Within the frame of the European Initiative on Raw Materials, the Project objective is to implement a long-term self-sustainable excellence network dedicated to provide services to external customers for the implementation of innovative, sustainable business and cooperation model solutions for the all-around recycling and/or exploitation of raw materials from end of life complex products with more attention for secondary products. The STORM Network will provide a unique opportunity for trainees and SMEs to access a coordinated group of excellent expertise in the eco-innovation field. Moreover, the purpose of the network is to support innovative companies and to facilitate the exploitation of European secondary resources via new forms of collaboration.

The solution (technology)

Drawing on the lessons learnt during numerous case studies on industrial symbiosis in Europe and in other parts of the world, the project will provide (and optimize where necessary) tools to support companies that are interested in implementing practical measures, which are aligned with the concepts of industrial symbiosis and the circular economy. The concept of these strategies is that cost reduction, added value, reduced environmental impacts and new business opportunities can derive from a process of cooperation also in a Europe-wide context, which, if self-sustained over time, will be beneficial for all partners involved. The Network coordinated approach will ensure also the addressing of energy efficiency issues, the minimization of environmental impact and the economic sustainability. Moreover, the project will offer guidance to local and regional authorities when planning new industrial parks or revitalizing existing areas and it will help to achieve a higher level of resource efficiency and greater harmonization of national waste strategies.