Extended Producer Responsability

EPR Agency Consulting firm Experts Specialists Consultancy

Develop new opportunities for innovation and create value for construction industry professionals

On a daily basis, Alcimed helps industrial players in their innovation projects and in creating value linked to the extended producer responsibility (EPR) sector: putting in place an eco-design approach, market and sector studies, waste management and valorization, technology state-of-the-art, defining offers and services, re-shaping business models, and more.

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    The challenges related to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

    Each year in France alone, around 46 millions of tons of waste are produced from building construction materials and products packaging. The management of this waste represents a major challenge, especially in the context of the current environment crisis.

    To address this, the law “anti-waste for a circular economy” (AGEC) was introduced in 2020 to create new EPR systems, notably those concerning waste disposal from mineral and synthetic oil industries, tobacco products, and the construction industry. The objective of the extended producer responsibility system for the construction industry was to increase reuse, improve material recycling, and reduce illegal dumping of waste.

    The construction-specific EPR came into effect on May 1, 2023, and was associated with four key eco-organizations: Valobat, Valdelia, Ecomaison, and Ecominero. It specifically concerns concrete, metal, wood, plaster, plastic, glass, paper, and cardboard.

    The installment of the construction EPR will impose numerous obligations to materials manufacturers that can be grouped into three key challenges:

    • Putting in place genuine steps of eco-design
    • Developing ecosystems that promote efficient waste recycling solutions
    • Improving waste tacking systems

    While these obligations are technical and economic challenges, they can also be sources of innovation and ways to create genuine value for different construction players.

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      How we support you in your projects related to Extended Producer Eesponsibility (EPR)

      For more than 25 years, Alcimed has been helping construction players rise up to the challenges of innovation and developing new markets. For years, environmental questions have been of key importance for different players: energetic efficiency, low-carbon concrete, modular construction, and more. With the establishment of the construction EPR, this environmental dynamic has grown and pushed players to reflect on new modes of interacting within their ecosystems.

      The diversity of our clients, the geographic areas we explore, and the types of projects we carry out give us a global and in-depth understanding of the problems and challenges linked to the extended producer responsibility sectors. For example, other industries that Alcimed has worked in have already seen this evolution (including packaging, electronic waste, tires, and medication). Thus, our clients making this transition benefit from our experience in these sectors.

      Our projects cover diverse issues such as benchmarks and state-of-the-arts to inspire the design of more responsible approaches, to studies of multisectoral industries to identify new ways to value waste, or even developing new services to implement new business models.

      Examples of recent projects carried out for our clients in Extended Producer Eesponsibility (EPR)

      • Developing a new offer of geosourced materials derived from deconstruction

        Reducing excavated soil and waste production from building construction by recycling and recovering them is of more and more interest to contractors as it responds to two major challenges in terms of environment in the sector: reducing the carbon footprint of construction and saving non-renewable resources. However, this reduction requires considering new production and distribution channels for these geosourced construction materials.

        We supported one of our clients, an industry leader in building construction, to identify the best possible position on the value chain to develop their activity. We helped them to:

        • Define different offers and possible positions around manufacturing geosourced construction material
        • Evaluate the level of interest of different players in their sector for the imagined offers
        • Select the most pertinent offer and the prioritized players to meet
        • Work their business model and think of partners with whom to start the activity

        This project allowed our client to define and validate the positioning of their new offer on the market.

      • Identifying and characterizing new waste deposits for glass

        Collecting glass waste is a key challenge for reducing energy consumption necessary to produce new glass. In most European countries, there are already effective channels for collecting and treating glass. To continue to increase the amount of portion of recycled glass used for producing new glass, it is important to find new deposit channels.

        We helped a construction player to identify and secure new sources of recyclable glass by analyzing the level of maturity of glass collection from building deconstruction. This study allowed our client to:

        • Evaluate the potential of the waste stream management
        • Estimate the current collection rate and its potential evolution, notably with respect to changing regulations
        • Identify and characterize current players in the market
        • Define good practices to implement in order to optimize the recovery of these deposits
      • Market study of recycled aggregates in different European countries

        For many years, different approaches have been developed to reduce the carbon impact of the construction industry. Among these different approaches, using recycled aggregates (aggregates produced during building deconstruction) has gathered interest.

        Our client wanted to understand the maturity of this approach, identify the associated players, and characterize the anticipated developments in different European countries. We supported our client by:

        • Conducting a state of affairs study of the regulatory context in each country
        • Analyzing the channels in place
        • Evaluating the attractiveness of the different countries studied (associated waste channels, level of interest, competition)

        This project allowed our client to evaluate the level of opportunity for each of the studied country and define associated plans of action.

      • Evaluation of development opportunities for an offer of traceability services

        Beyond the problems of counterfeiting and quality in the agri-food and health sectors, today traceability is more and more associated with eco-design challenges and recycling in the construction sector. As a result, the different players in the value chain are investigating tools to respond to this problem. Amongst the anticipated tools, BIM seems to be a solid candidate as a support for data generated by a traceability system.

        We supported an industry leader in the identification of trends and analyzing the maturity of traceability in the construction sector in order to confirm the interest in proposing a dedicated service for their products. Our study allowed our client to:

        • Evaluate the potential opportunities all along the life cycle of its product, from its use in construction sites to the end of its life
        • Highlight the players interested in such a service and the associated benefits
        • To build case studies to explore in order to establish new business models
      • Understanding of the possibilities for an eco-organisation to incorporate recycled materials

        An eco-organisation wanted to have a better understanding of the possibilities for incorporating recycled materials so that it could define the right support for its manufacturers.

        For this project, we intervened on two levels:

        • At the industry level, by carrying out an inventory of the markets concerned: typologies of players, assessment of French production and imports, assessment of associated deposits, identification of families of materials.
        • At stakeholder level, by conducting interviews with different types of stakeholder (producers, importers, distributors) to gain a better understanding of the opportunities, risks and obstacles to integrating recycled materials.

        In addition to recycling issues, we also looked at questions of eco-design and the durability of items.

        This study provided our customer with the information they needed to consider the mechanisms that could be put in place to support the industry.

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