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Thinking rough towards sustainability

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 778045

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2018

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 733 500

  • EU contribution

    € 693 000

Coordinated by:

NOVA ID FCT - ASSOCIACAO PARA A INOVACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO DA FCT

Portugal

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.

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

UNIVERSIDAD DE MALAGA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 162 000

ECO RECYCLING SOCIETA A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 49 500

AMPHOS 21 CONSULTING SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 49 500

E-MINES

France

EU Contribution

€ 45 000

LOMARTOV SL

Spain

Partners (2)

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

United States

LEHIGH UNIVERSITY CORPORATION

United States

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 778045

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2018

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 733 500

  • EU contribution

    € 693 000

Coordinated by:

NOVA ID FCT - ASSOCIACAO PARA A INOVACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO DA FCT

Portugal