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Rainwater and greywater reuse systems in the Barcelona

Alternative water resources are gaining momentum in Catalonia (Spain) in an effort to promote water conservation and build resilience against droughts. Since 2002 more than 50 municipalities have approved a water saving ordinance that involves the installation of rainwater harvesting and/or greywater reuse systems in new buildings. Agenda 21 processes played a significant role in together with local governments.

Public availability of an online construction/demolition waste catalogue in Spain

The construction/demolition waste catalogue program is managed by the Spanish Ministry for the Environment in collaboration with CEDEX (Spanish research and experimenting center for public construction). The program aims  to use such waste as a raw material for sustainable construction.

Landfill taxes – Dedicated green taxes to reduce waste sent to landfill

Landfill taxes are already widely spread fiscal measures across Europe. They help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and mitigate harmful environmental effects. Additionally, landfill taxes provide incentives to use more sustainable solutions of waste management, such as waste reduction and prevention, recovery or recycling. The instrument can bring about large tax revenues and lead to a significant decrease in the number of landfill sites a country has – for instance in the UK by two thirds in eight years.

COOL-Coverings: a range of nanotech coatings to improve Near Infrared (NIR) reflective properties of buildings

The COOL-Coverings project addressed a range of insulation solutions based on nanotechnology coatings. These coatings aim at improving the Near Infrared (NIR) reflective properties of construction materials, thereby improving the energy efficiency in buildings. A set of new materials was developed to be implemented into several construction components. 

SOMABAT: Novel SOlid MAterials for high power Li polymer BATteries for the manufacturing and recycling of automotive batteries.

An environmental friendly and low cost Li polymer battery with high energy density was developed. Synthetic carbon and other materials coming from agricultural wastes were obtained to make up the anode. Novel nanostructured cathode materials based on lithium iron and manganese phosphate allowed maximum energy storage in minimum space. And polymeric materials made up the electrolyte, thereby avoiding safety issues (e.g. issues related to leakages, short circuits, overcharge).

Advanced sorting techniques for construction and demolition waste

The combination of near infrared detector, electromagnetic sensor and visible colour camera techniques allows to sort construction and demolition (C&D) waste with a level of purity that enables their recycling into high grade products.

A wood plastic composite with up to 95% recycled materials

Construction waste presents a high potential for recovery but few solutions are available today. Addressing this challenge, a finish company relied on its innovative conical extrusion process to develop a multilayer extrusion profile made of Wood Plastic Composite (WPC). This WPC can contain up to 95% recycled materials including Construction & Demolition waste. 

NanoPCM: High performance, low cost, nano-insulation foam with improved LCA

A high performance insulating foam has been developed for building applications by the NanoPCM project. The innovation lies in the encapsulation of Phase Change Materials (PCM) within a polymer matrix with addition of nano materials, the encapsulation being carried out via a zero-waste spray-drying process.

FIEMSER

Among the challenges related to matching the global increasing energy demand, there are resource deficiency and emissions of greenhouse gases. Two common responses to meet these challenges consist of introducing measures to decrease the energy consumption or choosing more sustainable energy sources. This dual approach can be found in the project FIEMSER (Friendly Intelligent Energy Management System for Existing Residential Buildings), where the development of a ground-breaking energy management system for buildings (BEMS) is currently taking place. The project is funded under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission (FP7), a grant funding programme, running for three years and coming to an end in 2013. 

FIEMSER | Intelligent control system

The project FIEMSER (Friendly Intelligent Energy Management System for Existing Residential Buildings), is developing an energy management system for buildings (BEMS) in order to decrease the energy consumption and increase the use of more sustainable energy sources. The technologies developed within the project are new and innovative elements in the field of damage-reducing techniques, designed to increase energy awareness and decrease the emissions of greenhouse gases. 

ECORUBBER

Current tire compositions include a wide variety of additives and compounds, including several types of rubber, carbon black, silica, polyester, etc. End-of-life (ELF) tires are considered as non-hazardous waste according to the Waste Directive and the European Waste List, but their landfilling is forbidden according to the Landfill Directive.

BEYWATCH

The Building Energy Watcher, BEYWATCH project, developed a multidisciplinary solution to improve the overall energy efficiency of the electric value chain from the utility company to the households. The solution implies reducing energy consumption at home, managing energy demand, balancing demand and production, diversifying local energy sources, and providing economic incentives to the main actors.

DESURVEY

The DeSurvey Desertification Surveillance System Tool Box (DDSS) comprises a set of five software tools for modelling and geomatic monitoring in wide land zones in order to evaluate, forecast and assess the desertification effects therein.

INSURE

The INSURE project has combined a methodological approach for carrying out a sustainable indicator system with the development of a System Dynamics application to support the sustainability monitoring and benchmarking at a regional scale.

RECYTUBE

Carbon Nanotubes (CNT) are cutting-edge materials with the ability to create a conductive net in nonconductive materials like plastics. Its incorporation to plastics has been thoroughly studied as a way to obtain light materials with electric conductive properties, like electrostatic charge dissipation or electromagnetic interference shielding.

ECOBIONET

The ECOBIONET project aims to industrialize both the process and the technology for manufacturing biodegradable and compostable packaging plastic nets for agricultural and shellfish products while using conventional extruding techniques and machinery.

DEMI

Product and Process Design for Ambient Intelligent Supported Energy Efficient Manufacturing Installations, DEMI project, aims at eco-designing energy efficient manufacturing processes through the development of a generic methodology and
software tools.

WASTERED

LODOred is an environmentally friendly, sustainable, biodegradable, innovative and cost effective product for reducing and stabilising the surplus sewage sludge generated during wastewater treatment, without affecting the effluent quality. Its application into the meat and dairy industries has been tested within the WASTERED project.

ECOFOOD-SME

ECOFOOD-SME is an initiative for disseminating eco-designing, sustainability and responsible consumption concepts to SMEs from the agribusiness sector. To do that, a clustering strategy has been applied, both in a regional (Spanish) and a sectorial (brewery) cluster.

LiMaS

LiMaS WebSuite (LWS) is a web-based software tool for Eco-Innovation support, which allows its users, through an easy data analysing approach, to determine the environmental performance of a product, including: simplified Life Cycle Assessment (LCA); analysis of the compliance with relevant environmental legislation; monitoring of hazardous substances; prioritisation of the environmental aspects of the organisation and analysis of alternatives for environmental communication, labelling and eco-designing (e.g. eco-labels). It is focused on Energy Using Products and/or Electric and Electronic Equipment.