From Waste to Wealth: All4Zero’s Drive for Circular Solutions and Sustainability

All4Zero is an industry-focused technological innovation hub, unique in Spain, focused on developing technologies relate to decarbonization and the circular economy. This is an initiative run by 4 founders: ArcelorMittal, Holcim, Iberia and Repsol that are combining their technological power to share industrial resources, laboratories, and research centers to create pilots and proofs of concept.

There is a current open call (until 5 April) for startups, SMEs, research centers and universities in which All4Zero has launched 5 technological challenges.

In this context, let’s delve deeper into one of the 5 technology challenges!

“How can we take advantage of materials resulting from waste to create solutions that drive circularity and sustainability?”

According to a report from the World Bank, 2.01 billion metric tons of urban waste are generated globally each year, and at least 33% is not treated. In other words, they end up being dumped in landfills, which contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. However, a large amount of this disposed waste has great potential, since it can be reintroduced in the production chain, and thus drive circularity.

Waste that ends up in landfills includes materials that could be valuable from an energy or material standpoint in other sectors if there were adequate separation and treatment of this waste. Re-purposing this waste presents an opportunity to reduce its volume and consolidate the circular economy model. Industry needs to have access to alternative fuels and raw materials coming from waste that reduce the consumption of natural resources.

What All4Zero is looking for
They are looking for all kinds of gasification or pyrolysis technologies with a significant generation of syngas, especially those that include integrated post-treatment to maximize hydrogen and carbon monoxide content with a low concentration of CO2 and H2O in the gas current.

All4Zero will select up to ten solutions to develop Proof of Concepts together with the hub’s experts and in their industrial facilities.

Do you have a technological solution related to decarbonization or the circular economy?

Participate in All4Zero technology challenges:

In this news, we delve into the details of only one of the five technological challenges. However, if you want to learn more about the others, read the other news in greater detail:

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