Consistent with the overall objective of the SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS FORUM (FSMS) of promoting innovation as a lever for achieving higher levels of environmental sustainability, the Spanish Association for Environmental Treatment of Out of Use Vehicles (SIGRAUTO) has chosen this event as the scenario for presenting its first Innovation Awards. The event will be held within FSMS, organised by IFEMA, from 13 to 15 June 2018, at the Feria de Madrid, which also includes the 19th International Town Planning and Environment Trade Fair (TECMA), the 3rd Hygiene and Cleaning Trade Show (ESCLEAN), and the 3rd Madrid Cities Forum.
Specifically, presentation of the awards will take place during the "8th National Meeting on Management and Recycling of Out of Use Vehicles", in the framework of the sixth edition of the International Recovery and Recycling Trade Fair (SRR), one of the events under the umbrella of FSMS and which will take place in parallel with another two dozen events, conferences and fora around innovative management in aspects such as recycling, maintenance and urban services, liveable cities, professional cleaning of indoor spaces and the circular economy.
FSMS is notable for its transversal nature, which enables it to connect sectors having different activities but with common interests and goals, in addition to its strong capacity for communicating good practices in innovation and sustainability of the organisations that work with or participate in the event.
In fact, the SIGRAUTO awards will serve to reinforce this line of FSMS 2018, along with the new Innovation Galleries that can be consulted and visited in its different fairs, seminars and meetings, the purpose of which is to give greater visibility to the products, processes and services that stand out for applying innovative criteria and, therefore, offering new solution for sustainable environmental management.
With these new innovation awards, SIGRAUTO consolidates its position as one of the main FSMS collaborating organisations, both for its activities during the event and for the fact that it, in turn, represents important associations in the recovery and recycling sector that also collaborate in FSMS and its different events: the Spanish Association of Vehicle Scrapyards and Recycling Facilities (AEDRA), the Spanish Association of Automobile and Truck Manufacturers (ANFAC), the National Association of Automobile, Truck, Bus and Motorcycle Importers (ANIACAM), and the Spanish Federation for Recovery and Recycling (FER).
With these new awards, SIGRAUTO wants to promote innovation in the area of recovery of materials from the management of vehicles at the end of their useful life, and therefore it seeks to reward projects that represent an improvement in the recovery of a specific component, material or fraction from end-of-life vehicles. It does so with the understanding that recovery improves when a treatment process is found that represents an improvement in the waste management hierarchy (preparation for reuse, recycling, energy recovery and disposal).
The awards go to public research bodies, universities, public research centres and technology centres, as well as to companies in the end-of-life vehicle recovery sector, whether these be Authorised Vehicle Treatment Centres (CAT), fragmentation or post-fragmentation plants, or operators authorised to manage some of the wastes generated in the treatment of vehicles at the end of their useful life.
The deadline for submitting projects for consideration is 1 February 2018. Candidate projects will be evaluated by a jury made up of prominent figures in the world of recycling, sustainability, innovation and environmental communication. The three best-rated projects by the jury will receive €10,000, €3,000 and €1,000, respectively.
Complete information about the awards can be consulted at: www.sigrauto.com/PREMIOS/index.html