Sectoral Operational Programme “Increase of Economic Competitiveness”
Priority axis 2 “Research, technological development and innovation for competitiveness”
Management Authority – Ministry of Economy, Commerce and Business Environment
Intermediary Body – National Agency for Scientific Research
Development of INCD ECOIND research infrastructure in order to extend and diversify research works in the field of industrial ecology
Beneficiary: National Research and Development Institute for Industrial Ecology – INCD ECOIND Bucharest
Project co-financed from European Regional Development Fund
To observe the conditions imposed in the Treaty for Romania’s Accession to the EU and the guidelines in „Romania’s Post–accession Strategy”, as well as accomplish the priorities outlined in the National Strategic Reference Framework and in the National Development Plan (PND) 2007 -2013, at national level social and economic cohesion and regional development policies have been developed and adjusted to the European policies and to Lisbon Strategy aimed basically at economic growth and creation of new jobs. According to the post-accession strategy, the key focus is placed on correct application of the economic and environment policies integration measures that would secure pollution reduction and improvement if the economic performances, especially with regard to the economic competitiveness. According to the National RDI Strategy, to facilitate integration into ERA, research infrastructure development policies were issued to ensure proper development and endowment of the RDI institutes, matching the levels available in other EU institutes.
In this context, the present project, developed in the frame of Sectoral Operational Programme Increase of Economic Competitiveness, aimed at development of a modern research infrastructure in INCD-ECOIND, is in line with the European standards and that allows diversification of the research and development activities and enhancing their quality and European competitiveness, resulting into higher economic competitiveness for both the institute and the beneficiary companies.
The development of institute’s infrastructure and endowment of research departments / laboratories with high performance modern equipments is contributing to the improvement of institute’s research capacity and is assuring the development of new research directions both and national /regional and European/international level. The 15 new research directions initiated during the project are in complete accordance with the strategic objectives of the national environmental policy and are focussing on topics of European interest such as:
Environmental pollution control
- Development of new / optimized techniques for hazardous substances pollution control (water, air, soil)
- Development of new ecotoxicological methods / tests for toxicity assessment of hazardous substances upon soil microorganisms
- Elaboration of testing / assessment strategies of risks generated by hazardous substances (support for REACH implementation)
- Development of methods / techniques for bacteriological control and characterization of water, soil, air, sediments
- Modern methodologies for waste characterization / classification and assessment of risk induced by waste deposits
- Monitoring / assessment of greenhouse gases and determination of solid and liquid fuels characteristics
- Development of an complex system for identification of petroleum products sources – specific methodology for judicial analysis
Environmental pollution assessment
- Elaboration of integrated methodologies / models on assessment of surface water sources pollution status due to the effects of anthropic sources and climatic change
- Evaluation of ecological risks for some industrial sectors
- Development of techniques, methodologies for environmental risk assessment of industrial activities
Environmental technologies for pollution abatement
- Development / promotion of innovative technologies / biotechnologies for xenobiotics, nutrients removal
- Development / consolidation of an regional network dedicated to industrial symbiosis, aiming to reduce resource / energy consumptions and capitalize the waste
- Development of solar environmental technologies – clean technologies with low energy consumption
- Development of alternative / passive technologies for mine water treatment
Environmental and quality management systems
- Elaboration of methodologies for development and implementation of the European management and audit systems (EMAS II) and of new management systems (health & safety, food safety).
The main components of the project were:
Construction of a new building for the expansion and diversification of the R&D activities performed by INCD-ECOIND. The building can accommodate 150 persons and have basement, ground floor and five floors where the specific activities of the institute are carried-out and is supporting a higher research capacity, attracting young researchers and highly-qualified specialists from the country and abroad. The new building was finalised in 2011, the research activity being relocated to the new location in the first part of November 2011. The official opening took place on 15 of November 2011. There were created adequate space and endowment conditions for 13 new research laboratories / centres / compartments, within the existing departments.
Endowment of INCD-ECOIND’s research departments and laboratories with lab equipments and apparatus (70 research –development equipments), means of production and items of the furnishings and fixtures (including installations, other management and administration facilities, fire extinction /health & safety facilities, etc.), as well as procurement of intangible assets to support expansion of the current research activities and approaching new topics specific to environment protection, as well as higher European competitiveness of the institute and higher quality and more diverse offering of innovative services;
Enhancing the administrative capacity by carrying-out information and advertising campaigns to promote the institution, procurement of IT goods, office supplies and other products required for a better management of the institution and ensuring researchers’ access to databases, scientific publications, etc.
Project management was assured by a team that was responsible for coordination and monitoring of various activities of the project and implementation of adequate controls to ensure attainment of all the objectives and compliance with the economic, technical, quality and eco-efficiency indicators. The project team was composed from:
- Margareta Nicolau – Project Manager , General Manager
- Irina Eugenia Lucaciu – Deputy Project Manager, Responsible for equipments and intangible assets procurement
- Ion Viorel Patroescu – Infrastructure Responsible
- Lucian Alexandru Constantin – Financial Management Responsible, Information and Publicity Responsible
- Stefan Iliescu – Responible for monitoring of construction works
Within the enlarged project team are included also:
- Aurelia Ballo – Scientific Director / Deputy General Manager
- Stanca Stoica – Financial Operations Responsible
- Cristina Georgeta Zaharia – Public Procurement Responsible
At projects implementation participated also the head of laboratories, other researchers and specialists, which has the professional and management experience needed for the development of the new research directions.
The project’s promotion and information actions were the responsibility of project team. The activities for promotion and dissemination of the project were carried in accordance with the activities calendar from financing contract and consisted from: four radio publicity materials, three tv spots, three informative/promotion brochures, one information poster, a CD dedicated to the project’s results and two press releases in national newspapers.