CURE+ – Centres for Urban Resources, Reuse and Remanufacture

Educating municipalities on circular economy practices and fostering its uptake to reduce household-related construction and demolition waste in four European municipalities.


Construction and demolition waste is the largest waste stream in Europe, accounting for 36 per cent of Europe’s total waste by weight with about 340 million tonnes between 2010 and 2018. The European Union’s (EU) Waste Framework Directive aims to prevent and reuse 70 per cent of this waste. By transitioning to circular economy practices – such as reusing, repairing, remanufacturing, and upcycling –, the EU aims at reducing the pressure on natural resources as well as at creating sustainable growth and jobs. However, recycling construction waste poses difficulties, as most of what is currently recovered is downcycled instead of recycled, resulting in losing most of its value.


Group visit at Latsādija in Riga, Photo: ©Inga Pelša | REA


In cooperation with municipalities, non-governmental organisations, and civil society, the CURE+ project develops urban resource centres aiming to increase the reuse or upcycling of construction materials to reduce CO2 emissions and unnecessary resource depletion. The project brings together 5 partners from 5 countries – namely Estonia, Greece, Latvia, the Netherlands, and Spain – to increase the prevention, reuse, remanufacture, and upcycling of household-related construction and demolition waste (CDW). It will educate four participating municipalities on applying best practices for recovering CDW. This supports them in applying the circular economy practices adapted to their specific needs and, in the long term, contributes to a sustainable and resource-efficient society.

Project information

Updated: February 2023

Countries: Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Netherlands, Spain

Project duration: 12/22 - 03/25

Funding: 833,598 €

Target groups: Cities, towns and municipalities, Civil Society, NGOs

Implementing organisation:
Riga City Council

Project Partners:
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), Elisava Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, Municipality of Kavala, Tartu City Government

Project Website:

Contact Person

Mrs Ieva Kalnina

Organisation: Riga Municipal Agency “Riga Energy Agency”


Mazā Jauniela 5,
Riga, LV-1050,

Email: kalnina.ievariga.lv


This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI call for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.


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