Projects

USABLE PACKAGING: Bioplastics for the Circular Economy

The development of biodegradable and bio-based plastics is key to the implementation of circular economic models in the plastics sector. The USABLE PACKAGING project builds a whole value chain for high-performance bioplastic packaging, which is both bio-based and biodegradable and does not compete with the food chain. The project completes the value chain that would be initiated at CONSERVAL, by utilising VFAs.

Programme: Horizon 2020
Duration: June 2019 – May 2022

Impact: European level
Website: https://www.usable-packaging.eu/​

NEPTUNUS: Water-Energy-Seafood Nexus: Eco-innovation and Circular Economy Strategies in the Atlantic Area

NEPTUNUS aims to promote the sustainable development of the fisheries sector in the Atlantic area by developing a methodology for eco-labelling of products and defining eco-innovation strategies under a circular economic approach. The project will provide tools for resource efficiency based on lifecycle thinking, incorporating producers, consumers and public managers in the decision-making process.

 

 

Programa: Interreg Atlantic Area

Impacto: Europeu
Site: https://www.neptunus-project.eu/

BIOCHEM: Novel biorefinery platform methodology for a driven production of chemicals from low-grade biomass

BIOCHEM’s main objective is to provide a comprehensive method for the model-assisted design of a new bioprocess using mixed-culture fermentation. In particular, BIOCHEM focuses on two essential aspects when designing a new bioprocess: achieving high selectivity of the desired product(s) and high productivity to make the process economically viable.

Funding: Spanish Ministry of of Economy and Competitiveness

DurationNovember 2016 – October 2019

Impact: European level

ECOVAL: Coordination strategies for sludge and organic waste recovery management in the SUDOE region

The management of urban organic waste represents a series of environmental challenges that need be addressed, such as the minimization of landfills or increased recycling. ECOVAL proposes a new management approach based on the recovery of this type of waste to obtain useful VFAs for the plastic, lubricant or agrochemical industries. It will develop a whole value chain from the collection of waste to the marketing of the final product, through the development of innovative biotechnological processes, integrating multidisciplinary aspects of a legislative, economic, market, environmental or social perception nature.

Programme: Interreg SUDOE                                      Duration November 2020 – March 2023                          Impact: European level

Co- Cereal Value:  Sustainable valorisation of by-products from  the processing and storage of cereals

The Co-Cereal Value project aims to research and develop innovative products for human and animal consumption, based on cereal processing and storage by-products, such as bran, germ and cereal powder. Moreover, other low value by-products and natural resources will be integrated into the new products, ensuring a high nutritional value thereof, in terms of protein, antioxidants and fibre. Therefore, in addition to developing new products and applying the concept of Circular Economy and the recovery of by-products, an efficient, safe and sustainable use of the resources used is promoted.

 

Programmes: FEDER, COMPETE2020.
Duration: August 2018 – July 2021

Impact: European level
Website: https://cocerealvalue.pt/en/

Green Protein: Valorisation of vegetable processing industry remnants into high-value functional proteins and other foods ingredients

The aim of this project is to bring innovation in the field of protein production and reduce food waste in the EU by producing vegetable proteins (and other ingredients) of high nutritional value from waste from the agrifood industry.  Regarding the framework of this project, a demonstration plant is being developed for the extraction as well as technical and economic feasibility of the revaluation of “green waste” from the current agrifood industry.

 

Programme:  Horizon 2020
Duration:  September 2016 – February 2021

Impact: European level
Website: http://greenproteinproject.eu/

Zero Brine: Re-designing the value and supply chain of water and minerals 

From a circular economy approach, Zero Brine seeks to offer solutions to reduce industrial saline wastewater flows, recovering and reusing minerals and brine water from other industries, “closing the cycle” and improving the environmental impacts of production.  Zero Brine integrates innovative technologies to recover water and minerals with sufficient purity, quality and market value.

 

Programme:  Horizon 2020
Duration:  June 2017 – May 2021

Impact: European level
Website: https://zerobrine.eu/

Green Growth: Metirranean Cooperation and Innovation for a Green Economy

Green Growth is a themed community that promotes sustainable development in the Mediterranean region, based on the rational management of natural resources, by improving inter-sectoral innovation practices through an integrated and territorial cooperation approach.  There are 14 projects participating in this community that address issues ranging from agrifood, eco-innovation, smart cities and waste management to financing issues. The community promotes cooperation in the transition towards a circular and green economy and aims to generate concrete benefits for the inhabitants of the Mediterranean region.

Programme:  Interreg Mediterranean
Duration:  2019 – 2022 

Impact: European level
Website:  https://green-growth.interreg-med.eu/

4KET4Reuse: KET for treated wastewater reuse in water scarcity SUDOE regions

The aim of the 4KET4Reuse project is to develop innovative technologies to remove emerging contaminants (EC) from wastewater treatment plants and thus ensure the reuse of these waters.  It is highly relevant, especially in areas with scarce water resources, which is increasingly common in the SUDOE territory due to climate change (e.g. Andalusia).

Programme: Interreg SUDOE
Duration Septmeber 2016 – August 2019

Impact: European level
Website https://en.4ket4reuse.eu/

WASTE4think: moving towards life cycle thinking by integrating advanced waste management systems

The WASTE4think project seeks to design solutions based on the use of information and communication technologies that enable the improvement of all waste management phases. It aims to adopt a holistic approach and, more specifically, an approach that includes the participation of citizens, in general. The objective of this project is to build more sustainable and environmentally friendly cities.

Programme:  Horizon 2020
Duration:  June 2016 – February 2020

Impact: European level
Website: https://waste4think.eu/ 

Wider uptake of water-smart solutions

WIDER UPTAKE aims to facilitate industrial symbiosis as a means to increase resource efficiency, limit emissions and develop sustainable business based on water-smart solutions. WIDER UPTAKE will co-develop a roadmap for implementation of water-smart solutions that is made available in an open access Virtual Learning and Sharing Centre.

Programme:  Horizon 2020
Duration:  Mayo 2020 – Abril 2024

Impact: European level
Website: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/869283

Associations

Water Europe (WE), initiated by the European Commission (EC) in 2004, is a member-based multiskateholder platform which aims to represent the whole value-chain of water and achieve a European Water-Smart Society.
EurEau is the European Federation of National Associations of Water Services. It brings together water professionals to agree on European water industry positions regarding the management of water quality, resource efficiency and access to water for citizens and businesses.
The EUWMA represents public, local and regional water management organizations from 9 EU member states and aims to increase cooperation between its members, so as to provide information, views and policy documents to governments, the EC, the European Parliament and other institutions.

Events

Ecotechnologies for Wastewater Treatment (ecoSTP) – 2020

Subject: “Impacting the environment with innovation in wastewater treatment“

Dates: 22-26 de junio de 2020

Location: Milán (Italia)

Website: http://www.ecostp2020.polimi.it/

4th International Conference on Biogas Microbiology

Subject: “Bringing together scientists from microbiology and engineering domains, linking life and technology to shape the future of biogas”

Dates: 6 – 8 Mayo 2020

Location: Braga (Portugal)

Website: https://skyros-congressos.pt/icbm/index.php

WE International Water Dialogues Days 2020

Subject: “Action plan for Europe and beyond to realize the value of water for our society and economy towards achieving a Water-Smart Society in line with the 2030 Agenda“

Dates: 20-21 abril 2020

Location: Bruselas (Bélgica)

Website: https://watereurope.eu/international-water-dialogue-days-coming-up-on-20-21-april/http://www.ecostp2020.polimi.it/

Others

Maritime DataHub

It’s an online monitoring tool, established by EASME, that showcases more than 1000 Atlantic projects. Any organization that managed an Atlantic project can register it in this Maritime DataHub.
It is one of the tools that can be found in the Atlantic Corner, a set of tools offered by the European Comission in line with the Atlantic Action Plan (2013-2020).
 
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