BIBM Cooperation and Networks
EUROPEAN CONCRETE PLATFORM (ECP)
The European Concrete Platform is a European non-profit association of the European branch organisations representing the concrete industry: precast (BIBM) and ready mixed concrete (ERMCO) and its main constituents: cement (CEMBUREAU), aggregates (UEPG) and admixtures (EFCA). The European Concrete Platform aims to promote concrete as the material of choice providing building solutions for sustainable development and sustainable construction.
THE CONCRETE INITIATIVE
The Concrete Initiative wishes to engage with stakeholders on the issue of sustainable construction, and in particular the barriers and solutions to harness its multiple benefits. The project is led by CEMBUREAU (the European Cement Association), BIBM (the European Federation of Precast Concrete) and ERMCO (the European Ready-Mixed Concrete Organisation). It examines the economic, social and environmental implications of sustainable construction and the need for a balanced approach among these three pillars. It shows how the construction industry, including concrete, can help find solutions to Europe’s challenges. This means increasing understanding of the significant role of concrete in all three areas of sustainable construction.
CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS EUROPE
Construction Products Europe (CPE) is the European Association that represents the interests of all construction products manufacturers throughout Europe.
BIBM is an Associate Member of CPE.
A European Campaign to raise awareness and change the landscape of energy: Sustainable Energy Europe is a European Commission initiative in the framework of the Intelligent Energy - Europe Programme, which will contribute to achieve the European Union's energy policy targets within the fields of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, clean transport and alternative fuels.
BIBM is an Associate Member of the Sust'Energy Campaign through the ECP's membership.
CPI worldwide trade journals are addressing decision makers of the concrete and precast concrete industry. Every issue of CPI refers to concrete technology, concrete products, concrete pipes and precast concrete. The journals are published in 12 different language editions to reach industry professionals from all over the world. Already since 2005, CPI disseminates bimonthly among industry information also articles published by the BIBM.
SeRaMCo: Secondary Raw Materials for Concrete Precast Products
The construction sector is the most resource intensive industrial sector in the EU. It uses around 50% of the available primary raw materials, hence exhausting the natural resources, degrading environment and generating high costs to the business operators.
Although there is potential for the use of secondary raw materials from construction and demolition waste (CDW), this is far from becoming mainstream in Europe. For the time being, the sector uses only 4% of the recycled (CDW), although CDW represents the largest waste stream in the EU, accounting for 1/3 of the overall European waste.
To make the most out of the available resources, SeRaMCo aims to replace primary raw materials with the high-quality materials recycled from CDW, e.g. concrete, bricks, tiles and ceramics (CBTC), in production of the cement and concrete products for use in NWE. To attain this goal, the project will:
SeRaMCo’s expected outputs are cement and CPPs from up to 100% recycled aggregates, comparable to conventional products both in terms of costs and quality, and ready for commercialization in North-Western Europe (NWE) countries.
Prior to rolling-out across NWE and Europe as a whole, SeRaMCo will test its end-products in 3 pilot areas, namely City of Seraing (Belgium), City of Saarlouis (Germany) and Region of Moseille (France). Following the testing phase, previously developed business models, supporting the supply chain of the new market niche and establishing ecosystem with stakeholders active in the field, will be put in place.
For more information please visit the project's website by clicking here.
VEEP - Cost Effective Recycling Of Cdw In High Added Value Energy Efficient Prefabricated Concrete Components For Massive Retrofitting Of Our Built Environment
Growing interest in green buildings and circular economies is encouraging the consumption of high-grade secondary raw materials in the building sector. In particular there is clear consensus that compulsory material inventories of EoL buildings materials and subsequent selection of waste materials at source constitute key actions to guarantee high purity and quality C&DW recycled resources. In this context the main objective of VEEP is to develop and demonstrate a series of technological solutions for the massive retrofitting of our built environment, aiming at cost – effectively reducing building energy consumption.
For further information, please visit the project's website by clicking here.