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New market niches for the Pulp and Paper Industry waste based on circular economy approaches

New market niches for the Pulp and Paper Industry waste based on circular economy approaches

Objective

Europe is the second world producer of pulp and paper, manufacturing 130 million tonnes in 2014 and representing 23% of world production. The EU pulp and paper manufacturing and converting industries generate an annual turnover of €180 billion, representing 1,26% of the European GDP. In particular, the Pulp and Paper industry (PPI) has a turnover of €75 billion, comprises 920 plants and provides 180,000 jobs in Europe directly, and 1.5 million in the value chain. This sector is resource intensive and produces 11 million tonnes of waste yearly . It has been found that 25-40% of municipal solid waste generated each year worldwide is paper-related. Furthermore, Europe is nowadays facing the challenge of resource scarcity and more efficient use. If managed in a sustainable manner, PPI waste can become a valuable raw material for other resource intensive industries such as the construction (i.e 5,4 billion tonnes of raw material consumption) or the chemical industry (1 billion tonnes). Mining industry waste generation is estimated at up to 20.000 million tons of solid waste yearly, and relevant part of this waste needs to be kept in environmental safety conditions, which in turn implies additional use of resources (e.g borrow materials). New widespread markets are needed to extend the valorisation operations, reduce the landfilling rates and increase the competitiveness of the PPIs creating new added value markets for their inorganic waste.
The overall objective of PAPERCHAIN is to deploy five novel circular economy models centred in the valorisation of the waste streams generated by the PPI as secondary raw material for a number of resource intensive sectors: construction sector, mining sector and chemical industry. PAPERCHAIN aims to unlock the potential of a resource efficient model based on industrial symbiosis which will demonstrate the potential of the major non-hazardous waste streams generated by the PPI as valuable secondary raw material.

Coordinator

ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA

Address

Avenida De Europa 18 Parque Empresarial
28108 Alcobendas

Spain

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 723 625

Participants (19)

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AKZO NOBEL FUNCIONAL CHEMICALS AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 226 034,38

BOLIDEN MINERAL AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 330 253,44

DOMSJO FABRIKER AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 237 737,50

DUSAN HOLESEK

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 386 479,63

FUNDACION GAIKER

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 335 732,50

GREENIZE PROJECTS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 248 977,75

LGI CONSULTING

France

EU Contribution

€ 337 750

LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 594 297,50

MEGAVIA - CONSTRUCOES E OBRAS PUBLICAS SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 224 561,79

THE NAVIGATOR COMPANY SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 184 299,65

SEKAB BIOFUELS & CHEMICALS AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 211 968,75

SLOVENSKE ZELEZNICE INFRASTRUKTURA DRUZBA ZA UPRAVLJANJE IN VZDRZEVANJE ZELEZNISKE INFRASTRUKTURE TER VODENJE ZELEZNISKEGA PROMETA DOO

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 37 406,25

RISE PROCESSUM AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 1 365 531,25

SPRAL - SOCIEDADE DE PRE-ESFORCADOS DE AVEIRO, LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 119 521,50

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 579 237,50

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 486 562,50

UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 438 572,75

VIPAP VIDEM KRSKO PROIZVODNJA PAPIRJA IN VLAKNIN D.D.

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 101 281,25

ZAVOD ZA GRADBENISTVO SLOVENIJE

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 656 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 730305

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2017

  • End date

    31 May 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 217 196,20

  • EU contribution

    € 7 826 080,89

Coordinated by:

ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA

Spain