CERUB Certification for Sustainable Tyre Recycling
CERUB is an international certification system for sustainable tyre recycling . The system sets the minimum criteria for the companies producing materials derived from end-of-life tyres in order to ensure a safe circular economy. Apila Group has been developing the system and acting as the international coordinator of the system since 2017.
Urban Infra Revolution (UIR) project
In this project, we are developing new circular economy materials and a novel method to produce recyclable and functional urban construction products. The project is co-financed from the European Regional Development Fund’s Urban Innovation Action (UIA) initiative. The EU’s contribution is 80% – or EUR 3.4 million – and the rest is being funded by the partnering organisations. The project is being carried out by the City of Lappeenranta, Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, the Imatra Regional Development Company, Metsäliitto Cooperative, Apila Group, Outotec, Nordkalk, FIMAtec, UPM, Total Design and Design Reform.
A novel circular economy material for water purification
We have developed a new circular economy material that is suitable for metal recovery and enrichment from waste waters. It is more effective than active carbon and more affordable than ion-exchange resin. The waste-based material innovation was awarded the top prize in Joensuu Science Park’s Start Me Up business idea competition in 2017. The development project paves the way for commercialisation of the product and launching production. The project is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.
Ecosystems to enhance ash utilisation
Apila Group acted as a partner in a project launching regional cooperation for the utilisation of wood ash produced as a by-product of energy production in Central Finland.
Wood ash utilisation in mineral soil forest fertilisation
Puutuhkan käyttö kivennäismaiden metsien lannoituksessa project (2016–2018) was a research and development project co-ordinated by Tapio Oy with a goal to enhance wood ash utilisation in mineral soil forest fertilisation. As nitrogen is typically the limiting factor for mineral soil forests, wood and peat ash are not necessarily sufficient alone to enhance tree growth and growth of forest value in the long term. For this reason, it’s recommended to use ash fertilisation together with nitrogen fertilisation in mineral soil forests. Tapio Ltd carried out the project in co-operation with the Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE), Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Apila Group Ltd and Ecolan Oy. The project was funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland.
Nutritious substances from the forest industry
The Metsäteollisuuden ravinteet project’s objective was to produce information on how nutritious forest industry waste could be used as fertiliser products and to promote their use. The project summary gives comprehensive information on forest industry processes and the side-streams, their formation, amounts and composition. During the project, a guide was written for agriculture and forestry actors to guarantee that the forest industry’s by-products are used safely and in accordance with legislation.
Side-stream utilisation studies and product development projects
Since 2009, Apila Group has been providing reports, studies and product development for our clients to help them to enhance side-stream utilisation and improve their financial profit. By 2019, we have carried out over 180 projects enhancing utilization of side streams. The projects include technology and market studies, identification of utilisation applications, availability studies, material handling studies, creation of symbiotic co-operation between companies, pilot projects, product development and productisation.