What

Established in 2017 at the impetus of Recytyre, the management company for end of life tyres in Belgium, and in association with the King Baudouin Foundation, the Green.er fund works towards the diversification of the sales outlets for raw materials derived from the recycling of used tyres in Belgium.

Setting out from the finding that Belgium fails to muster sufficient development and innovation drive in the recycling market for old tyres, Green.er is looking to support local projects which contributes towards the eco-friendly and sustainable processing of these tyres and to examine the potential use of these secondary raw materials and/or to promote their use in practice.

In doing so, the fund focuses its attentions both on the world of academia and the world of trade and industry. The fund supports innovative projects, linked to the rubber industry, which have a potentially positive impact on employment and deliver distinct added value for the recycling sector, with the aim of ensuring optimum integration into circular thinking.

Both existing businesses, as well as start-ups, higher education institutions and spin-offs which aspire to take on this type of initiatives may be eligible for financial support from Green.er.

The fund’s start-up capital is 3.5 million euros.

 

Who

Management

François Cornelis

François Cornelis

Chairman

Bruno Cession

Bruno Cession

Continental Benelux

Edith Coune

Edith Coune

Secretary

Chris Lorquet

Chris Lorquet

CEO Recytyre

Rainer Odenthal

Rainer Odenthal

Michelin Benelux

Gerrit Rauws

Gerrit Rauws

King Baudouin Foundation

Call for projects

In order to qualify for support from Green.er, the projects entered need to comply with the following criteria

  • tyre

    They are to have a link with the processing of used tyre derivatives

  • tyre

    They must be innovative in nature

  • tyre

    They need to have the potential to deliver added value to the Belgian economy: employment, development of new activities, etc.

  • tyre

    They need to make a contribution towards developing the circular economy

  • tyre

    They are expected to offer industrial level processing potential within 5 years

For further information or to enter your project, please contact

Projects

RUBBERGREENCYCLE

Owner: RubberGreen, Rue de la Sucrerie 10, 7080 Frameries

Responsible: Olivier Prud’Homme, CEO Rubbergreen

Objective: Industrialisation of a process of devulcanisation and revulcanisation of rubber waste resulting from the recycling of aircraft or trucks tires, to realise technical parts with strong mechanical properties (traction, tearing, wear, fatigue) and high antivibration performances for railway applications

Start: July 2018

Estimated term: June 2020

Partners: University of Twente (NL)







VALPREMA-3D

Owner: Materianova, Avenue Nicolas Copernic 3, 7000 Mons

Responsible: Fouad Laoutid

Objective: Development of composite polymer materials based on used tires (all types), through 3-D printing technology. The aim is to develop efficient technical materials from these wastes while exploiting their good damping properties (anti-shock), sound insulation and flexibility

Start: February 2019

Estimated term: January 2021

Partners: University of Mons




RUBOST

Owner: Opzoekingscentrum voor de Wegenbouw (OCW), Fokkersdreef 21, 1933 Zaventem

Responsible: Annick De Swaef (CEO), Elia Boonen (Researcher)

Objective: Checking the applicability of rubber granulate from waste tires in concrete guide constructions (safety impact belts), to replace a part of the fine (sand) or coarse (crushed stone) granulates in the concrete composition, possibly in combination with recycled steel fibers from waste tires.

Start: February 2019

Estimated term: January 2022

Partners: Rubber Recycling Overpelt, Colas Belgium




RUBSONIK

Owner: Opzoekingscentrum voor de Wegenbouw (OCW), Fokkersdreef 21, 1933 Zaventem

Responsible: Annick De Swaef (CEO), Anneleen Bergiers (Researcher)

Objective: Studying the possible use of rubber granulates from waste tires in sonic crystals for reducing road traffic noise. Sonic crystals are periodic arrangement of scatterers, whose interaction with acoustic waves leads to the formation of band gap.

Start: February 2019

Estimated term: January 2022

Partners: Rubber Recycling Overpelt, Bekaert, Wire Weaving Dinxperso, Van Eicken




CRUMBit - Crumb Rubber Modified Bitumen

Owner: Universiteit Antwerpen, Road Engineering Research Centre Campus Groenenborger, Groenenborgerlaan 171, 2020 Antwerpen

Responsible: Dr. Johan Blom

Objective: Identification of the barriers which inhibit the use of tyre-derived crumb rubber in Belgian asphalt roads and development of different market-ready solutions to be introduced to the road authorities.

Start: September 2019

Estimated term: January 2021

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