SUSTAINABLE DEVELOMENT FOUNDATION
NextChem is one of the founder members of Sustainable Development Foundation, an authoritative research center for the sectors and actors of green economy. The Foundation is strongly committed to a constant update, to the dissemination of publications, studies and research, to information and discussion events, to the involvement of institutions and stakeholders, as well as to network to advance strategic green economy themes: circular economy, climate and energy, green cities, sustainable mobility, natural capital and green infrastructures.
NextChem is also among the first 100 companies supporting the Manifesto, recovering from the Pandemic with a New Green Deal in Italy launched by the Foundation.
NextChem, a subsidiary of Maire Tecnimont Group for Energy Transition, is partner for 2020 of OPEN ITALY, the Innovation Program of ELIS Consortium, born in 1965 as a non-profit training entity. The mission of OPEN ITALY is to promote the dialogue and collaboration between companies, Italian startup and PMI, research centers, Venture Capitalists and young talent through concrete innovation projects. OPEN ITALY gives the space to different stakeholders to work together, aiming at the introduction of innovative solution in Italian economy, promoting the open innovation culture in Italy.
Associazione Italiana Di Ingegneria Chimica (AIDIC)
NextChem is a corporate partner (Socio Sostenitore) of AIDIC, the Italian Association of Chemical Engineering. AIDIC is a no-profit apolitical association with a technical/scientific orientation, founded in Milan in 1958, including and connecting professionals from industry and academia, as well as students and researchers of the chemical engineering world. It therefore provides an important opportunity of networking among AIDIC individual and corporate members, and operates through 5 Regional Sections and 13 Working Parties (Gruppi di Lavoro), focused on a specific topics of common interest, like Energy Transition, Digitalization, Biotechnologies, Food, Microalgae, Nanotechnologies, etc. AIDIC is a founding member of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE), which includes 36 member societies from 28 European countries and institutional members from North and South America, Africa and Asia. AIDIC representatives sit in the Executive Committee and in the Board of EFCE. AIDIC is a member or partner of several International and Italian associations and organizations, like the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB), the European Society of Biochemical Engineering Sciences (ESBES), the World Energy Council (WEC) Italia, the Società Chimica Italiana (SCI) and many others.
Round table on the Observatory for Circular Economy and Energy Transition – Lombardia Region
NextChem has joined the Round table on the Observatory for Circular Economy and Energy Transition of Lombardia Region, with economic associations, trade unions, universities, regional entities and environmental associations. In the framework of Open Innovation Regional Platform, the Roundtable stimulated the dialogue and an exchange of views in relation to energy transition, waste, renewable resources, climate change and energy efficiency. Nextchem is also part of stakeholder group of Plasteco project
Alliance for Circular Economy (Alleanza per l’Economia Circolare)
NextChem is partner of the Alliance for Circular Economy together with other 20 Italian companies, aiming at driving the change into Circular Economy with coordinating effort and commitment. The Alliance for Circular Economy involves people, associations, lobbyists, and addresses the Government and Europe. The Alliance and its partners aim to obtain to real circularity, which minimizes materials’ consumption.
Circular Economy is an excellence and a goal to achieve, respecting the environment and making economy more efficient and competitive.
Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome
Since 2011 Maire Tecnimont Group has been collaborating with Campus Bio-Medico University and through NextChem, participates in Research & Development projects funded by European Union, together with Italian and international Universities and Research Institutes.
NextChem’s engineers provide also a concrete support to the Master’s Degree Course in Chemical Engineering for Sustainable Development through “Analysis and Simulation of Industrial Chemical Processes” course. The aim is to promote the corporate culture through specific seminars delivered by managers and professionals from the Maire Tecnimont Group, to support the alternation between classroom lectures and business training as well as to offer the students curricular internships creating a fruitful exchange between the academic and industrial world.
In 2019 NextChem was invited to join the AISAM association.
AISAM (Associazione Italiana per lo Studio e le Applicazioni delle Microalghe) aims at promoting research about microalgae and cyanobacteria, supporting the industrial production, conversion and application of microalgal biomass.
Every year the association organizes a conference with the objective to create connections between research and industry, favoring the development of commercial activities based on microalgae production.
University of Messina
Since nearly two decades there is a strong collaboration between NextChem and the University of Messina. The collaboration started from a joint participation in a FISR project (in 2002) having as objective the development of a pilot unit prototype on H2 production using a membrane process, and was implemented with various EU projects such as NEXT-GTL (to develop new routes for methane utilization; project coordinated from the University of Messina UdR -Unità di Ricerca- of INSTM - Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali) as well as with other international collaborations, such as a joint Italian-Israel project.
The collaboration is still ongoing, with a new EU project just started (May 2020; a project called DECADE on the development of innovative photoelectrocatalytic approaches to produce green chemicals and fuels).
In addition, collaboration resulted in various common publications (on the topics of waste-to-chemical, CO2 utilization, green processes assessment), the publication of three books, the realization of common activities such as Summer Schools and it is expanding on new aspects - such as LCA assessment and development of new disruptive technologies for energy and chemistry transition - and educational activities, such as the participation to an international Doctorate lead by University of Messina on energy transition.