An european project designed to redefine the skills required to work
in energy-intensive industries which adopt circular economy processes.

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A model for a sustainable process industry

The main objective of the project is to develop a blueprint for a European Intensive Industries Skills Agenda and Strategy (SPIRE-SAIS) for an ongoing and short-termed implementation of new skills demands concerning cross-sectoral circular economy.

The importance of people for circular economies

Against the background of multi-faced, and constantly changing economic challenges and digital development, human resources policy could only be successful by integrating all the relevant actors and stakeholders.

Economic, digital and technological developments, as well as increasing energy efficiency and environmental demands, present the European (and global) Industry with many challenges, not least of which is to continuously update the qualification, knowledge and skill profile of the workforce.

A project for a sustainable process industry

The aim of this project is to realise an industry driven and coordinated sustainable cross-sectoral blueprint for a Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency (SPIRE) addressing its recent and future challenges in immediate and enduring ways. A Blueprint strategy for human capital development through a Cross-Sector Skills Alliance on Energy Intensive Industries (EII) will be developed within a (social) innovation process involving a broad range of key stakeholders from the eight sectors of the SPIRE public-private partnership. The alliance of related sector associations or technology platforms, training providers, and research partners is characterised by a huge competence based on a long list of projects for energy efficiency, industrial symbiosis (IS) and related Vocational Education and Training (VET).


A.SPIRE, Belgio – European Aluminium Association AISBL, Belgio – Industrial Minerals Association Europe, Belgio – The European Steel Technology Platform (ESTEP), Belgio – European Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform, Belgio – Carmeuse, Belgio – ECEG, Belgio – Suez Groupe, Francia – Technische Universität Dortmund, Germania – Covestro Deutschland AG, Germania – Mytilineos, Grecia – Rina Consulting – Centro Sviluppo Materiali Spa, Italia – Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di perfezionamento SA, Italia – Ferriere Nord S.p.A, Italia – Visionary Analytics UAB, Lituania – H20-People B.V., Olanda – Instytut Metali Niezelaznych, Polonia – Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade, Portogallo – Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare Pentru Metale NEFE, Romania – Asociacion de Investigacion de Lasindustrias Ceramicas aice, Spagna – Fundacion Circe Centro de Investigacion de Recursos y Consumos, Spagna – Sidenor Aceros Especiales SL, Spagna – International Synergies LTD, UK