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Building Materials - Progressing towards a more circular economy

Closed meeting, participation open for experts in the field and stakeholders involved in the Circular Impacts project
The European Commission identifies construction and demolition waste (CDW) as one of the “heaviest and most voluminous waste streams generated” since it is responsible for 25% - 30% of all waste generated in the EU. Recovery rates differ widely among Member States; the Netherlands has achieved a recovery rate of around 95%, while in France only approximately 55% of CDW is recovered. Concrete makes up a large portion of this waste and despite what many people often think, is recyclable.
This workshop discussed the opportunities of increased concrete recycling along with the expected economic, social and environmental impacts. The workshop aimed for participants to exchange views and their knowledge of best practices in this sector. Preliminary results from a case study on possible future developments for concrete recycling in France were shared, as part of the Circular Impacts project.
The Circular Impacts project ( has the objective to develop an assessment based on existing data and indicators of the macro-economic, societal, environmental and labour market impacts of a successful transition to a circular economy. The assessment should support the European Commission in its discussions with the Member States on progress in the circular economy transition.
For more information about this event, please contact Isabelle Tenaerts via email:


Aaron Best
Senior Fellow,
Ecologic Institute
Vincent Basuyau
Policy Officer,
DG GROW, European Commission
Laurens Duin
Ecologic Institute
Brian James
MPA Director Region,
Mineral Products Association
Marie Pairon
Head of Unit,
Ann-Cathrin Rönsch,
Policy Officer – Energy & Environment,
Sandrine Mansoutre
Operational Director,


7 December 2017Thursday14:00 - 16:30
For more information about this event, please contact Isabelle Tenaerts via email:
CEPS Conference room


Executive Assistant
Research Fellow and Head of Sustainable Resources and Circular Economy
Useful Documents
Presentation of Laurens Duin.pdf Presentation of Marie Pairon.pdf Presentation of Vincent Basuyau.pdf Presentation of Ann-Catherin Roensch.pdf Presentation of Brian James.pdf