Policy instruments and incentives for the circular economy

POLICE project shares key findings on policy instruments and incentives for the circular economy The importance of the circular economy is growing due to unresolved global challenges, such as climate change and resource scarcity. As defined and shown in the report by the POLICE project, the circular economy is an economic system that creates value by catching and reusing the limited raw material and energy resources by slowing, narrowing and [...]

8 July, 2020|

Tackling water scarcity in Southern Europe: insights from the raw materials experts

Finding innovative solutions for water scarcity in Southern Europe The Cross-KIC initiative on “Finding innovative solutions for water scarcity in Southern Europe” tasks 16 experts from different disciplines—climate, food, manufacturing and raw materials—to identify core challenges to tackling water scarcity and 30 start-ups are called to offer solutions to them. The initiative concludes with capacity-building for professionals from diverse sectors working on water scarcity. […]

7 July, 2020|

Circular Economy course triples student participation during global lockdown

More than 13 000 students enrolled in an online course on Circular Economy The global lockdown due to COVID-19 has contributed positively to the number of participants undertaking the online course Circular Economy: Sustainable Materials Management. In March and April, the number of participants was tripled compared to previous months. In late June there were more than 13 000 students enrolled in the online course. […]

1 July, 2020|

EIT RawMaterials Booster supports new technology for environmental sustainability in mining

MineLCA software will transform environmental sustainability in the mining industry Minviro has been awarded the EIT RawMaterials Booster grant, after a successful application and pitch to an expert jury. The RM Booster will accelerate the development of a software tool that will transform environmental sustainability in the mining industry. The technology supports integrating life cycle assessment (LCA) into the different development stages of mining and metal projects. […]

1 July, 2020|

Closing material loops with Petrit-T – turning industrial side streams into acoustic panels and cement

60 million tons of industrial side streams can be used as raw material In order to move society toward a circular economy and reducing society’s use of virgin raw materials, industry by-products (side streams) have to be treated as products as well. This has been the objective in the Min-Pet project (2016­–2019) where the use of a mineral side stream, Petrit-T, has been upscaled as a raw material for acoustic panels and cement. [...]

30 June, 2020|

Certified Online Training for Lightweight Professionals

Knowledge and Skills on Lightweight Materials for Professionals The last few weeks, the world has faced unprecedented challenges, and this has also affected the running Education projects. LightRight, a project led by Fraunhofer with a consortium of nine partners, has developed professional training courses on the subject of lightweight construction materials. […]

29 June, 2020|