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(LIFE21-ENV-FI-101074439) (2022-2026)


The LIFE project 6 European flagship ferrous foundries will implement at industrial scale the inorganic binder system on their production process implying major changes, starting with selection of the suitable inorganic binder system, changes in processes and investments in new equipment.

In parallel different sand reclamation methods will be demonstrated. Based on the results obtained, the foreseen techniques will present an outstanding knowledge for BAT technologies participating to tackle environmental problems and to produce greener products to European market.

Project objectives and activities

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Green Casting LIFE project aims to demonstrate the technical and environmental feasibility of using inorganic binders, instead of traditional organic ones, in ferrous foundries.


  • To successfully use inorganic binder systems on an industrial scale in 6 flagship ferrous foundries, including necessary equipment investments, in five European countries.
  • To develop tailor-made inorganic binder systems solutions for iron and steel foundries, in cooperation with the flagship foundries.
  • To demonstrate different type of sand reclamation methods for inorganic binder system sands (thermal, mechanical and wet methods).
  • To enhance the replication potential by
    • contacting 200 and interviewing 100 potential ferrous foundries.
    • guiding and testing inorganic binders in 15 selected follower pilot foundries in Europe.
    • providing new results and experiences for the preparation of the Reference Document on Best Available Techniques in the Smitheries and Foundries Industry (BREF document).
  • To ensure an efficient communication and dissemination of the project activities.
  • To arrange training workshops in six partner countries for potential follower pilot foundries and other relevant stakeholders.
Expected results
  • Experiences and know-how from six flagship foundries for implementing inorganic binders in their production.
  • Step-by-step implementation plans for flagship foundries for the full-scale implementation of inorganic binders.
  • Emission reductions after changing from organic binder systems to inorganic binder systems:
    • To reduce total hazardous airborne emissions by 80-95% (VOC, SO2, NOx, Particulate Matters) in the production lines using inorganic binders compared.
    • To create a healthier environment for the workers by improving indoor air quality in foundries by 70 (CO, VOC, PM, formaldehyde, phenols).
    • To reduce the harmful substances in waste sand by 80-90% (DOC, phenols, fluoride, BTEX concentrations)
    • To decrease the amount of waste sand to be landfilled by 90% in the partner foundries.
    • After 5 years from the end of the project 300 ferrous foundries in EU are expected to change from current organic to inorganic binder systems.
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  • Total budget: 7 162 398 €
  • EU contribution (60%): 4 297 432 €
  • Duration: 09/2022-02/2026
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“Co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or CINEA. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.”


  • Visit of the Ministry of the Environment, March 9, 2023

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  • Foundry visits at Spanish flagship foundries of Voestalpine Railway Systems JEZ SL and Metalurgica Madrilena SA.
    Project coordinating beneficiary Markku Tapola from Meehanite Technology Oy and Foundry Senior Expert Pekka Kemppainen visited the two project flagship foundries in 15.-18.-5.2023 with Erika Garitaonandia from Azterlan.  

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OPSA Ltd, PolandContact: Maciej Krolikowski,
Metalurgica Madrilena
Metalurgica Madrilena S.A., SpainContact: David Valle,
Voestalpine Railway Systems
Voestalpine Railway Systems JEZ, S.L., SpainContact: Asier Renteria,
Valumehaanika AS
Valumehaanika AS, EstoniaContact: Harri Salu,
Peiron Oy
Peiron Oy, FinlandContact: Markku Eljaala,
F.A. Engineering srl
F.A. Engineering srl, ItalyContact: Ivan Stefani,
Fundacion Azterlan
Fundacion Azterlan, SpainContact: Erika Garitaonandia Areitio,
PEAK Deutschland GmbH
PEAK Deutschland GmbH, GermanyContact: Theo Kooyers,
Sand Team spol s.r.o
Sand Team spol s.r.o, CzechiaContact: Michal Vykoukal,
Foundry Association of the Basque Country and Navarre
Foundry Association of the Basque Country and Navarre, SpainContact: Oroitz Unzain,
AGH University of Science and Technology
AGH University of Science and Technology, PolandContact: Rafal Danko,
A-Insinöörit Suunnittelu Oy
A-Insinöörit Suunnittelu Oy, FinlandContact: Marko Liikanen,
Foundryteam Oy
Foundryteam Oy, FinlandContact: Erkki Karvonen,
Universita degli studi di Perugia
Universita degli studi di Perugia, ItalyContact: Stefano Saetta,
Centre Techniques des Industries Mécaniques
Centre Techniques des Industries MécaniquesContact: Jean-Bernard Virolle,

Contact information

Meehanite Technology Oy
Sara Tapola, Meehanite Technology Oy, tel +358 40 5518761,

For further information

Marko Liikanen

Marko Liikanen

vice president, environmental and safety engineering

technical engineering

+358 40 824 7278 Tampere

Sara Tapola

Sara Tapola

project coordinator

technical engineering

+358 40 551 8761 Tampere