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April 2019 |Towards a Circular Economy for CDW

Construction and Demolition Waste represents about 30% of the waste produced in Europe. Hence, developing legislation promoting good practices for this waste stream is essential. Unfortunately, there is no re-use & recycling target for Construction and Demolition Waste today, but only an overall “recovery” target. The problem with the overall recovery target is that waste that is re-used or recycled, such as metal scrap, is included along with other waste that is used for backfilling and not re-used or recycled further. As well as being unfair to metals, this overall recovery target is not supporting the circular economy as much as it could. Hence, METALS FOR BUILDINGS asks the European Commission to consider setting an overall re-use and recycling target for CDW by December 2024

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March 2017 |CDW- introducing specific targets for recycling

METAL FOR BUILDINGS calls on Member States to endorse a revision clause to define re-use and recycling targets for Construction and Demolition Waste (C&DW) by 2025 and 2030 . METALS FOR BUILDINGS explains the reasons in the attached position paper

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Oct 2016 |Indicators - Resource efficient buildings

METAL FOR BUILDINGS welcomes the initiative of the European Commission and JRC to harmonise the methodology and indicators to assess the resource efficiency at building level. METALS FOR BUILDINGS has expressed recommendations int the attached position paper

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Feb 2016 | Supporting circular economy via a recycling target for CDW

The METALS FOR BUILDINGS has well received the proposed circular economy package.

Regarding the proposed Directive on Waste, METALS FOR BUILDINGS recommends introducing a specific recycling and reuse target for Construction and Demolition Waste (CDW), excluding backfilling. The definition of backfilling should also be revised to avoid that it encompasses landfilling in some cases.

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Oct 2015 | Metals as key enablers to Circular Economy

The European metals industry looks forward to an ambitious Circular Economy Package supporting growth, innovation, competitiveness and jobs. The metals industry recommendations are summarised in the attached position paper.

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May 2015 | METALS FOR BUILDINGS strongly supports an EU Circular Economy

Metals have already long upheld this concept since they have been efficiently and systematically recycled for many decades. After the withdrawal of the initial Commission proposal, METALS FOR BUILDINGS looks forward to a more simplified, less prescriptive and in particular a sectorial approach. METALS FOR BUILDINGS identified several issues in the previous communication and legislative proposal addressing resource efficiency in the building sector. These issues and related recommendations are detailed in the attached position paper.

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June 2014 | Using toxicity indicators in LCA for metal products – specific issues

The application of general toxicity criteria within the life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) of metals, i.e. related to emissions of metal and metal compounds, currently poses significant methodological and scientific problems

With the current state of development and scientific understanding, the existing indicators for Human Health and eco-toxicity of metals are not sufficiently robust to be used in a LCIA. Today, the use of LCA-based methods to calculate biological or human health impacts of metals leads to misleading and poorly reliable information. Hence, the metals industry is strongly opposed to the use of these indicators and methods to assess the potential toxicity impact of metal emissions to the eco-system or to human health in the life cycle assessment context

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October 2013 | Metals are essential for sustainable buildings

As part of the “Sustainable Buildings” initiative of the European Commission and the related public consultation, METALS FOR BUILDINGS published a position paper stressing the need to :

Implement economic instrument to stimulate the renovation sector;
Promote a European harmonisation of assessment methodologies and schemes;
Consider properly the benefits of the end of life recycling of metal product from renovation and demolition sites;
Optimise deconstruction and demolition practices in order to maximise the environmental benefits from the secondary materials resulting from such operations.

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Septembre 2013 | Construction and demolition waste (CDW) should better contribute to resource efficiency

The Roadmap to a resource efficient Europe, published in September 2011 by the European Commission stresses the need to turn waste into resource.  Construction and Demolition Waste (CDW) contributes to one third of the waste generated in EU. Considering the huge Building stock in Europe, the construction sector will continue to produce significant quantity of waste from construction, renovation and demolition sites. Turning CDW, including renovation waste, into resource is then particularly relevant for Europe. These aspects should be considered in the revision of the EU waste recovery and recycling targets.

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April 2013 | Technical position to CEN/TC350 : Applying ecotoxicity criteria for metals in LCIA – specific issues

It is widely recognized that the application of general ecotoxicity criteria within the life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) of emissions of metal and metal compounds within LCI datasets currently poses significant methodological and scientific problems. This technical position clarifies the issue and the position of the metal industry towards this issue.

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