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PVC Upcycling - reclaiming PVC, copper and aluminium from decommissioned electric cables

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REDEL is an energy provider in Italy. Its activities comprises decommissioning outdated energy installations (de-risking), generating a vast amount of discarded power cables. The PVC Upcycling project aims to initiate a circular model for reclaiming resources by:

  • de-manufacturing: recovering the PVC of electric cables coming from decommissioned energy plants;
  • re-manufacturing: recycling of the same PVC in products with low environmental impact.

Along with PVC, copper and aluminium are also reclaimed and turned into metal granules for new production purposes.
 

Raytent: high-quality yarns and fabrics made from solar tents industry cut-offs

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Giovanardi recycles technical acrylic textiles from solar protection industry, to create the Raytent line of high-quality yarns and fabrics.

Saint Francis of Assisi: rendering a religious community sustainable and circular

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Fra’ Sole is a sustainability project involving the monumental complex of Saint Francis of Assisi and its nearby areas, which has resulted in the elimination of disposable products, infrastructure for rainwater reuse and a 20% reduction in waste overall.

R-PVC Hub

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R-PVC Hub is an innovative web platform, connected to the site of PVC Forum Italia, that offers the possibility for the exchange of recycled PVC, putting in contact offers and demands. The heart of the service is an online platform on which manufacturing companies, processors and recyclers can find new business opportunities.

ENEA Platform for Industrial Symbiosis

Enea has designed the first Italian industrial symbiosis platform, as a tool to facilitate the process.

The ENEA methodology is based on a "horizontal" network approach, with the aim of creating synergies and closing the loop between supply and demand for various resources.

The Platform is based on:

  • an expert structure that identifies possible solutions of industrial symbiosis
  • a complex information structure, also georeferenced, which describes the territory, its structures, the interlocutors and available resources
  • a network that connects different interlocutors
  • a web interface.

Among other activities and services, Symbiosis is able to send to to each company individual reports containing information on potential matches of interest. It is also developing operating manuals for industrial symbiosis.

La Polveriera: recycling old military warehouses into a vibrant space for civic and social initiatives

La polveriera

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The "Polveriera" is an urban regeneration project that converted an ancient military warehouse into a beautiful civic centre hosting several activities: learning and residential centre for disabled people, offices for cooperatives and NGOs, co-working space, auditorium, a shop and a restaurant-cafè. 

Mater‐Biotech: regenerating an industrial site for the production of bio-butanediol

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Mater-Biotech is one of four subsidiary companies owned by Novamont in Italy, responding to its philosophy of starting out from local areas and developing new proprietary technologies to rejuvenate industrial sites that have been decommissioned or are no longer competitive.

Opened in 2016, Mater-Biotech is the first industrial scale plant for the production of 1,4 BDO butanediol directly from sugars. In this facility Novamont has developed a biotechnological platform which takes sugars and transforms them into bio-butanediol through the action of suitably engineered e.coli type bacteria, using a technology developed by Genomatica, the California-based leader in the field of bioengineering.

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