New objectives of CARTIF based on circular economy and sustainable management

05 january 2018

In 2017, a large group of projects in CARTIF have started with the purpose of managing resources in a sustainable manner and maximizing their efficiency, in order to remain as long as possible in the production cycle and thus reduce the generation of waste.

In the field of water resources management, three projects have started. The first of them, the Life LEACHLESS, is working on the development of an innovative leachate treatment, to reduce the environmental impact of the process as efficiently as possible. Aquamundam project, which has just started, will promote environmental protection through the improvement of the management of the integral water cycle in transboundary spaces. Finally, the Life ALCHEMIA project will develop a sustainable process to eliminate 75% of the radioactivity of water for human consumption and will reduce the carbon footprint and the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

In the field of electric and sustainable mobility, two new projects start. On the one hand, the URBAN AIR project proposes to improve electric mobility by encouraging the use of electric bicycles recharged with photovoltaic energy in the university cities of Valladolid (Spain) and Covilhã (Portugal). For its part, the Life GYSTRA project aims to launch a new policy of sustainable mobility, by identifying highly polluting vehicles, responsible for almost 60% of total emissions in cities. Two models will be developed depending on the type of user; a public model aimed at public entities with legislative power, to reduce traffic emissions by up to 20% through the identification of high issuers, notification and repair; and a fleet model, aimed at private or controlled fleets to reduce up to 20% of their emissions and between 3% and 5% of fuel consumption.

In order to promote the circular economy, three projects emerge that will revalue very different waste among themselves. Firstly, the BIOMOTIVE project is paving the ground towards the production and subsequent market penetration of biobased automotive interior parts with enhanced technical performance, improved environmental profile and economic competitiveness, with the aim of replacing the fossil-based, non-biodegradable counterparts. This will reduce the consumption of primary energy and the emission of greenhouse gases by more than 50%. The Life ALGAECAN project aims to reduce the environmental impact and the economic expense of processing fruits and vegetables. To this end, it will design a demonstration plant for a sustainable wastewater treatment model, through the profitable cultivation of heterotrophic microalgae. Lastly, the Life REFIBRE project will promote the integrated management of glass fiber reinforced plastic waste (GRP) that makes up the blades of wind turbines once their useful life has ended. This will allow to promote its compete recyclability on the one hand, and on the other, to provide a second life cycle for an application of high added value: its incorporation into the asphalt agglomerate.


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