R4R :: Chemical Regions For Resource Efficiency

Chemical Regions For Resource Efficiency

About

R4R - Cefic

Resource efficiency

Global chemicals and manufacturing industries are at the core of our modern industrial society, developing and producing the key chemicals, materials, medicines and products that allow us achieve ever better standards of living. A large part of these precious products are created by chemists using energy and a range of simple materials which come from nature, i.e. minerals, water, air, natural gas and petroleum.

The current mainstream wave of societal concerns and innovation policies offer real opportunities to rejuvenate and transform chemical and process industries into eco-efficient high-technologies solution providers.

Thus by:

  • Switching to bio-based feedstock
  • Improving efficiency of processes
  • Recycle wasted materials
  • Looking at industry with an integrated approach ensuring synergies between sectors

About the project

Launched in November 2012 under the funded Research and Innovation Programme from the European Commission for a three years period, Chemical Regions for Resource Efficiency (R4R) is the project that will overcome the European fragmentation of ambitious and innovative regions. Through its methodology, R4R could lead the path to promising and positive impacts on resource efficiency.

R4R will achieve a major step improvement in regional and transnational cooperation among the participating regions and R4R will develop practices, tools and examples which shall be easily disseminated to and adopted by multiple European regions to improve regional and cross-regional collaboration in general, and on resource efficiency in the process industry in particular.

Last but not least, R4R will create the platform for international collaboration on resource efficiency with clusters in third countries to improve and accelerate innovation and promote European eco-innovative technologies globally.

Breakthrough ambitions

  • Reduce the dependency on fossil feedstock: a 10-fold increase in the use of bio renewable raw materials as feedstock by 2030.
  • A major efficiency improvement in the process industries CO2 footprint of up to 50% by 2030.
  • By 2030, a reduction of 20% in raw materials net use per end application versus current levels.
  • A 30% reduction in primary energy consumption from the current levels
    by 2030.

Our partners

  • rewin
  • avans
  • Bayer
  • cefic
  • chalmers
  • ciaotech
  • julich
  • van gansewinkel
  • business region goterborg
  • ispt
  • vnci
  • circe
  • port of rotterdam
  • sp
  • tno
  • Zieloma
  • tu
  • zut