ORGANISERS

i-Cleantech Vlaanderen vzw (Coordinator EURELCO Network) 

i-Cleantech Vlaanderen vzw (a non-profit organisation that was established in 2012 by the Flemish Government. The main activities are promoting and implementing cleantech in Flanders (BE). With regard to Enhanced LFM, i-Cleantech Vlaanderen is the coordinator of EURELCO (EU Landfill Mining organisation) and the Interreg Europe COCOON project. Furthermore, i-Cleantech Vlaanderen is the leader of the EURELCO Working Group on communication and is a key partner in the Interreg North-Western Europe RAWFILL project on geophysics of/for Landfill Mining.

SIM² KU Leuven (Coordinator ETN NEW-MINE) 

SIM² KU Leuven is the coordinator of the ETN NEW-MINE project. SIM² KU Leuven is a leading, interdisciplinary research cluster at KU Leuven uniting the research groups working on Sustainable Inorganic Materials Management. SIM² KU Leuven’s mission is to perform cutting-edge fundamental, strategic and applied research contributing to cost-effective, zero-waste valorisation of End-of-Life waste, mining waste and industrial process residues, covering the full value recycling/recovery chain. ELFM is one of the key focus domains of SIM² KU Leuven, which was one of the driving forces behind the Flemish ELFM Consortium and, subsequently, the EURELCO Consortium.

With the support of ETN NEW-MINE & EURELCO Partners 

NEW-MINE is the EU Horizon 2020 Marie-Sklodowska Curie Training Network for Resource Recovery Through Enhanced Landfill Mining. NEW-MINE trains 15 early-stage researchers (ESRs) in all aspects of landfill mining, in terms of both technological innovation and multi-criteria assessments. The technological innovation follows a value-chain approach, from advanced landfill exploration, mechanical processing, plasma/solar/hybrid thermochemical conversion and upcycling, while the multi-criteria assessment methods allow to compare combined resource-recovery/remediation ELFM methods with the “Do-Nothing”, “Classic remediation” and “Classic landfill mining with (co-)incineration” scenarios. By training the ESRs in scientific, technical and soft skills, they become highly sought-after scientists and engineers for the rapidly emerging landfill-mining and broader raw-materials industries of Europe.

EURELCO is an open, quadruple helix network that supports the required technological, legal, social, economic, environmental and organisational innovation with respect to Enhanced Landfill Mining within the context of a transition to a resource efficient, circular, low-carbon economy. Currently, EURELCO hosts 58 contributing organisations representing a total of 3 EU Member States. Within the framework of EURELCO, three EU-funded projects have been developed: EU MSCA-ETN NEW-MINE, Interreg Europe COCOON, and Interreg NEW RAWFILL.

EIT RawMaterials, initiated by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) and funded by the European Commission, is the largest and strongest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. Its vision is the European Union where raw materials are a major strength. Its mission is to boost competitiveness, growth and attractiveness of the European raw materials sector via radical innovation and guided entrepreneurship.

EIT RawMaterials unites more than 100 partners – academic and research institutions as well as businesses – from more than 20 EU countries. They collaborate on finding new, innovative solutions to secure the supplies and improve the raw materials sector all along its value chain – from extraction to processing, from recycling to reuse.

EIT RawMaterials aims to significantly enhance innovation in the raw materials sector by sharing of knowledge, information and expertise: Entrepreneurs, Start-ups and SMEs receive funding and support through our partner network and collaboration activities.

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