Atlantic Copper is a Spanish company, whose shareholder is the US multinational Freeport-McMoRan Inc., a corporation listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: FCX) and positioned among the world’s largest copper, gold and molybdenum producers. The Atlantic Copper Metallurgical Complex in Huelva is an industrial production center dedicated to the comprehensive exploitation of metallic raw materials containing copper, precious metals, sulfur and iron. The main raw materials are concentrated metal ores and recycled metal materials. Atlantic Copper primary activity is the production of high-purity refined copper, a material with extraordinary qualities that make it essential for sustainable development, the energy transition and the challenges of decarbonization. At their smelter, they transform more than one million tons of ore into about 300,000 tons of refined copper a year. In the process, they also obtain other products such as sulfuric acid, precious metals and iron silicate. Atlantic Copper provides direct employment to more than 1,000 people.


Erion is the largest Italian system of Extended Producer Responsibility for the management of waste associated with electronic products and batteries and the valorisation of the raw materials within it. Erion was created by the merge of the two most important Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Consortia in Italy, Ecodom and Remedia, as a single system made by four sector Compliance Schemes to guarantee a unique and excellent service for the management of four types of waste: Household WEEE, Professional WEEE, Waste Batteries and Accumulators, Packaging.


Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT in Sulzbach-Rosenberg Germany develops concepts and technologies for shaping the energy and raw materials transition. They contributes to a sustainable energy and raw material supply through application-oriented innovations and research in renewable energy and negative emission technologies, circular economy and resource strategies and recycling technologies. The institute focuses on the development of processes for the conversion of biogenic residues into storable products (e.g. synthetic fuels, process heat), for the chemical recycling of composite materials (e.g. electronic scrap or CFRP) and for waste management conceptsKU LEUVEN

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KU Leuven (KUL) is a top 100 university with an extensive track record in international research collaboration and a strong scientific reputation. The LCE Research group of KU Leuven consists of around 20 researchers typically holding MSc or PhD degrees in Engineering Sciences. The research group can offer more than two decades of experience with impact assessment of industrial processes according to ISO 14040 specifications. Besides providing impact analysis reports, the research group is typically also contributing to (re-)designing and optimizing industrial processes in view of impact minimisation under economic boundary condition constraints. With an important activity in remanufacturing system design, the research group has extensive experience with state-of-the-art EoL treatment methods for WEEE and specifically for the electronic fraction thereof. The research group liaises with material scientists and chemists for specific metallurgical and/or chemical expertise, e.g., with respect to emission assessments. Knowledge dissemination through scientific publications is part of the core activities of the institute.


It is a collaboration between EIT-labeled start-up team ImpactPCB and Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech). ImpactPCB was pronounced winner of the EIT RawMaterials Academy organized Hackathon in 2020 with the idea originally acquired from the team’s founder’s master’s thesis. Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), founded in 1918, is the sole technological university in Estonia. It is also the most international university in Estonia. Using state-of-the-art dry mechanical separation, ImpactPCB provides metal refining with a high-grade enriched metal concentrate from e-scrap. ImpactPCB also relieves its business partners from organic fractions, thus decreasing carbon footprint. This decarbonization reduces emissions from the metal refining by an amount up to 53% of weight total, as well as increasing furnace / leaching prodution capacity.


Treee, an italian industrial group born in 2017 by the financial support of JZ international, which merged leading companies in the logistics and treatment of all waste electrical and electronic equipment, proposes to all stakeholders involved services with a high specialization in the collection, treatment, recycling of WEEE. Treee operates throughout the national territory with 5 Plants dedicated to e-waste recycling and manages complex processes of integrated logistics and reverse logistics. In RENEW Project, Treee will be responsible for collection, pre-treatment and supply of EoL products containing base metals and precious metals within secondary route (e.i. WEEE).