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Automated solutions for sustainable and circular construction and demolition waste management

The ambition of Reconmatic Project

The project aims to provide solutions that will be easily adoptable by all stakeholders involved in the processes of Construction & Demolition Waste Μanagement (CDW), in order to reach the expected future EU target of high CDW recovery (to be set by EC in 2024 or beyond) and most importantly the status of zero CDW by 2050. This is exactly the ambition of the RECONMATIC project, entirely in line with EU Waste Framework Directives (European Commission, 2019) and the Circular Economy Action Plan (European Union, 2020).

What kind of challenges does Reconmatic Project face?

The “zero Construction & Demolition Waste Μanagement by 2050” goal faces major challenges that coincide with the ones of Reconmatic:

  • Fragmentation of the construction sectors and lack of cooperation among the stakeholders.
  • Lack of consideration on how to minimise CDW during the whole life cycle of buildings and infrastructure.
  • Dislike for high-end technologies in the sector and reliance on human- operated machinery or manual work.
  • Slow implementation of digital solutions due to conservatism of both local authorities/investors and construction contractors.
  • Conflicts between legislation requirements and technology readiness of the sector resulting in confusion, and inertia against taking action towards zero waste.
waste management

Which are the main aims of the project?

First, the volume of materials entering the CDW stream has to be minimized and, secondly, CDW has to be treated and better controlled to provide materials for reuse of high value products, with traceability and quality assurance. The envisaged methods and tools will reconcile the different demands on technology, cost, health and safety, sustainability, legislation and business needs of all involved stakeholders. Having developed them, RECONMATIC will proactively disseminate the knowledge and best practice to help different stakeholders in different EU countries, the UK and China to take up the developed solutions of this project and reach high impact.

What does Future Needs lead?

Future Needs leads the dissemination and exploitation activities of the project for business and education. We have created the project visual identity and applied it to the communication material we designed for it (website, brochure, social media, documents and presentation templates). We also develop the communication strategy including one to enable cooperation with other projects and initiatives. Additionally, we will ensure the future exploitation and deployment of the project results and the continuation of the project research and innovation. Finally, we will lead the training activities for the relevant stakeholders and will share the knowledge and outputs of the project to the widest possible target users.

Funding

The funding of the RECONMATIC project comes from HORIZON-CL4-2021-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-11. Specifically it has been funded by the European Union under Grant Agreement No. 101058580 and by the UK Research and Innovation as part of the UK Guarantee programme for UK Horizon Europe participation.​

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Urban Air Mobility School for Cities – UAMschool4cities

What is the mission of UAMschool4cities?

UAMschool4cities’ mission is to create a learning framework and a training programme for current and future local authority employees which will equip them with the necessary skills to manage the uptake of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) services in their city. In particular, this project will create a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for professionals of any background interested in entering the local Public Administration mobility sector.

The MOOC will enable participants to:

  • Get familiar with UAM concepts and key technologies.
  • Keep up with relevant regulatory frameworks.
  • Include UAM in urban development agendas.
  • Develop responsible and socially acceptable UAM services for the benefit of citizens.

The Training programme will be piloted with 70 city employees from 10 cities across Europe. At the end of the course participants will be awarded with the ‘’UAM for Cities Certificate”.

What is the “Occupational Profile” Future Needs will develop?

In UAMschool4cities, Future Needs will develop an initial Occupational Profile based on outcomes of a series of two-day workshops in five countries with a panel of high-performing city staff already working in the area of UAM for their city. During each workshop these skilled employees will identify the duties and tasks that make up their job. Thus the result will be an Occupational Profile which describes a job in terms of specific duties and tasks that competent UAM staff must perform. Finally the description will be complemented by a visually attractive user-friendly chart.

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The “Training Platform” as a service

Furthermore, Future Needs Management Consulting will also design the e-learning Training Platform of UAMschool4cities, which will host the online course. The Training programme will be available in 5 languages: English, French , Greek , Portuguese , Slovenian.

At the end of the project partners will release the validated Training Programme as a service to become available for every European city and beyond.

What are the project mid-term objectives?

By the end of the project partners aim to have achieved the following mid-term outcomes:

  • The delivery of a comprehensive Occupational Profile for UAM public domain experts that Human Resources departments across local, national and EU administrations can utilize.
  • The establishment of a coherent learning methodology for training public servants in UAM which cities and Adult Learning professionals may utilize.

What is the long-term impact of UAMschool4cities?

The longer-term impact of the project will be:

  • The establishment of a mechanism that will provide cities with skilled and qualified UAM experts.
  • Enhanced employability of professionals from various domains through acquisition of UAM skills and competences.
  • Acceleration of deployment of innovative transport services in EU cities, as a result of application of newly acquired skills in practice by trained UAM experts.

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