The TOP-REF Project starts with the aim of improving the competitiveness and efficiency of the EU process industry

//The TOP-REF Project starts with the aim of improving the competitiveness and efficiency of the EU process industry

The TOP-REF Project starts with the aim of improving the competitiveness and efficiency of the EU process industry

Zaragoza 17/01/2014.

TOP-REF consortium celebrated yesterday the kick-off meeting of this project that aims to increase energy efficiency and competitiveness in European intensive energy and resources industries. Although a vast amount of sectors will benefit from TOP-REF developments, the project will focus its research in the chemical, agrochemical and petrochemical sectors.

The event took place in Zaragoza (Spain), at CIRCE’s headquarters, coordinator of the project and gathered over 30 members from the 10 entities taking part in TOP-REF.

Throughout the project’s three-and-a-half-year life span, a variety of research centres and companies from Germany, Denmark, France, Portugal and Spainwill be working together to tackle some of the European Union’s major challenges involving energy and other issues, as considered in the “Europe 2020 strategy”. In addition to the current financial situation, comes the threat of emerging economies, the growing price of energy and fossil fuels pushing in from outside Europe, and climate change.

Along two days, several meetings, technical sessions and working groups were arranged, in order to establish the first steps to take in the elaboration of TOP-REF methodology, and the planning of tasks and responsibilities for the following months.

The project

TOP-REF will address industrial processes from the chemical, agrochemical and petrochemical sectors, improving the efficiency in the use of energy, water and raw materials by up to 20%, while reducing production costs by up to 15%. Furthermore, it will contribute towards achieving the targets set by the European industry association SPIRE, which aims to reduce the use of non-renewable raw materials by 20% and of fossil fuels by 30%.

Another of the initiative’s key goals consists in considerably reducing the environmental impact linked to these processes, which takes the form of CO2 emissions, harmful substances, waste generation and the like.

The final goal is to contribute to drive Europe to a leadership position in energy efficiency in industries by means of the promotion of a more efficient, greener and competitive economy based on knowledge and innovation.

12

2017-05-29T08:01:52+00:00