Start of CINDERELA project funded by Horizon 2020

June 6th, 2018

The CINDERELA project on a New Circular Economy Business Model for More Sustainable Urban Construction, funded by Horizon 2020, has begun on the 1st of June 2018.

BEXEL Consulting partners with various research institutions, companies and public entities from Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Poland and Croatia on this project.

CINDERELA project aims to develop a new Circular Economy Business Model (CEBM) for use of secondary raw materials (SRM) in urban areas, connecting different industries, the construction sector and municipal services, decision makers and the general public with the support of CinderOSS, a “One-Stop-Shop” service, articulated in:

  • On-line ICT platform for tracking and modelling the urban waste-to-product flows, on-line marketing and sharing knowledge and information along the value chain;
  • Production and marketing of secondary raw materials (SRM) – based construction products;
  • Building with secondary raw materials – based construction products supported by building information modeling (BIM)

Different streams of waste will be exploited in the project, i.e. construction and demolition waste, industrial wastes, heavy fraction from municipal solid waste and sewage sludge, mostly of them currently landfilled and/or incinerated. Their suitability for use for building materials will be demonstrated through large scale demonstration activities in Slovenia, Croatia and Spain while the ICT platform will be demonstrated in Slovenia, Croatia, Spain, Poland, Italy and The Netherlands.

The project will contribute to 20% reduction of environmental impacts along the value and supply chain, reducing virgin material exploitation and converting wastes to products. Sustainability of CEBM will be proven with the environmental, economic and social assessment through whole life (LCA, LCC and S-LCA). The pre-feasibility analysis of the proposed CEBM indicates an increase of recycling by 30% of CDW, 13% of industrial waste, 100% of heavy fraction and 25% of sewage sludge with a net profit of 18%.