BiocopacPlus collaborates with other projects in order to pool and share the knowledge synergistically.
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LIFE GREENZO – Demonstrative pilot plant for the valorisation of non-ferrous metal waste
The project aims to develop and test, at pre-industrial scale, a pilot plant using plasma technology to obtain zinc oxide from zamak waste (mainly foundry slag and sludge). The zinc oxide obtained will meet all the technical specifications required to allow for its reuse. The processes will be tested and validated in two industrial sectors: the manufacture of rubber and chemical catalysts. The new technology will enable significant reductions in the quantity of hazardous and non-hazardous waste that is currently sent to landfill. It will also increase the competitiveness and sustainability of this type of industrial process.
LIFE PERSUADED: Phthalates and bisphenol A biomonitoring in Italian mother-child pairs: link between exposure and juvenile diseases
The LIFE PERSUADED project aims to increase knowledge and understanding of both the levels of DEHP and BPA in children and their mothers, and the links between exposure to these EDs and developmental and health problems in children. It ultimately hopes to contribute to reduced exposure and reduced risks from EDs. The project aims to estimate internal levels of DEHP metabolites and BPA among children and their mothers. It will define reference ranges for DEHP and BPA exposure among Italian women and children according to their residence area. It will specifically evaluate differences in exposure between ages, genders and urban and rural areas in northern, central and southern Italy. It will also use structured questionnaires to investigate which environmental characteristics, food habits and lifestyles are likely sources of ED exposure.
LIFE EDESIA – Endocrine Disruptors in silico / in vitro Evaluation and Substitution for Industrial Applications
The LIFE EDESIA project aims to contribute to improved implementation of the REACH Regulation by providing at least one suitable alternative for bisphenol A/BPA, phthalates and parabens. Anticipated applications of the alternatives will include hard plastics, PVC-based medical devices for phthalates, and antimicrobials (personal care products and over-the-counter drugs) for parabens. The potential alternatives will be tested for absence of mutagenicity/genotoxicity and persistence/bioaccumulation by (Q)SAR; the in vitro tests will provide a comprehensive screen for endocrine-disrupting properties, in order to implement REACH attention toward EDCs as ‘substances of equivalent concern’.
LIFE CARWASTE – A novel and efficient sorting process for post-shredder ELVs to meet and overcome ELV directive targets
The LIFE CARWASTE project aims to contribute to the effective life-cycle management of cars through an innovative process to exploit currently landfilled waste material produced at end-of-life. Specifically, it plans to develop and demonstrate an innovative technology and process to facilitate the re-use of ‘fluff’ materials in cement and steel plants. It specifically hopes to demonstrate the feasibility of using recovered materials for the production of high quality fuel for cement and steel plants, meeting EU regulations on standards for solid recovered fuels.
MASTALMOND – New biodegradable and eco-friendly almond shell based masterbatches for traditional sectors
The aim of the ‘MASTALMOND’ project is to create and test at pre-industrial level new masterbatches – colour concentrates – based on biodegradable plastics and using a formula containing a high percentage of almond shell, a natural waste material. It ultimately hopes to reduce the negative environmental impact from plastics. The project will focus initially on the technical requirements of two traditional industrial sectors, toys and auxiliary furniture. However, the hope is that results achieved will be extended to other industrial sectors, helping to increase sustainability.
LIFE iSEAS – Knowledge-Based Innovative Solutions to Enhance Adding-Value Mechanisms towards Healthy and Sustainable EU Fisheries
The main objective of LIFE iSEAS is to promote more sustainable fisheries practices through improving know-how about new approaches to managing discard biomass. This will be achieved through testing new technology (which builds on outcomes from the previous LIFE FAROS project) for automatically monitoring and recording discard material on-board deep-sea and other commercial fishing vessels. The new technology will provide real-time data that can be modelled to help direct fishing activities away from areas and practices that indicate high risks of producing discard biomass. Benefits will include more effective forms of precision-fishing that improve the commercial quality of catches and lead to more-resource-efficient operations (e.g. fuel and time savings).