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


CO2 uptake of recycled aggregates: a way to reduce the environmental impacts of recycled aggregates concrete

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Construction is essential to the development of countries, even during a global health crisis. Billions of tons of materials are continuously consumed to satisfy the world’s insatiable demand. However, this trend in materials use leads to a significant depletion of natural resources and will converge towards a tipping point. SeRaMCo aims at increasing the use of recycled aggregates and fines in a real circular economy. This article resumes some of these ways addressed in our previous research article and focuses on the effects of CO2 uptake of recycled aggregates. Read More


New Save The Date: SeRaMCo Final Conference "Precast Concrete in the Circular Economy”

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The focus of the final SeRaMCo conference will be on the results of the project’s 3-years top-notch research, together with the latest information regarding building with concrete made from recycled aggregates and sands. To this end, participants will be introduced to innovative concrete precast products. Furthermore, external high-level speakers and experts in the field from research, business and policy-making have been confirmed who will be giving interesting insights into the topic.
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SeRaMCo mid-term conference

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The University of Luxembourg has the pleasure to invite you to the mid-term conference of the European project SeRaMCo: “Secondary Raw Materials for Concrete Precast Products”. Initiated in 2017 with 10 European partners, SeRaMCo aims to replace primary raw materials with the high-quality materials recycled from construction and demolition waste. The mid-term conference will be a great opportunity to show first results of the project SeRaMCo and to discuss the subject with invited expert speakers.
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