Resources efficiency

Resources efficiency

The ‘Efficient use of European resources’ flagship initiative aims at supporting the transition towards an economy using all resources more efficiently, and particularly towards one which dissociates the the economic growth derived by resources and energy use from the relative environmental impacts, whilst reducing GHGs and increasing competitiveness,  efficiency and innovation. It will also be important that energy security and proper provision of resources is promoted.  Thsi means that the transition towards this type of economy is not linear and represents a renewed challenge at global level in order to achieve an inclusive sustainable growth. The Action plan for the circular economy (COM (2015) 614/2) adopted by teh European Commission on the 2nd of December 2015 establishes a number of actions and practical measures to promote models of industrial symbiosis, financial help towards innovative projects, as well as actions towards certain sectors such as food waste, industrial and mining, and green public procurements (GPPs).

  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The project was carried out with the aim of creating an integrated system for the treatment and recovery of production scraps from fiberglass-based insulators as well as of post-consumption waste from bitumen  membranes and mineral wool, finalized to the reintroduction of the recovered materials into their respective production processes. To achieve this objective it was necessary to define sampling techniques and analysis of scraps and waste in order...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The production of flooring materials, in particular ceramic tiles and concrete bricks, has a strong environmental impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption, considering the quantity of energy required for the production and the generated air pollution. The energy consumption varies from 1.710 to 2.805 kJ for each kg of tiles or bricks produced, 90% of which comes from the combustion of natural gases; the consumption levels can instead...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION  The ECCELSA project aimed to consolidate the so-called "Cluster Approach" based on strengthening the relationships and sharing resources present in a territory, in order to improve compliance with the environmental regulations of SMEs located in Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Lazio, Liguria and Lombardy. SMEs are often not aware of the environmental repercussions of their activities and of the environmental legislation applicable to them. This cognitive gap is...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION     In Europe, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represent a considerable part of the economic and productive system. Due to their widespread diffusion, they are increasingly directed towards the adoption of new sustainable production and consumption models with a lower environmental impact. Compared to large companies, SMEs rarely use environmental management systems (EMS) and tools, due both to such systems’ complexity and the required...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION Supporting the transition to a circular economy is one of Europe's political priorities, in line with the Europe2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The strengthening of synergies between the Horizon 2020 program and the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) has been emphasized in the 2014-2020 multiannual financial framework as a tool to exploit investments for political priorities and to strengthen the result-orientedness of...
PROJECT DESCRIPTION Currently, there is an increasing worldwide need for products and services which are qualified in terms of environmental sustainability. This need can be satisfied if environmental impact considerations become an integral part of the product design process. Decisions made during the design phase of a product can have a significant effect on the product’s environmental impact. It is estimated that 80% percent of the environmental impact of a product is determined during...