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ETRA Announces 25th European Tyre Recycling Conference

2018 will be the 25th anniversaryof the European Tyre Recycling Conference. This auspicious event will take place from Wednesday through to Friday 14 - 16 March 2018 at the NH Collection Hotel, Grand Sablon, Brussels.

This 25th event will be entitled: 25 years of Tyre Recycling Progress : Focusing on the Future

There will be a series of ETRA led activities to celebrate the 25th anniversary running from September 2017 through to September 2018.

 

Anagennisis Project: concrete applications of Recycled Tyre Materials

Final Management Meeting in Sheffield

The 7th and final management meeting of the Anagennisis Project, funded by the European Commission under FP7, was held on Tuesday 30 May 2017 at the Diamond Building of Sheffield University. The meeting was the occasion for all of the partners to present the most recent updates of the research results, and summarise the three and a half years of activities.

ETRA is one of the project partners and the leader of the various dissemination activities to spread awareness within the concrete and building sector, and, to create opportunities for the tyre recycling industries to take an active role in this new material sector.

Research has demonstrated that the inclusion of recycled tyre materials (RTMs) in the concrete mix has the capacity to improve performance on various scales. In addition to improving performance in different types of applications - the addition of RTMs also increases the overall sustainability of the application.

Due to the slowing of many construction programmes during the recent economic crisis, the volume of concrete produced and used decreased enormously. Nonetheless, concrete / cement is still one of the largest industries, worldwide. The benefits of RTMs, even as the sector is slowly returning to pre-crisis levels, represents a potentially huge market opportunity for tyre recyclers and their materials, that are accepted as key elements to innovate a traditional product like concrete.

The good results of the projects form an important, massive, block of knowledge and experience, that will be used in the follow-up of the project to expand awareness and promote the use of RTMs in the building sector.

Tyres are produced from vulcanised rubber reinforced with high-strength corded steel wire and polymer textile fibres. Rubber extracted from tyres through mechanical shredding is a highly durable, strong and flexible material. This makes it an ideal aggregate to produce highly-deformable strong concrete, but its lateral dilation damages concrete. Steel/polymer fibres of specified dimensions can also be recycled and used in concrete for shrinkage crack control, but there is a lack of efficient processes to clean, sort and classify these fibres.

       

 Recycled rubber from tyres

     Tyre Polymer Fibres     

 

Project Objectives

The principal goal of the Anagennisis project was to develop innovative solutions to reuse all tyre by-products in high-value innovative concrete applications with reduced environmental impact. This has been achieved by developing the following  :

  1. novel highly-deformable confined rubberised concrete materials, and recycle steel and wire reinforcement for concrete applications.
  2. highly-deformable RC elements using rubberised concrete and recycled fibres suitable for integral bridge elements and base isolation systems for vibration/seismic use.
  3. Reused Tyre Steel Fibre (RTSF) concrete mixes for use in slabs-on-grade, precast concrete, sprayed concrete and screeds.
  4. Reused Tyre Polymer Fibre (RTPF) concrete mixes for shrinkage crack control in concrete elements, precast concrete, sprayed concrete and screeds.
  5. and undertaking at least five mini-Demonstration Projects in several countries using the developed materials/applications.
  6. and implementing standardised design guidelines and life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle cost analysis (LCAA) protocols.

Expected Results

Anagennisis has provided:

  • Breakthrough innovations in novel technologies and products with high potential to achieve a greener economy.
  • Reduced waste production and pressure on raw materials from the construction industry.
  • Improved resource efficiency and reduced environmental impacts
  • More sustainable consumption
  • Substantial contribution towards the sustainable supply of raw materials of economic importance.
  • Improved communication and transfer of knowledge to policy making, business and to the general public.

 

ETRA is the leader of dissemination activities and has successfully provided a broad array of communications and awareness materials that inform the concrete industry, Public Authorities and other end users about the innovative options offered by this programme.

 

An Information & Networking Event on the 2017 funding opportunities for green technology, nature conservation and climate projects under the EU's LIFE programme.

ETRA was invited to participate in the LIFE Information and networking event, organised by the Commission as part of the EU Green Week activities.

The call for proposals was initially launched on 28 April, with submission deadlines in September 2017. 

In 2017, there is more than €390 million available in funding, in particular, for:

  • Environmental technologies and solutions (including close-to-market projects)
  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation measures,
  • Nature conservation and biodiversity projects, and
  • Climate and environmental governance and information initiatives.

More than 500 representatives of businesses, industry, NGOs, and local and regional authorities attended the event on Wednesday, 31 May, between 10:00 - 16:00 in Brussels.

ETRA is analysing all of the various actions and opportunities proposed to identify and select those most appropriate for the sector and for the projects submitted to us by our members. ETRA is working together with a team of colleagues and experts to form a partnership and to prepare a proposal. Whoever is interested may contact us for further information.

 

Research  and Development Workshop

On June 2nd, in co-operation with NCP Brussels Impulse-Brussels, a Workshop on Researchand Development was held at the ETRA office.

The focus of the meeting was to present and explain the main funding opportunities that the Commission has established for SMEs. Elena Angiolini and Sarah Van Haelst of Impulse Brussels  illustrated each of the options in detail. They described the technical aspects of the calls and how to prepare a proposal within the parameters of each.

The European Commission has become increasingly concerned about Innovation and the sustainable use of Raw Materials. On the other hand tyre recycling is a young and dynamic sector. Recycled Tyre Materials (RTM) are already used in a wide array of materials, products and applications in variety of sectors, including the production of new tyres, which has motivated tyre recyclers to research and develop innovative new options. RTMs are widely used in sports infrastructure, roads and transport infrastructure, civil engineering and construction, as well as consumer and industrial products, etc..

During the meeting several project ideas were discussed and could become the abstracts for new proposals for the next calls. Data and statistics of previous calls were also compared and analysed.

ETRA has a wide database of R&D projects, a real intangible asset, that represents an incredible opportunity to identity the most promising projects with which ETRA and its members would like to initiate a discussion and to identify possible ways of funding and continuation.

The R&D workshop explored potentials for exploiting the results of these projects, the knowledge derived, which tools can be used (IPR, JV, start up, etc.) in partnership and, which supports could be available from the EU, etc. The discussion will be re-opened for further input in the early autumn of 2017.

 

The 2017 edition of Green Week, the biggest annual occasion to debate and discuss European environment policy, took place from Monday, 29 May to Friday, 23 June. It focused on the theme "Green Jobs for a greener future".

The clearest definition of the meaning of ‘green jobs’ was provided by Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

“It’s not about white collar or blue collar jobs, it’s about moving to green collar. It’s about greening existing professions, getting the green know-how to people who already have the skills, but lack that particular knowledge that will make all the difference. We need to find ways of making green the new normal - initiatives under the Circular Economy Action Plan and the Skills Agenda will help .”

On the final day of the EU Green Jobs Summit in Brussels, participants explored the wide range of green job profiles – from organic farmers and natural reserve guides to workers in environmentally-friendly hotels as well as teachers – throughout Europe. Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment pointed out that:.

“Job data shows that over the last 15 years employment in the green economy across Europe grew by 49% compared to a growth of 6% in the economy overall - that's almost 1.4 million new green jobs,"

Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs © EU - Patrick Mascart

The summit covered the definition of green jobs with Monika Wozowczyk, of Eurostat, exploring the technical definition:

Employment in the green sector can include workers in cleaner and more resource efficient products – like a factory worker making energy efficient appliances, environmental goods and related services - like solar panel assemblers, and environmental services – like a waste sorters,

The contribution of EU nature policies – like Natura 2000, the EU network of nature protection sites – in creating green jobs was also covered. Patrick ten Brink, Director at the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) estimated that Natura 2000 supports around 174,000 direct and indirect jobs in the EU including on-site management and restoration, jobs in sustainable crops, timber and fish, tourism and recreation.

The summit then turned its attention to investment in the green sector, and the ocean energy sector. Jacopo Moccia, Policy and Operations Director at Ocean Energy Europe, said.

"Jobs created through investing in the ocean energy sector will be concentrated in Europe. Ocean energy can create 400,000 jobs in the EU by 2050 – that's more than the workforce of the entire European naval construction sector today,"

 At the closing session of the Summit, Markus Beyrer, Director General of BusinessEurope, said, "the circular economy is a real driver for job creation."

ETRA was there and had the opportunity to address some of these issues with representatives of the Commission.

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