25 January 2024 - CETEM News

CETEM celebrates its commitment to sustainability on World Environmental Education Day

This January 26th, World Environmental Education Day, CETEM wants to claim the positive impact of its initiatives that seek to transform not only business practices, but also the way we interact with our environment.

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For years, CETEM has been working on the implementation of projects focused on sustainability and circularity that demonstrate the different benefits of innovation and collaboration to build a greener and more egalitarian future.



What are the focuses of the work?



  • Collaboration for Inclusive Industrial Symbiosis:


Projects such as Quitosan promote the efficient management of plant waste by using Industrial Symbiosis to provide a second life to waste and reducing the environmental impact. This not only benefits food companies by lowering management costs, but also contributes to the circular economy and the creation of sustainable products with a positive impact on society.



For its part, the COST LIAISE action stands out for its inclusive and holistic approach to Industrial Symbiosis. By generating synergies between academia, industry and policy makers, it creates an enabling environment for sound knowledge development and results-oriented research. Collaboration between different sectors drives innovation and the adoption of more sustainable practices.



  • New circular business models:



The NewEcoSmart initiative not only seeks to boost economic development in rural areas, but also contributes to the transition towards a greener economy by encouraging production and consumption practices aligned with sustainability.



  • Efficient waste management and circular economy:



The ENZYCLO3 project addresses the problem of waste flexible polyurethane foam. Its purpose is to enzymatically recycle flexible polyurethane foams through two combined strategies: the development of new formulations of biodegradable flexible polyurethane foams and the development of oxidation treatments.



In turn, the school has participated in the development of TwinRevolution, an innovative and interactive tool developed as part of an Erasmus Plus project that implements a course that will enhance the training of VET students, from upper secondary to current workers, by providing them with the digital and green skills and competences needed for the double green transition.



  • Training programmes towards circularity in the furniture sector



Several projects are leading the way towards business transformation and the adoption of more sustainable practices. Initiatives such as INSET seek to implement Industrial Symbiosis, promoting circularity through innovative training programmes and digital tools. These efforts not only benefit businesses, but also have a positive impact on the environment.




With all these initiatives, CETEM is committed to a continuous commitment to environmental education and the creation of a more sustainable future.

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