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CO2NSTRUCT: Modelling the role of circular economy construction value chains for a carbon-neutral Europe

Objective

Circular Economy integration into climate action and policy is limiting the EU's advancement to achieve carbon neutrality as fast as possible. Widely applied TIMES energy-climate mitigation models detail the use of technology and technological advances in its GHG abatement pathways. Because CE practices are technical, CO2NSTRUCT deems TIMES the ideal proxy model to shift climate mitigation models from linear to circular. This project will delineate a “circular climate mitigation” framework to augment TIMES models at a first stage, but that can serve as an imprint for other climate mitigation models. The focus will be on six pervasive carbon-intensive construction materials – steel, cement, brick, glass, wood, and insulation – to map six value chains with explicit feedback loops and quantified rebound effects, key of CE practices. Social and environmental externalities will be accounted for, including GHG & air pollutants emissions, water usage, embodied energy, energy poverty, employment, and inequalities. Once these and other CE measures are identified in the key industries of the six materials, CE tools as LCA and MFAs can be coupled to the TIMES model. TIMES will run several CE scenarios to quantify the role of CE for EU+ climate mitigation in the near-term and future, always ensuring carbon. Outcomes will be translated into useful and effective policy support information for sustainable climate mitigation, minimising conflicts across SDGs (both in EU+ and rest of the world). Although the framework is applied to the whole EU+ energy production and consumption system (disaggregated per country), CO2NSTRUCT will emphasize two economic case studies or clusters: (1) offshore renewable energy production and (2) buildings. CO2NSTRUCT anticipates that the framework can be used globally by climate mitigation modelers and policy makers. CE integration into climate action will drive EC’s goal to increase EU GDP by 0.5% by 2030.

Coordinator

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Net EU contribution
€ 1 333 967,00
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Denmark

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Region
Danmark Hovedstaden Københavns omegn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 2 505,50

Participants (5)

CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SAVING FONDATION
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 661 250,00
Address
Marathonos 19th Km
19009 Pikermi

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Region
Ανατολική Αττική Aττική Αττική
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 628 125,00
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 150
44801 Bochum

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Arnsberg Bochum, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Laboratorio Nacional de Energia e Geologia I.P.
Portugal
Net EU contribution
€ 679 500,00
Address
Rua Da Amieira
4466-901 S.mamede De Infesta

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Region
Continente Norte Área Metropolitana do Porto
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 450 832,00
Address
Avenida Complutense 40
28040 Madrid

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,50
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 623 658,00
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa

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Region
Centro (IT) Toscana Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,75