste materials in cement plants. In this context capacity building and specific training courses will be offered to interested parties upon request. For SDC the IEC organizes every year an international training course on “Management of Hazardous Substances and Goods”. This 2 weeks courses is oriented to decision makers in developing countries and includes such aspects as Cleaner Production, waste treatment technologies (among other co-processing) and handling of highly toxic substances. For FOEN the IEC is conducting international training courses related to the implementation of the POP convention
in the field of unintentionally produced POPs ( hazardous waste management). For seco and UNIDO the IEC functions as lead organisation or partner within a Swiss Refernce Centres for building-up know-how and capacity in Cleaner Production Centres in Vietnam, Lao, Cambodia, China, Jordan, Brazil, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador and South Africa.