A seminar on the possibilities offered by RDF (Refuse-Derived-Fuel) waste for a more responsible future in Nabeul.

As part of the C4C program, “Nabeul Ville Verte, NVV,” ICU organised a seminar on March 8, 2024, on the opportunities offered by the RDF to better understand Tunisian law, focusing on recent amendments.

The objective of the NVV project is to carry out the actions of the Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plan (SEACAP) developed by the Municipality of Nabeul. The project is being conducted in collaboration with the Municipality, supported by the ICU, and co-financed by the European Union.

The seminar, led by the project manager for NVV, Riccardo Mariani, and the General Architect and Deputy Director of Urban Development representing the Municipality of Nabeul, Hajer Bejaoui, presented the NVV project and its objectives. These include the validation of the proposal to launch a Call for Expressions of Interest (CEI) specifically for the establishment of an RDF production unit in Nabeul, the exchange of information between stakeholders to analyse the interests and needs of the private sector, in particular cement plants and waste management companies, as well as the provision of detailed information on the support offered by ICU to the Tunisian private and public sector to attract investments in the waste-to-energy sector in Nabeul as part of a Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

Patrick Winckel, an expert in waste management, focused on the recovery of the Household and Similar Waste (HWW) and the production of RDF in Tunisia.

In addition, there was talk of updating the Tunisian regulatory framework regarding the production and use of SRF. In this regard, the Director General of the Ministry of Environment in Tunisia explained in his speech the new regulations concerning the production and use of solid recovered fuels in Tunisia.

The seminar brought together diverse participants engaged in waste management and sustainable development, sustainability specialists and experts, representatives of organisations such as the EU, and independent civil society consultants.

It also allowed fruitful discussions among stakeholders, including the private sector, cement plants, and waste management companies. The objective is to carry out a project to recover Municipal and Similar Waste into RDF.