Mobile and Innovative Circularity for Construction Products
The transition towards a circular economy is a global challenge. The EU Green Deal aims to transform industries to reduce waste generation, foster recycling and make circular products the norm in the EU. Among the sectors that are expected to contribute to this circular journey, the construction sector is one of the most promising. The sector has a substantial impact on a number of economic sectors in the EU – making up to 10.5% of EU-27 global added value – and significantly contributes to employment offering 22 million jobs, driven mainly by SMEs. When looking at its environmental impact however, construction sector consumes significant amounts of resources, accounting for approximately 50% of all extracted materials. At the same time, the sector is responsible for more than 37% of the EU’s total waste generation, making it one of the biggest waste streams in Europe.
Given the pressing need of a new modus operandi to increase the availability of reused and recycled construction products across the EU, the idea of MOBICCON-PRO project has come about. Its main objective is to demonstrate and deploy an innovative mobile and territorial solution for construction and demolition waste (CDW) management that increases the uptake of recycled construction products in the Southeast Europe region.
Specific objectives of the project:
1. Create a Territorial hub for Circularity.
2. Develop and streamline innovative digital technologies to support selective separation and demolition.
3. Build and test a CDW Treatment Mobile Plant (MPP).
4. Develop, certify, and produce innovative construction materials from recycled/recovered CDW.
5. Demonstrate the territorial circular concept for CDW in different locations to prove replicability.
6. Communicate, disseminate, and exploit the results of the project during and after its expected duration.
MOBICCON-PRO will develop and demonstrate an innovative and scalable circular systemic solution for CDW management, which is economically feasible and boosts the acceptance of recycled materials in the construction sector. Project concept includes 2 key elements for success: the Territorial Circularity Centre and a mobile waste management scheme based on separate collection technologies and a mobile waste treatment pilot facility.
Coordinator of the project - Glavbolgarstroy Holding AD (GBS)
Start of the project: December 2022
End of the project: December 2027
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 101091679.