* * * Please note that this is a preliminary programme subject to further updates.


The goal is to bring about a cultural change via encouranging working across disciplines, sharing knowledge and experience, and creating new interdisciplinary teams which focus on the proposed topics on different areas.



Venue: FEUP


08h30 – 08h45 | Check-in of Participants


08h45 – 10h00 | Action Tank 1 – Sustainable Polymers (Bioplastics), room L202a

Carlos Rodrigues, Silvex
Jorge Coelho, University of Coimbra

The development of biodegradable plastics was initiated in the 1980s when there was an increasing interest in waste problems. Bioplastics are plastic materials based on renewable raw materials such as plant fibers, wood or starches, that are often more sustainable than the traditional plastics. Bioplastics can be made entirely from organic feedstock or from a mixture of biomaterials and traditional plastics (“biocomposites”), which is currently a more common approach.

08h45 – 10h00 | Action Tank 2 – Energy from Renewable Sources, room A104

Patrick Bárcia, Sysadvance
Søren Bødker, VisBlue
João Nunes, BLC3

Renewable energy is energy that is collected from renewable resources, such as organic waste, sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat. They differ from fossil fuels principally in their diversity, abundance and potential for use, and essentially because they produce neither greenhouse gases nor polluting emissions. Their costs are also falling and at a sustainable rate, contrary to the trend observed in fossil fuels.

10h00 – 11h15 | Action Tank 3 – Biomass Valorisation, room L119

Alexandre Gaspar, RAIZ
Eduardo Soares, Amorim Cork Composites
Armando Silvestre, University of Aveiro

The industry is looking for alternative energy production that meets new requirements such as CO2 emission reduction, sustainability and self-sufficiency. The depletion of natural resources, the increase of greenhouse emissions and the awareness of the need for sustainable development in terms of safely reusing waste and biomass has been increasing the need for transformation of waste/biomass to valuable materials and energy (i.e. valorisation).

10h00 – 11h15 | Action Tank 4 – Construction & Demolition Waste, room E107

Fernando Roseira, Mota Engil
Maria de Lurdes Lopes, FEUP
Marcin Górski, Silesian University of Technology
Francesco Di Maio, Delft University of Technology

Construction and demolition waste (CDW), one of the heaviest and most abundant waste streams generated in the EU, has been identified as a priority waste stream by the European Union. It corresponds approximately to 25% – 30% of all waste generated in the EU and consists of numerous materials such as concrete, bricks, metals, plastic or wood, many of which can be recycled. In fact, there is a high potential for recycling and re-use of CDW, since some of its components have a high resource value. In particular, there is a re-use market for aggregates derived from CDW waste in roads, drainage and other construction projects.


Coffee break @ BIN Lounge


11h30 – 12h45 | Action Tank 5 – Circular Fibres (Textiles), room L202a

Jorge Faria, Aquitex
Ricardo Carneiro, FEUP
Ana Francisca Coelho, TMG Automotive

The time has come to move to a textile system that delivers better economic, societal and environmental outcomes based on the principles of a circular economy, capable to design out the negative impacts of this industry. There is the need to produce clothing that generate little or no textile waste in their production.

11h30 – 12h45 | Action Tank 6 – Sustainable Transport (Mobility as a Service), room A104

Paulo Ferreira dos Santos, Ubirider
Carlos Costa, Armis Group
Rosaldo Rossetti, FEUP

Transport infrastructure lasts for decades, which means that the decisions that the local and national governments make today will have long-lasting impacts on urban development and form, as well as on climate. Mobility as a Service (MaaS) brings every kind of transport together into a single intuitive mobile app/service. It seamlessly combines transport options from different providers, handling everything from travel planning to payments. MaaS is environmentally sound alternative to private car ownership. It makes worries about route planning, parking, and car maintenance a thing of the past, helping people go places easier and more efficiently. One of the key goals of MaaS is to make cities more livable through reducing congestion and thus having a fresher, cleaner air, through improving transport efficiency in order to help residents and businesses thrive, and through encouragig urban transformation based on “from parking lots to parks” mentality.


Informal Lunch @ BIN Lounge


14h00 – 15h15 | Action Tank 7 – Sustainable Agribusiness, room L119

Ondina Afonso, SONAE
Gabriela Teodorescu, Valahia University of Targoviste
Elisabete Matos, Soja Portugal
Federico Nigra, Terra Nostra

Sustainable agribusiness considers the social, cultural, economic and environmental aspects of agricultural production. It ensures that the production is carried out in a sustainable way, providing jobs and food security. It also ensures that agricultural production is conducted responsibly across the agro-allied business chain, while mainstreaming good environmental best practices.

14h00 – 15h15 | Action Tank 8 – Soil Valorisation, room E107

Cristina Vila, FEUP
Rubén Leboreiro, EDAFOTEC
Manuela Carvalho, Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto
Paulo Rodrigues, Environment Transport & Planning Portugal, Lda.

The Soil Valorisation is required when the land is degraded to a level that the original use is no longer possible and the land has become practically unproductive. Soil valorization is straightforward when equipped with a proper understanding of the soil and some knowledge of how to rehabilitate old or damaged soil. Usually longer-term and often more costly investments are needed to show any impact.

15h15 – 16h30 | Action Tank 9 – Wastewater Treatment, room L202a

Paulo Nunes, Adventech
Frederico Fernandes, Águas do Porto
Diogo Talone, Veolia Portugal

Wastewater treatment is the process of converting wastewater into bilge water that can be returned to the water cycle with minimal impact on the environment or directly reused. Wastewater is full of contaminants including bacteria, chemicals and other toxins. Its treatment aims at reducing the contaminants to acceptable levels to make the water safe for discharge back into the environment.

15h15 – 16h30 | Action Tank 10 – Dismantling for Recovery, room A104

Ricardo Neto, ERP
Ricardo Furtado, Valorcar
Fernanda Margarido, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon

Electronic waste processing first involves dismantling the equipment or the electronic item into various parts, which has the advantage of enabling the recognition of the components that are working and are repairable (including chips, RAM, transistors etc) and save them. An ideal electronic waste recycling plant is one which combines dismantling for recovery of its components with increased cost-effectiveness of processing of bulk electronic waste. Reuse is an alternative option to recycling because it extends the life of the device.

16h30 – 17h45 | Action Tank 11 – Materials Recovery, room L119

Benedita Chaves, Lipor
Joana Dias, FEUP
Joana D’Arc Félix de Sousa, ETEC
Maria José Ferreira, CTCP – Centro Tecnológico do Calçado de Portugal

Materials Recovery corresponds to the process of sorting recyclable materials which are collected from households and industry, and recycling them into new and marketable goods (e.g. plastics, cardboard, paper, metal, leather).

16h30 – 17h45 | Action Tank 12 – Reverse Logistics, room E107

Luiz Araújo, Global Technology Partners
Teresa Bianchi de Aguiar, LTPlabs

Reverse logistics was traditionally defined as the process of moving a product from its point of consumption to the point of origin to recapture value or ensure proper disposal. It corresponds to a set of activities that is conducted after the sale of a product (such as servicing, refurbishment and recycling) and  typically involves returning a product to the manufacturer/distributor or sending it along for processing in the final stages of the product’s lifecycle. Reverse logistics is sometimes called aftermarket supply chain, aftermarket logistics or retrogistics.