Atlantic Copper S.L.U. (AC) is a company dedicated to the treatment of copper ore concentrates and their transformation into anodes and cathodes in order to obtain high quality copper. It belongs to the North American group of Freeport McMoRan, one of the largest mining groups of copper worldwide and working on the third biggest mine in terms of volume of reserves.
As one of the world’s most important producers of copper and due to investments and the rationalization of its productive process, it has acquired the capability of producing approximately 330,000 MT of copper anodes:
- 285,000 MT of which are refined into copper cathodes with a copper content of more than 99.99%.
- The main by-products are sulphuric acid (around 1 million MT) and electrolytic slimes rich in gold (25 MT) and silver (75 MT)
As one of the universities in Germany awarded the status of “University of Excellence”, RWTH Aachen University, established in 1870, is a leading technical university in Germany and Europe with over 45,000 students and more than 560 professors. The Chair of Management Accounting at RWTH Aachen University belongs to the School of Business and Economics with a highly interdisciplinary profile, drawing together strands from the business and economic sciences with those from the engineering and natural sciences. The Chair of Management Accounting has conducted multiple research projects on business modelling and has published results in high-tier scientific outlets. Its focus is on business modelling, control systems for value chains, and behavioural (experimental) management accounting in multiple areas.
Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute is the leading research and testing institute of its kind in Slovenia. It is a state-owned, independent, impartial and non-profit organisation, which fulfils all the requirements of the EEC Council Directive No. 89/106 regarding approval bodies, which carry out the testing and attestation of conformity of construction products. The main activities of ZAG are research, quality assurance programs, and testing and assessment in the fields of building materials, structures (buildings and infrastructure) and geotechnics. ZAG performs comprehensive research of the waste materials into the various possibilities for its use in the construction industry as well as in developing of the remediation protocols for contaminated soil and wastewater. In the field of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) it has two independent services: the Certification Service and the Service for Technical Assessments, the latter also includes system for issuing Environmental Products declaration.
KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied research. It is strongly inter- and multidisciplinary in focus and strives for international excellence. KU Leuven is the largest university in Belgium, with 15 campuses in 11 Flemish cities and research investment being €426.5 m in 2014.
It participated in more than 540 European research projects in FP7 (2007-2013), ranking 6th in the league of HES institutions participating in FP7. In Horizon 2020, KU Leuven currently has 93 approved projects and the 9th place for European institutions hosting ERC grants (81 ERC Grantees). With respect to FP7 MSCA ITNs, KU Leuven was ranked 3rd and has also 76 Initial/European Training Networks. KU Leuven is a core partner in both EIT Raw Materials and EIT KIC InnoEnergy and is the only European partner in the US NSF-supported I/U Cooperative Research Center for Materials Resource Recovery and Recycling (http://wp.wpi.edu/cr3/)
UB is a multidisciplinary University counting about 45,000 students and 5630 staff. Over the past 15 years, UB has been actively contributing to the strengthening of the European and Higher Education and Research Areas by welcoming more than 6220 international students and developing an extensive network of more than 200 partners.
UB has also developed solid expertise in the development of joint curricula in the frame of European programs, especially within the frame of Erasmus Mundus (EM). UB is participating in 9 EM joint programs at master and PhD levels (incl. 5 as a coordinator) and regularly takes part in networks to support the internationalisation of studies thought the exchange of good practices (EUA-CDE, JOIMAN and JOI.CON). UB also coordinates an Erasmus Mundus Action 3 project called EM-iDEA and is also an active partner since 2007 in many Erasmus Mundus Action 2 programs. UB has also been the coordinator of six Tempus projects over the last decade (especially with South Mediterranean countries). The university has developed expertise and many tools in the management of such large project with non-EU countries.
Finally, UB is the coordinator of two KIC EIT Raw Materials Education projects: IDS FunMat Inno (International Doctoral School in functional materials and innovation) and AMIR (a Master programme on Advanced Materials Innovative Recycling).
The work is carried out by the Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainable Chemistry (CyVi) group at the Institute of Molecular Sciences (ISM), which brings together a community of chemists interested in molecular structures and their analysis in various environments. The objectives of the research carried out in the CyVi group are understanding green and sustainable chemistry and materials science using life cycle assessment for the study of methodologies in chemicals processes and improvement of methods used in the area of life cycle sustainability assessment.
ResourceFull is a young company (SME) founded in Belgium in 2015 that actively promotes and supports green building technologies. ResourceFull aims at promoting industrial ecology by providing creative and realistic solutions for residue streams. ResourceFull offers the necessary tools and knowledge to close the gap between synthesis at the lab and full-scale industrial production while providing sustainability consulting to members of the building industry. Furthermore, ResourceFull is expanding its own product portfolio, by developing its own Ultra High Strength Concrete, with unparalleled durability, low environmental footprint and good mechanical properties.