The Concrete Initiative also welcomes efforts to encourage an increased use of construction and demolition waste (C&DW) aimed at reducing the dependence on virgin raw materials. We appreciate the proposal to increase recycled content of construction products but call on the Commission to ensure that requirements on recycled content will prioritise applications where recycled materials have the maximum positive impact. In case of structural concrete, substitution of virgin aggregates should be done where the economic and sustainability benefits are clear. The possibility of recycling concrete in other applications is also relevant in that it reduces the extraction of virgin aggregates. Emphasis should also be placed on prevention and minimisation of waste: given that concrete structures last for 50 -100 years or more, they are clearly based on the principle of preventing waste - the less you need to build, the less need to recycle!
About us: The Concrete Initiative gathers together the cement and concrete sectors. It is composed of CEMBUREAU (the European Cement Association) BIBM (the European Federation of Precast Concrete) and ERMCO (the European Ready-Mixed Concrete Organization). Its aim is to engage with stakeholders on the issue of sustainable construction, from a concrete perspective.
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