Golder to Support the Danish Environmental Protection Agency’s Assessment of Selective Demolition

Golder, together with Deloitte, DAKOFA, Lauritzen Advising and the Danish Technological Institute, has been selected as the environmental consultant for the Danish Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) assessment of selective demolition.

Currently, construction and demolition waste is one of the heaviest and most voluminous waste streams generated in the EU, accounting for approximately 25-30% of all waste generated.  This waste stream consists of numerous materials including concrete, bricks, gypsum, wood, glass, metals, plastic, solvents, asbestos and excavated soil, which can be recycled.  Because of this, the EU is encouraging all Member States to take measures to re-use, recycle, or recover materials with the end goal of achieving a minimum of 70% (by weight) of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste reduction.

Golder’s role in this project includes mapping the economic and environmental consequences of widespread use of selective demolition, evaluating the use of a prewritten standardized demolition plan and the frequency of having an environmental and resource coordinator appointed before demolition works commence.

The project will assess selective demolition’s long-term economic and environmental potential and review guidelines for a standardized demolition plan. The project will also incorporate a certification and training program for becoming a demolition environmental and resource coordinator.

Golder and the other project partners have been working with selective demolition for many years and looks forward to sharing our expertise to improve the basis for recycling resources within the construction industry for the benefit of the Danish society and the sustainability goals of the EU.



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