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New business models within circular economy, SURPLUS MALL

  • The Instituto Tecnológico de la Energía (ITE), the Università di Bologna, Aster, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Federación de Polígonos Empresariales de la Comunidad Valenciana (FEPEVAL) start the activities for the feasibility study of the project platform.

ITE, the Università di Bologna, Aster, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and FEPEVAL are working at the analysis of a new business model, aligned with the European strategies of circular economy, based on the development of a community ICT platform aimed at managing the trading of industry surpluses and associated services.

 

The platforms aims at bringing together all the agents needed to optimize the sustainable trading of waste materials, involving surplus generating companies, demanding companies and intermediary agents responsible for the logistics, management and control of these materials.

The proposed model promotes the reuse and valuation of “waste” materials, reintroducing them as secondary raw materials in the productive value chains, thus promoting the symbiosis between industries. This will contribute to reduce the consumption of raw materials and the generation of waste, resulting in the reduction of the environmental impact associated with the life-cycle of materials (extraction, transport, transformation, use and end-of-life) and in the direct reduction of greenhouse gases emissions. In addition, added value is generated for all involved agents: promotion of sustainability and corporate social responsibility, improvement of the economical and environmental balance and increase of business competitiveness.

The project SURPLUS MALL is centered on the feasibility analysis of this new and innovative business model and the evaluation of the real expected impact in socio-economic and environmental terms. They will be also determined the requirements and specifications needed to address the development and implementation of the proposed solution through different phases.

In this first phase, the project will be focused on the chemical and the metal sectors (priority key sector for their contribution to the climate change) and it will use two European regions with a high industrial activity as case study areas, the Valencian Region (Spain) and Emilia Romagna (Italy). However, the final target is to get a multisectoral platform without any restriction regarding the kind of materials involved in the transactions, and with operability all over Europe, in order to enlarge the scope and maximize the global economic and environmental impact.

SURPLUS MALL is framed within the call Pathfinder of the Climate-KIC, the European Innovation programme for the fight against the climate change.