European Training For Energy Community Managers (EU-NETS)

EU-NETS addresses the emerging topic of the Energy Communities, with the objective to develop a new training path for managers and professionals that will work to create, develop and manage these new entities, that will play an important role in the energy and climate transition. In order to make the transition to a sustainable economy and to establish a real climate policy, it is crucial to change the energy system into a fully sustainable one. This transition is also a great opportunity to achieve the goal of energy democracy. For example sun and wind, on the contrary of fossil fuels, are available all over the world and this allows for decentralized and connected systems, based on cooperation. Citizens cooperatives and local authorities can play a crucial role here, developing public-civil partnerships.

EU Directives 2018/2001 and 2019/944 introduce the concept of Energy Community. Energy Community is a community of users (private, public, or mixed) located in a specific area, in which end users (citizens, businesses, public administration, etc.), market players (utilities, etc.), designers, planners and politicians actively cooperate to develop high levels of “smart” energy supply, favoring the optimization of the use of renewable sources and technological innovation in distributed generation and enabling the application efficiency measures, in order to obtain benefits on economy, sustainability and energy security.

The creation and the management of these communities will require the development of new professional figures that in the coming years will be responsible for leading the design, development, implementation and management of energy programs for the entire community and leading the Community’s goal of reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions.

The objective of EU-NETS project is to outline the characteristics and qualifications necessary to guarantee to the new professional profile the abilities, the skills and the competences to implement its duties and the optimal management of energy communities according to the EQF scheme.

The EU-NETS project will be implemented in Italy, Greece and Spain, three Countries which present a similar scenario in terms of Energy Communities potential development and which has the same needs to support the creation of a professional figure able to manage this new entity.

Circular Packaging For Direct Food Contact Applications

Circular FoodPack aims to enable the circular use of plastic packaging, addressing the most sensitive product category: food. The main function of food packaging is the protection of the product during transport from manufacturer to consumer and maximize the food shelf life, thus reducing food waste and its carbon footprint. Therefore, food packaging must fulfil high requirements, like being light-weight, impermeable, sufficiently tear-resistant and printable, with an appealing haptic and not release chemicals into the food in quantities that are harmful to human health.

To fulfil all these requirements, most food packaging applications are made of plastic films, composed by complex multi-layered materials. However, such Multi-Layer Composite (MLC) laminates cannot be efficiently recycled by state-of-the-art processes and thus valuable resources are lost, as this waste is mainly incinerated or landfilled. According to EU legislations and EFSA standards, it is not allowed to use recyclates from non-food plastic materials in newly produced food packaging applications because these recyclates do not meet the necessary requirements with regards to odour or contaminants, but to date, non-food and food packaging waste streams cannot be separated. With 2 Mi. tons of MLC affecting the recyclability of 17.8 Mio tons of food packaging due to their composition and unidentifiable origin, the targeted material streams are significant, and the expected impact of this research is substantial.

That is where Circular FoodPack ties in, targeting food packaging (dry food such as packed creamer, cocoa, and coffee powder) as well as personal (e.g., face masks) and home care packaging (e.g., detergents, wipes). The project partners investigate newly developed Tracer-Based and Sensor-Based Sorting systems which allow for reliable sorting with new tracers and detection mechanisms. Once sorted, the packaging material will be washed, deodorized, the layers delaminated, deinked, dissolved, and purified with the CreaSolv® Recycling Process and mechanically recycled. The recycling strategies and generated secondary (raw) materials will continuously be assessed with regards to food and environmental safety, social acceptance, quality, processability, economic feasibility and legal compliance. The recyclates will be incorporated into new high-performance mono-material food packaging that is following eco-design principles and will be easy to recycle at post-consumer stage. A true material cycle is created, contributing to the EU ambitions of a carbon-neutral society by 2050.

Circular Flooring: Νew Products From Waste Pvc Flooring and Safe End-of-Life Treatment of Plasticisers

Το έργο στοχεύει στην καθιέρωση μιας διαδικασίας ανακύκλωσης πλαστικοποιημένου PVC από απορρίμματα προερχόμενα από επιδαπέδια πλακίδια. Στα προϊόντα PVC, μέχρι στιγμής έχουν επιτευχθεί ποσοστά ανακύκλωσης της τάξης του 20% περίπου, ενώ ένα μεγάλο ποσοστό αποβλήτων από PVC εξακολουθεί να θάβεται ή να αποτεφρώνεται. Προκειμένου να αποφευχθεί η απώλεια πολύτιμων πόρων και οι αυξημένες εκπομπές CO₂ και άλλα περιβαλλοντικά βάρη της απόθεσης αποβλήτων, είναι απαραίτητο να εξεταστούν βρόγχοι ανακύκλωσης για διάφορες ροές υλικού, όπως για παράδειγμα επενδύσεις δαπέδων PVC.

Επιστημονικός Υπεύθυνος του έργου από την πλευρά του ΕΜΠ είναι ο καθηγητής Κ. Μαγουλάς από το Εργαστήριο Θερμοδυναμικής και Φαινομένων Μεταφοράς (ΕΘΦΜ).

Η συνεργαζόμενη ερευνητική ομάδα του ΕΒΕΟ ασχολείται με την εξέταση της οικονομικής βιωσιμότητας, καθώς και της δυνατότητας εμπορικής αξιοποίησης της διαδικασίας ανακύκλωσης και του ανακυκλωμένου PVC, αξιοποιώντας το μεθοδολογικό εργαλείο του Business Canvas.

Περισσότερες πληροφορίες εδώ


Το έργο LIFE ALGAECAN προωθεί την εκπλήρωση σημαντικών Ευρωπαϊκών Oδηγιών και περί υγειονομικής ταφής αποβλήτων, ολοκληρωμένης πρόληψης της ρύπανσης και προώθησης χρήσης ανανεώσιμων μορφών ενέργειας στην Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση. Πιο συγκεκριμένα το έργο προτείνει ένα μοντέλο βιώσιμης επεξεργασίας εκροών υψηλού οργανικού φορτίου, το οποίο συνδυάζει μία οικονομικά αποδοτική καλλιέργεια ετεροτροφικών φυκών, μέσω ξήρανσης με ψεκασμό των συλλεγόμενων μικροφυκών για τη λήψη ενός προϊόντος ως πρώτης ύλης για την παραγωγή βιολιπασμάτων, ζωοτροφής, βιοπλαστικών, κτλ. Η τεχνολογία που πρόκειται να εφαρμοστεί στο έργο είναι μία καινοτόμος ιδέα για την επεξεργασία υγρών αποβλήτων ειδικά στη βιομηχανία μεταποίησης οπωροκηπευτικών, την επαναχρησιμοποίησή τους και την ανάκτηση πόρων προκειμένου για τη λήψη ενός υγρού ρεύματος υψηλής ποιότητας και επαναχρησιμοποιούμενου.

Επιστημονικός Υπεύθυνος του έργου από την πλευρά του ΕΜΠ είναι η καθηγήτρια Μ. Λοιζίδου από τη Μονάδα Περιβαλλοντικής Επιστήμης και τεχνολογίας της Σχολής Χημικών Μηχανικών.

Η συνεργαζόμενη ερευνητική ομάδα του ΕΒΕΟ ασχολείται με την αξιολόγηση της οικονομικής εφικτότητας της τεχνολογίας και τη διερεύνηση του δυνητικού εμπορικού ενδιαφέροντος της τεχνολογίας και του παραγόμενου, προϊόντος.

Περισσότερες πληροφορίες για το έργο εδώ (& Τwitter)

Catching-Up along the Global Value Chain (CatChain): models, determinants and policy implications in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Catching-Up along the global value chain: business models, determinants and policy implications in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (GVC2UP4IR) is a project built on a multidisciplinary and multi-sectorial exchange program focused on unravelling the process of Catching-Up from different sectorial perspectives at a country level. It analyses the role of business models (BMs) in entering, learning and upgrading the Global Value Chain (GVC), aiming at recognising the determinants and challenges faced by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in tackling the process of upgrading in a globalising economy. The outcome of the project will be the definition of policy tools and frameworks to support effective policy-making actions in the implementation of Research and Innovation Smart Specialization Strategy (RIS3), with respect to the new agenda of Europe 2020, mainly for low-income EU countries.

The main aims of the project are: identify: if and how a country should focus on developing domestic trade networks and upgrading before entering into GVCs; whether it should improve its infrastructures in regional value chains implementing the RIS3 strategy for its economic transformation; study the emerging BMs underpinning the successful entry, learning, and upgrading in GVCs, after the investigation and valuation of case studies in different sectors and countries; isolate the conditions that define the preferable entry strategy; recognise the policy framework that facilitates entries and supports SMEs in developing a profitable business strategy.
To give robust scientific answers to the question of whether entering GVCs by sponsoring one large national firm or a set of small and dynamic enterprises, GVC2UP4IR intends to bridge the Catching-Up approach with the GVCs literature, paying attention to the role that entry, learning and upgrading strategies – integrated with BMs, play in fostering a process of country-level catching-up in distinct sectors.

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