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NVDO takes part in Interreg North-West Europe Grant for the More4Sustainability Project

Zondag, 10 december 2023 08:44
NVDO takes part in Interreg North-West Europe Grant for the More4Sustainability Project

The consortium NVDO, Bemas, Mainnovation, FVI, and EMC2, is proud to announce it has been awarded a grant by Interreg North-West Europe for the innovative More4Sustainability project.


The project aims to promote energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in NEW Industry through developing and implementing a training program on Sustainable Asset Management for the target audience of technical management active in asset intensive industries. 

This initiative is a testament to the partners towards fostering a green, smart, and just transition in the NWE region, aligning with the European Union's ambitious target of a 32.5% increase in overall energy efficiency by 2030.The project fits perfectly with the NVDO Mission Working together on the sustainable deployability of assets.

Challenge and Opportunity
The NWE region is key to reach the EU’s target of an increased overall energy efficiency of 32,5% by 2030. The industry in NWE is the largest consumer of fossil energy and still needs to takes considerable steps in order to reach the objectives. Sustainable Asset Management (AM), based on a set of best practices in Maintenance, Overhaul, Repair & Engineering (MORE), can help industrial companies to improve energy efficiency and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Examples of Sustainable Asset Management practices are equipment isolation, low energy lighting, high-efficiency HVAC, equipment electrification, condition monitoring, preventive maintenance, waste heat capturing, and energy management systems. Despite the potential, only a few companies in the NWE region have embraced Sustainable Asset Management to its full extent.

Objective of the More4Sustainability Project
The More4Sustainability project aims to bridge this gap by promoting energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the NWE industrial sector. The project partners recognize the pivotal role of maintenance and asset management in enhancing the sustainability performance of industrial activities in Europe. Technical decision-makers are key in determining how assets perform in terms of energy and emissions, and their detailed technical knowledge is essential for identifying and implementing relevant improvements in sustainability and energy performance.  That’s why the project's main objective is the development and implementation of a comprehensive training program on Sustainable Asset Management.

Benchmark Study
The project will kick-off with a unique benchmark study gathering insights from over 200 companies across Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Germany, covering more than 80% of the industry in NWE. Industries such as Oil & Chemicals, Steel, Food & Beverage, Life Sciences, Paper & Pulp, Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Aerospace, Advanced manufacturing technologies, and Power Generation will be included. Participants will receive a benchmark report, incentivizing their involvement and providing valuable insights.

Training Program
Insights from the benchmark study will be used to create a comprehensive roadmap, serving as the foundation for the training material. The project's most significant activity is the training of the maintenance and asset management community. Classroom trainings will be organized in each participating country, and an e-learning course will be available from January 2025. This intention fits perfectly into the portfolio of the NVDO Maintenance Academy.

Transnational Cooperation
The transnational nature of the More4Sustainability project is crucial. It allows for the identification of best practices and their impact, which might not be possible within a single nation's context. This cooperation ensures a critical mass of data and experiences, enabling the project to identify early adopters, document their practices, and train technical managers across NWE to implement Sustainable Asset Management effectively.

The More4Sustainability project, backed by the Interreg NWE grant, is a significant step towards a more sustainable and resilient future for the North-West Europe region. The More4Sustainability project is at the forefront of this transformative journey, demonstrating the crucial role of maintenance and asset management in achieving the EU's sustainability goals. The combined expertise and commitment of BEMAS, Mainnovation, NVDO, FVI, and EMC2 are set to drive significant advancements in the field of sustainable Asset Management.

For more information about the More4Sustainability project, please contact Chiara Van Steenberghe – - +32 492 35 56 94.

About Interreg North-West Europe
Interreg North-West Europe is a European Territorial Cooperation programme that supports balanced development across its regions, making them more resilient and enhancing the quality of life and well-being of all citizens. The 2021-2027 Interreg NWE Programme focuses on promoting a green, smart, and just transition for all NWE territories.

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