EDA commits to recognising circular economy

This past October 18th and 19th, I had the pleasure of attending one of the biggest events of the demolition industry: the World Demolition Summit 2023. Celebrated in Toronto, it was quite a flight for the European Demolition Association.

However, once we stepped into the venue, we instantly knew that it was worth it!

World Demolition Award winners World Demolition Awards 2023: The winners. (PHOTO: D&Ri)

The environment, as well as the warm welcome we received, was impressive, as professionals from all around the world gathered together to discuss the industry, make connections and exchange knowledge. Topics like the environmental impact, the issues and challenges in the workforce field, as well as the different demolition methods, were presented in a number of case studies.

Thus, the variety of themes has allowed us to both share our experiences and acquire knowledge about topics that, otherwise, would not be so easily obtainable.

One particular encounter took the stage during the Summit: the World Demolition Awards 2023. Dozens of companies have competed in different categories, ranging from Innovations in Tools and Attachments to Recycling and Environmental.

It was a great pride for us to discover that many of the EDA members took part and that initiative and have been pronounced winners. Six companies, in particular, have received awards in several matters.

Standing ovation at The gala dinner at the World Demolition Awards 2023 The work done by the 2023 World Demolition Awards winners and all those that entered were worthy of a standing ovation. (PHOTO: D&Ri)

Their work is a testament to the ever-evolving and forward-thinking nature of the demolition industry, which continues to redefine what’s possible in the world of deconstruction. And the EDA would like to make its contributions to this cause!

This is why, starting this 2024, we are putting forward the Circular Economy in Construction Awards. This initiative is aimed at a very specific segment: the students, that will one day become industry professionals.

The students from all around Europe, on behalf of different National Associations, will be given a chance to present their Bachelor, Master or PhD thesis at the EDA Annual Convention 2024, which will take place in Belgrade, from June 13th to 15th.

By creating these awards, the EDA strives to create a connection between the companies, public institutions and future industry professionals, giving them an opportunity to become acquainted, first-hand, with what the sector is really like. It is also a great incentive for the students since their hard work and effort will be recognized on an international level.

Not only events like those showcased some of the most exceptional achievements in the demolition industry. All the companies and industry professionals participating in them have demonstrated their unwavering commitment to innovation, safety, and environmental responsibility.

They serve as recognition of their accomplishments and as an inspiration for the industry to continue striving for excellence in the years to come.

Stefano Panseri, EDA President

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