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RIS-ALiCE - Al-rich industrial residues for mineral binders in ESEE region
Although the EU Commission by Raw Materials Initiative promotes boosting resource efficiency and recycling, European economy loses a significant amount of potential secondary raw materials. Huge amounts of various Al-rich residues (steel slags, red mud, ashes, landfills of bauxite mines) with low recycling rate or landfilled in RIS countries present high secondary mineral resources potential. A promising way of recycling these waste mineral materials is the synthesis of sustainable mineral binders with high Al content, which can be further used as environment friendly construction material. On the other hand, high Al content is the main pain point for the production of Al-rich mineral binders, according to high need of valuable natural resource bauxite. In RIS-ALiCE, this challenge will be successfully overcomed by the replacement of bauxite with Al-rich industrial and mine residues. Moreover, this approach will represent an innovative recycling case study for the ESEE region. The main outcomes of ALiCE project are: (i) establishment of the long-term active network between the producers and the end-users of Al-rich industrial residues; (ii) valorization of Al-rich residues by production of environmentally friendly high-Al mineral binders on data from Slovenia, Hungary and BIH; (iii) knowledge transfer from Slovenia, Hungary and BIH to the whole ESEE region; (iiii) contribution to implementation of circular economy and zero-waste management for Al-rich industrial waste in ESEE region. Realization of outcomes in time and on budget will be assured by: (i) constructing an user-friendly upgradeable registry of Al-rich residues, adopted for the purpose of synthesis environment friendly high-Al mineral binders; (ii) promotion of the register and education on the use and updating the register by organizing a series of workshops and networking events; (iii) organization of the training school for the valorization of Al-rich residues. The project will impact: (i) EU by encouraging circular economy and thus enhancing the raw materials self-supply; (ii) EIT Raw Materials by implementation and promotion of sustainable raw materials management, introducing innovative raw materials recycling approaches to the ESEE region and by setting up and strengthening the networks between waste producers and mineral end-users; (iii) RIS-ALiCE consortium by creating new business opportunities and solutions for environmental friendly raw handling by industrial and mining wastes. The RIS-ALiCE project has capacity to get a real impact, since: (i) the use of similar waste materials for synthesis of mineral binders have been already proven to be feasible in reliable studies; (ii) RIS countries have a large capacity of unused Al-rich waste materials; (iii) Al-residue`s and mineral binders` producers in RIS countries are highly motivated to find common advanced and sustainable solutions for handling by Al-rich residues.