ICEBERG reaches its half-way point

The first half of the project has focused on the development and improvement of digital tools, sorting and recycling technologies, and eco-design and manufacturing of circular construction products. Now, ICEBERG partners are launching demonstrations on an industrial scale and we are working on breaking non-technical barriers, supporting policy formulation, standardization and awareness among stakeholders and society.

We are also starting to model the new businesses related to the new solutions and sharing the results with other researchers, industries and society.

In the month of October, the first public reports will be available on the project website and the participants will meet in Bilbao (Spain) for a three-day face-to-face General Assembly, where the progress made and other additional challenges will be presented.

The ICEBERG project works on a series of innovative solutions based on the circular economy that demonstrate the efficient recovery of valuable material resources from the generation of representative construction materials at the end of their useful life, it is funded by the European Union as part of the Program Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework (contract 869336). Its objective is to address the recycling and recovery of some of the most common construction and demolition waste (C&D).

The objective of the project is to design, develop and validate innovative recycling systems and technologies that allow the production of high-value recovered materials that have a low level of impurities (less than 8%) and are safe. The validation will be carried out on an industrial scale through six case studies in different locations in Europe, covering the circularity of concrete, ceramics, wood, plaster, insulating foams and super-insulating materials. It also seeks to improve the reliability and acceptability of materials recycled from construction waste.

The project has a duration of four years and has a budget of 15.667.498 euros, of which the European Union contributes 12.997.935 euros. In the first half of the project, tools and technologies are being developed to improve the traceability, identification, separation, recycling and reuse of CDW materials. The second part of the project will be dedicated to demonstrating these solutions in six case studies, analyzing their economic and environmental impact and their impact on workers’ health.

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