- This article was written by Mr. Michail Daktylidis, President of PEDMEDE, for the EDA Yearbook 2020.
Panhellenic Association of Engineers Contractors of Public Works (PEDMEDE) representing the construction sector in Greece upon its establishment in 1935, covers all the range of companies dealing with the construction of public works. Its members, more than 2.500 entities, are individuals, contractors of public works as well as technical companies from grade A1 up to grade 7 (the upper grade), classification made by the Greek Ministry of Infrastracture and Transport.
The Association’s premises are located in Athens. Additionally, PEDMEDE comprises of 15 regional departments, covering all Greek regions and a separate section of Construction Companies.
In the core of its scope, PEDMEDE aims to ensure and promote its members’ interests and welfare in a national and regional level. Within this direction, PEDMEDE is in close cooperation with public authorities, government representatives and key stakeholders representing the construction sector, forming polices and initiatives and having a leading role in social dialogue. Last but not least PEDMEDE has a crucial role in shaping the national legislative framework concerning the construction sector along with National Public Authorities.
PEDMEDE is the sole Greek Construction Association representing the country in a European level. In particular, PEDMEDE is a statutory member of FIEC (European Construction Industry Federation) member of EIC (European International Contractors), and member of EDA (Εuropean Demolition Association), holding seats in Steering Committees of all entities.
PEDMEDE’s current President, Mr. Michail Daktylidis, holds the position of FIEC’s Vice – President since 2016. He is also President of ECF (European Construction Forum) that recently was renamed in Construction 2050, as of the European initiative “Construction 2050 – Building tomorrow’s Europe today”.
One of the major obstacles encountered in Greece towards recycling and overall management of Construction Demolition Waste (CDW) is the absence of a market for recycled materials, due to the lack of financial incentives (prices or raw materials for construction are even cheaper and more accessible than the recycled materials from CDW management). Consequently, management facilities have limited options for selling recovered materials.
Additionally, there are no standards for recycled materials or recycled content in building materials, which makes the product recycled unfavorable for use in new construction activities. In addition, recycled materials from CDW management at the exit of the recycling process should comply with technical criteria similar to those of natural products in order to be used for construction activities. There is a number of standards regarding aggregates for construction purposes, which the recycled aggregates must meet in order to be returned to the market.
Another significant barrier for establishing effective demolition, decontamination and recycling methods, is the lack of CDW alternative management systems covering all Greek territory. Currently, Greek regions are partially covered with such systems.
A closer look on the existing approved systems indicates that there are significant variations in financial contributions of the respective managers depending on the waste generated as well as different classification of waste.
Greece, compared with other EU Member States, reports significant low levels of production of CDW per capita. Still, the General Directorate of Environment estimates that this is due to the lack of control by the competent authorities.
The aforementioned status considering the CDW flow, along with the low recycling rates, stress the need for the creation of a National CDW management system. PEDMEDE has already made the necessary steps in order to create such as system.