On 16 July, the European Commission will organise a one-day media briefing on the highly topical issue of clean technologies and new industrial processes, to be chaired by Philippe Busquin, EU Research Commissioner. Key experts from research and industry will describe how EU research is meeting the challenge of sustainable production through clean technologies. The briefing and ensuing press visit will highlight how innovative - and commercially successful - industrial processes can respect the environment - and at the same time save resources and energy, reduce production costs and improve life cycle management.
THE PRESS PROGRAMME
The morning of the press programme will consist of a number of focused project presentations as well as opportunities for questions, discussions and interviews. Following a press lunch with Commissioner Busquin and EU experts, participants will be invited to an onsite visit to Belgian company Scoribel (Holcim Group), a world leader in the transformation of industrial waste for fuel, and a pioneer of the new industrial approach of "co-processing".
Actions at EU level to foster sustainable industrial production through clean technologies: In the introductory session, EU Commissioner for Research, Philippe Busquin and a leading Member of the European Parliament will provide an overview of EU research and innovation activities to foster clean technologies and recycling processes.
Towards zero liquid waste in plating industries: Media will be given an insight into innovative technological solutions to the industrial contamination of river water by heavy metals (project led by a team in France).
Solutions to combustion residues of power plants: Key players in the field of combustion have joined forces to minimise solid waste. New applications will be presented to the press, notably the production of bricks by mixing fly ashes with raw materials (UK-led European project).
Life-cycle technologies to help reduce electronic waste: Europe produces, uses and throws away more and more electronic products. Large quantities of electronic equipment waste, which contains potentially harmful by-products, presents a huge challenge. This presentation will highlight how recycling can be successfully integrated into the design of a product from the outset.
Converting waste into fuel - media visit to a state-of-the-art project: The media programme will conclude with the visit of the Scoribel company situated in Feluy/Seneffe near Mons. This company is a pioneer in "co-processing" and the pre-treatment of industrial waste (such as sawdust, solvents, oils, plastics, textiles, paper and waste water) to be used as a source of energy and primary materials in the production of cement.
Further details on this special press briefing will be sent to you in the coming days. However, if in the meantime you wish further information, please do not hesitate to contact:
Press and Information Officer,
Research Directorate General
Tel: +32.2.296 9056, Fax: +32.2.2958220, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For this media briefing, the European Commission will be assisted by a subcontractor for the general press, Hill and Knowlton. If you want to attend this media briefing, you are invited to register with:
Ana Aguilar Morell
Hill and Knowlton International
Tel: +32.2.7379514, Fax: +32.2.7379501, Email: email@example.com
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