Circular economy

News from the Heraldo de Aragón of 06/18/2018 where they refer to our good work, and that of other Aragonese companies, in terms of recycling in Aragon:

The collaboration of a company such as Sisener Ingenieros with a research center such as the Instituto de Carboquímica, which depends on the CSIC, highlights the good work carried out in Aragon in terms of recycling.

The Aragonese Councilor for Development and Sustainability, Joaquín Olona, ​​had the opportunity to confirm on June 7 the importance of the collaboration of a local private company, Sisener Ingenieros, with a research center such as the Carbochemical Institute, which belongs to the Superior Council of Scientific Research (CSIC). An alliance with years of experience that is proving fruitful with pioneering projects, some, however, without the impetus that it should have due to administrative obstacles in Aragon derived from the DGA’s problems with Gesneuma, a firm that had the public service concession for tire recycling out of use due to a contract no longer in force after being resolved by the Aragonese Executive itself.

Already separated from Gesneuma, next to whose facilities in the Recycling Technological Park (PTR) a rubber recycling plant was installed – on the advice of the previous Government PP-PAR – arising from a patent of an engineer from the Carbochemical Institute, the initiatives of the alliance led by Sisener are once again seen favorably by the DGA. Councilor Olona made this clear when visiting the facilities of the research center, the engineering firm and the aforementioned PTR plant, which valorizes used tire waste for its transformation into products such as fuel and carbon black.

Sisener and the Instituto de Carboquímica have another important project underway, Pirocrack, a new method to treat urban solid waste and avoid sending waste to landfill, which is supported by the European funding program Horizon 2020 (H2020).

Olona highlighted, in his visits to the promoters of these proprietary technologies, the advantages of a collaboration between companies and research institutes and highlighted what is achieved in these cases for the development of the circular economy, which in recent years has gained followers in the Aragonese autonomous community by consolidating that culture that goes beyond recycling and the commitment to more environmentally friendly working methods to generate new business models and jobs.

The circular economy has been known in these parts for some time, even with different terminology, but professionalization – in companies, in institutions – has increased, in part also due to the guidelines set by the European Commission. The distant Pilot forum of 2001, a meeting of logistics experts organized since then in Zaragoza by the Aragonese Institute for Development (IAF), focused on the so-called reverse logistics, described as “the factory turned upside down.” That is, to promote all those activities or processes to manage the return and recycling of goods in the supply chain. Spain, it was said at that meeting, was very little prepared to face the demands that the European Union was already announcing on the matter, but reality has shown that we have put the batteries here.

Berta Gonzalvo, Research Director of the Aragonese technology center Aitiip, told this newspaper in December 2016 that the automotive sector was the “outpost” in terms of circular economy, since an EU Directive imposed manufacturers take responsibility for the final life of the car, which forced to reduce the materials of the vehicles since in the end the parts had to be dismembered.

The data provided by Gonzalvo makes it possible to explain in Aragon the leadership exercised in circular economy by Opel, whose Zaragoza plant is recognized as a ‘zero landfill’, but also by large companies in other sectors. The case of the Saica paper group, with the integration of its Natur, Paper and Pack businesses, has made it a benchmark and is another magnificent example, as is BSH, a firm focused on the eco-design of its household appliances.