BOFA is the waste management entity under the Regional Municipility of Bornholm. It is working hard to achieve its vision of “Zero Waste” by 2032, when it’s waste incineration plant is set to be decommissioned, and all waste is to be prevented, reused or recycled instead of incinerated or landfilled.
About the Topic
BOFA is could be thought of as an innovative-thinking public entity that has been provided sufficient strategic (political), organizational (management) backing to seek EU-wide consortia and financing for research and innovation projects to support its 2032 vision.
In 2020, BOFA had embarked on open exploration of EU opportunities, and cast a wide net. 2 years later, several major EU projects have landed in BOFA’s project portfolio (Horizon Europe, Interreg North Sea and LIFE projects), and its newly adopted 2022-2034 Municipal Waste Plan now explicitly entrenches EU-projects as one of its primary modalities.
But how did this come about? What are strengths and weaknesses in the adopted approach? What value do EU projects provide the organization? How might it be possible to prime project- and finance-seeking for BOFA in the coming years?
A master thesis collaboration with BOFA might, subject to discussions with the organization, entail access to a work station at BOFA and various forms of support. An open and collaborative knowledge-sharing approach to investigating the subject is expected between the student and BOFA for any thesis writer interested in this topic.