Objective

This project will build knowledge and capacity in state-of-the-art circular economy and resource efficiency practices – in order to ensure that future graduate engineers have the skills to develop more sustainable processes in raw materials value chains. Partners from both countries with state-of-the-art CE and Resource Efficiency practices (Finland and Sweden) and RIS countries (Estonian, Italy and Poland) will work together to develop a course curriculum and digital course content.  The capacity of RIS partners to use the course to educate engineering students and support industry will also be built by training and supporting these partners.

The solution (technology)

Resource efficiency is increasingly important for the competitiveness of the European raw materials industry because of the significant amount of resources that are used in the extraction and material production processes.  Metals and minerals are also finite resources, so resource efficiency and CE practices are becoming increasingly crucial as a way of securing access to (critical) raw materials.

However, raw material processing, production processes and recycling processes all occur in different stages – and it is tricky to know how processes at one stage impact the cost effectiveness of that operation as well as resource efficiency and circularity elsewhere. Nonetheless, some companies and countries have worked out good approaches.  This project therefore aims to transfer knowledge and build capacity in other countries eastern and southern Europe.

The means by which the knowledge transfer will occur is that partners from both countries with state-of-the-art CE and Resource Efficiency practices (Finland and Sweden) and RIS countries (Estonian, Italy and Poland) will work together to develop a course curriculum and digital course content.  The capacity of RIS partners to use the course to educate engineering students and support industry will also be built by training and supporting these partners.

Experiences of RIS project partners will then be disseminated, with a view of using the course and its digital content, as well as the training and support approach, for transferring knowledge and building capacity more broadly outside this project’s partner consortium.

Partnership