In February 2016, Ave was classified second among 18 presentations at the tenth conference CemFuel in Prague.

The jury has distinguished this presentation their scientific value, combining with a large industrial practice, involving six cement plants, and gave prominence to the fact that this study put the coprocessing in the sphere of circular economy. The work presented was developed by , with the indispensable support of Cimpor and SECIL.

Global CemFuels Focus: Southern European

Southern European countries like Italy, Portugal and Cyprus have relatively low alternative fuel substitution rates compared to much of the rest of Europe and a high dependence upon imported fuels. Italy and Portugal have under-developed waste management supply chains. While in Portugal efforts are being made to address this, Italy's stunted economy and cement industry means that few improvements have been made in recent years.

Recognition of Material Valuation in co-processing

AVE - Gestão Ambiental e Valorização Energética, SA (AVE) commissioned the study: "Co-processing - Development of alternative fuels material in the cement industry" to company 3Drivers. A pioneering project that had as partners Sociedade Ponto Verde, Valorpneu and VALORCAR.

Co-processing contributes to increasing recycling rates

The waste sector new strategic framework provides for that the mineral fraction of the co-processed waste in cement kilns - which is integrated into the clinker through the production of cement - ought to be accounted for under national recycling rate of each stream.

VALORCAR willing to value fragmentation waste

AVE - Gestão Ambiental e Valorização Energética, SA (AVE) established a collaboration protocol with VALORCAR to develop post-fragmentation screening technologies so as to select only part of the components form waste for co-processing, while the remaining will be valued through recycling. With this VALORCAR will be able to achieve its objectives with regard to meeting the targets, which stipulate an increase of reuse and valorization of a minimum of 95% by 2015.