The TOPREF partner CIRCE presented the key aspects of the project to national stakeholders from the chemical sector, during the general assembly of the Spanish Platform of Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem Spain), last 30th September in Barcelona.
The event gathered the main national companies and research centres that constitute the Spanish chemical sector. The conferences remarked the active and fundamental industrial role that the chemical sector still plays in the Spanish economy, as well as its relevance in contributing to an economic growth.
In order to achieve this, the chemical sector needs new ideas and adaptations to face several challenges, with the aim of maintaining its competitiveness in a wide range of products and applications.
The main aspects addressed during the conferences were the opportunities that can be created by the use of CO2 as new raw material of high-added value, not only for the chemical sector but also for industrial sectors at a lower level in the value chain of industrial products.
In this context, CIRCE made a presentation about TOPREF, explaining its main activities concerning one of the most promising aspects in resource efficiency for the chemistry industry: process intensification. CIRCE highlighted the key role that the improvement of knowledge and control of chemical processes can play, as well as the use of data obtained from the appropriate use of production plants.
Among other relevant factors, it was remarked (as the TOPREF project does) the relevance of monitoring and simulating processes in their appropriate performance, by the time of designing the equipment involve. This will allow improving the competitiveness and productivity of enterprises from different sectors, such as the ones addressed by TOPREF: petrochemical, refining and fertilizer.
As an ending for the conferences, the opportunities that the national and international R&D&I funding programmes can represent for the chemical sector were presented and discussed.
The Spanish chemical sector: an active and growing sector
The event was organized by the technical secretariat of SusChem Spain, which is currently run by the Spanish Business Federation of Chemical Industries (FEIQUE). This association represents the Spanish chemical industry, a sector consisting of more that 3.000 companies with a budget of 55.000 million€, which generate the 11% of the GDP and more than 500.000 direct and indirect jobs.
To achieve a great impact and attendance, organizers took advantage of the organization in parallel of three simultaneous international events: Expoquimia, Equiplast and Eurosurfas, which were focused on “Chemistry”, “Plastic and rubbers” and “Surfaces treatments” respectively and gathered over 38.000 professionals from several sectors linked to chemistry,