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The construction sector pioneers the cyclical economy

Stakeholders from the private and public sectors work together to implement the principles of the cyclical economy in the construction sector.

Nicosia, 13-14 September 2018 - Both Cyprus and Malta, as autonomous islands, face particular challenges in adopting the principles of the cyclical economy. At the same time, due to limited space and dependence on product imports, the cyclical economy makes it a great opportunity to tackle several economic, environmental and social problems in the two islands. An area that has flourished in recent years in Cyprus and Malta and creates opportunities for the cyclical economy is also that of construction.

Collaboration to find solutions
In the effort to explore the potential of the two islands for the adoption of the cyclical economy in the building sector, the Cyprus University of Technology, the Cyprus Energy Office and Paragon Europe Ltd (Malta) work together in the "Circular Economy for Construction Waste in Island Nations" . Through this project, 13-14 in September organized a workshop on how to find solutions to this issue by all stakeholders. The participants, having created a common vision for the future of the construction sector on the two islands, mapped out existing problems and studied possible solutions to make the sector more circular. The solutions given are categorized into 6 categories: education, legislation, behavior, technology, economy and redesign of the whole building sector.

The ideas gathered will be studied and will form the basis for making proposals to the stakeholders. Due to the very positive feedback from all participants, the next step will be the exchange of ideas with sectoral meetings.

The project is located under the Climate-KIC and is co-funded by the EIT, a body of the European Union.

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