DESCRIPTION OF THE ORGANIZATION
RINA Consulting S.p.A. (formerly D’Appolonia S.p.A.), integrates all the engineering consulting companies of the RINA Group becoming the largest fully independent Italian firm providing consulting & engineering services to Clients belonging both to the public and the private sector. The company operates in the markets of Energy, Transport and Infrastructures, Industry, Oil & Gas, Power, Renewables, Space & Defence, Industry sectors and investor support. To offer high level services worldwide, RINA Consulting relies on a permanent staff of about 1700 engineers, scientists and associated professionals located in more than 20 offices worldwide.
The firm offers a full range of integrated engineering services to support the Customers in the development of complex projects, covering whole project life cycle from feasibility and specialized technical studies to conceptual and detailed design, prototyping and testing, project management, site engineering as well as operation and maintenance management. All RINA Consulting services are performed at the highest professional level, understanding and complying with Client’s needs and requirements while taking into due consideration sustainability and health, safety and environmental targets.
The company has participated in more than 40,000 projects worldwide, including most of European countries, United States, Eastern Europe and CIS countries, Northern, West Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Central and Southern America, Asia and Oceania.
ROLE IN THE PROJECT
Within the REHAP project, RINA Consulting is leader of WP6, which concerns the sustainability, energy and techno-economical evaluation of the REHAP processes and products. Specifically, within this WP, RINA Consulting will evaluate the environmental, economic and social impacts of REHAP biobased processes through Life Cycle Assessment (E-LCA), Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LLCA) and Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA). Results from these assessments will be further used as starting point to evaluate the environmental, economic and social impacts of the developed biobased building panel, which will be compared to conventional non-renewable building panel available on the market and with similar performance. According to the results, a business plan will be redacted to foster the market penetration of the developed building solution.
Moreover, to ensure the cost competitiveness of the developed processes and products, a market analysis and a techno-economic evaluation will be performed with respect to fossil-based alternatives and other market-available biobased alternative.
Sustainability of the REHAP processes will be evaluated through an adaptable multi-criteria approach which will take into account the most relevant dimensions of processes, such as raw materials, energy and water consumption, waste management, production efficiency, environmental sustainability, etc. This methodology will be used to identify resource efficiency measures in order to increase the process sustainability.
Finally in WP7 RINA Consulting, through its linked third party RINA Services (which is one of the 10 European accredited Verification Bodies), will identify the measures and guidelines towards the future standardization of REHAP technologies and products.