Circular economy and industrial symbiosis, a new path for the manufacturing industry

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In the coming decades, the transition to a circular economy may represent a new paradigm of sustainable and economically advantageous growth, decoupling growth from resource consumption. Recent studies hypothesize that, thanks to advances in the digital field, making current business models sustainable will lead to a return of $ 4.5 trillion by 2030.
The seminar organized by CRIT therefore aims to provide the participating companies with the key elements for understanding the new industrial paradigm of the Circular Economy and its potential applications in the context of manufacturing companies.
First, the theoretical principles and aims of the Circular Economy will be presented, highlighting their role at the center of the European agenda for economic development, and underlining the importance of management levers (design, servitization, reverse logistics). Particular emphasis will be given to the links with the Industry 4.0 development plan and related technologies, such as Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, Big Data & Analytics, Cloud and digital platforms.
Subsequently, the approach based on the life cycle analysis (LCA) will be illustrated. The LCA approach represents one of the main tools for the evaluation of consumption and process planning, useful for the development of Circular Economy strategies.
The seminar will continue presenting some case studies, illustrated by companies already active in this sector. Astelav, one of the leading European companies in the distribution of spare parts for household appliances, will illustrate the RIGENERATION project (https://www.ri-generation.com/it/) concerning the interception and reconditioning of electrical equipment waste and electronic devices (WEEE). Next, the Spanish research center IRIS will present principles and case studies relating to the application of industrial symbiosis in manufacturing contexts.
In conclusion, there will be a brief moment of comparison, which will offer a brief summary of the contents that emerged during the seminar, focusing on the main levers of action and on the possible strategies to be adopted during the transition phase towards a new industrial paradigm aimed at to circularity.

The seminar is part of the activities of the European project NUCLEI of which CRIT is the coordinator, and which has among its objectives the creation of innovation clusters among the countries participating in the Interreg Central Europe program, in order to promote more effective international value chains , especially in the advanced manufacturing sectors.



14.00 Registration and welcome coffee

14.15 CRIT – Introduction to the day

14.30 IQC – Introduction to the Circular Economy

14.45 EMC Innovation Lab – Introduction to Life Cycle Analysis (Life Cycle)

15.15 Astelav s.r.l. and RIGENERATION – The Circular Economy for the interception and reconditioning of WEEE

15.45 Coffee Break

16.15 Climate-KIC – Circular economy at the center of the European agenda for economic development

16.45 IRIS – Industrial Symbiosis: Circular manufacturing strategies for Industry 4.0 (English)

17.15 Round Table

17.30 Closing of works and refreshments

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Profile of the participants

IQ Consulting – Prof. Ing. Marco Perona and Ing. Gianmarco Bressanelli
IQ Consulting is a spin-off of the University of Brescia that supports the management in setting strategies for sustainable value generation over the long term, through projects developed in close collaboration with the customer. Thanks to the research carried out in collaboration with the RISE Laboratory (Research and Innovation for Smart Enterprises) of the University of Brescia, IQ Consulting has a complete and in-depth knowledge of the industry 4.0 phenomenon and has developed a dedicated range of services aimed at to manufacturing companies.

EMC Innovation Lab – Dr. Gabriele Matteucci and Dr. Daniele Cespi
EMC Innovation Lab offers services in the field of environmental consulting, through a highly qualified support, also supported by specific software tools (Big Data). She is active in various sectors and is used to developing innovative projects for companies that face environmental issues. The main activities are: consulting for the issue of environmental labeling and labels, environmental authorizations (AIA), development of integrated management plans (eg waste, reclamation, etc.), environmental due diligence, eco-efficiency studies and eco-design (through an approach of life cycle analysis and sustainability indexes on a preliminary scale -early stage assessment), realization of projects for the recovery and enhancement of by-products and processing waste.

Astelav S.r.l. – Ing. Riccardo Bertolino
Astelav S.r.l. is one of the leading European companies in the distribution of spare parts for large household appliances. Astelav S.r.l. has developed the RIGENERATION project, which proposes innovative aspects linked to the Circular Economy through the interception and reconditioning of WEEE.

Climate-KIC – Dr. Arianna Cecchi – Innovation Lead
Climate-KIC is the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology that deals with climate change. It operates through a public-private network of companies, universities and research centers, NGOs and public institutions (over 200) on four priority themes: Urban Transitions, Sustainable Land Use, Sustainable Production Systems, Decision Metrics and Finance, to which are added programs high-level training for students, start-ups and innovators.
Climate-KIC is present in Italy with the Climate-KIC Italy branch which is based in Bologna and has around 30 partners.

IRIS Technology Solutions – Dr. Georgios Chalkias
IRIS Technology Solutions is an advanced engineering company specialized in real-time monitoring, control and optimization of processes. IRIS develops and distributes: online turnkey solutions based on spectral imaging (NIR) and hyperspectral imaging for the detection of foreign bodies and analysis of chemical composition; data management software with integrated Artificial Intelligence solutions to provide decision support and automate process optimization. As an enabling tool for monitoring solutions, and for a wider digital transformation, IRIS manufactures and distributes SMAC industrial solutions (Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud) and IT platforms for numerous industrial applications. IRIS has an interdisciplinary team of over 50 engineers and researchers in its facilities based in Barcelona and participates in several EU-funded projects (H2020) focused on integrating the circular economy and resource efficiency with digital technologies and the tools and approaches of Industry 4.0 (ProPAT, SHAREBOX, SUPREME and MoniTank projects).

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