Project duration: 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2021


Although the EU Commission promotes boosting resource efficiency and recycling, the European economy loses a significant amount of potential secondary raw materials. Huge amounts of various Al-rich residues (steel slags, red mud, ashes, landfills of bauxite mines) with low recycling rate or landfilled in RIS countries present high secondary mineral resources potential. A promising way of recycling these waste mineral materials is the synthesis of sustainable mineral binders with high Al content, which can be further used as environment-friendly construction material. On the other hand, high Al content is the main pain point for the production of Al-rich mineral binders, according to the high need of valuable natural resource bauxite.

The solution (technology)

RIS-ALiCE plans to overcome this challenge by the replacement of bauxite with Al-rich industrial and mine residues. Moreover, this approach will represent an innovative recycling case study for the ESEE region. The main outcomes of the project are an establishment of the long-term active network between the producers and the end-users of Al-rich industrial residues; valorization of Al-rich residues by production of environmentally friendly high-Al mineral binders on data from Slovenia, Hungary and BIH, knowledge transfer from Slovenia, Hungary and BIH to the whole ESEE region, and a contribution to the implementation of circular economy and zero-waste management for Al-rich industrial waste in ESEE regions.


  • Zavod za gradbenistvo Slovenije, ZAG (Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute), Slovenia (Lead Partner)
  • Bay Zoltan Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research, Hungary
  • Cementarnica USJE AD, Macedonia
  • Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), France
  • Geological Survey of Slovenia, GeoZS, Slovenia
  • JSC ELEM, Macedonia
  • Lucis d.o.o., Slovenia
  • Magyarmet (MAGY), Hungary
  • Salonit Anhovo d.d., Slovenia
  • SIJ ACRONI d.o.o., Slovenia
  • Šoštanj Thermal Power Plant, Ltd., Slovenia
  • Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, Macedonia
  • Technische Universitaet Wien (Vienna University of Technology), Austria
  • University of Belgrade, Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Serbia
  • University of Zenica, Metallurgical institute Kemal Kapetanović, Bosnia and Herzegovina