1 June 2021 marked the start of the TREASURE project (leading the TRansion of the European Automotive SUpply chain towards a circulaR futurE), coordinated by Sergio Terzi (associate professor) and Paolo Rosa from the Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering Department at the Politecnico di Milano.
Co-funded by the European Commission with the H2020 programme, TREASURE is a Research and Innovation Action (RIA) that aims to offer new testing opportunities for new technologies to make the automotive sector more circular.
Its main objectives are:
- to guarantee sustainable use of raw materials in the automotive sector reducing the risks linked to supplies;
- to apply the circular economy paradigm to the automotive sector, acting as examples for the manufacturing macrosector;
- to deliver better economic, environmental and social performance for vehicles for all users;
- to create new supply chains around end-of-life vehicles (ELVs), focusing on the circular use of raw materials.
In this way, TREASURE will deliver tangible support for companies in the automotive sector, providing a practical demonstration of the benefits obtainable from the application of the circular economy paradigm, from the point of view of both business and supply chains and also of technology and sustainability, through the adoption of industry 4.0 technologies in the management processes of ELVs and their parts.
The primary results expected include:
- the development of an AI-based tool for analysis and comparison of possible circular supply chains in the automotive sector;
- the realisation of a series of successful cases for key players in the management of ELVs, such as car wreckers, scrap metal shredding plants, raw material recycling plants and vehicle manufacturers;
- the integration of key enabling technologies for the design, dismantling and efficient sustainable recycling of electronic auto parts.
Partners in the project, coordinated by the Politecnico di Milano, are the Dutch research centre TNO, Zaragoza University in Spain, the professional school at the Università della Svizzera Italiana, the Università degli Studi dell’Aquila, the Dutch consultancy agency Material Recycling and Sustainability B.V., the Estonian company for social studies Edgeryders OU, the Lithuanian LCD screen manufacturer EUROLCDS SIA, the Spanish auto parts manufacturer Walter Pack SL, the vehicle demolition company Pollini Lorenzo e Figli Srl, the leading Spanish car manufacturer SEAT SA, the software developers TXT E-Solutions Spa, the Spanish scrap metal recycling company Industrias Lopez Soriano SA, the Italian National Unification Body, and the French automotive cluster NEXTMOVE.
This article was first published on June 10 by Politecnico di Milano.