On November 6, NArFU will launch the international project “De-Concrete: Eco-Efficient Arctic Technologies Cooperation” under the EU-Russia Kolarctic Cross-Border Cooperation Program. A consortium of five partner universities from three countries of the Barents region (Russia, Norway and Finland), in cooperation with Russian and foreign industrial partners and with the support of regional authorities, will solve urgent problems of recycling used concrete structures with environmentally friendly technologies to create new building materials. The expert team is faced with the task of developing new technological approaches for the recycling of building waste and proposing solutions for large and medium-sized industrial enterprises to reuse concrete in the production of building materials and the road industry.
Let us remind that according to the results of three competitions of projects under the Kolarctic Program, for which a total of 137 applications were submitted with the participation of more than 500 organizations in the Barents region and adjacent territories, only 26 projects were approved for financing, 7 of which involve NArFU.
“De-Concrete project is special for us, because NArFU participates in it as an applicant and coordinator of the international team, which imposes a great responsibility on us. Nevertheless, we are confident that the high professional level of experts from NArFU’s Higher School of Engineering, partnerships with Norwegian and Finnish colleagues and the accumulated successful experience in managing projects under EU programs will allow us to cope with all the tasks,” Lyubov Zarubina, head of the international cooperation department, commented.
At the kick-off meeting, which will be attended by the representatives of the University of Tromsø - the Arctic University of Norway, NORUT Northern Research Institute (Narvik), the University of Oulu, the Governing Body of the Kolarctic Program (Rovaniemi) and the Ministry of Construction and Architecture of the Arkhangelsk Region, the experts will discuss a work plan over project tasks, key activities, general requirements for project administration, visualization and dissemination tools for project progress and results.
International Cooperation Department