paperChain New Niche Markets for the Pulp and Paper Industry Waste, based on Circular-Economy Approaches Tue, 11 Sep 2018 11:30:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 paperChain 32 32 PaperChain brings its partners together at Acciona’s headquarters in Zaragoza Tue, 26 Jun 2018 14:24:18 +0000 A new meeting of the partners of the PaperChain consortium took place on 25th of June at the headquarters of Acciona in Zaragoza.

This event was attended by LGI Consulting (Camille Aurialut, Eve Dallamaggiore), Acciona Construction (Alberto Royo, Anurag Bansal, Roberto Orejana, Juan José Cepriá) Saica (Miguel López, Zaira de la Vega), Tecnalia (Amaia Sopelana)

This activity was aimed at studying the transition from the current model for Waste Paper Ash in Spain to an entirely circular economy model in order to make it feasible, taking into consideration all drivers and barriers affecting the project´s solutions.

As a result, we identified weaknesses and strengths of the new model and potential exploitation paths.

Tags: Circular Economy models, Transition Assessment, feasibility, exploitation, market uptake, barriers and drivers

PaperChain meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia Fri, 08 Jun 2018 07:35:50 +0000 The workshop was organised to get information on the circular case 3 of PAPERCHAIN for the deliverable D8.1 “Report on transition assessment for circular economy processes” due in November 2018. The workshop started by a review of the drivers, barriers and the decision making criteria for each of the key stakeholders. Then, the partners were divided in two groups and invited to draw the linear and the circular models and provide quantitative details for each of the models. Finally, the workshop ended on open questions on replicability and policy recommendations.

Partners attending: Several persons of ZAG, 2 people from the Slovenian Railway Company, one person from the PPI VIPAP, LGI (Eve and I) and Anurag Bansal from ACCIONA.

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PaperChain holds its 2nd General Assembly in Sweden Wed, 06 Jun 2018 14:04:22 +0000 We have interviewed Jan Jose Cepriá (Acciona Construccion), General Coordinator of the PaperChain project, to find out more about the recently held 2nd General Assembly in Sweden.

As coordinator of the paperChain project, what is the time and status of the project?
We have just completed the first year of the Project and most of the initial and preparatory actions have been already completed. The great majority of the activities have been launched too and some of the demonstration activities in Spain, Slovenia and Sweden were brought forward, consequently they are currently ongoing and their implementation scheduled for September (Spain and Slovenia).

What progress has been made at this general assembly recently held in Sweden?
A General Assembly is a key moment for the Project progress. It implies doubt solving and team building, but it is also an opportunity to discuss and agree the next steps and to coordinate our progress, keeping all the Circular Cases aligned. In detail, we have had the opportunity to discuss about technical problems detected in the Circular Cases and to receive inputs from other partners. Administrative and organizational matters are important too in this type of meetings. The next General Assembly location has been definitively agreed to be held in Ljubljana in October/November.

What are the next steps to be taken by the consortium members?
Most of the members are involved in the practical demonstration activities of the Circular Cases so that, they have to carry out the preliminary works (WP4) to define the waste quality requirements and pre-treatment needs or just to carry out the demonstrations themselves. All the transversal activities are fully launched and some of them are at their activity peak (environmental assessment, communication and dissemination, exploitation,…). This is a key moment for the project to achieve our goals.

PaperChain Workshops led by TECNALIA & LGI Tue, 05 Jun 2018 08:39:25 +0000 During the 30th and 31st of May, the PaperChain project held its second General Assembly in the Swedish city of Örnsköldsvik, hosted by Processum.

In order to take advantage of the meeting in an efficient way, once concluded the General Assembly, two additional workshops were held during the 31st of May and the 1st of June, 2018. Likewise, both of these workshops were hosted by Processum.

First of them, named “Discovering novelty on the circular economy models in PPI” was led by our partners Tecnalia and LGI and celebrated during the evening of the 31st of May.

Second one, named “Transition Assessment” within the Work Package dedicated to Exploitation and Replicability was led by LGI, on the 1st of June, 2018. Both workshops were attended by all the partners involved and forming the Swedish branch of Paperchain within the Circular Cases 4 and 5. Workshops were conducted by LGI and Tecnalia and supported by Acciona, Gaiker and Greenize.

In terms of participation, practically all the partners of the consortium attended this event and all of them were really inclined to answer the questions formulated. According to Camille Auriault, Innovation Strategist from LGI “They were patient with us, providing us information to understand how the circular case worked (very complex).They were willing to share their knowledge and took these workshops seriously. All the partners listen to each other, completing someone else’s answer if needed. All of them collaborated with a very open attitude”.

Amaia Sopelana, from Tecnalia Rehabilitation and Integrated Urban Regeneration, commented about the progress of the project “This first year of the Project has served to put in contact all the partners and to achieve a common understanding of PaperChain’s objectives and how important the challenges of the project are. In terms of technical progress, most of the tasks are evolving as expected”.

In the words of both representatives of LGI and Tecnalia, the next steps to be taken within Paperchain project are:
“With regards to the Work Package related to the Design of novel circular economy models, we are nearly to figure out the five circular economy models and their components that will assure success to operationalise them. These five designs will be updated as far as their technical and quality feasibility are achieved by the end of the project”. Affirmed Amaia Sopelana, from Tecnalia.

“The next steps concerning to the Work Package related to Exploitation and Replicability is the facilitation of two other workshops in Slovenia and Spain corresponding to the Circular Cases 3 and 4, in June and early July”. In a longer-term view, the rest of these WP will be dedicated to prepare the “after-project”. So we will elaborate exploitation strategy for all the partners and we will assess the replicability of the circular economy models”. In the words of Camille Auriault, from LGI.

From these lines, the whole Consortium wants to thank Processum as model host, always attentive to their hosts.

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Green Conference IMWA 2018 Tue, 15 May 2018 09:42:23 +0000 The International Mine Water Association (IMWA) will host the 11th International Conference on Acid Rock Drainage (ICARD) in South Africa between the 10th and 14th of September. To expand the knowledge and breadth of the INAP mission statement beyond its pure mining related foci, all partners of the bid agree that this conference will be a “Green Conference” and the theme shall be “Risk to Opportunity”.

South Africa belongs to the world’s main mining countries. A large variety of commodities are mined, and the South African mining experience therefore, practically offers something for everyone in the global mining community. Hosting the 11th ICARD in South Africa supports the INAP Global Alliance Partners vision to have true global representation and involvement.

PaperChain Workshop in Aveiro Wed, 09 May 2018 08:50:30 +0000 In the framework of the task T8.1 which focuses on the transition from a linear to a circular economy, LGI steered a workshop with the key partners of the circular case 1. A cost-benefit analysis was carried out to confirm the economic viability of the road and construction cases.

In addition, critical variables for the deployment of the circular model, as well as partners GO/NO criteria for transitioning towards a circular model, were identified. Finally, alternative scenario were also designed with partners to imagine the development of circular case in different conditions.

The workshop went successfully and all partners were really motivated to share their knowledge and insights and continue to work together to make these new circular models happen.
3 more workshops in Sweden, Slovenia and Spain are to follow in the next weeks to explore the remaining case-studies (Mining, Transport infrastructures, Chemistry).

Partners who attended the event: Victor Ferreira (University of Aveiro), Amaia Sopelana (Tecnalia), Asier Oleaga (Tecnalia), Camille Auriault (LGI), Eve Dallamaggiore (LGI), François Aze (LGI), Anurag Bansal (Acciona), Roberto Orejana (Acciona), Claudia Poutes (SPRAL), Susana Pereira (The Navigator Company), Fabio Limoes (University of Aveiro), Miguel Murais (University of Aveiro), Olivio cafido (Megavia), Tiago Marcelino (Megavia), Helena Quisa (University of Aveiro), Numo Amleide (Spral), Idilio Neto (Dizumex), Luis Maeliedo (Raiz).

Acciona presents Paperchain at its Technology Centre Mon, 07 May 2018 16:41:59 +0000 Last February, Acciona had the opportunity to explain the Paperchain project at its facilities to a representation of researchers from the China Academy of Building Research.

The conference, held at ACCIONA’s Technology Centre, was given by Edith Guedella and was very well received by the attendees.

Acciona is the coordinator of the Paperchain project, part of Horizon 2020, the largest research and innovation programme in the European Union, whose main objective is to ensure Europe’s global competitiveness.

The PaperChain Team met up at Tecnalia’s headquarters Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:47:54 +0000 The PaperChain Team met up at Tecnalia's headquartersAt the end of November, the PaperChain Team met up at Tecnalia’s headquarters in Zamudio -Bizkaia, Spain- to hold the 1st General Assembly of the project.

Tecnalia Corporation has been set up as a multidisciplinary Tecnology Corporation, of a private and independent nature, with the mission to contribute value and wealth to the society in general, and to the business base in particular, through research, technological development and innovation in an international context.

The Corporation was born within the Basque technology ambit; it contributes to its development and is called to be a leader within it. It is proactive in the development and competitiveness of the business base, is linked to the science-technology-innovation systems of the Basque Autonomous Community, Spain and Europe and is resolutely committed to growing and positioning itself in a world ambit.

Tecnalia puts its research activity within the framework of the premises of excellence and specialization by contributing to the strengthening of economic development, social cohesion and sustainability

Presenting PaperChain at Innovacarretera 2017 in Madrid Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:00:58 +0000 Last November, representatives of the Paperchain project took advantage of the Innovacarretera 2017 fair to present the latest news to the attendees.

The fourth edition of this fair offered the opportunity to see live demonstrations, learn about I+D+i projects and new technological developments, contact with innovation generators and attend keynote lectures on the future of road infrastructures.

This meeting, held in the Boetticher building in Madrid, offered the agents of the science-technology-company system the opportunity to exchange experiences and learn first-hand about the latest trends and technological developments in road applications.

IInnovacarretera 2017, a biennial event promoted by the Spanish Road Technology Platform (PTC), is a great showcase for the possibilities and solutions provided by the Spanish road sector in terms of sustainability and efficiency in transport infrastructures.

Hello World. Paperchain launches its newly News section Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:43:35 +0000 Within this post, Paperchain launches its newly News section. Here you can follow our latest news, project progress and activities developed by the consortium partners.

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