Innovation and environment, the balance in the Cir.Co project comes, the circular economy of coffee, with the improvement of waste processing.

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The main goals of the project include the creation of virtuous paths for industrial symbiosis, a network of skills, new bio-products, and the provision of training for new professional figures. The initiative was funded by the Cariplo Foundation and Innovhub SSI. Project partners: ISTM-CNR – Institute of Molecular Sciences and Technologies, University of Milan – Department of Environmental Science and Policy, Intercos Group, Favini Srl, EURAC Research, Institute of Renewable Energy, ILSA SpA. Information on the link and video on the link.

Coffee is the second most traded product in the world, with a global consumption of 9.8 million tonnes (2015). “Silverskinnet” is a dry waste that can be easily collected, as it is generated all over the world by individual industrial plants. In general, it is not reused, but is disposed of as solid municipal waste or to the extent used for energy production. An important assumption in the project was the “completely waste-free” approach, for which the aim was to make full use of the “silver skin” in all its parts, with applications that go beyond those in the food sector, and therefore set multidisciplinary initiatives, aimed at creating interactions and interconnections between very different sectors, such as cosmetics and paper, in line with the EU’s and civil society’s desire for the development and promotion of a circular economy, based on recycling.

Innovhub Experimental Stations for Industry srl, with the participation of the Milan Monza Brianza Lodi Chamber of Commerce, is the national research, innovation and technology transfer center operating in various industrial areas, from energy to the food sector and more generally to advanced manufacturing of Italian districts, passing through biotechnology , nanotechnology and bioeconomy. It is part of the Enterprise Europe Network, a network founded in 2008 by the will of the European Commission, to support the internationalization and innovation of companies and research centers and which uses 700 partners distributed in over 60 countries around the world …

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