Leather and circularity at University: Dani is a case study in Padua

Leather and circularity at University: Dani is a case study in Padua

Leather and circularity at University, spotlighting Dani’s leather tanning experience. In fact, the leather tanning group, headquartered in the province of Vicenza, has become a subject of study for students attending Circular Economy classes, in the department of Industrial Engineering, at University of Padua.

Leather and circularity at University

Dani, together with the department of Industrial Engineering lecturers, pinpointed some topics to be discussed before students. For the records, they are going to develop a project work on such topics in partnership with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, a German network which assembles 60 institutes of applied research. In fact, the venture is part of a European project financially supported by EIT_RawMaterials network, which also includes, besides University of Padua and Fraunhofer, three Finnish universities (namely Lappeenranta University of Technology, University of Helsinki e Outotec Oy), one Danish (Technical University of Denmark) and one Dutch (Delft University of Technology).

Topics

Such are the main topics on which students are going to actively experiment what they have previously studied and learnt.

  • A practical application of tools to assess corporate circularity
  • The use of LCA methodology to carry out an analysis of environmental lifecycle in a few specific stages of the leather tanning process
  • To pinpoint and collect the best practice currently implemented on a European scale in order to manage rearing with low footprint on climate change
  • To pinpoint some types of packaging which prove to be more environmentally friendly.

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