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HARMONI aims at bringing together all the relevant stakeholders of the process industry to jointly identify, analyse and propose solutions to the regulatory bottlenecks and standardisation needs that hamper their innovation processes and the market uptake of their results, necessary to move towards a more sustainable and competitive European process industry.
In order to achieve HARMONI’s overarching goal, the consortium will develop and apply a methodology for ensuring an effective collaboration of the 8 sectors involved in SPIRE PPP to elaborate the solutions to the common challenges they face due to non-technological barriers, such as regulatory issues or the lack of European Standards when trying to improve their resource efficiency.
In addition, HARMONI will analyse, compare and propose recommendations to trigger the transferability of technical solutions among and beyond the SPIRE sectors.
The project activities will result in an optimized EU regulatory and standardisation framework that facilitates and supports innovation in the process industry; a better participation of the SPIRE community in the EU regulatory and procedures, thus providing the most adequate input to the regulatory authorities; an earlier and more active involvement of the SPIRE community in the EU standardisation process; and an overall better environment to maximize transferability rates of technologies across SPIRE sectors.
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HARMONI project will support the European process industry in identifying and assessing the most relevant standardisation needs, and regulatory bottlenecks that are hampering innovation along their value chains. In order to achieve this ambitious goal, the project applies an integrated approach in order to ensure an inclusive and coordinated response from the different sectors involved in HARMONI under the umbrella of A.SPIRE to the standardisation and regulatory challenges that the process industry faces.
This approach will also facilitate the transferability of technological and non-technological solutions between the various sectors.
HARMONI’s approach is based on a set of activities structured around three interlinked stages:
1. Identification and analysis: The first stage will consist on a thorough assessment of the limitations that the current EU regulation and existing standards (or lack of them) pose to the innovation process and market uptake of technologies by the process industry along its value chains.
Prioritization: A process for valuating and prioritizing the regulatory and standardisation bottlenecks identified in the previous stage will be undertaken. This will ensure that the most conflictive and urgent issues are assessed in detail. A clear weighting mechanism will be developed, in order to select the most urgent bottlenecks
2. Recommendations for standards and regulation: HARMONI will develop, discuss and propose recommendations for the modification of those parts of the regulation that pose the most urgent challenges. Similarly, the project will propose recommendations for the modification of standards or development of new standardisation activities. For the development of these recommendations, the specific cases collected by the industrial associations, their members and the SPIRE projects coordinators will be considered. These recommendations will be provided to the regulatory authorities and the standardisation organizations per specific regulation/directive/standard, regardless whether the problematic issues were detected in the scope of one or more thematic areas and sectors. Representatives from all the SPIRE sectors involved as partners in HARMONI project will participate in the development of these recommendations
HARMONI consortium includes 3 SPIRE sectorial associations (chemicals, cement and equipment), A.SPIRE, 2 research institutes coming from two SPIRE sectors (steel, ceramic), 1 National Standardisation body (DIN) and an experienced Research Centre to coordinate the project (CIRCE). In addition, an Advisory Board will involve the other 5 SPIRE sectorial associations (steel, ceramic, non-ferrous metals, water, minerals) and CEN/CENELEC
The project is coordinated by CIRCE Foundation.
CIRCE Foundation (Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption) was established in 1993 as an independent Research Centre to create and develop innovative solutions and scientific/technical knowledge and to transfer them to the business sector, particularly in the field of energy. CIRCE’s main mission is to drive forward improvements in energy efficiency and to spread the use of renewable energy by means of the development of R+D+I activities and formative actions, thereby contributing to a sustainable development.
Cefic (European Chemical Industry Council) is the Brussels-based organisation representing the European chemical industry. Cefic represents, directly or indirectly, about 29,000 large, medium and small chemical companies, which employ about 1.2 million people and account for nearly a third of world chemical production. Cefic was incorporated in 1972 as an international association with scientific objectives. Cefic addresses key issues of global importance, such as: Competitiveness, Research & Innovation, High Level Group on Chemicals, EU Chemicals Policy, International Trade, Climate change & Energy, etc.
CEMBUREAU is the European Cement Association based in Brussels and represents national cement industry associations and cement companies from the European Union (except Cyprus, Malta and Slovenia) plus Norway and Switzerland, before European and national governments.
A.SPIRE is an international non-profit association formed to represent the private sector as a partner in the Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency (SPIRE) Public-Private Partnership (PPP) launched as part of the Horizon2020 framework programme. A.SPIRE represents more than 130 industrial and research process industry stakeholders from over a dozen countries spread throughout Europe in eight industry sectors: chemical, steel, engineering, minerals, non-ferrous metals, cement; ceramics and water.
EUnited is Europe’s only direct company membership association supporting the global competitiveness of European equipment suppliers.
DIN is a non-profit organization recognized as a German National Standards body representing Germany in European and international standardisation activities. DIN prepares standards as services for the economy, state and community. Standardisation is considered as a strategic instrument to support economy and the society in general. It reduces the need for legislation and supports convergence in technology whilst allowing for a wide range of local solutions if needed.
The European Centre for Refractories gGmbH (ECREF) acts as competence centre to promote and support science and research, as well as education and vocational training in the field of refractories on a European level. As such, it closely cooperates with the European Refractories Producers Association PRE, which is part of Cerame-Unie.
The FEhS Institute for Construction Materials Research is a technical and scientific association, which exists since 1954, and which is predominantly supported by European steel manufacturing companies, processing companies and cement manufacturers. The tasks of the FEhS Institute in its three focal areas of research, services and advocacy primarily include the testing and monitoring of industrial by-products of the iron and steel industry and other construction products.
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