On Friday 10 March, it took place in the facilities of the Instituto Tecnológico de la Energía (ITE) a workshop of the project SURPLUS MALL. The meeting was organized by ITE and FEPEVAL/ASIVALCO with the aim of exchanging opinions with local companies of the chemical and metal sectors, and with waste management companies and logistics and transport services.
The project SURPLUS MALL, which started in January, is aligned with the European strategies of Circular Economy, and it contemplates new opportunities for the industrial sector addressed to the recovery and valorization of production surpluses.
The consortium led by ITE and integrated by FEPEVAL (Valencia), Università di Bologna (Italy), ASTER (Italy) and WBCSD (Switzerland), analyzes the feasibility of a new solution oriented to the sustainable trading of multisectoral industrial surplus. The e-business platform will optimize trading between surplus generating companies, demanding companies and intermediary agents for logistics, management and control services of these materials, with the aim of proposing a sustainable business model aimed at improving the economic and environmental balance of the participant companies, increasing their competitiveness and reducing the environmental impact associated with the life cycle of their products.
Currently, we are working on the economic and environmental feasibility analysis of the new business model proposed. With this aim, ITE, in collaboration with FEPEVAL and ASIVALCO, organized a round table with companies from the chemical and metal sector.
During the day, the exchange of opinions with the attendees was encouraged in order to analyze the possibilities of the proposed model and to receive suggestions aimed at adapting the solution to the needs of the companies. The participants showed great interest in SURPLUS MALL, enriching with their suggestions the requirements initially set out.
The activities linked to SURPLUS MALL will continue during the next months in order to demonstrate the benefits that the project can bring both to companies and to the environment, allowing to reduce generated waste and management costs, to obtain additional income derived from sale and management of surpluses and to substitute the consumption of raw materials for secondary materials and by-products with lower economic and environmental costs, aligning production processes with the concept of low-carbon economy.
SURPLUS MALL is a project financed by the Climate-KIC through the call Pathfinder, linked to the thematic area “Sustainable Production”.
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