The knowledge Platform

The mission of A.SPIRE (Association of Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency) is to ensure the development of enabling technologies and best practices along all the stages of large scale existing value chain productions that will contribute to a resource efficient process industry. Through purposeful cooperation across all sectors and regions, A.SPIRE has developed a multi-year, strategic and dynamic roadmap that will address research, development and innovation activities as well as policy matters towards the realisation of its 2030 targets. The ultimate goal is to promote the deployment of innovative technologies and solutions required to reach long term sustainability for Europe and its process industries in terms of global competitiveness, ecology and employment.

€ 2.300
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June 2015 – February 2016
June 2015 – February 2016
The Challenge: 

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).

Igor Idareta
“The snowball effect of RD+I projects in the European processing Industry is enormous, but it is essential that all the actors are perfectly connected and that information flows between them seamlessly"
Igor Idareta
RD+I Consultant, Spire knowledge paltform project coordinator