Getting ahead of change

Published 21/11, 2019 at 15:09

Since EDA began as an association, there have been many changes in the demolition industry, not only in terms of the machinery and techniques used, but also in paperwork and the surrounding aspects of the job site.

During this time, we have worked actively to adapt to these changes and even to develop proposals to anticipate some of them. Through cooperation with other European groups and organisations related to the sector, it is possible to turn projects into real initiatives that improve the activity of companies and workers involved in demolition. 

One of our most ambitious projects is now focused on 2050. Specifically, the manifesto ‘Construction 2050: Building tomorrow's Europe today’, which is supported by more than 15 European organisations, including EDA. The initiative aims to support the construction sector in adapting to meet key upcoming challenges and promote the sustainable competitiveness of the sector.

Looking to the future, Europe is basically urban, with around 75% of the European Union's population set to live in urban areas. This shows the value of the construction industry in our day to day life: we spend much of our time in buildings and it is therefore important to look after how they are built, maintained and renewed. For this reason, it is necessary to consider at the present time a sustainable construction system that properly manages the waste generated in construction and demolition, and its reuse. 

In addition, it is important to stimulate more research and innovation, as well as setting the right framework for construction companies to adopt and integrate new technologies in their processes and daily operations, hence transforming their businesses. To achieve these goals, a strong partnership between European institutions, member states, construction social partners and stakeholders is essential. With the challenges set out in ‘Construction 2050: Building tomorrow's Europe today’, we will continue to work together to promote the changes that the future is asking of us today.

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