We are proud to announce our paticipation in the project “REMEDIES – Co-creating strong uptake of REMEDIES for the future of our oceans through deploying plastic litter valorisation and prevention pathways’.
The REMEDIES is the first project selected from the newly created Horizon program Mission: Ocean, seas and waters. The European Commission allocated a budget of 7.999.644,75 Euros under its Horizon Europe programme (HORIZON-CL6- HORIZON-MISS-2021-OCEAN-03) to monitor and collect plastic litter, as well as to lower the quantity of (micro)plastic in the Mediterranean sea.
European Union has launched a new Horizon Mission programme aiming to restore, protect and preserve the health of our ocean, seas and waters by 2030. The Mission is designed to deliver on the European Union’s 2030 quantified and measurable targets for protecting and restoring ecosystems and biodiversity with actions for zero pollution, and for decarbonisation as well as net greenhouse gas emissions reduction towards climate-neutrality, within the EU’s ocean, seas and waters. This Mission supports many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): in particular restoring our ocean and waters related actions will directly contribute to SDG 14 – Life below water and SDG 6 – Clean water and sanitation, in addition to the SDG13 – Climate action.
The overall objective of the REMEDIES project is to attract public interest for deploying remedies of our seas. The efforts to monitor and collect plastic litter, as well as to prevent the generation of litter in the first place, should become mainstream and an everyday part of our lives. REMEDIES is thus aiming to create a trend of plastic prevention by exploitation of traditional and modern channels and with the help of citizen’s science fostering co-creation of participatory processes building a more plastic-conscious society.
These REMEDIES will be reached through the following specific objectives:
- To monitor macro- and microplastic waste in 8 Mediterranean areas.
- To collect and valorise >422 tons of plastic litter.
- To prevent the further deposition of an equivalent of >61 tons of plastic.
- To reach >250,000 people and activate >2,000 citizens.
- To scale and replicate zero-waste innovations in ~50 more sites.
The REMEDIES consortium is coordinated by the National Institute of Chemistry from Slovenia and builds its innovation actions around the three main pillars of monitoring plastic litter, its collection and valorisation, including the prevention of the distribution of non-degradable plastics. Twelve (4 per pillar) breakthrough innovations will be showcased in the next four years as the project focuses on technology readiness level from validation and demonstration in relevant environment to system prototype demonstration in operational environment (i.e. TRL 5-7). All innovative solutions will be tested in 9 demonstration sites in 8 Mediterranean countries. After validation, they will be scaled up in 33 new sites in order to implement them across the whole Mediterranean.
REMEDIES is not only an innovation action project for scientists or entrepreneurs. Its ambition stems from including all relevant stakeholders that wish to contribute to a plastic free future. By implementing their own ideas and projects. By becoming a future plastic entrepreneur. By changing their lifestyle to spread the zero waste way of living. Your participation will make a difference. Together we can have an enormous impact on the local and global community. With joint forces we will prevent and reduce plastic litter and microplastics in the Mediterranean Sea to preserve our planet. Lead by example. Each contribution counts.
LIST OF ALL PARTNERS:
- Impact Hub Athens (IHA) – NPO Greece
- National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) – UNI Greece
- Marine Conservation Greece (MCG) – SME Greece
- National Institute of Chemistry (NIC) – RTD Slovenia
- University of Maribor (UM) – UNI Slovenia
- Alchemia-nova Greece (ANGR) – SME Greece
- Clera.One (CLERA) – SME Slovenia
- Wasser 3.0 (W30) – NPO Germany
- Mold Srl (RC) – SME Italy
- Bio-Mi (BMI) – SME Croatia
- Cittadini (CIT) – SME Italy
- Next Technology Tecnotessile (NTT) – RTD Italy
- AITIIP (AITP) – RTD Spain
- Venice Lagoon Plastic Free (VLPF) – NGO Italy
- CIBOS Innovation (CIB) – SME Greece
- Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) – RTD Italy
- Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek (VITO) – RTD Belgium
- Small Islands Organisation (SMILO) – NPO France
- Environmental & Territorial Management Institute (ETMI) – NGO Albania
- Exit Foundation (EXIT) – NPO Serbia
- F6S Network Ireland Ltd (F6S) – SME Ireland
- Mohammed First University (MOH) – UNI Morocco
- Infordata (INFOR) – SME Italy
The first project selected from the newly created Horizon program EU Mission: Restore our Ocean and Waters