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Having a high dependence on resources (energy, raw materials and water) in production and striving for long-term sustainability, the process industry has a clear and urgent interest in improved efficiency and competitiveness. Zabala Innovation Consulting was the company chosen by SPIRE to support the design and implementation of its knowledge management platform.
In this context arises A.SPIRE a new public-private partnership (PPP) brought to life by the European Commission together with eight sectors of the process industry: chemicals, cement, ceramics, minerals, steel, non-ferrous metals, industrial water and process engineering. The A.SPIRE association proposes a clear vision for the future of the process industry in Europe, a long term commitment and ambitious targets. SPIRE supports the development of novel technologies for improved resource and energy efficiency in the process industry, making it more sustainable and competitiv
In the short- to medium-term SPIRE will radically improve the competitiveness and efficiency of the European process sectors themselves. In the medium- to long-term SPIRE can enable the development of a truly sustainable European economic system in which economic growth is permanently decoupled from environmental impact. On the one hand, more sustainable processes will contribute to the development of advanced materials (with less CO2 and energy footprint) that are needed to address complex societal challenges. On the other hand, new sustainable (advanced) materials will help the process industry itself to develop more energy and resource efficient processes (i.e. energy storage materials, materials for high temperature processes).