Communications Minister Tasos Mitsopoulos on Tuesday welcomed Cyprus' role in a Europe-wide project researching inventive tyre recycling.
He was speaking at the kick-off meeting of the Anagennisis 'Innovative Reuse of All Tyre Components in Concrete' project at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT.)
The main aims of the research project are to develop various types of concrete which will be used on at least five pilot constructions.
According to Mitsopoulos: "The project aims to develop innovative solutions to reuse all by-products of tyre recycling, for example, rubber, steel and textile fibres, in high added value innovative concrete applications. This, without a doubt, will also have a high positive impact to the environment, especially for Cyprus, where currently there are limited applications for End-of-Life tyres."
He continued that the Communication Ministry supported the Anagennisis project, adding that that it was expected to provide: "Breakthrough innovation in novel technologies and products with high potential to achieve a greener economy."
The project is also anticipated to lead to reduced waste production and pressure on raw materials from the construction industry; improved resource efficiency and reduced environmental impact and more sustainable consumption, Mitsopoulos said.
He continued that Anagennisis was, in addition, expected to make a "Substantial contribution towards the sustainable supply of raw materials of economic importance," as well as lead to improved communication and transfer of knowledge to policy making, business and to the general public.
With a total budget of around €4.5 million, the project is funded by the Framework Programme (FP7) and will last for 42 months, having begun at the start of this year.
"The consortium of the project includes 17 academic and industrial partners from eight countries, which includes the European Tyre Recycling Association as well as two Cypriot partners Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) and Zebra General Constructions Ltd.," he said.
He thanked Anagennisis coordinator Professor Kypros Pilakoutas: "who has made a valuable contribution to promoting academic research and excellence in Cyprus, despite his hectic and numerous activities at the University of Sheffield in the UK" and Professor Diofantos Hadjimitsis, the Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics at CUT and "who has already made significant contribution to research in Cyprus by securing several funded projects".