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A&C Participates in RECONMATIC Project Kick-off Meeting


8 Sept 2022

On the 8th of September 2022, RECONMATIC kicked-off their meeting in Prague.

Horizon Europe is the world's largest transnational research and innovation project, and in China, it is a key project of the Intergovernmental Cooperation on International Science, Technology, and Innovation.

The RECONMATIC project, as a Horizon Europe project, stands for 𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐢𝐫𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭, which aims to improve automation in the construction waste recycling process and promote high added-value recycling. The project starts in July 2022 and is expected to end in 2026.

The project's agenda reflects the call objectives, with a focus on integrated decision-making that would allow considering all aspects of CDW generation and involving all stakeholders within the construction industry. Current practices in CDW management, from prevention and minimization of waste to its reuse, will be evaluated and markets to support the supply chains and circular economy models will be identified. Consequently, a digital information management system for stakeholders' collaboration and waste traceability will be developed, tested, and demonstrated.

It is envisaged that the CDW minimization will be achieved by empowering BIM and integrating waste management relevant data into the information models. Processes of converting different formats of construction information to digital twins will be automated, as well as the decision-making system for repurposing, deconstruction, and demolition. Automation will be employed for AI-assisted CDW classification and robotic segregation off-site. The methodology for CDW logistics regarding the automatic and more efficient CDW sorting and distribution will be proposed, along with methodologies to provide new added value uses to CDW.

The consortium involves 7 research institutions, 10 small to medium enterprises, 5 large companies and 1 association, representing 5 EU countries, the UK, and China.

As a member of the RECONMATIC project team, A&C will play an active role in research activities as well as facilitate the participation of international partners, making sure the collaboration goes seamlessly. More than ten Chinese partners are represented in the project by China Association of Circular Economy, including policy departments, industry associations, research units and enterprises, such as China Academy of Building Research, China Building Materials Academy and Beijing Chaoyang Environment Group etc. Therefore, it is important to make sure the collaboration is coordinated appropriately, in order to achieve the best outcome.

On the 8th of September 2022, RECONMATIC kicked-off their meeting in Prague.

It was an honour for A&C to attend and introduce the Chinese partners, helping everyone to get to know each other.

This project unites Europe, China and the UK’s expertise and experience in C&D waste problem-solving. Global problems require global solutions. With such an excellent team assembled, we can move the project forward, reach the next milestone in the circular economy, and make contributions to a sustainable built environment.


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