The ITEN team are pleased to announce their involvement in a new research project, CERCOM (The Circular Economy in Road COnstruction and Maintenance) which brings together leading European researchers, academics, engineers, and consultants, who are well placed to deliver on the resource efficiency (RE) and circular economy (CE) objectives of the Transnational Road Research Programme Call 2020.
Managed by the Danish Road Directorate, the Transnational Road Research Programme Call 2020 call was launched by the Conference of European Road Directors (CEDR) to address some of the challenges associated with improving resource efficiency and transforming to a circular economy
The concept of circular economy is not new and appeared as a potential policy goal in the late 1970s. While the need to adopt the concept has gained in importance, practical implementation has been limited generally, including in the highways sector. The CERCOM consortium, which includes RDS, TUD and The Danish Technological Institute (DTI), will develop a framework for National Road Authorities throughout Europe to facilitate adoption of Circular Economy practices through procurement of road construction and maintenance activities.