Newsletter «How to make a success of cities’ circular transition?» – November 2021

Although experiments and initiatives are multiplying everywhere, the circular transition of the construction sector - responsible for around 40% of CO2 emissions and a third of waste in Europe - has yet to be invented. Is the context now more favourable to the generalisation of the circular economy? What are the innovations that could promote reuse and recycling? And where does the search for new business models stand? This month and until January, Leonard explores, with a series of dedicated round tables, the trends likely to move the lines of the circular on a large scale.

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— Analysis

The Circular Economy, more necessary than ever?

Gas, electricity and petrol: by end 2021, energy prices have reached new heights, as have the costs of materials and raw materials. The concept of circular economy has found a new echo within companies, which also see it as a response to the strengthening of environmental legislation. The construction sector is particularly concerned with the implementation of the Extended Producer Responsibility from 1 January 2022, which make companies accountable for the recovery of construction waste.

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— Projection

How many lifecycles for tomorrow’s buildings?

To limit the waste and carbon emissions generated by deconstruction and rebuilding, the concept of buildings that can be easily transformed, adapted or dismantled is gaining ground.

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— Opinion

What new economic models for the circular economy?

Reusing materials, recycling construction waste, and designing versatile buildings are essential steps towards the circular economy. They still need to be complemented by other models and practices, for a truly consistent circular economy in construction and development.

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— Radar 

Our selection of innovative businesses #41

Bridgit raises $19 million for ongoing business development of workforce management solution. CEMEX Ventures and Taronga Ventures invest in Voyage Control, a digital platform aimed at construction logistics. Developer Lennar partners with 3D construction specialist Icon to build 100 new homes.

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— Trends

Circular economy: a growing toolbox

The circular economy is gradually gaining ground. Builders, developers and local authorities are multiplying experiments, refining models and documenting good practices. Here is an overview.

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— Foresight

Sustainable Blue Economy: when maritime areas contribute to environmental transition

According to the European Commission, if the global blue economy were a national economy, it would be the seventh largest in the world. It is reflected in a significant need for innovative infrastructures and facilities that can reconcile development with respect for the environment. What are the challenges and impacts for VINCI’s businesses? What new business models? A new field of prospective for Leonard.

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— Radar 

Our selection of innovative businesses #42

Hilti to acquire construction management platform Fieldwire for $300 million. $6 million for RodRadar, the risk prevention specialist. StockPro raises €4 million to fight waste of new materials in construction.

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