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How to finance a zero waste city

8th March 2022 · 2:00 PM (CET)

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Many European municipalities today are aware of the need to implement more zero waste strategies and solutions, given the urgency of the environmental crisis facing us. Yet when it comes to practical implementation, often one of the biggest barriers local authorities face is accessing adequate financial resources. Whilst evidence shows how zero waste strategies can help local communities save money, investment in infrastructure and human resources is often required to help begin this transition.

From the European Union to central banks, EPR schemes and private capital, there are several sources of funding available for municipalities today. Yet each of these sources remain often opaque and inaccessible to most European municipalities. This webinar will examine the benefits and challenges each of these funding sources provide, as well as look at how municipalities have successfully secured and used these funding sources to enable their own local zero waste strategies.

This webinar will go into greater depth to answer these key questions:

  • What current sources of finance are available to European municipalities to help them implement zero waste strategies?
  • What kind of financing is needed and how much does typical investment in zero waste solutions cost?
  • Who are the relevant partners within the finance world that municipalities should be working with and what role should they play?


Caroline Culliere

New Financing Models Coordinator, Zero Waste Europe

Caroline has worked in various challenging environments, in different countries, on diverse topics -from public to private sectors, building businesses from scratch, always driven by the necessity to ‘act for good’. Within Zero Waste Europe, Caroline works to identify new financing models that can help further the organisation’s impact and accelerate the shift towards zero waste.

Claire Defrance


Claire Defrance works at Smicval, the public sector waste collection and management for an area of about 200 000 inhabitants near Bordeaux, France. As director of the operations of Smicval, she participates in the implementation of the different transformations of the service identified (levels of change) in order to reduce waste and change behaviours of the citizens.

Victor Mitjans

Head of the waste prevention and planning service, Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona

Víctor Mitjans is Biologist and Environmentalist and he has specialized in waste management from a transformative perspective. After working as an environmental technician in the local administration, he went on to work as a project manager and studio manager for the Rezero Foundation. In this capacity, he participated in the drafting of municipal waste prevention plans, various studies on waste management and producer responsibility. After working as an independent consultant, he entered the metropolitan area of Barcelona (AMB) where since 2017 he is head of the waste prevention and planning service.


Lead Consultant, Gaia

MIKKO HALONEN, M.Sc. Economics, who works at Gaia as Lead Consultant, is an expert on sustainable development and inclusive green growth, with a particular focus on mobilising finance for low-carbon, climate resilient development. Through multiple assignments he has been analyzing the enabling policy environments for SDG aligned investments, the role of public sector in catalyzing responsible private sector development and creating innovative private-public partnerships. During the previous decade Mikko has developed and introduced climate mainstreaming tools for “climate screening and proofing” of investments and development interventions for various organisations, covering among other water management, energy production and transmission, transport and agriculture. He has also spearheaded international work to identify and harness mitigation and adaptation synergies through innovative climate and development projects. As part of his assignments, he has conducted extensive stakeholder analysis as well as policy development work in the Nordic countries and Europe, as well as conducted expert assignments in Albania, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Mongolia, Montenegro, Serbia, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Uzbekistan and Zambia.

Webinar features

  • Learn from frontrunners and high level experts without leaving your office
  • Understand how to design and implement successful zero waste programmes at the local level
  • Learn the stories behind the best practices
  • Be one step ahead with key conversations related to zero waste and circular economy strategies
  • Connect with like-minded local stakeholders

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