With global population growth set to continue its rapid development, the need for housing in cities worldwide will similarly expand. Currently, construction and demolition waste accounts for close to one third of all waste in the European Union, and with the sector expected to grow worldwide in response to increasing housing needs, there is an urgent need for rethinking the way we design and construct buildings.
Current traditions within the construction sector limit the recyclability of materials due to the widespread use of binding materials that are difficult to take apart without damaging the construction elements. Rethinking the design of buildings to become more circular includes that the buildings are designed for disassembly and that strict rules for materials use and registration are applied in order to ease the process of taking apart and reusing components later on.
New invention: “GEORG” can recycle plastic waste from household waste into a high-quality grade
Danes generate every year about 350.000-ton plastic waste – and only 60.000 ton of this is recycled into new plastic granulate. To solve this problem, Aage Vestergaard Larsen – an expert company in the recycling of plastic, and the biggest in the Northern Region have created a machine. A machine that can clean, sort and dry household plastic waste while using 70% less water than similar devices. They call it “GEORG”.
95 per cent of this type of plastic is not recycled: Danish companies are about to change that
New Danish partnership between companies and researchers are developing a new method of recycling plastic, which would otherwise end up incinerated or as landfill. The technology can help reduce oil consumption and CO2 emissions – and be a really good business for Danish companies.
Funding offered to partnerships focused on sustainable development
The next application round for P4G funding to partnerships with a sustainable business model is open. Funding of between USD 100,000 to USD 1,000,000 is available to either partnerships with a start-up or a scale-up concept.
Refrigeration plants and flood warning to mitigate climate impacts in developing countries
Two partnerships with Danish participation are supported by P4G – Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 – to find solutions to curb the consequences of climate change in Africa and Asia. The solutions are based on new technology and local cooperation in developing countries.
Danish design contributes to the UN Sustainable development Goals
A new energy solution in Nordhavn, a Danish bicycle path in China and the iconic Velux window are among the winners of this year’s Danish Design Award – all of which represent design solutions that contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Reused Styrofoam in Lightweight Concrete
Fors A/S is a utility company in the municipalities of Holbæk, Roskilde and Lejre managing waste in Holbæk and sorting it to support a sustainable environment. Galaxe A/S, a contracting company specialised in floors, have cooperated with Fors A/S to upcycle Styrofoam and reuse it in building projects as a lightweight concrete (Thermozell). The symbiosis between the two companies creates an alternative to incineration, which benefits the environment and supports a circular procedure in waste management.
Leaders inspired by collaboration against plastic waste
The P4G award winner NextWave Plastics displayed a bankable sustainable solution during the UN Climate Summit taking place in Nairobi, Kenya this week. A great example showing that solving global challenges requires broad commitment and cooperation, said Danish Minister for Food and Environment.
Transformative circular economy festival in New York
From March 4 until March 10, the international public-private partnership Danish Clean Tech Hub will be hosting Circular City Week in New York City for the first time. The event is an open collaborative festival for circular economy related events.
New circular solutions for the construction sector
There are not enough resources in the world to continue old construction habits, which generates half of the world’s waste. Accordingly, future sustainable cities need to be built from waste and circular thinking, for instance by recycling reused building materials.
Utilisation of the Existing Facilities at Green Solution House
Reclaim, Reuse, Renovate ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. At the Green Solution House we believe in the value of repurposing and eliminating waste. This thinking has been applied to many aspects of the refurbishment and expansion of the buildings as well as the landscape design. The parking space is built on a base […]
Waste Recycling In the Construction Industry
Innovative project to recycle construction waste The building sector is responsible for over 40% of the CO2 emission. Kolding Municipality has launched an innovative project “Better Use of Construction Waste” which will reduce the CO2 emission from the construction industry and increase the recycling of construction waste. The project extends over a period of three […]
Buildings account for up to 40% of society’s energy demand and thereby play a key role in the green transition. This White Paper can be used as a tool for inspiration to spot the potential or implement building automation and energy-efficient measures in new and existing buildings globally.
The business of a circular future
Globally, more natural resources are consumed than what is sustainable for our finite planet. According to the United Nations, the extraction and processing of natural resources are responsible for around half of all global CO2emissions and over 90 per cent of global biodiversity loss. It is evident that we have a shared challenge in decoupling growth in resource use from population and income growth. A transition to a circular economy will enable this.