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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2022-09-01 - 2026-08-31

ETERNAL aims to contribute to sustainable development of pharmaceutical manufacture, use and disposal, by using and promoting full life cycle approaches covering design, manufacture, usage, and disposal, assessing the environmental risks of not only the API and residues/metabolites, but other chemicals and by-products of the production process. This type of approach is essential to take into consideration the types of green manufacturing approach under consideration by the pharmaceutical industry, as evidenced by the range and scope of case studies being undertaken within ETERNAL. Specific application of our risk and life cycle assessment approaches to the ETERNAL case studies is a key element of the proposed work and will provide industry and policymakers with key examples of how whole life cycle assessment may be used to evaluate the changes in environmental impacts expected due to the introduction of green manufacturing processes.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2022-06-01 - 2026-05-31

SYMSITES’s main objective is to implement regional industrial urban symbiosis in four European regions different in social economic, and environment aspects, from the north Denmark, through the mid Austria to the south Spain and Greece. The four EcoSites will use the same technologies for wastewater and waste treatment and energy production and cycling, enabling a clean comparison of the EcoSite impacts. The four EcoSites will generate virtuous circles of energy, treated waste and wastewater streams between urban and industrial entities. The enabling technologies to be developed for waste and wastewater (WW) co-treatment, are: a newly developed IT Regional Management platform (ITRMP) including novel IIoTs and Social Decision support System (SDSS) to manage efficiently the I-U symbiosis; an anaerobic bioreactor(AnMBR) with advanced membrane coupled with a tertiary treatment, to be installed at the four EcoSites for a clean comparison of all impacts not directly influenced by different technologies.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2022-09-01 - 2026-08-31

The way plastics are currently made, used and discarded, fails to capture the economic, environmental and societal benefits of a more sustainable approach. Europe produces 25 million tons of plastic waste annually, less than 30% is recycled. Moreover, plastic production, use and disposal may result in the release of chemicals, which may give rise to health and environmental problems. The development of a common understanding and the transition to safe- and sustainable-by-design materials, including plastics, is a societal urgency. In the REPurpose project, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) coming from mixed post-consumer waste is upcycled to new functional PET-X polymeric materials, allowing unprecedented recycling options in the markets of fibers, consumer goods and engineering parts. New building blocks derived from enzymatically degraded polyolefins or bio-based feedstocks will be incorporated giving REPurpose extra and unique functionalities: (i) controllable degradation in different natural habitats, (ii) production, processing and recycling on existing equipment thus avoiding the need for huge capital expenditure investments, and (iii) local European and biobased carbon. The REPurpose project is a showcase of how plastics can be upcycled indefinitely up to 100% while their microplastics are also biodegradable upon leakage or after wearing out. REPurpose sets new standards in combining ultra-local recycling of PET-carbon with biobased or recycled carbon, outcompeting fossil carbon with every upcycling step. The X-factor in REPurpose is causing the new functionality of the materials, which can be designed by the tuned biobased or recycled building blocks that are added to the PET post-consumer waste: non-fossil content steering REPurpose to higher value applications than original PET itself.

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