Circular Driven Economy 2018 - Meet the Partners

Increased diversion from landfill by exploring higher value opportunities for recovered CDW Materials

Sept 18-19, 2018
Radisson Blu Edwardian, London

Circular Driven Economy 2018 - Meet the Partners

The Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC aims to have 70% of Construction and Demolition waste (CDW) recycled by 2020. At present, this varies across EU member states with some states recycling as much as 90% of non-hazardous CDW. As the countdown to the inaugural Circular Driven Economy Symposium continues, we would like to introduce you to our partner organisations who have made this event possible.

The Circular Driven Economy Symposium will look at several areas in which organisations can learn more about the opportunities that exist in recycling and re-using recovered CDW. Working across policy, research, materials processing and end-use applications, our partners continue to redefine how construction and demolition waste can be recycled and re-used. Below, you can find out more about our five event partners.

Introducing the partners of the Circular Driven Economy Symposium

1. AF Gruppen

AF Gruppen

AF Gruppen is a leading contracting and industrial group based in Norway who employ over 3,000 people. Their purpose is to create value for customers, owners, employees, and the society at large. Through their environmental centres, AF's technology contributes to the treatment, recycling, and reuse of scarce resources. 

With considerable experience and expertise within the organisation, AF Gruppen has become leaders in the environmental and energy sectors and are Norway’s third largest contractor. Today, AF Gruppen is among the largest demolition and recycling companies in Europe.

Find out more about AF Gruppen at

2. CDE

Circular Economy Examples - CDE

With global headquarters in Cookstown, Northern Ireland, CDE is home to the world’s largest wet processing campus, with the company specialising in the washing of materials across four key sectors - sand & aggregates (CDE Primo), C&D waste recycling (CDE Reco), industrial sands (CDE Solv), mining (CDE Meta) and environmental (CDEnviro).

With over 25 years’ experience in delivering full turnkey wet processing plants, and over 1000 projects commissioned across the globe, CDE continues to lead the way when it comes to innovation in wet processing, and none more so than the washing and recycling of construction and demolition waste. In 2015, CDE added to its extensive Reco portfolio with the installation of the world’s largest C&D waste recycling plant for Velde Pukk in Stavanger, Norway. CDE equipment currently diverts 15 million tonnes of C&D waste from global landfill sites every year, and the company recently completed the installation of the largest C&D waste recycling plant in the UK.

C&D waste recycling expert, Eunan Kelly will be discussing the value that exists in construction and demolition waste as part of our Advanced Recycling Models discussion on day 2.

Find out more about CDE at

3. Queen’s University Belfast – School of Natural and Built Environment

Circular Driven Economy - Queen's University Belfast

The School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has developed a global reputation for the research carried out in the fields of natural and built environment. With several research centres and clusters, the School of Natural and Built Environment brings together the disciplines of Architecture, Civil & Structural Engineering, Geography, Planning, Archaeology & Palaeoecology – to study and research the challenges and opportunities in the natural and built environment.

Professor Marios Soutos from the School of Natural and Built Environment at QUB will be discussing sustainable concrete construction – from recycled demolition aggregate to alkali-activated binders. Professor Soutos’ current research is based on construction materials, with current interests including high strength concrete, cement replacement materials, chemical admixtures, concrete rheology and the use of recycled demolition aggregate in concrete products.

The school's research is guided by the challenges of Environmentally Sustainable and Resilient Urban Development, Sustainable and Inclusive Urban Prosperity and Opportunities for All, Technological Innovation and a need to meet Sustainable Development Goals for cities, climate, environment, and communities.

Find out more about the School of Natural and Built Environment at QUB by visiting


Circular Driven Economy - SINTEF Research

SINTEF is one of Europe’s largest independent research organisations employing over 2,000 people across a range of sectors including Renewable Energy, Building, and Infrastructure, Climate and Environment, Materials and Biotechnology. Every year SINTEF carry out thousands of R&D projects for private and public sector organisations of all sizes.

For more than 60 years, SINTEF has developed solutions and innovation for society and customers all over the world, and this vast experience has helped them become a world-leading research institution. SINTEF partner with industry and government agencies to create more efficient, less polluting and more flexible solutions across five core institutes, one of which is Building and Infrastructure.

SINTEF Building and Infrastructure solves challenges linked to the entire construction process. The institute offers specialist expertise in technical fields ranging from architecture and construction physics to the management, operation and the maintenance of buildings, water supply, and other forms of infrastructure. Senior Scientist, SINTEF, Dr. Christian J. Engelsen will be discussing the real opportunities that exist with recovered re-usable materials.

Find out more about SINTEF and their institutes and research areas by visiting

5. The Sheehan Group

Circular Economy Examples - Sheehan Contractors UKCircular Economy - Sheehan Group

Established for over 40 years, The Sheehan Group have revolutionised their business in recent years by introducing a new C&D waste recycling plant to their operation. This has allowed the company to divert material that was previously sent to landfill, creating a new business stream in the process. The Sheehan Group now recycle construction and demolition waste material, creating a range of sustainable aggregates products for resale into the construction market as a result. This drive for a circular economy is something that the company’s MD, Chris Sheehan is hugely passionate about, and on day two of the symposium, visitors will get the chance to see this business model in action as we visit The Sheehan Group’s C&D waste recycling plant in Oxford.

Find out more about The Sheehan Group by visiting

Want to learn more?

If you’d like to find out more about the five partner organisations, and their continued work towards the opportunities that exist with recovered construction and demolition waste material, grab your ticket to the Circular Driven Economy Symposium below.

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