British Glass and GTS on behalf of FISSAC join the first ever global conference next week aimed at helping the construction industry cut waste and increase its recycling.

The first ‘International Conference on Construction Circular Economy’ will be hosted at the University of Manchester on 8 and 9 July.

Together with Arup’s Graeme DeBrincat, British Glass and GTS under the FISSAC banner will present a view of glass waste in the construction sector and current best practice to drive more glass to re-cycling.

They will be alongside world-renowned academics and construction industry experts looking at tackling technical problems and how to make recycling a prominent part of the construction industry.

Partners in the conference include the Universities of Exeter and Bradford, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and Innovate UK.

Notes to Editors

  • For more information on the event, visit the University of Manchester
  • FISSAC stands for: Fostering Industrial Symbiosis for a Sustainable Resource Intensive Industry across the extended Construction Value Chain
  • The conference is known by the acronym ‘ICCCE2019’

Digital tools for synergies identification

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The objective of this third multidisciplinary workshop was to learn about some of the current digital tools which allow to concentrate data and visualize materials flows available in a territory and that can therefore serve as powerful tools to promote the creation of synergistic networks within the construction sector.

The third FISSAC Living Lab was organised as a free side event at the construction fair BBConstrumat 2019 and gathered, like in previous editions, experts who represented different professional activities within the construction value chain (designers, architects, manufacturers, associations, universities, construction companies, consultancy companies, etc.).

After the presentation of several tools (MatMap, Escrapalia, RecursResidu, and the Fissac Platform) the workshop concluded with an open debate: What would the different potential users expect from an ideal platform?, which features should it include?, what kind of data should it show?, who should manage such a platform?

Curious about the conclusions of the third FISSAC Living Lab? Don’t hesitate to contact the Símbiosy team (Adriana Sanz Mirabal, asanz@simbiosy.com)!

On the 20th of June, 2019 the second Living Lab event took place in Budapest as part of the FISSAC project.

Around thirty industry professionals attended the event, organized by Geonardo Kft. and the Association of Environmental Enterprises, with the professional support of the Hungarian Green Building Council and Hungarian Cement, Concrete and Lime Industry Association.

During the half-day forum the audience heard presentations on industrial symbiosis projects as well as on the current situation and challenges of the recycling of the construction and demolition waste in Hungary. During the second half of the programme the participants could share their experiences on these issues, with particular emphasis on the factors that currently hinder or make it more difficult to move towards a circular construction industry. Finally, the forum put forward suggestions for the main topics and on the invitees of the next Living Lab scheduled for this autumn.

In the framework of FISSAC Living Labs, ACCIONA and Fundación Agustín de Betancourt organized a Living Lab experience in Madrid that aims to disseminate Circular Economy concept and to address themes related to the FISSAC Industrial Symbiosis model, focused on Circular Economy research and innovation at University and on the deployment of the basic Circular Economy principles at schools and kidergartens.

This first experience, that is part of a series of Living Lab dedicated to Circular Economy and Industrial Symbiosis educational topic, took place in Madrid, 10 May. Main objectives of the information session on Circular Economy are addressing minimization, re-utilization and recycling focused on the recovery and transformation of waste into new materials and aiming to contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG4 – Quality Education, SDG11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities, SDG12 – Responsible consumption and productions, SDG13 – Climate Action) to build sustainable and resilient societies.

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ACCIONA participated in the WCEF 2019 that took place in Helsinki, Finland in the beginning of this month. The World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) is the global initiative of Finland and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra that lasted three days (3-5 June 2019).

Edith Guedella and Anurag Bansal from ACCIONA presented FISSAC and Paperchain, the two different EC (European Commission) funded  H2020 Research and Development projects. Both these projects are been coordinated by ACCIONA, and are aligned with EC and ACCIONA’s strategy towards implementing Circular Economy Principles in different industries, including Construction and Infrastructure.

During this event, the FISSAC project was showcased, at a side session organised by EASME at the EC’s stand, through interactive workshop with project pitches, live pools, discussion tables. The objective of this presentation was to disseminate the project, its key outcomes and lesson learned, and to  exchange the views of different participants.

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