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The “Plastic Loop” project is progressing well. In 2018, four thematic workshops, an interregional conference and a market study on the main actors in the EP, PET and PP value chain in the Greater Region were jointly organised by the EcoInnovation and Materials & Manufacturing Clusters.

Based on the results of the study and exchanges with Luxembourg and Greater Region companies, various business cases focusing on mechanical and chemical recycling and substitute products have been under study since the beginning of this year.

A conference to report on the actions and projects undertaken will be scheduled at the end of the year.

“We are also intensifying our actions in the field of eco-neighbourhoods by aiming to promote the matching of Luxembourg companies’ product and service offerings with future demand,” explains Charles-Albert Florentin, manager of the EcoInnovation cluster.

In this field of eco-neighbourhoods, where the aim is now to match supply and demand, the cluster will consult the main public contracting authorities, administrations, chambers and associations concerned until June in order to reference ongoing and future projects (there are more than thirty of them) that include circularity requirements.

The first objective is to make companies aware of future demands in terms of the design, supply, installation and maintenance of buildings. A first workshop will be organised in the second half of the year.

Esch-Schifflange: the final straight

More specifically, on the Agora project in Esch-Schifflange, four consortia of urban planners/landscape planners/architects presented to the public their project for the rehabilitation of ArcelorMittal wastelands in Esch-Schifflange on 4 April last in Esch. Here is the list:

  • 1. COBE (Copenhagen / DK), URBAN AGENCY, (Copenhagen / DK) LUXPLAN S.A. (Elmen / LU), URBAN CREATORS (Copenhagen / DK);
  • 2. Studio Paola Viganò (Mailand / IT), Systematica (Mailand / IT), Idea Consult (Brüssel / BE), Sweco (Brüssel / BE);
  • 3. Hawkins\Brown (London / UK), OKRA (Utrecht / NL), Weeber+Partner (Stuttgart / DE), Phil Jones Associates (London / UK);
  • 4. ilex (Lyon, FR), Pont12 (Lausanne / CH), Citec Ingénieurs Conseils S.A (Geneva / CH), Plein Sens (Paris, FR), Oasiis (Paris, FR)

A comprehensive and concerted guide plan will be proposed from September by the COBE group, selected by the project jury, composed of experts and representatives of the State, ArcelorMittal, the municipalities of Esch and Schifflange and Agora.

(More information www.quartieralzette.lu, and www.agora.lu)

Finally, in the field of selective deconstruction, a first inventory of the sector and good practices in Luxembourg and the Greater Region was carried out by the operational working group, launched in July 2018, in partnership with the LIST, the University of Luxembourg and the Superdreckskëscht.

The project aims in the long term to improve, in the country, the recovery and resale not only of materials, but also of secondary products resulting from deconstruction.

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