Welcome to paperChain
Innovative new circular business models
Most of the current waste streams generated by the Pulp & Paper industry (PPI) are currently disposed to landfills or burnt for energy production. Inorganic wastes are basically used as cement raw material and to a lesser extent as soil amendment in forestry applications. These solutions have a low added value and are dependent on the existence of cement kilns and acid soils in the vicinity of the mills, reducing their potential valorisation. Although there is extensive academic research on the waste valorisation to enhance the utilization of paper mill waste streams, there is still a lack of alternatives proved at real scale under operational conditions.
Paperchain is a demonstrative project that proposes innovative applications for different underused PPI waste streams, proving their technical, economic and environmental feasibility in five circular business models through real scale pilots.The project aims at unlocking the situation that hinders the proposed solutions to reach the market, including not only technical issues, but legal, social and economic factors.
To overcome these barriers, the project has involved the whole value chain and provides transparency of their outcomes, being public awareness a priority.
paperChain at a glance
The overall objective of PAPERCHAIN is to deploy five novel circular economy models centred in the valorisation of the waste streams generated by the Pulp and Paper Industry (PPI) as secondary raw material for a number of resource intensive sectors: construction sector, mining sector and chemical industry.
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The 5th General Assembly of the paperChain project and an open workshop on industrial symbiosis were held in the Portuguese city of Aveiro on 13 and 14 November 2019. The follow-up meetings were completed with a visit to the locations where the two demonstrators...
PaperChain attended the 19th European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP 2019)
PaperChain attended the European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP) is one of Europe's most remarkable conferences in its field and has taken place periodically since 1994. ERSCPs favour discussions about the key issues in sustainable...
The paperChain project launches the third pilot in La Font de la Figuera variant (Valencia) to improve the sustainability of roads by implementing ashes
This third pilot, consisting of the execution of 500 m linear soil-cement layer on a service track of the La Font de la Figuera motorway, Valencia, will demonstrate the feasibility of completely replacing cement with fly ash coming from the energy recovery of...
The ISWA World Congress 2019 is a global event focused on sustainable waste management, circular economy and resource efficiency. Several themes were discussed during the event, such as: new & smart technologies, landfills and closing dumpsites, waste management...