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Projects Relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals

In order to show the vast contribution towards the SDGs done at Montanuniversität Leoben, RIC Leoben has compiled a list of projects relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals. This list is updated yearly and shows which chairs contribute to which SDG

EnAct-SDGs

Enhancing the skills of ESEE RM students towards the AchievemenT of SDGs

Duration: 01/2020 – 12/2021

The project consortium of “ENhancing the skills for the AChievemenT of SDGs”, EnAct-SDGs, will cooperate in order to develop an Action Plan that will act as a driver to modernize the RM education practices to ensure the incorporation of the Sustainable Development principles in the educational programmes of the ESEE Universities, strengthen the skills and increase the capacity of University graduates and RM professionals.
During the project a number of actions will take place and methodological tools will be adopted so as: (a) to build a dynamic self-sustained network between the Industry, Academia, Researchers and Professionals of the RM sector; (b) to initially assess the existing Educational programmes of the Beneficiary Universities; (c) to take into account the needs and views of the stakeholders from the RM network, Policy makers and NGOs; (d) to identify the areas that need improvement; (e) propose a road map for the modernization of the educational programs of the Beneficiary Universities that could be then transferred as a Best practice to other Universities of the ESEE Region; (f) to organize pilot activities for the implementation of the new proposals.

The EnAct-SDGs project will cooperate with the existing and developing ecosystems of different EIT RM Innovation (RC Leoben and RC Freiberg) and RIS (RCGREECE and RCKOSICE) HUBs represented by the Consortium. The RM industry has already expressed their interest in the project implementation through their Letter of Intent.

Partner: Montanuniversität Leoben (RIC Leoben), AGH University of Science and Technology, Employers’ Organization of Polish Copper, GREEK MINING ENTERPRISES ASSOCIATION (GMEA), Hub Innovazione Trentino – Fondazione (HIT), MYTILINEOS S.A., National Technical University of Athens – NTUA, Panhellenic Association of Graduate Mining and Metallurgical Engineers ( PSDMMM), Technical University of Kosice, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), The National Technology Platform for Research, Development and Innovation of Raw Materials, Università degli Studi di Trento

Green Office

Green Office is an initiative of RIC Leoben at MUL, which allows employees to assess how sustainable and „green“ their office routine is. Are you working at MUL? Join Green Office and fill in the excel sheet and return it to us to earn a certificate on your contribution to a sustainable planet!

Methane Pyrolysis

Sustainable Carbon Supply and Energy Mining based on Methane decomposition is seen as a major contribution to a future carbon footprint reduction while maintaining a sustainable supply with raw materials and green energy.

Natural gas is the fossil fuel containing the least impurities with an estimated global resource of around 800 trillion m³. Although the composition of natural gas can vary to some extent, its primary component is methane, CH4. By endothermic decomposition (methane pyrolysis) methane can be split into its components carbon  and hydrogen (H2) where especially hydrogen is of interest as a future alternative for various industrial applications. Additionally, there is a high potential for various large-scale applications of carbon, especially in construction and agriculture, if the carbon is available at a lower price than from presently available resources.

https://ric-leoben.at/en/sdg/methane-pyrolysis/

PLANETARY BOUNDARIES – ONLINE LECTURE SERIES 2021-2022

A guideline for engineers about earth limitations

In 2009, former director of the Stockholm Resilience Center Johan Rockström led a group of 28 internationally renowned scientists to identify the nine processes that regulate the stability and resilience of the Earth system. The scientists proposed 9 quantitative planetary boundaries:

  • Climate Change
  • Change in Biosphere Integrity
  • Land-System Change
  • Freshwater Use
  • Biochemical Flows
  • Ocean Acidification
  • Atmospheric Aerosol Loading
  • Stratospheric Ozone Depletion
  • Introduction of Novel Entities

Crossing these boundaries increases the risk of generating large-scale abrupt or irreversible environmental changes. Since then the planetary boundaries framework has generated enormous interest within science, policy, and practice. Over the course of 10 lectures, international experts will introduce the audience to the concept of the 9 planetary boundaries within which humanity can continue to develop and thrive for generations to come.

https://ric-leoben.at/en/sdg/planetary-boundaries/

ShiftTanks

ShiftTanks is an initiative founded by Engineers for a Sustainable Future (ESF) and RIC Leoben and provides a platform for motivated students to voluntarily use their expertise in order to work on solutions for challenges of the 21th century. These challenges appear in industry, science and society and are structured in these five areas:

  • Sustainable Technologies in Developing Countries
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Storage
  • CO2-neutral Production and Recycling Processes, Carbon Capture
  • CO2-neutral Raw Material Production
  • Levels of Sustainable Action

Students at MUL are encouraged to use their knowledge and work on solutions during workshops, meetings and field work. In a subsequent step reports, publications, implementation, construction of prototypes are envisioned. The initiators support shiftTanks by providing input, networking, space and financial contribution.

ShiftTanks is a think tank, which thinks as well as acts and thus aims to solve problems and bring about societal change.

Think together – Move others – Shift the system!