The year 2015 represents the start of a new cycle for the Portuguese economy, after an adjustment period that ran from 2011 to 2014, which required external assistance and a rigid financial policy. The economic deceleration of previous years is still felt in important sectors of the economy – construction and transport – and continues to influence the country’s performance in terms of resource efficiency and climate change. Still, there are some positive signs: improvements in foreign energy dependence and environmental certifications, for instance, as well as emerging eco-innovative sectors which came to fruition – in water efficiency and agriculture, for example. A combination of effects – e.g. a decrease in resource consumption and an improvement in “green” R&D spending, both public and private – has placed the country’s performance in the Eco-innovation Scoreboard slightly above EU average for the 2014-2015 period.

However, the results shown by EIO indicators do not translate into a solid policy framework for eco-innovation, and therefore there is still much to accomplish. Despite significant advances in resource efficiency policies – e.g. Green Growth Commitment, Green Fiscal Reform and PERSU 2020 – eco-innovation is still very much approached as a means to achieve improvements in environmental performance, and not as a means to achieve sustainable growth by all stakeholders in the economy.

Initiatives such as the Ecopol project, or the Ecoprodutin project were fundamental to kick start the necessary network and interaction among different stakeholders to identify the eco-innovation champions, initiatives, products and services, and to demonstrate the benefits for business and the society .

2015 Eco-innovation Scoreboard ranking and eco-innovation index composites for Portugal




ezWaste GRSU - Waste Management

Labels: Portugal

portugal_ezwaste_resizedThe ezWaste system is an integrated solution for waste management, providing: effective collections management, optimization and creation of "best routes", identification of containers by RFID or GPS proximity, weighting. It is also already prepared to respond to what is predicted to be the future of the sector, with the adoption of the principle of "user pays as use" principle, allowing the management of service requests, planning and billing the service performed, with the issue of accounting documents.

Compta Emerging Business developed an integrated system that can help any company to obtain gains in efficiency and productivity in Solid Waste Management.

On one hand, investments associated with the technological processes of selection, treatment and disposal of waste, including recycling, composting and incineration, tend to be more substantial aggravated by the increasing volume of waste.

On the other hand, installation, operation and maintenance of equipment for collecting solid waste, processing it and storage, and the increase in fuel prices have worsened the already high costs of operation, which requires substantial investment by companies, not only in terms of direct cost, but also in time and human resources to respond to market needs.

By working together with organizations whose activity is focused on the collection and recovery of solid waste, the solution is designed exclusively for this sector, permitting the entire operational management of waste collection, with a focus on reducing operating costs.

The solution is quite comprehensive, providing an effective collections management, optimization and creation of the "best routes", identification of containers by RFID or GPS proximity, weighting and is already prepared to respond to what is predicted to be the future of the sector, with the adoption of the principle of "user pays as use" principle, allowing the management of service requests, planning and billing the service performed, with the issue of accounting documents.

In summary ezWaste is a vertical solution, that allows waste managers to deal with various problems and challenges that are engaged to this activity, in a single platform and combining various areas of the company, allowing the reduction of operating costs and improving the internal efficiency.

Barriers and Drivers

Compta Emerging Business is responsible for the development of ezWaste, this company is inserted in the Compta company, which has been working in the field of IT technologies for the last 40 years, and collaborates with several relevant partners, among which Soma, that represent internationally prestigious brands, such as HALLER (urban solid waste collection superstructures) and JOHNSTON (urban sweepers) hence facilitating a proper understanding of the market. Nevertheless, due to the novelty of the ezWaste solution there is a lack of specialized human resources which implicates that Compta needs to provide adequate information to the waste management companies. This is particularly difficult since the implementation of a solution such as ezWaste implicates profound organizational changes in an economic sector with low penetration of high technology and in a sector adverse to changes.

Economic Performance

EZWaste enables gains in productivity and profitability in teams and resources allocated to the management of municipal solid waste. The software allows the companies to perform all the operational management of waste collection, with a focus on reducing operating costs.

Social Performance

The ezWaste product through its real time aspect allows municipalities to monitor performance of contractors, and by using RFID tags simplifies billing for service and supports the implementation of incentive-based invoicing.

Environmental Impact

By providing an integrated solution towards waste management, there is an increase in the efficiency of material and energy resources, namely an improved collection of waste for recycling and a reduction in fuel consumption.

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