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Thinking rough towards sustainability

Objective

To tackle its critical raw material (CRM) dependency, Europe needs comprehensive strategies based on sustainable primary mining, recovery from secondary resources and recycling. The EC classified 20 CRMs due to their high economic importance and high risk of supply interruption. e.THROUGH has the ambitious vision of turning the challenge of CRMs dependence into a strategic strength for Europe, contributing towards declassifying some CRMs, as tungsten, indium, gallium and chromium, by: 1) Promoting new trends in the characterization and exploration of mineral deposits; 2) Mapping CRMs between EU mining regions; 3) Gaining knowledge on innovative processes for recovery secondary CRMs; 4) Redesign construction materials using secondary materials, closing loops, strongly supporting waste minimization; 5) Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the evaluation of global environmental impacts; 6) Transferring newly generated knowledge to stakeholders, both for policy development and standardization, and for shaping responsible behaviours. e.THROUGH is an intersectoral and interdisciplinary consortium of EU & Third Country partners of leading institutions that see waste as a resource to recover CRMs, influencing the whole value chain. By training human resources in CRMs´value chain, their recovery, recycling, further reuse and LCA, they become the much needed young and senior scientists and engineers for the growing EU CRM industry. The consortium comprises 40% industry and 60% research partners. This should help push Europe to the forefront in CRM sectors, providing eco-friendly alternatives in supply. The generated scientific relevant knowledge will be transferred to shape industries, communities and individual citizens’ behaviour, fostering corporate sustainability performance, important to influence economic agents’ choices. e.THROUGH will generate a win-win situation for both the environment and the economy, promoting the required transition towards a sustainable society.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/recycling

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

NOVA ID FCT - ASSOCIACAO PARA A INOVACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO DA FCT
Address
Campus De Caparica Faculdade De Ciencias E Tecnologia Da Universidade Nova De Lisboa
2829 516 Caparica
Portugal
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 292 500

Participants (6)

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 94 500
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE MALAGA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 162 000
Address
Avda Cervantes, Num. 2
29016 Malaga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECO RECYCLING SOCIETA A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 49 500
Address
Via Francesco Siacci 4
00197 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AMPHOS 21 CONSULTING SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 49 500
Address
Calle Venezuela 103 Planta 2 Puerta 1
08019 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
E-MINES
France
EU contribution
€ 45 000
Address
10 Allee De L Ecole
09600 Dun
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LOMARTOV SL

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Calle Parroco Miguel Tarin 16 Planta
46035 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (2)

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
United States
Address
Huntington Avenue 360 960 Rp
02115 Boston Ma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LEHIGH UNIVERSITY CORPORATION
United States
Address
Memorial Drive West 27
18015 Bethlehem Pa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments