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REFFIBRE - Tools for Resource-EFficient use of recycled FIBRE materials

Objective

As a result of the shift towards a bio-based economy, the demand of fibres from previously non-forest sectors (such as the energy sector) has increased. This has had a significant impact on the paper and board industry and the prices and demand of the recycled fibre based raw materials have started to increase. The pulp and paper industry has to improve the resource efficiency of the current paper products with minimum environmental impacts. By-streams from recycling processes will in the future no longer be considered as (costly) waste streams but will be regarded as a source of many valuable components. They can be used for a production of additional high value products in addition to paper (multi-product mill concept). By optimising the use of different material fractions with lower papermaking potential from recycling streams, both material and energy savings of about 20 % each can be achieved for the same functionality of the paper and board products.

Robust methodologies, models and tools are required in order to show the possibilities for resource efficient reuse and valorisation along the value chain. Production design and process modelling tools need to be linked together to determine the economic and technical feasibility of multi-product mill concepts as well as their environmental impacts. The experimental part includes the development of innovative analytical tools to control production processes, demonstrations and integration of the results to a practical guide for decision makers. The results will help complete value chains of paper and board industry, converting industry and end users to decrease their overall waste production, improve resource efficiency and increase competitiveness by value added novel products from waste with lower environmental impacts. Indicators relevant to resource-efficiency and environmental impacts are developed, tested in practical case studies together with the industry and used to further develop standards.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/health economics
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2013-SMALL-7
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy
Address
Vuorimiehentie 3
02150 Espoo
Finland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 063 071,03
Administrative Contact
Ulla Forsström (Dr.)

Participants (10)

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Participation ended

Finland
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ulla Forsström (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 314 067,11
Address
Karolinenplatz 5
64289 Darmstadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Melanie Meermann-Zimmermann (Dr.)
PAPIERTECHNISCHE STIFTUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 442 565,47
Address
Hessstrasse 134
80797 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean-Yves Escabasse (Dr.)
INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DEL EMBALAJE, TRANSPORTE Y LOGISTICA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 169 168,38
Address
Calle Albert Einstein 1 Parque Tecnologico De Valencia
46980 Paterna
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ana Viñas Ruiz (Mrs.)
BUMAGA BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 229 936,44
Address
Ijsselburcht 3
6825 BS Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arie Hooimeijer (Dr.)
CONFEDERATION DES INDUSTRIES PAPETIERES EUROPEENNES CEPI AISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 99 540
Address
Avenue Louise 250
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Jori Ringman-Beck (Mr.)
VRANCART SA ADJUD
Romania
EU contribution
€ 48 933
Address
Strada Ecaterina Teodoroiu 17
625100 Adjud Vrancea
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gabriela Toader (Mrs.)
ALUCHA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 97 851,86
Address
Calle Baldiri Reixac 4
08028 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans Cool (Mr.)
PAPIERFABRIK UTZENSTORF AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 153 020
Address
Fabrikstrasse
3427 Utzenstorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefan Junginger (Mr.)
HOLMEN AKTIEBOLAG
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 167 628,71
Address

114 84 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rauni Seppänen (Dr.)