Project Profile: WASTE FEW ULL

Waste Food-Energy-Water Urban Living Lab – Mapping and Reducing Waste in the Food-Energy-Water Nexus


Principal Investigators: Dr. Sue Charlesworth, Coventry University, United Kingdom and Daniel Black, Daniel Black & Associates, United Kingdom
Partners: Maria Ester Dal-Poz, University of Campinas - UNICAMP - Business School of School of Applied Sciences and Institute of Economics, Brazil
Dr. Derk Loorbach, Erasmus University Rotterdam - DRIFT, Netherlands
Dr. Taoyuan Wei, CICERO Senter for klimaforskning, Norway
Mark Swilling, Stellenbosch University - Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, South Africa
Dr. Kevin Winter, University of Cape Town - Future Water Research Institute, South Africa
James Topkin, ERWAT, South Africa
Simon Roberts, Centre for Sustainable Energy, United Kingdom
Dr. Alistair Hunt, University of Bath - Department of Economics, United Kingdom
Dr. Richard Joseph Nunes, University of Reading - Research and Enterprise Services, United Kingdom
Sabine Biesheuvel, BlueCity, Netherlands
Jonny Harris, Isidima Design & Development, South Africa
Fred Barker, The Schumacher Institute, United Kingdom
Joy Carey, Bristol Food Network, United Kingdom
Charlotte Stamper, United Kingdom, GENeco
Dr. Adina Paytan, University of California Santa Cruz - IMS, United States


Full Project Title: Waste Food-Energy-Water Urban Living Lab – Mapping and Reducing Waste in the Food-Energy-Water Nexus
Full Call Title: Nexus2016


Project Objective: The project's aim is to substantially reduce resource inefficiencies in the urban food-energy-water nexus. The aim of the WASTEFEWULL project is to develop and test internationally applicable methods of identifying inefficiencies in a city-region's food-energy water nexus. We will undertake this through an international network of industry/civic society-led Urban Living Labs (ULL) in four urban regions - UK (Bristol), Netherlands (Rotterdam), South Africa (Western Cape) and Brazil (Campinas). Partners in Norway and the USA will provide economic valuations of potential impact, and impact-led public education, outreach and dissemination. Waste occurs across food, energy and water systems; at the interface of these systems, waste increases significantly the overconsumption of our limited resources: food ( lost in food storage), energy (e.g. used to clean water) and water (e.g. nutrients lost in sewage). Resource scarcity is not only a matter of efficiency, but of access, distribution and equality. Each urban context has different pressures and opportunities. The focus of the WASTE FEW ULL project is therefore not so much on the specific down stream challenges, but on upstream processes by which cities can identify, test and scale viable and feasible solutions that reduce the most pressing inefficiencies in each context.
Call Objective: The Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI)/Food-Water-Energy Nexus is a joint call established in order to bring together actors to find innovative new solutions to the Food-Water-Energy Nexus challenge. The ultimate goal is to increase the access and the quality of life.


Regions: Africa, Europe, South America
Countries: Brazil, Netherlands, South Africa, United Kingdom


Duration: 36 months
Call Date: December 9, 2016
Project Award Date: February 15, 2018