Our engineers are involved in a number of research projects, both here in the UK and in Europe, to make sure that the technologies we use are at the cutting edge of the manufacturing process.
The FISSAC project involves stakeholders at all levels of the construction and demolition value chain to develop a methodology and software platform to facilitate the exchange of information that can support industrial symbiosis networks and replicate pilot schemes at local and regional levels.
The model will be based on three sustainability pillars:
- Environmental (with a lifecycle approach)
- Social (taking into consideration stakeholders’ engagement and impact on society).
Our ambition is that the model we create can be replicated in other regions and other value chain scenarios.
FISSAC aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of the processes, services and products at different levels.
- Demonstration of closed-loop recycling processes to transform waste into valuable acceptable secondary raw materials.
- Demonstration of the manufacturing processes of the novel products at industrial scale.
- Demonstration of the eco-design of eco-innovative construction products (new eco-cement and green concrete, innovative ceramic tiles and rubber-wood plastic composites) in pre-industrial processes, under a life-cycle approach.
- Demonstration at real scale of the application and technical performance of eco-innovative construction products in a variety of case studies.
Industrial symbiosis model
- Demonstration of the software platform.
- Replicability assessment of the model through living lab concept (as a user-centred, open-innovation ecosystem, often operating in a territorial context).
FISSAC stands for Fostering Industrial Symbiosis for a Sustainable Resource Intensive Industry across the extended Construction Value Chain.
The project runs from September 2015 until February 2020.
The FISSAC project is coordinated by Acciona Infraestructuras (Spain). The consortium is composed of 26 partners from 9 countries (8 EU Member States and Turkey) and includes:
- general contractor and engineering/construction companies
- non- profit research organisations
- SMEs in different sustainable business fields
- public authorities
- manufacturing and energy intensive industry organisations
- standardisation and certification bodies
- local and regional recycling / sustainable resource management organisations.
The project partners are:
Acciona Infraestructuras S.A. – Acciona (Coordinator) (Spain)
Association des Cités et Régions pour le Recyclage et la gestion durable des Ressources – ACR+ (Belgium)
Asociación Española de Normalización y Certificación – AENOR (Spain)
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas – CSIC (Spain)
AKG Gazbeton İşletmeleri Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. – AKG Gazbeton (Turkey)
Befesa Salzschlacke GmbH – Befesa (Germany)
British Glass Manufacturers Confederation Limited – BG (United Kingdom)
CBI Betonginstitutet AB – CBI (Sweden)
Centro Sviluppo Materiali S.p.A. – CSM (Italy)
D’Appolonia S.p.A. – D’Appolonia (Italy)
ecodek® Specialist Building Products Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Ekodenge Mühendislik Mimarlık Danışmanlık Ticaret Anonim Şirketi – Ekodenge (Turkey)
Fundación Agustín de Betancourt – FUNAB (Spain)
Fénix TNT s.r.o. – FENIX (Czech Republic)
Feralpi Siderurgica S.p.A. – Feralpi (Italy)
Geonardo Environmental Technologies Ltd. – Geonardo (Hungary)
Glass Technology Services Ltd. – GTS (United Kingdom)
Ingenieurbüro Trinius GmbH – Trinius (Germany)
Hifab AB – Hifab (Sweden)
Keraben Grupo S.A. – Keraben (Spain)
Openbare Vlaamse Afvalstoffenmaatschappij – OVAM (Belgium)
RINA Services S.p.A. – RINA (Italy)
SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut AB – SP (Sweden)
SÍMBIOSY , Simbiosi Industrial S.L. – SÍMBIOSY(Spain)
Türkiye Çimento Müstahsilleri Birliği – TÇMB (TCMA) (Turkey)
Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation – Tecnalia (Spain)
You can find out more about FISSAC and get involved in circular economy and industrial symbiosis activities by visiting www.fissacproject.eu
This project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 642154