The way to ensure the development of enabling technologies along all the stages of large scale existing value chain productions
SPIRE (Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency) is an international non-profit association formed to represent the private sector as a partner in the Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to be launched as part of the Horizon2020 framework programme.
This new association represents more than 50 industrial and research process industry stakeholders from over a dozen countries spread throughout Europe. This association was established at a signing ceremony in Brussels on 18 July 2012, through the joint efforts of 8 industry sectors:
- non-ferrous metals
- and water
The mission of SPIRE is to ensure the development of enabling technologies and best practices along all the stages of large scale existing value chain productions that will contribute to a resource efficient process industry. An ultimate goal is to promote the deployment of innovative technologies and solutions required to reach long term sustainability for Europe and its process industries in terms of global competitiveness, ecology and employment.
The SPIRE partnership will act as an umbrella for the listed 8 sectors and it will coordinate their research efforts, and direct them towards two objectives, which it hopes to achieve by 2030: a 30% reduction from current levels in fossil fuel energy intensity, and the reduction by a fifth of non-renewable, primary raw material intensity. Energy and resource intensity refer to the amount of energy and resources needed per unit of final product.
The partnership's research and innovation strategy will examine how use of feedstocks (raw materials) can be optimized, how processes and applications can be made optimally efficient, how waste can be used as a resource, and how good practices can best be exchanged and promoted throughout industrial sectors.
SPIRE aims to become a European Private Public Partnership – or a partnership through which private and public research objectives will be coordinated, and EU support will be provided for industry-led research into industrial technologies in order to reach Europe 2020 objectives.
More information: http://www.spire2030.eu