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Circular Economy: RE-MED | ENI CBC MED-funded Project promoting sustainable construction in the Mediterranean

With a partnership involving France, Italy, Lebanon, and Tunisia, the RE-MED Strategic Project (Application of innovation for the development of the circular economy for sustainable construction in the Mediterranean), funded by the ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme 2014-2020, which is the largest Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) initiative implemented by the EU under the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI), is officially launched through an online gathering.

Climate Change and Environment
26 October 2020 - 27 October 2020
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

The Lead Beneficiary along with the Project Partners are meeting on October 26th and 27th, 2020 for the Kick-off of the Project.
The objectives of this KoM:
• introducing the members of the project consortium,
• promoting the importance, relevance, and benefits of the ENI CBC MED Programme,
• acquainting the attendees with the challenges of the project,
• clarifying the role of each Project Partner.

Presentation of RE-MED Project
The RE-MED Project was born from the need to reduce the environmental and health impacts due to failures in the management of Construction and Demolition Waste (C&DW). The project plans to transfer and test technologies to turn this C&DW into resources for road construction and maintenance.

Under the coordination of Cerema, the project will implement structured training, decision support tools (methodological guides, business models, data sharing platform, environmental impact calculation, and draft standards) and test new technologies (BIM, 3D modeling of road degradation surveys, etc.). It will act as a link between research actors (universities, and technical centers) and SMEs and manufacturers (construction companies, quarries, etc.) involved in the chain of activity related to C&DW (production, sorting, processing, and recovery).

Expected outputs
3 Construction and Demolition Waste (C&DW) sorting and processing plants built
1 km of innovative pilot road built
1 RE-MED Community online platform set up for knowledge sharing
6 training programs implemented
6 scientific papers published
4 proposals for laws/decrees
1 patent application filed
3 established spin-offs

Project framework
- Programme: Call for strategic projects of the ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme 2014-2020, the largest Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) initiative implemented by the EU under the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) | Useful link: http://www.enicbcmed.eu/programme-funds-22-new-projects-drive-cooperation-forward-across-mediterranean
- Budget: € 3,084,246.92 (90% EU contribution)
- Duration: 30 months (September 4th, 2020 — March 3rd, 2023)

Lead Beneficiary
- France: Cerema

Project Partners
- France: SARL Dynedoc
- Italy: University of Palermo (UNIPA)
- Tunisia: Center for Testing and Construction Techniques (CETEC), Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment, and Afrique Travaux
- Lebanon: Ministry of the Environment, Lebanese Union of Entrepreneurs and Public Works (SLETP), American University of Beirut (AUB)

Associated partners
- Tunisia: Higher Institute of the Sciences and Techniques of Waters of Gabes (ISSTEG), National Engineering School of Tunis (ENIT), National Institute of Standardization and Industrial Property (INNORPI)

DISCLAIMER: The content and/or the views expressed in this article are purely those of the writer and may not in any circumstances be regarded as stating an official position of the European Union (EU) or the Managing Authority of the ENI CBC MED Programme.

Keywords

Circular Economy, Green Technologies, Waste and Pollution, Innovation, Knowledge and Technology Transfer