28 February 2024

Paula Seabra's project EGGSHELLENCE wins Go!ODS Awards

Paula Seabra's project EGGSHELLENCE wins Go!ODS Awards

The Life Eggshellence project, coordinated by CICECO researcher Paula Seabra and funded by the European Union's Life 2014-2020 Program for Environment and Climate Action, was awarded along with 16 other selected projects out of 506 applications in the prestigious Go!ODS Awards in its fourth edition, held on the 22nd of this month in Madrid, at the Rafael del Pino Auditorium.

The driving entities behind these awards are the United Nations Global Compact in Spain and the Rafael del Pino Foundation. The Go!ODS initiative aims to recognize innovative Spanish projects that represent a greater contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These global goals were approved on September 25, 2015, by the United Nations General Assembly and set specific targets to be achieved in the coming years to ensure society's prosperity as part of a new sustainable development agenda.

Specifically, the Life Eggshellence project was awarded the Go!ODS recognition in the category of SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure because, according to the UN, among other aspects, with the increasing world population, it becomes necessary to build more infrastructure in a more sustainable way to leave no one behind while reducing impacts on the environment. For this, it is essential to create new industries that meet the growing demand for these services and ensure more jobs.

On the other hand, technological advances and research and innovation are also essential to finding permanent solutions to economic and environmental challenges. Life Eggshellence, with the alliance between egg producers and ceramics, as well as machinery and atomization, has made it possible for eggshell waste, problematic for the egg production sector, to become a resource for ceramic companies, establishing a symbiosis that promotes a more sustainable industry and product, with minimal impact on the environment.

Paula Seabra emphasizes that "the CICECO team, which has always worked closely with the other project partners and, in particular, with the other Portuguese partner, had an active participation in all phases of the project. Namely in the tests carried out on a laboratory scale and in the characterization of industrially obtained tiles".

The award was received by the general director, Yolanda Reig, and the principal investigator of the project, Francisca Quereda, responsible for the area of Ceramic Materials and Technologies at ITC, with the consequent "joy and emotion" at having received a new recognition for the work that the Castilian technological center is developing, precisely in line with the link of its activity with the SDGs, both internally, at the organizational level, and externally with all its audiences and interest groups.

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