RES URBIS project presented at Sapienza University of Rome
The European project RES URBIS – REsources from URban Bio-Waste was presented to the public on 25 January 2017. The project, funded by the European Commission in the context of the research programme Horizon 2020, involves 21 partners including universities, companies, associations and public administrations from 8 European countries, coordinated by the Interdepartmental Centre (CIABC) of Sapienza University of Rome.
The funds for research, allocated by the European Commission under Horizon 2020, have a duration of 3 years with an investment of about 3 million euro. The project is part of the research and development activities aimed at promoting Circular Economy and has two goals: reducing the waste sent to landfills and obtaining new bio-based and eco-compatible products by using different types of waste as renewable sources alternative to oil.
In order to achieve this objective, the project involves the development of an innovative technology chain, able to exploit urban bio-waste by converting it into eco-sustainable bio-based products, with special attention to the production of bioplastics to be used in the packaging sector (biodegradable and composite films), in the production of durables, such as computer, tablet and telephone frames or tools for environmental remediation.
“RES URBIS has a very high potential application impact when you consider that more than 300 million of Europeans live in urban or metropolitan areas and that each inhabitant on average produces over 100 grams of bio-waste a day, the recovery ad and re-use of which is still rather limited”, explains Mauro Majone, Professor at the Chemistry Department of Sapienza University and coordinator of the project. “The positive effects are evident in terms of environment, economy and jobs which can derive from developing technologies to transform this huge amount of organic waste into useful products with a real market value. At the same time, the project aims to develop these technologies considering their integration into upgraded existing wastewater purification and/or waste treatment plants”.
The Research Centre for Applied Sciences for the Protection of Environment and Cultural Heritage (CIABC) of Sapienza University is an integrated network of skills and services whose mission is the development and promotion of research and innovation in the fields of environmental protection and of the knowledge related to Cultural Heritage.
The Centre brings together 53 professors and researchers from 6 departments: Environmental Biology, Charles Darwin Biology and Biotechnologies, Chemistry, Physics, Basic and Applied Sciences for Engineering, Earth Sciences.