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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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...
During the 30th and 31st of May, the PaperChain project held its second general assembly in the Swedish city of Örnsköldsvik.
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...
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...