Valorization and prevention of plastic waste in the Mediterranean Sea
Duration: 5 December 2022 - 14 December 2026
Partners: KEMIJSKI INSTITUT, UNIVERZA V MARIBORU, ALCHEMIA-NOVA GREECE, Energ+ d.o.o., IMPACT HUB LABS, Eleftheriou Antonios, F6S NETWORK IRELAND LIMITED, SMALL ISLANDS, UNIVERSITE MOHAMMED PREMIER, etc…
REMEDIES seeks to create a new sustainable model to curb the impact of microplastics in 8 Mediterranean areas, by designing systems to monitor, recycle and transform the extracted waste into new products (bio-vessels and bio-bottles). Under the "zero waste" concept, two microplastic detection technologies will be developed and more than a hundred flights of land and underwater drones equipped with artificial intelligence will be deployed to detect hot spots and monitor the coasts before and after the cleanup. The goal is to collect up to 400 tons of plastic garbage that ends up in the seas, but also that which is washed ashore by the river currents, coming from urban waste. In this project, Zaragoza aspires to become the first "Zero Pollution to Mediterranean" model city by 2030: the Ebro River annually discharges 2.2 billion microplastics into the Mediterranean Sea (70% of synthetic fibers from sewage and 30% from agricultural and tourist activity). In this sense, Aitiip will collaborate in the installation of a filtration system (CLERA) in laundries in Zaragoza, designed to retain the waste released during the washing process, which would otherwise end up in the wastewater circuit, and later in the river and the sea. It will also join the development of a new range of biodegradable products that will be scaled up commercially.
Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or HADEA. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.
Agreement N. 101093964 - REMEDIES - HORIZON-MISS-2021-OCEAN-03