Our colleague Felix Bayón (Business Development and Innovation at Sidenor) attends CONAMA18, the 14th edition of the National Environment Congress, where the LIFE 5refrACT project is presented.
About LIFE 5refrACT
Refractories are used in high-temperature processes, and the steel industry is their main consumer. Around 11% of the production worldwide (4 million tonnes) originates in Europe, with raw materials that are largely considered as “critical”. Surprisingly, only 7% of the raw material volume arises from recycled sources.
While it could be expected that the “4R” approach (reduce-reuse-remanufacture-recycle) is well established in steel companies, valorisation of refractory materials is most often sporadic (they are usually sent to landfill). Moreover, the sector’s Best Available Techniques reference document (BREF) only provides general recommendations in this respect. It is therefore necessary to change mentalities in the European steel sector by means of real practical examples and good practices.
The overall purpose of the LIFE 5ReFRACT project is to extend the “4R” approach to a “5R” paradigm (reduce-reuse- remanufacture-recycle-re-educate) and apply it to the steel sector and refractories market, thus achieving an integral valorisation of refractory materials (the aim is to increase the recovery of refractories up to 80% of the recoverable fraction). The LIFE 5REFRACT project will constitute the first industrial and systematic demonstration experience dealing with refractory waste in the steel sector.
About Conama 2018
The 14th edition of the National Environment Congress, Conama 2018, took place on November 26-29, 2018. Since its first edition in 1992, this biennial encounter has become the reference environmental event in Spain, due to the quality and range of contents discussed within its framework, its high participation level and the diversity of professional profiles and environmental sectors represented.
With more than 7,000 participants in its last edition and a network of over 450 partner institutions, among which companies, administrations, universities, technology centres and third sector entities, the Congress, widely known as Conama, is a must-visit event for environmental networking, the pooling of knowledge and experiences and the creation of collaborative networks between various actors who work towards sustainable development in Spain and Latin America.
The Congress is organised by the Conama Foundation, a Spanish, independent and non-profit organisation which, according to the SDG 17, acts as a sustainability hub in Spain, with the task of contributing to the creation of strong alliances between governments, the private sector and civil society in order to achieve sustainable development.