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Study: Fostering investment and innovation in construction and demolition waste recycling infrastructure

Study: Fostering investment and innovation in construction and demolition waste recycling infrastructure
Published on: 30/07/2018
Key legislation in construction and demolition waste (CDW) recycling is the Waste Framework Directive, which sets the basic concepts and definitions related to waste management. It also prescribes EU countries the target of recycling 70% of CDW by 2020.
construction and/or demolition waste

The study aims to facilitate the use the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) for funding, as well as other EU funding instruments to encourage individual CDW recycling projects. Ultimately, these projects should invigorate the drive towards the 70% CDW recycling target and beyond.

To contribute to the improvement of CDW recycling facility development, the study had 2 major objectives:

  1. To identify, list and analyse existing business models in the field of CDW recycling within selected EU countries and non-EU countries.
  2. Building on these analyses, develop and elaborate 5 business cases that are exemplary in the planning and design of new CDW recycling facilities, especially in countries where recycling rates are currently below the directive's target of 70%.

Interactive consultations with stakeholders were carried out to ensure the viability of the results. There are recommendations for actions to reach the 70% recycling target, together with proposals to bridge the so-called ‘valley of death’ between entrepreneurs and financial institutions.