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Driving circular renovation together

First newsletter, March 2020
Welcome to the first newsletter of Drive 0! We're excited to tell you all about the project and the progress we're making. Let's start with telling you Why Drive 0 is important, what we will do and how we will do it! Watch the video below. 
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Drive 0 at COP25 - EU Energy Day

At COP25 – EU Energy Day, Miriam Navarro talked about Drive 0 and how we can include circular economy the building renovation. 

Let’s take a look at what she talked about. 

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Drive 0 and the European commission’s new circular economy action plan

The European Commission released the Communication laying down the details of a new Circular Economy Action Plan – one of the main blocks of the European Green Deal, Europe’s new agenda for sustainable growth.

In conformity with Drive 0’s underlying principles and objectives, the new Action Plan announces initiatives along the entire life cycle of products, targeting for example their design, promoting circular economy processes, fostering sustainable consumption, and aiming to ensure that the resources used are kept in the EU economy for as long as possible.

 

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Interview about Circular renovations

Coordinator Ana Tisov spoke to Brightlands about circularity. “Circular construction is much more than recycling materials.” 

Read the interview

Meet the team! 

As DRIVE 0 is structured around seven pilots in seven countries, for each country industrial partners or concept developers are ‘twinned’ with a technical partner (university, research institute or consultancy) to develop the specific holistic circular renovation products and concepts. For the market uptake and dissemination of the results, the DRIVE 0 consortium is effectively supported by three important European umbrella associations. 

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Drive 0 kickoff 

The Drive 0 kick-off meeting was organized 22 and 23 Oct 2019 at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Geleen, the Netherlands.

Besides getting to know each other, the aim was to set out the project’s vision while diving deeper into the circular renovation discussions and understanding the Drive 0 specific goals. Furthermore, the goal of the kick-off meeting was to understand what needs to be done in the first six months and agree on how to work effectively together. This meeting gave everyone a chance to speak about their own visions and expectations for this project which in the end led to tuning in the overall project’s strategy and to come to agreement on the final scope of the project.

After the official 2-day Kick off meeting, open Drive 0 Symposium on Circular renovations was held on 24 Oct 2019 where around 100 people participated to this event. 

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The first technical workshop for Drive 0 was held in Slovenia.

The first technical workshop for Drive 0 has been held in January, in Slovenia. It was 2 day workshop. The first day was all about working on these objectives: 

To boost product’s developments
What will make industries products circular?;
Defined circular KPIs and innovation strategies to achieve these;
Which additional supports are needed?;
Planning of the industries developments;

To revise demonstrator’s visions
Local drivers leading towards a need for a circular retrofit;
Circular deep retrofit plans of each demonstrator;
Preliminary timeline for the demonstrators;

To advance the demonstrators and industries involvement in the ongoing Drive 0 Tasks:
Clarification of the project implementation and financial issues;
Monitoring of the demonstrators and products performance;
Benchmarking on circularity potential.

On the second day, the Drive 0 partners paid a visit to the Knauf Insulation Experience Center (KIEXC), a case study of sustainable construction at European level. 

The center operates as a showcase for Knauf's most innovative insulation solutions, as well as a training center for professionals in the construction center. 

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6th Jeffrey Cook Workshop

Drive 0 EU H2020 and MOBISTYLE Project took part at the “6th Jeffrey Cook Workshop” in Beer Sheva, Israel 25-26 Nov 2019.
Our project coordinators from Huygen Installatie Adviseurs have represented these two projects. 

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Towards circular loops! How to create the first steps?

This was the theme of the workshop organized by Huygen at the yearly meeting of project managers of real estate of Dutch Universities at Maastricht University. 

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The Drive 0 consortium
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 841850.
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