We're working towards a blueprint for (mid-sized) cities to develop an operational and business model consisting of impact entrepreneurs who work with local resources through sustainable urban logistics. The operation of the Leuven Resource Hub will be built around 4 pillars:
- Carbon-free collection of food surpluses and separated waste streams in the city to bring them to a central hub.
- Establishment of a central hub where residual streams are made available to local parties as resources. We also want to provide R&D and product development support.
- Marketing and distribution of processed products in the form of return logistics.
- Creation of a central meeting and experience destination in Leuven for citizens and entrepreneurs around the themes of food and circularity.
To achieve this, we will assemble a consortium of partners after exploratory talks. Together with Dutch parties the municipality of Oss, de Kracht van New Business Oss and HAS Hogeschool, we're currently working on an Interreg application that should provide the necessary support.At the same time, we're looking for a suitable location for the hub and we are already building a network of interested entrepreneurs.