SeRaMCo: Secondary Raw Materials for Concrete Precast Products

Project Summary

The construction sector is the most resource intensive industrial sector in the EU. It uses around 50% of the available primary raw materials, hence exhausting the natural resources, degrading environment and generating high costs to the business operators.

Although there is potential for the use of secondary raw materials from construction and demolition waste (CDW), this is far from becoming mainstream in Europe. For the time being, the sector uses only 4% of the recycled construction and demolition waste (CDW), although CDW represents the largest waste stream in the EU, accounting for 1/3 of the overall European waste.

Against this background, this situation is not dire in the whole of Europe. Some North-Western Europe (NWE) countries, namely Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands are leading the way in recycling CDW. Depending on the individual country, these rates range from 70-95%.

However, although waste recycling rates in NWE are impressive, business operators from the construction sector are still faced with challenges in placing their recycled products on the market. This is primarily due to the fact that there is still no niche market for concrete products made from the recycled materials.  The lack of a niche market is accompanied by the lack of a clear-cut legislative framework in certain NWE states and inability to make precise cost estimations reflecting both social and economic costs of the production.

To make the most out of the available resources, SeRaMCo aims to replace primary raw materials with the high-quality materials recycled from CDW, e.g. concrete, bricks, tiles and ceramics (CBTC), in production of the cement and concrete products for use in NWE. To attain this goal, the project will:

  • analyse and improve sorting of CDW, as a precondition for successful recycling;

  • develop and test new concrete mixes and technologies for the production of concrete precast products (CPPs) made from the recycled CBTC;

  • establish a market niche for CPPs, leading to the economic advantages for the CPP producers and generating new jobs in the construction sector.

SeRaMCo’s expected outputs are cement and CPPs from up to 100% recycled aggregates, comparable to conventional products both in terms of costs and quality, and ready for commercialization in NWE.

Prior to rolling-out across NWE and Europe as a whole, SeRaMCo will test its end-products in 3 pilot areas, namely City of Seraing (Belgium), City of Saarlouis (Germany) and Region of Moseille (France). Following the testing phase, previously developed business models, supporting the supply chain of the new market niche and establishing ecosystem with stakeholders active in the field, will be put in place.

Project Partners


    110 Sart d'Avette

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  • Beton - Betz GmbH

    46 Rappenauer Str.

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  • Vicat

    16 Route de Pierreville

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  • Schuttelaar & Partners

    199, bus 22 Belliardstraat

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  • TRADECOWALL SCRL - Traitement des Déchets de Construction en Wallonie

    24 Rue du Tronquoy

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  • Université de Liège

    9 Quartier Polytech - Allée de la découverte

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  • University of Luxembourg

    162 A Avenue de la Faïencerie
    Luxembourg (LU)

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  • Université de Lorraine

    34 cours Léopold
    Nancy cedex
    CS 25233 54052

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  • Delft University of Technology

    134 Julianalaan

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  • Centre for Studies and Expertise on Risks, Environment, Mobility, and Urban and Country Planning

    71 rue de la Grande Haie
    Nancy cedex

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  • Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

    14 Paul-Ehrlich-Str.

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Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
Technische Universität Kaiserslautern 14 Paul-Ehrlich-Str.
Name Contact Name Email Country
PREFER Bolle René Belgium
Beton - Betz GmbH Herbert Kahmer> Germany
Vicat Laury Barnes-Davin France
Schuttelaar & Partners Bea Rofagha Belgium
TRADECOWALL SCRL - Traitement des Déchets de Construction en Wallonie Mariage Thibault Belgium
Université de Liège Luc Courard Belgium
University of Luxembourg Danièle Waldmann Luxembourg
Université de Lorraine André Lecomte France
Delft University of Technology Ulrich Knaack Netherlands
Centre for Studies and Expertise on Risks, Environment, Mobility, and Urban and Country Planning Davy Prybyla France


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Construction is an important sector in the Dutch economy, accounting for almost 7% of the Gross Domestic Product and providing employment for 458,000 people. Every year the Dutch construction sector consumes 250 million tons or 50 percent of raw materials in the Netherlands. At the same time it produces 23 million tons of demolition waste of which 97% are recovered, mostly for use under the road surface. Read More

Circular Business Models for SeRaMCo

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Research which aims at having long-term societal impact not only needs knowledge and curiosity but also business potential. In this sense, an important part of the Work Package “Long-term effects” of the European INTERREG project SeRaMCo – Secondary Raw Materials for Concrete Precast Products – is the development of business models. Read More

Development of recycled concrete mixtures in Luxembourg

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As one of the partner universities, the University of Luxembourg is actively working on the SeRaMCo project in different aspects: (i) technical features on the design of new concrete mixtures and elements, and (ii) a continuous overview of the market situation in Luxembourg through several stakeholders. More specifically, in the technical aspect of the project (containing three different work packages), the University of Luxembourg’s role is mainly in work package 2 (developing new cement and concrete mixes for use of recycled materials) and in work package 3 (generating and implementing innovative cement and concrete products based on recycled aggregates). Read More

New European Rules on Waste

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On May 30, 2018, the European Council and the European Parliament approved and signed the Directive to amend the Waste Framework Directive. The document is part of the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy, which contains several legislation proposals on waste. The text is now waiting to be published in the Official Journal of the European Union, and will officially enter into force 21 days after its publication. The adopted document contains remarkable amendments related to Construction and Demolition Waste of interest for SeRaMCo. Read More


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