New Market Niches for the Pulp and Paper Industry Waste based on Circular Economy Approaches
funding type European Comission
programme H2020-CIRC-2016TwoStage
acronym/
reference
PAPERCHAIN
alternative reference 730305
research group(s) 4 - biorefineries, biobased materials and recycling;
department Civil Engineering (DECivil)
execution dates 2017-06-01 - 2021-05-31 ( 48 Months )
abstract/
keywords

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
/local pi
Victor Miguel Carneiro de Sousa Ferreira
ciceco status Partner
proponent institution ACCIONA Construccion, S.A.
partner institution(s)

AKZO NOBEL FUNCIONAL CHEMICALS AB
Sweden
BOLIDEN MINERAL AB
Sweden
DOMSJO FABRIKER AB
Sweden
DUSAN HOLESEK
Slovenia
FUNDACION GAIKER
Spain
GREENIZE PROJECTS SL
Spain
LGI CONSULTING SARL
France
LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
MEGAVIA - CONSTRUCOES E OBRAS PUBLICAS SA
Portugal
THE NAVIGATOR COMPANY SA
Portugal
SEKAB BIOFUELS & CHEMICALS AB
Sweden
SLOVENSKE ZELEZNICE INFRASTRUKTURA DRUZBA ZA UPRAVLJANJE IN VZDRZEVANJE ZELEZNISKE INFRASTRUKTURE TER VODENJE ZELEZNISKEGA PROMETA DOO
Slovenia
RISE PROCESSUM AB
Sweden
SPRAL - SOCIEDADE DE PRE-ESFORCADOS DE AVEIRO, LDA
Portugal
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO
Portugal
VIPAP VIDEM KRSKO PROIZVODNJA PAPIRJA IN VLAKNIN D.D.
Slovenia
ZAVOD ZA GRADBENISTVO SLOVENIJE
Slovenia

international partner(s) yes
total budget 9.217.196€
ciceco budget 438.573€
project code 3.89.247
link http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/210515_en.html
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