The European Commission at Ecomondo 2019: EU Programmes for your circular ideas.

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Once again the European Commission will take part in Ecomondo, the annual trade fair for the green and circular economy. The expo will take place in Rimini, Italy from 5 to 8 November 2019. It will bring together all sectors of the circular economy, from material and energy recovery to sustainable development.

EASME – the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises – will show how EU funding helps to design a better circular world. It will do so by showcasing at its stand – located at the ‘Hall Sud’ – concrete EU-funded projects. Each project deals with one of this year’s main topics: Sustainable Mobility, Food Waste, Sustainable Buildings, Plastics Management. The projects are all managed by EASME and have received funding from one of the programmes that EASME implements on behalf of the European Commission: Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency, Horizon 2020 Environment, COSME, LIFE, EMFF and the  European Innovation Council pilot.

At the EU stand, visitors will also have the chance to meet advisers from the Enterprise Europe Network across the whole duration of the event. 

This year, EASME will organise several info-sessions on EU funding opportunities under the four aforementioned main themes. The sessions will take place at Ecomondo on 7 November in Room Ravezzi 1. The agenda is as follows:


Furthermore, Ecomondo visitors will also have the opportunity to meet representatives from EASME and the European Commission during the One-to-EU meetings. These one-to-one talks will be held at the EU stand across the event and will enable visitors to get useful insights about the funding opportunities available. Book your meeting today

The fair attracts over 116,000 visitors and 1,200 exhibitors each year. Alongside Ecomondo, a large exhibition, the Key Energy Expo, will feature energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions and applications.
 

Meet the EU-funded projects at Ecomondo 2019


Tuesday, 5 November

Morning (9.00 - 13.00):

Food Waste

LIFE Trifocal: The LIFE TRiFOCAL London project aims to pilot a holistic communications campaign to encourage sustainable food systems in cities. It specifically supports the implementation of the EU Roadmap for Resource-Efficiency.

LIFE Food Waste StandUp: The main objective of this LIFE project is to raise awareness of surplus food management and food waste prevention among three key actors of the food supply chain: agro-food companies, food retailers and consumers.

Plastics

FlexPack2Circle: The EIC pilot funded project is a timely action to address the EU directives to stop incineration and landfilling and to recover secondary raw materials.

AQUA-LIT: The project aims at providing the aquaculture sector with a toolbox of innovative ideas and methodologies that can showcase existing, upcoming and already implemented tools, case studies, best practices, a database and links between stakeholders for addressing the 3 main components of marine littering: prevention & reduction, monitoring & quantification, and removal & recycling.

Sustainable Mobility

LIFE BrennerLEC: The long-term objective of the LIFE BrennerLEC project is the application of the holistic concept of a “low emission corridor” (LEC) for the A22 highway.

GREENing the Blue: The project will demonstrate at full-scale a foldable patented wingsail solution based on an aeronautical design, which reduces fuel use and pollutant emissions of the maritime transport sector by an average of 30%.

Sustainable Buildings

EUCalc: The  European  Calculator  aims  to  provide  decision makers with a highly accessible, user-friendly, dynamic modelling solution to quantify the sectoral energy demand, greenhouse gas (GHG) trajectories and social implications of lifestyle and energy technology choices in Europe.

CINDERELA: The project aims to develop a new Circular Economy Business Model (CEBM) for use of secondary raw materials (SRM) in urban areas, connecting different industries, the construction sector and municipal services, decision makers and the general public with the support of an innovative ICT tool.

 

Afternoon (13:30 – 18:00):

Food Waste

LIFE Trifocal: The LIFE TRiFOCAL London project aims to pilot a holistic communications campaign to encourage sustainable food systems in cities. It specifically supports the implementation of the EU Roadmap for Resource-Efficiency.

Plastics

Waste4Think: The project aims to move forward the current waste management system into a new model based on circular economy principles. The challenge is to improve the waste management not only in economic or operational terms but also considering the environmental and social impacts To do so, Waste4Think has designed a set of 20 eco-innovative solutions covering the entire value chain.

Sustainable Mobility

LIFE BrennerLEC: The long-term objective of the LIFE BrennerLEC project is the application of the holistic concept of a “low emission corridor” (LEC) for the A22 highway.

GREENing the Blue: The project will demonstrate at full-scale a foldable patented wingsail solution based on an aeronautical design, which reduces fuel use and pollutant emissions of the maritime transport sector by an average of 30%.

Sustainable Buildings

LIFE HEROTILE: The project aims to design and produce two types of roof tiles with higher air permeability through overlap of the tiles and improved energy performance through under-tile ventilation.

 

Wednesday, 6 November

Morning (9.00 - 13.00):

Food Waste

KoolZone: Refrigeration control technology to minimise food waste, avoid food poisoning and minimise energy consumption. The project’s focus is to create a disruptive, very low cost complete refrigeration monitor and reporting system for only €110 up front hardware cost.

URBANWASTE: The project aims to help develop strategies aimed at reducing the amount of municipal waste production as well as strategies to further develop re-use, recycling, collection and disposal of waste. In doing so URBAN-WASTE will adopt and apply the urban metabolism approach to support the switch to a circular model.

Plastics

URBANREC: The project, funded by Horizon 2020 Environment & Resources, aims at developing and implementing an eco-innovative integral bulky waste management system, that will enhance prevention, improve logistics and allow new waste treatments as to obtain high added value recycled products-such, e.g. adhesives, foams, new hard plastics, textiles, chemicals and fuels.

LIFE MULTIBIOSOL: The project will develop and demonstrate an innovative, economically viable and fully biodegradable plastic that eliminates waste completely.

Sustainable Mobility

Car E-service: The project aims at demonstrating innovative circular economy business models for Electric and Hybrid Electric vehicles and new mobility services for European citizens. Technical solutions and supply chains will be developed for the re-use and recycling of batteries, high value added metals and technopolymers of Electric and Hybrid Electric vehicles.

FiberEUse: Glass and carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites (GFRP and CFRP) are increasingly used as structural materials in sectors like transport, construction, and energy due to the better lightweight and corrosion resistance compared to metals. FiberEUse aims at integrating different innovation actions for enhancing the profitability of composite recycling and reuse in value-added products, with a cross-sectorial approach.

Sustainable Buildings

LIFE HEROTILE: The project aims to design and produce two types of roof tiles with higher air permeability through overlap of the tiles and improved energy performance through under-tile ventilation.

ODORPREP: Real time, automatic and remote-activated sampling system for industrial odour emissions compliant with the European Standard EN 13725.

 

Afternoon (13:30 – 18:00):

Food Waste

KoolZone: Refrigeration control technology to minimise food waste, avoid food poisoning and minimise energy consumption. The project’s focus is to create a disruptive, very low cost complete refrigeration monitor and reporting system for only €110 up front hardware cost.

Plastics

FORCE: Four cities - Copenhagen, Hamburg, Lisbon and Genoa - have established participatory partnerships for the circular economy focused on four materials (plastic, metal from electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), surplus food & biowaste, and wood) in order to develop 10 new products that have a market potential for private companies.

ECOBULK: The project is a practical demonstration of circular models for bulky composite products which are normally considered difficult to integrate into the circular economy and are normally landfilled. Products in the automotive, furniture and building sectors along with their materials, business models and supply chains, will be redesigned to maintain a high economic value for as long as possible.

Sustainable Mobility

Car E-service: The project aims at demonstrating innovative circular economy business models for Electric and Hybrid Electric vehicles and new mobility services for European citizens. Technical solutions and supply chains will be developed for the re-use and recycling of batteries, high value added metals and technopolymers of Electric and Hybrid Electric vehicles.  

Zero Emissions LIFE IP: In line with the objectives of South Tyrols climate plan, Zero Emission LIFE IP will be a catalyst for the development of a fully zero-emission road transport and mobility system.

Sustainable Buildings

LIFE HEROTILE: The project aims to design and produce two types of roof tiles with higher air permeability through overlap of the tiles and improved energy performance through under-tile ventilation.

 

Thursday, 7 November

Morning (09:00 – 13:00):

Food Waste

DECISIVE: The project's objective is to shift from urban linear models, importing most of the food and relying on extra-urban waste management, to a circular model where decentralised biowaste management systems lead to the production of local energy and the generation of organic by-products that can be recovered in local urban farms.

LIFE CITRUSPACK: The project aims to demonstrate a process to enable treated wastes from the citrus industry to be used in packaging and cosmetic products.

Plastics

PlastiCircle: The PlastiCircle project aims to develop and implement a holistic process to increase recycling rates of packaging waste in Europe. This process is based on four axes: collection, transport, sorting and valorization in value-added products (i.e. Foam boards, automotive parts, bituminous roofing membranes, garbage bags, asphalt sheets/roofing felts, and urban furniture).

MarGnet: The MarGnet project develops multi-level solutions to address the issue of marine macro-litter pollution on the sea-floor through mapping, monitoring, removing and low-temperature pyrolysis recycling of litter producing marine fuel.

Sustainable Mobility

LIFE 'N GRAB HY: The overall objective of the project is to demonstrate two hydrogen-electric hybrid garbage trucks as a zero-emission and low-noise alternative for waste collection in 10 different sites.

GIVE: The 8 partners of the Green Ict deVElopment (GIVE) project are developing new value chains in the field of green smart technologies/factories in automotive and transport sectors to allow SMEs to make business outside the EU.

Sustainable Buildings

LTT: Long-term testing of airtightness to increase energy efficiency in buildings. The LTT project is designed to enable a rapid and successful commercialisation of our Long-Term Testing of airtightness technology.

DRIVE 0: The project aims to come to a decarbonization of the EU building stock and to accelerate deep renovation processes by enhancing a consumer-centred circular renovation process in order to make deep renovation more attractive for consumers and investors and more environmentally friendly.

 

Afternoon (13:30 – 18:00):

Food Waste

WineLeather: Innovative green leather production from wine industry waste. The WineLeather project is an absolute breakthrough innovation demonstrating a novel, cost-effective and eco-friendly process for the production of organic leather and introducing a new kind of bio-leather using a non-animal and renewable raw material, considered up today an agricultural waste: the grape marc.

Plastics

CLEAN SEA LIFE: The overall aim of the Clean Sea LIFE project is to support the application of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and EU biodiversity policy relating to marine litter.

BLUENET: The project will focus on demonstrating actions aimed at reducing marine litter from fishing and aquaculture by managing, recovering and upcycling litter, boosting circular economy locally.

Sustainable Mobility

LIFE 'N GRAB HY: The overall objective of the project is to demonstrate two hydrogen-electric hybrid garbage trucks as a zero-emission and low-noise alternative for waste collection in 10 different sites.

LIFE GySTRA: The LIFE programme funded project aims to create an innovative remote-sensing device able to continuously monitor emissions of NO, CO, CO2, PM and NO2 in real driving conditions.

Sustainable Buildings

LTT: Long-term testing of airtightness to increase energy efficiency in buildings. The LTT project is designed to enable a rapid and successful commercialisation of our Long-Term Testing of airtightness technology.

 

Friday, 8 November

Morning (09:00 – 13:00):

Food Waste

LIFE-FOODWASTEPREV: The LIFE-FOODWASTEPREV project aims to change attitudes to food waste in Hungary, leading to a reduction in the quantity of such waste generated by Hungarian households.

XSpectra: The project is the answer to the food quality standard enhancement required by consumers. It is the most advanced real time inspection system for food safety and quality controls.

Plastics

PolyCE: The project will demonstrate on a large-scale how a Circular Economy can be established for complex high-tech plastics from electric and electronic equipment (EEE). The project covers the full recovery chain from product collection to shredding, sorting, compounding and remarketing of recycled high-tech plastics that can be used in new electric and electronic products.

NetTag: The EMFF funded project is based on synergistic activities between fishers and scientists to pilot innovative solutions to reduce and prevent marine litter derived from fisheries.

Sustainable Mobility

I-SharE LIFE: The project aims at demonstrating the technological and economic feasibility of e-carsharing models of service tailored to smaller urban areas to facilitate the uptake of electric and shared mobility.

Sustainable Buildings

MOGU floor: Natural-Grown Flooring for Circular Buildings. MOGU floor is a 100% biobased tile made from agricultural or industrial residual biomass. It outperforms the competing solutions already available on the market in terms of safety, fire resistance, thermal insulation, shock and noise absorption.

 

Afternoon (13:30 – 18:00):

Food Waste

LIFE-FOODWASTEPREV: The LIFE-FOODWASTEPREV project aims to change attitudes to food waste in Hungary, leading to a reduction in the quantity of such waste generated by Hungarian households.

XSpectra: The project is the answer to the food quality standard enhancement required by consumers. It is the most advanced real time inspection system for food safety and quality controls.

Plastics

SMART PLANT: The objective of SMART-Plant is to validate and address to the market 9 combinable eco-innovative solutions able to renovate and upgrade existing municipal wastewater treatment plants to water resource recovery facilities, so as to finally produce circular biocomposites, fertilizer and/or additives.

Sustainable Mobility

I-SharE LIFE: The project aims at demonstrating the technological and economic feasibility of e-carsharing models of service tailored to smaller urban areas to facilitate the uptake of electric and shared mobility.

Sustainable Buildings

MOGU floor: Natural-Grown Flooring for Circular Buildings. MOGU floor is a 100% biobased tile made from agricultural or industrial residual biomass. It outperforms the competing solutions already available on the market in terms of safety, fire resistance, thermal insulation, shock and noise absorption.

 

 

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