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GREen ENgineering solutions: a new LIFE for SEdiments And Shells

GREENLIFE4SEAS project stems from the urgent need to find out sustainable solutions for two strong environmental concerns: the fate of 200 millions of m³ of sediments, often contaminated, dredged in EU every year, and the disposal of 490,000 tons/year of shells, as one of the most impacting EU aquaculture wastes. GREENLIFE4SEAS aims at demonstrating the technical feasibility, full safety and commercial viability of breakthrough solutions for in-situ recovery and reuse of dredged harbour sediments and shells, that are used as secondary raw materials for the realisation of sustainable by-products by means of an optimised mixing technology.

GREENLIFE4SEAS is carried out by a triple-helix model of Consortium, where synergy among research capitalisation, industrial symbiosis and governmental partners as primary stakeholders is the key to innovation and sustainable growth in a knowledge-based economy.

GREENLIFE4SEAS results will epitomise a concrete contribution to improve the EU environmental policy for waste management, circular blue economy and aquaculture.


Politecnico di Bari

Italian state university founded in 1990 with headquarters in Bari (main campus) and Taranto, Puglia. POLIBA is one of the leading institutions for the study of engineering and architecture in Italy, and it is involved in numerous research projects at local, national and international level. Its focus on engineering disciplines makes it a perfect candidate to identify practical, effective and efficient solutions to drive the transition to a sustainable future based on the blue economy.

Istituto superiore per la protezione e la ricerca ambientale (ISPRA)

The Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research deals with environmental protection, including marine protection, environmental emergencies and research, and it is also the guiding and coordinating body of the regional agencies for environmental protection (ARPA) and cooperates with the European Environment Agency and with national and international institutions and organizations working on environmental protection.

Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mar Ligure Orientale (AdSPMLO)

The Port Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea is an Italian public body which carries out the mission of planning, controlling, coordinating and promoting for all port and commercial activities, and it manages the port activities and assures the maintenance of the maritime property area in the harbours of La Spezia and Marina di Carrara.

Vitone Eco Srl

VITONE ECO S.r.l. is a Small and Medium Enterprise based in Southern Italy, in the industrial area of Bitonto (BA), which has been designing, manufacturing and installing innovative equipment for the agri-food sector since 1904, such as a range of machinery for the extraction of olive oil and the treatment of agricultural biomasses with centrifuges technologies.


NOESIS is a company specialised in technical and financial management with almost 20 year of experience and more than 50 EU funded by the European Commission and its agencies related to environmental matter. The specific fields of action are related to sustainable energy, climate mitigation and adaptation, environmental protection, biodiversity and nature conservation.


Established in 1963, SIMEM develops innovative and engineering services for infrastructures. It is one of the world’s leading manufacturer of high-end machinery for the concrete and water treatment industries, as well as for machinery for building infrastructures for human habitats.

Port of Piraeus

The Port of Piraeus is the main sea gateway of Greece and one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean. The location of the port makes it a hub port for international trade and a focal link between the Greek islands and the mainland. The PPA functions as a development lever for the local and national economy and plays a significant role in the development of the shipping, tourism and international trade clusters.

Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Meridionale (AdSPMAM)

The Port Network Authority of the Southern Adriatic Sea is a public institution that includes the former Port Authorities of Bari, Brindisi, Manfredonia, Barletta and Monopoli, representing hundreds of destinations along the western Adriatic coast and over 3,000 meters of handling and landing structures.

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerce (CNR)

The CNR is the largest public research institution in Italy. Its Scientific network is organized in 91 Research Institutes, which perform research tasks according to their programs. Thanks to its scientific experience, CNR has gained considerable experience in International and European research projects and has successfully coordinated and participated in FP7, LIFE and Horizon2020.



Uno Mattina Weekly. Servizio sullo smaltimento dei gusci di mitili grazie al progetto GreenLife4Seas (da min. 57:55) 30/06/2024 – Rai 1 – Uno Mattina Weekly

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Motore Italia Veneto: le imprese che fanno muovere il paese. Intervento del CEO di SIMEM, Federico Furlani, nel programma ‘Motore Italia Veneto’. 17/05/2024 – Milano Finanza – Motore Italia Veneto

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Materiale da costruzione da polvere di mitili e sedimenti marini: il progetto al porto di Bari. 04/05/2024 – L’edicola del sud

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