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Development and verification of an innovative full life sustainable approach to the valorisation of municipal solid waste into industrial feedstocks

Objective

Management and segregation of municipal solid waste (MSW) has been increasingly imposed on individuals, with highly variable impacts. Waste2Go will valorise this heterogeneous material that has significant socio-economic costs. It will involve the innovative transformation of over 55% of MSW, the biogenic fraction, into renewable chemicals, advancing beyond current approaches to bio-refining which employ crop derived feedstocks. A cascade approach will be adopted to maximise value. Annually >180 million tonnes of MSW are discarded in the EU27, (in excess of 1kg per citizen every day). Waste2Go will develop technologies to improve waste management and increase value (social, economic & environmental). This will be validated as Best Available Technology (BAT) by recognised LCA experts. It will extend beyond the state-of-the-art in enzyme based technologies for fine-tuned biomass processing and combine them with intelligent techniques for MSW fractionation and downstream processing. It will unlock economic value from MSW and reduce its serious environmental impacts. MSW will become a sustainable source of raw materials for the chemical industry, replacing fossil sources. It will advance leading EU expertise in:
1) Enzyme research, on rapid and controlled substrate digestion;
2) Bioprocess engineering and;
3) Advanced purification techniques, to maximise value.
This project will improve the competitiveness of SMEs in the waste management sector; a sector with the highest proportion of SMEs and the lowest proportion of valued added of any EU industrial sector, although worth over €100 billion p.a. and employing over 1.2 million people.
The consortium involves five SMEs, two research institutes and one multinational company providing market pull. The EU chemical industry is the world’s largest, with sales of €526 billion, a trade surplus of €47 billion and employing over 1.15 million people.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins/enzymes
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2012-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

CENTRE FOR PROCESS INNOVATION LIMITED LBG
Address
Wilton Centre Wilton
TS10 4RF Redcar Cleveland
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 046 701,94
Administrative Contact
Lois Hobson (Dr.)

Participants (7)

NORGES MILJO-OG BIOVITENSKAPLIGE UNIVERSITET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 774 760
Address
Universitetstunet 3
1433 As
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Are H. Aastveit (Prof.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 425 193,25
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)
GEONARDO ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIESLTD
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 250 000
Address
Zahony U 7
1031 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gabor Kitley (Mr.)
FEYECON DEVELOPMENT & IMPLEMENTATION BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 505 018
Address
Rijnkade 17 A
1382 GS Weesp
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Raquel Ernemann (Dr.)
CHEMOXY INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 183 750
Address
Cargo Fleet Road All Saints Refinery
TS3 6AF Middlesbrough
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Neil Mcloughlin (Mr.)
AKZO NOBEL FUNCTIONAL CHEMICALS BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 38 952,81
Address
Stationsstraat 77
3811 MH Amersfoort
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marije Zuiderveld-Van Veelen (Ms.)
G. W. BUTLER LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 271 050
Address
Bowling Back Lane Bow Beck Unit 2
BD4 8SL Bradford West Yorkshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Helstrip (Mr.)