Outreach

SIM² KU Leuven not only communicates its results to academia and industry but is also actively involved in interacting with society and popularising its results. As such, SIM² KU Leuven is active through social media, blogging, youtube videos, promo videos, Wikipedia page improvement, local stakeholder activities, open door days, children university programmes etc. SIM² KU Leuven also has a wide network amongst journalists and regularly contributes to tv documentaries, newspaper articles, magazine articles, radio interviews etc. Examples can be found below. More information can be found through the various project and consortia websites.

I. Documentaries featuring KU Leuven

Everything can be cleaner (part 1)

In this two-part documentary, Dirk Draulans was looking for Flemish cleantech innovation: high technology at the service of ecological sustainability. The documentary shows that ELFM is a part of the transition to a low-carbon, circular, resilient economy.

Everything can be cleaner (part 2)

In this two-part documentary, Dirk Draulans was looking for Flemish cleantech innovation: high technology at the service of ecological sustainability. The documentary shows that ELFM is a part of the transition to a low-carbon, circular, resilient economy.

Vuil Goud

SIM² KU Leuven takes centre stage in the VPRO-Tegenlicht Documentary “Vuil Goud” on Urban/Landfill Mining (48 min).

ELFM seminar in the European Parliament

The first ever ELFM seminar in the European Parliament, organised by two Flemish MEPs (Vautmans & Demesmaeker) and EURELCO, featured speakers from four DGs (ENV, ENERGY, GROW and RTD) along with leading actors from industry, academia and public bodies.

Waste doesn’t exist anymore

Terzake interviewed Peter Tom Jones (president EURELCO) and Yves Tielemans (Group Machiels). Although it seems unthinkable now, in the past waste in Flanders was just dumped on landfill sites. Millions of tons of waste. A part of the waste is now being valorised.

Dirty gold

Tegenlicht, the renowned Future Affairs program on the Dutch channel VPRO featured a unique documentary on landfill mining. Our waste is worth money. Recovering it has started up a new global industry. It appears to be the solution for many of our resource needs.

II. Videos

NEW-MINE – EU Training Network for Resource Recovery Through Enhanced Landfill Mining

ETN NEW-MINERS meet ‘DE LOCALS’ of Remo Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) site

EU MSCA ETN H2020 DEMETER Project.

European Training Network for the Design and Recycling of Rare-Earth Permanent Magnet Motors and Generators in Hybrid and Full Electric Vehicles (DEMETER).

Benefits of ELFM with Ray Cokes

Digging for garbage is a short film, with former MTV star Ray Cokes, intended for a wide audience to raise awareness with respect to the benefits of ELFM. For the first time ever a fanfare enters the bowels of a semi-excavated landfill, providing incredible scenes.

RARE³ KU Leuven – About Red Mud.

RARE³ KU Leuven (Research Line 2 in SIM² KU Leuven) launched a brand new animation film on the zero-waste valorization of red mud (bauxite residue) landfills, featuring former MTV Star Ray Cokes. The film reveals how the red mud problem can be turned into a resource opportunity.

Terra Reversa

Peter Tom Jones updated its book he wrote in 2009 “Terra Reversa. The transition to equitable sustainability”. The conclusion is that a lot has changed and that we can be optimistic.

Maximale Valorisatie van ijzerhoudende Industriële Afvalstromen

Greek scientists have developed a technology that allows them to obtain rare earth elements (REEs) from waste ore in an economical and environmentally friendly way.

Results of IOF-KP SMaRT-Pro² Project.