23 Nov 2023

Glavbolgarstroy at the Net Zero Economy Forum: “Selective demolition is the basis for the production of high-end recycled construction products and materials in a cost-effective way”

Selective demolition significantly simplifies and reduces the cost of producing high-end recycled building products and materials. These products can then re-enter the construction process or be offered on the market. This insight was shared by Glavbolgarstroy deputy executive director Plamena Nenkova at the Net Zero conference focused on transitioning to a low-carbon economy. At this third edition of the event, Nenkova presented the MOBBICON-PRO project, a pivotal initiative aligning with the themes of water management, circular economy, transition materials, ESG, and sustainable urban environments.

During her presentation, Nenkova emphasized the importance of selective demolition in minimizing the environmental impact of the construction sector. She highlighted the dual role of construction in environmental sustainability and economic growth. The sector not only employs 22 million people within the EU and contributes significantly to the global economic value, but it is also responsible for 40% of total waste generation. This dichotomy underscores the sector's critical position in achieving climate neutrality, as advocated by Glavbolgarstroy.

As a Bulgarian leader on the Bulgarian market, Glavbolgarstroy stands behind the "MOBBICON-PRO" concept for the comprehensive treatment of construction and demolition waste. Collaborating with various European academic institutions, they aim to establish a viable market for high-quality recycled construction products and materials. The international consortium behind this project views construction waste not just as a challenge but as an opportunity to develop new, environmentally friendly, and high-quality materials. This approach has the dual benefit of reducing pollution from building demolition and opening new avenues for the industry.

"The project's goal is to demonstrate the economic viability and environmental benefits of recycling construction waste," explains Nenkova. She further adds that a mobile processing unit will become operational in Sofia by the middle of next year, marking a significant step towards sustainable construction practices.