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Metals are circular

Metals in Buildings strongly contribute to the Circular Economy

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Metal recycling in EPD

Properly considering metal recycling in Environmental Product Declaration is essential

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Recycling targets

Metals ask European Commission to develop a ‘re-use and recycling’ target for Construction and Demolition Waste.

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2019-04-25 | Towards a Circular Economy for Construction and Demolition Waste

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

2019-03-22 | Circular economy: Boosting further the circular management of metals in buildings

Metals contribute to the structural and functional performance of a building ensuring integrity, security and well-being for the user.

A well run Circular Economy requires the management of earth’s limited resources and their efficient use and sustainable deployment to minimise environmental impact. Using materials efficiently and productively delivers real value for society in terms of its sustainability goals. Metals used in buildings are perfectly suited for a circular economy as they can be infinitely recycled, retain value and as such are true enablers of a circular economy supporting growth, innovation, competitiveness and jobs.

2016-10-05 | 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

2015-10-06 | 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.

2015-05-04 | 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.

Key Facts next prev

  • Metals provide society with a material that is 100% recyclable without loss of properties.

  • Metals are widely applied in the Building and construction sector.

  • Metals are a first choice material for structure, reinforcements, cladding, roofing, window frames, plumbing, heating equipment and many other applications.

  • Metals can be found in old, historic buildings as well as new, modern architecture.

  • More than 95% of the metal products used in buildings are specifically collected and recycled at the end of life.

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