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
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
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
Duration: November 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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
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)
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)
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)