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Our capabilities and services are developed in the following areas of knowledge:

Circular economy and industrial symbiosis projects

    The circular economy promotes an economic model that ensures efficiency in the use of resources, maximizing the time they spend in the productive environment, and therefore reducing pressure on the natural environment, both in terms of depletion of natural resources as to the emission of waste. In addition, sustainable job creation and responsible consumption are pursued.

    In the productive sector, this is achieved by ecodesigning products, optimizing transformation processes and enhancing industrial symbiosis so that some companies can take advantage of the resources (waste, energy, common services) of others. It is also necessary to act from design and with companies and their business models to facilitate servitization strategies and extend the useful life of products, as well as facilitate the return cycles of materials at their end of life. The consumer must be involved in all these changes for the circular model to be successful.

    Relevant R&D projects: TRIS, INSYLAY, SPS-CIRC, CIRCULARIZE y RENEW 2020.

Ecodesign, Life cycle analysis and environmental footprints

    The ecodesign of products considering the environmental aspects throughout its life cycle (from the time raw materials are obtained until it is managed as waste), is key to achieving sustainable products and services with less environmental impact, it is an engine of innovation that at the same time makes companies more competitive and that achieve greater user satisfaction.

    There are various tools for environmentally evaluating products, among which life cycle analysis stands out, which quantitatively evaluates the environmental loads or aspects of a product to calculate the associated environmental impacts. These results can be used in an ecodesign process, to assess whether modifications to the product generate environmental benefits, or in type III ecolabels.

    Finally, in addition to the aforementioned eco-labels, AIDIMME collaborates with companies to obtain the European Ecolabel (Ecolabel), or in the preparation of environmental self-declarations, as well as in the calculation of the carbon or water footprint:

  • Life cycle analysis (application to ecodesign, EPDs)
  • Support for obtaining ecolabels:
    • Type I: Ecolabel
    • Type II: Self-declarations
    • Type III: Environmental Product Declarations or EPDs.
  • Carbon Footprint: product or corporate.
  • Water footprint.

Relevant R&D projects: ECO-LCA.

Advice on legal compliance with environmental requirements

    Legal compliance is the starting point for the development of any industrial activity.

    Environmental legislation is increasingly abundant and complex, hence the need for experts to facilitate the identification of the application requirements for each business activity and who have the knowledge and ability to carry out the environmental studies required to comply with those requirements. At AIDIMME you can count on experts who can advise you on:

    • Processing of licenses and authorizations:
      • Environmental communication, Declaration of environmental manager, Environmental license and Integrated environmental authorization.
      • Authorization for the reception, storage and treatment of Waste.
      • Authorization of discharge, of sources emitting into the atmosphere ...
      • Authorization for the storage of chemical products (APQ).
      • Development of self-protection plans / SEVESO regulations.
      • Industrial registration.
    • Carrying out environmental studies:
      • Environmental impact studies.
      • Waste minimization studies.
      • Preliminary reports of soil contamination.
      • Identification and evaluation of environmental risks.
      • Business plans for the prevention of packaging and packaging waste.
      • Acoustic studies.
      • Self-control plans for discharges, waste and emissions.
      • Solvent management plans.
    • Environmental legislative audits.
    • Ongoing legal advice on the environment.

Preparation of sustainability reports

    Sustainability reports represent an opportunity for companies to communicate their vision and contribution to sustainability from three areas: economic, environmental and social.

    Sustainability reports are a valuable tool to satisfy the information needs of all parties interested in the development and operation of companies (suppliers, customers, society, Administration ...) and can constitute a solid, transparent and trust-building image. of said actors in its value chain, differentiating itself in many cases from its competition. Furthermore, these reports form a firm basis for a continuous improvement process for the company at all levels.

    Although this type of reporting is already a legal obligation for larger companies, it can have advantages in tenders, taxes, etc. for SMEs.

Implementation of Integrated Management Systems

    Integrated management systems are one of the basic pillars in the evolution of companies, favoring the improvement of quality and safety of both processes and products, while protecting the environment.

    To facilitate this work, from AIDIMME we offer advice on:

    • Implementation of environmental management systems based on ISO 14001 / EMAS, quality ISO 9001 and safety and health at work ISO 45001.
    • Implementation of ecodesign management systems based on ISO 14006.
    • Implementation of chain of custody (FSC and PEFC) and Due Diligence Systems (EUTR).
    • Maintenance of management systems.
    • Internal audits.
    • Accompaniment in certification audits.

Circular Economy Training

    Training is crucial in the personal and professional development of any person, the fact of being more educated and trained allows us to face decision-making and conflict resolution in an increasingly effective way. And this is highly valued by companies. Hence, AIDIMME is committed to training at three levels:

  • Open or customized courses in environmental matters.
  • Participation in conferences and workshops to disseminate knowledge.
  • University masters:
    • Master's degree in quality systems management, environment and occupational health and safety.
    • University Master's Degree in Occupational Risk Prevention.