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 develop, organise and implement problem-driven, science-deep research and future-oriented education, contributing to the environmentally friendly production and recycling of metals, minerals and engineered materials within a circular-economy context. 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.

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.

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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.

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