ETC/WMGE - Waste and Materials in a Green Economy

The European Topic Centre on Waste and Materials in a Green Economy (ETC/WMGE) is a consortium of European institutions, contracted by the European Environment Agency (EEA) to supply thematic expertise and carry out specific tasks identified in the EEA Multi-Annual Work Programme and specified in the EEA Annual Work Programmes. The thematic areas in which the ETC/WMGE will support the EEA are:

  • Waste management
  • Waste prevention
  • Resource efficiency and materials
  • Sectoral integration and green economy
  • Production & consumption systems
  • Chemicals and waste

The ETC/WMGE is coordinated by VITO. More information on the partners in the consortium can be found here

ETCs and the EEA

European Topic Centres (ETCs) are centres of thematic expertise that are designated by the EEA following a Europe-wide competitive selection process. These ETCs work as an extension of the EEA in specific topic areas. The European Topic Centre on Waste and Materials in a Green Economy is one of six Topic Centres under the European Environment Agency.

The ETCs, together with the member and co-operating countries of the EEA, facilitate the provision of data and information and deliver reports and other services to the EEA and Eionet.

Eionet (the European Information and Observation Network) is a co-operative activity between the Agency and the member countries. The Topic Centres are part of this network. It was set up in order to help the EEA retrieve information, identify special issues and produce efficient and timely information on Europe’s environment.

More information on Eionet can be found here .

Project details

Scientific responsability: Massimiliano Mazzanti

 Funding source: European Environment Agency

EU contribution:  € 449.983 for the first year
Eu contribution to UniFe:  € 36.749 for the first year


  • VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research), Coordinator (Belgium)
  • CENIA (Czech Republic)
  • CSCP Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (Germany)
  • IRCrES, Research Institute on Sustainable Economic Growth of National Research Council (Italy)
  • OVAM (Belgium)
  • SEEDS - Sustainability, Environmental Economics and Dynamic Studies (Italy)
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (Finland)
  • World Spotlight II Ltd (United Kingdom)
  • Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie GmbH (Germany)