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The Re-Med project wants to support sustainable construction in the Mediterranean region

Re-Med wants to recover construction and demolition waste (photo: F.Dubessy)
Re-Med wants to recover construction and demolition waste (photo: F.Dubessy)
MEDITERRANEAN. Officially launched on October 26th and 27th, 2020, Re-Med pursues as an objective "the development of the circular economy for a sustainable construction in the Mediterranean". This 3.08 M€ project is financed by the European Union through the "ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin" program, within the framework of the European Neighborhood Instrument (ENI), up to 2.77 M€. Coordinated by Oumaya Marzouk of Cerema (Center for Studies and Expertise on Risk, Environment, Mobility and Development), based in Bron (Lyon Metropolis) from its Mediterranean branch located in Aix-en-Provence, it involves four countries (France, Italy, Lebanon, Tunisia), nine partners and three associate partners* over a period of thirty months, from September 4, 2020 to March 3, 2023.

"The Re-Med project was born out of the need to reduce the environmental and health impacts due to failures in the management of construction and demolition waste," says a press release. The project will therefore promote the transformation of construction and demolition waste (DC&D) into resources for road construction and maintenance "by adapting its technical and technological know-how to the socio-economic and regulatory environment and the specific needs of the project". It aims to support technology transfer between six ministries, three national agencies, fifty road owners and managers, six road and solid waste sector federations and associations, a standards body, seven expert networks, five technology platforms and research centers, as well as construction companies and road users.

This technology transfer, coupled with cross-border training, should initiate the construction of a DC&D recycling industry in the Mediterranean. And promote regulatory changes by the Tunisian and Lebanese Ministries of Environment requiring the use of recycled DC&D in road construction by 20% in the short term and 40% in the long term.

Re-Med should lead to the creation of three facilities for sorting and processing recycled aggregates from DC&D, a one-kilometer road section integrating these materials, a collaborative online platform, six cross-border implementation training programs, four transfer workshops, six scientific publications, two methodological guides, four proposals for laws or decrees, the filing of a patent and two economic models (public/private).

The partners of Re-Med

Cerema (France)

Key consortium members
Sarl Dynedoc (France)
University of Palermo (Italy)
Center for Testing and Construction Techniques - CETEC (Tunisia)
Ministry of Local Environment Affairs (Tunisia)
Africa Works (Tunisia)
Lebanese Ministry of Environment (Lebanon)
Lebanese Union of Public Works Contractors (Lebanon)
American University of Beirut (Lebanon)

Associated partners
Higher Institute of Water Sciences and Techniques of Gabès (Tunisia)
National School of Engineers of Tunis (Tunisia)
National Institute of Standardization and Intellectual Property (Tunisia)


Frédéric Dubessy

Tuesday, October 27th 2020

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