Edition 16 | 2018
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Bringing you news, insights and success stories from within and about our  Public-Private Partnership  and the European Process Industry.
EU’S MFF (2021-2027)
The European Commission has published a proposal for a Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the period 2021-2027 with the intention to set up a €97.6 billion budget for Horizon Europe to continue to “promote research excellence and strengthen the focus on innovation”. This is seen as an ambitious yet realistic proposal for a modern EU budget, even despite Brexit. Later in May 2018, this budget proposal will be presented to the EU Council of Ministers and a formal approval should come in April 2019. The inclusion of UK parties will depend on the negotiations for UK to be part of HORIZON EUROPE.

SPIRE strongly supports this proposal for an increased budget for R&I activities under the coming MFF. Earlier this year, Daniel Gauthier, President of A.SPIRE, called for a strong budget for Horizon Europe and emphasised that there is much potential, with the right strategy and funding, for the industry to contribute to global and European goals. SPIRE calls for a strong budget for industrial technologies under Horizon Europe with at least the same share as in H2020.
 
KEY ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES REVIEWED: SPIRE CALLS ON REINFORCING PROCESSING TECHNOLOGIES AS A PRIORITY FOR EUROPE
The High-level Strategy Group, which is appointed by the European Commission, includes Artificial intelligence, Security and Connectivity on the KETs list. They also advised to extend biotechnology to the life sciences and to continue to prioritize advanced manufacturing technologies, advanced materials and nanotechnologies, micro- and nano-electronics, and photonics.

SPIRE welcomes this proposal from the High-level Strategy Group and calls for “processing” to be explicitly mentioned in the KETs list. Therefore, SPIRE wishes to reinforce the importance of Advanced Manufacturing and Processing Technologies . Process innovation is critical to address societal challenges and accelerate the development of a low-carbon and circular economy, as well as the energy transition. Synergies between the processing and digital KETs will serve as a catalyst in accelerating the creation of new markets, growth and jobs.

H&M JOINS DEMETO IN SHIFT TOWARDS CIRCULAR
AND RENEWABLE FASHION INDUSTRY

In 2017 H&M launched its sustainability report in which it set itself an ambitious goal - to use  100% recycled or other sustainably-sourced materials by 2030 by focussing on:
  • design
  • material choice
  • production process
  • product use
  • product reuse and recycling

Projects such as Demeto "focusing on recycling polyester textiles into new fibres without compromising quality." will assist H&M to reach its targets.

The technology, industrialised by the project, enables the creation of a new source of raw materials for the plastics market that has the guarantee of strong advantage over the currently existing main alternatives: direct monomers production from fossil fuel and mechanical elaboration of waste to offer R-PET.

CIRCE AND DOW CHEMICAL PROJECT SUCCESS
The European DISIRE project, financed by the European Commission, came to an end on 8 February in Luleå (Sweden), having achieved significant results to improve process monitoring and control in energy-intensive industries, as well as optimising combus-tion processes in the petrochemical industry.

HOW INDUSTRIAL SYMBIOSIS WILL HELP BOOST
INDUSTRIAL EFFICIENCY IN EUROPE
A new platform, SCALER, (SCALing European Resources with industrial symbiosis) has been launched by an EU-funded, pan-European partnership to help industrial sites work together to share and reuse resources and raw materials, with the objective of reducing industrial emissions and ensuring economic growth.

The SCALER online platform aims to provide essential guides and tools on industrial symbiosis, helping businesses increase their efficiency through mutual resource sharing, and share important information and data on the economic, environmental and social impacts of adopting circular industrial systems.

Over the next two and a half years, SCALER aims to assess 1000 potential industrial synergies, support 30 regions in transitioning to industrial symbiosis practices and raise awareness of 500 industrial sites.

WORKSHOP ON INDUSTRIAL SYMBIOSIS : CORPORATE SUCCESS
THROUGH EFFECTIVE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Date and location: 13 June 2018, Room Logos/Genius, Hall 9.1 @ ACHEMA Fair, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

In Europe's process industry, the costs of raw materials and energy account for an average of 40% of total production costs - and they are rising twice as fast as personnel costs. Resource and energy efficiency are therefore key competencies for maintaining the competitiveness of European companies in the global market. The workshop which is organised by the SPIRE project SHAREBOX will show how Industrial Symbiosis can help companies to increase their resource efficiency without great effort for research and cross-checking. Furthermore the workshop will give a good overview on the results of five EU-funded projects working in the field of Industrial Symbiosis.

SPIRE welcomes the proposal and reinforces the importance of Advanced Manufacturing and Processing Technologies, which are essential to address societal challenges and accelerate the development of a low-carbon and circular economy and the energy transition. Synergies between the processing and digital KETs will accelerate the creation of new markets, growth and jobs.

ROMEO TAKES A NEW STEP TOWARDS
THE CHEMICAL PLANT OF THE FUTURE
ROMEO (Reactor Optimisation by Membrane- Enhanced Operation) has seen industry and academia teaming up to work together around a new concept of creating ‘’two-in-one’’ membrane reactors to reduce energy consumption and emissions in the process industry. 

The project gathers 9 European partners from industry and academia to implement an efficient platform for the optimal design of new integrated reactors. Applied to large volume industrial processes, the innovative ROMEO approach will: improve selectivity and productivity of industrial reactions, including raw material savings, reduce energy consumption by up to 80% in industrial catalytic gas-phase reactions and reduce related emissions by up to 90%.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN JUNE
ACHEMA Fair (11-15 June): A.SPIRE will host a booth showcasing 15 SPIRE projects as well as host the 6th SPIRE PPP Brokerage event on Thursday 14 June. This brokerage event will offer a networking space to exchange the latest information on the Horizon2020 work programme for 2019-2020, present innovative ideas to the SPIRE audience, offering the opportunity to meet potential partners and to start building consortia. Click here for more information about the fair and the brokerage...
cPPPs Conference (26 June): DG RTD is organizing a conference where high-level speakers from industry, EU institutions and Member States will discuss their expectations for contractual partnerships, as well as the impact of the digital, low carbon and circular economy on manufacturing and processing. The aim is to develop a clear concept for these partnerships under the "Horizon Europe" EU Framework Programme for Research & Innovation (2021-2027). Read more...
SET PLAN Workshop (27-28 June): This event aims to contribute to the realisation of the Implementation Plan of the SET Plan Action 6 on Energy efficiency in industry. In addition, parallel brokerage sessions will focus on presenting ideas of projects, looking for possible cross-border cooperation between similar and/or complementary ideas, identifying specific actors and potential financing sources for collaborative projects.  Read more...
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