SPIRE is a contractual Public-Private Partnership dedicated to innovation in resource and energy efficiency enabled by the process industries and addressing three fundamental European challenges:

  • Urgency to create growth and increase the competitiveness of Europe in a global market.
  • Need to rejuvenate the European process industry that is at the basis of the European economy in terms of turnover, employment and generation of technologies for all industrial sectors.
  • Imperative to reduce resource and energy inefficiency and the environmental impact of industrial activities.

SPIRE aims at integrating, demonstrating and validating systems and technologies capable of achieving

  • a reduction in fossil energy intensity of up to 30% from current levels through a combination of, for example, introduction of novel energy-saving processes, process intensification, energy recovery, sustainable water management, cogeneration heat-power and progressive introduction of alternative (renewable) energy sources within the process cycle
  • a reduction of up to 20% in non-renewable, primary raw material intensity compared to current levels, by increasing chemical and physical transformation yields and/ or using secondary and renewable raw materials
  • a significant contribution to the political and societal objectives of drastic efficiency improvement in CO2-equivalent of up to 40%

across all SPIRE sectors.

A.SPIRE is the European Association which is committed to manage and implement the SPIRE Public-Private Partnership. It represents innovative process industries, 20% of the total European manufacturing sector in employment and turnover, and more than 130 industrial and research process stakeholders from over a dozen countries spread throughout Europe. SPIRE brings together cement, ceramics, chemicals, engineering, minerals and ores, non-ferrous metals, steel and water sectors, several being world-leading sectors operating from Europe.

For further information:

Visit the SPIRE website.