Working together to build a stronger future


Modeling debris collection in inland waterways

The italian company Mold s.r.l. develops innovative barriers for waste and oil pollutants in rivers. Their River Cleaning System is able to detect and collect floating waste from water streams, without interfering with navigation and the natural ecosystem.

Having sustainability as core value, it is critical for the company to prove that the overall benefits surpass the required resources, and to quantify these benefits. Metinsi performs LCA of the system on selected rivers with following goals:

  1.  quantify the environmental impact in terms of CO2 emissions, consumption of fossile resources, microplastics release
  2. Indicate hot spots in the resource consumption  
  3. Find out what are the features of the location (river size, amount of waste, waste management systems in the area and the like) critical for a positive impact (and thus, business)

The results are then used to develop business opportunities and prioritize the installation of barriers, integrating sustainability in the core of the company's strategy.


Boosting the sustainability of textile innovations

The Austrian startup Freyzein develops high-performance bi-circular textiles to out-innovate petroleum-based synthetics.

The collaboration between the two teams begann to conduct some LCA studies on selected pieces of their collection, and quickly developed into a long-term strategic partnership.

Metinsi supports Freyzein in assessing the sustainability of new textile technologies, developing the supply chain and in defining the overall strategy for sustainability. The work will include later the choice and execution of certifications for their products, both in B2C and B2B sector.

Last but not least, metinsi also supports Freyzein in building up and leveraging business partnerships with the strong and innovative textile industry in Italy


Supporting intelligent and sustainable infrastructure

DrainBot is the first robotic innovation that provides railway and road operators with intelligent, autonomous tunnel drainage maintenance systems that improve economic efficiency and safety of their tunnels.

The Grazer high-tech start-up DrainBot GmbH puts sustainability in the core of its R&D philosophy and adopts a life-cycle perspective to reduce the impact of the full tunnel drainage systems. It is therefore of utmost importance to them to model and quantify the overall environmental impact, and entrusted metinsi with this work.

The results of this study will allow for even better utilisation of available resources like water, energy and raw materials, leading ultimately to more conscious and sustainable operation of tunnels.