Eco-Efficient Arctic Technologies Cooperation

The DeConcrete project was successfully finalized on the 31st of December, 2023.

The ambitious DeConcrete project was executed over 39 months (ending 31’st December 2022) and funded (total budget of 1 178125 euros) by the KOLARCTIC program with national co-funding from Norway, Finland and the Russian Federation plus partners efforts. The DECONCRETE Project consortium and partnership comprised of SINTEF Narvik, Oulu University, UiT and the Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov (NArFU). DeConcrete project targeted on the acceleration of circular approaches uptake in the building industry with a closer focus on concrete waste recycling. Thanks to the active collaboration of all partners, excellent relation of an academic and also personal level was established and contributed to the organised workflow. All partners were active in reaching out to the industry, and thanks to that, many results reached the industry and were implemented or are under implementation. Prove of a well-executed project is also a follow-up project Ar2CorD led by UiT. Last but not least is important to mention that DeConcrete project partners faced two significant events, restriction of physical events due to the COVID-19 pandemic and suspension of lead partner from Russia. Despite those significant events, the DeConcrete project was successfully finished and completed all the promised activities.

Welcome to the official website of the DeConcrete project

Project "DeConcrete: Eco-Efficient Arctic Technologies Cooperation" is a member of the Kolarctic family being on-stream of cross-border cooperation for developing the Arctic region. It  is a result of the third call for proposals for the Kolarctic Cross Border Cooperation Program "Kolarctic CBC 2014-2020". The project was developed by a consortium of organizations  covering the entire value chain in concrete work.

Concrete is the second most-consumed artificial material in the construction industry. There are acute problems of re-using large volumes of reinforced concrete waste and  organization of technological and economic methods for their recycling. Environmental issues and eco-efficient approaches of waste handling, reducing the contamination (dust) are  of special concern as well. These issues are very relevant to the North Calotte.

In the letter dated on March the 3rd 2022, the European Commission has informed the Russian Federation about suspension of the Agreement on financial and implementation of Cross Border Cooperation Program "Kolarctic" 2014-2020 signed between Russian Federation, Finland, Sweden and the European Union. On that bases Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M. V. Lomonosov (Russian Federation) was suspended from DeConcrete project.

Kolarctic CBC projects in Luleå presentation: DeConcrete
Poster DeConcrete (grey)
Poster DeConcrete (black)

Project duration:
15.10.2019 – 31.12.2022
Source of funding:
EU financing (Finnish state financing)
Russian state co-financing
Norwegian state co-financing (Finnmark Fylke, Nordland county)
Own contribution – all partners
Project Partners:
Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov (Lead Partner)
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Northern Research Institute Narvik (SINTEF Narvik)
University of Oulu
Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building
Norwegian Cold Concrete Cluster

Main objective
DeConcrete project main objective is to enhance cross border Arctic Technologies Cooperation between industry, academic and R&D communities for growth of circular economy in the Kolarctic region by developing new approaches to reuse and recycle construction materials (concrete) concerning the environment and cold climate traits in a sustainable way.

Specific tasks

  • To conduct comparative studies on existing demolition guidelines applied in Russia, Norway, Finland and identify methods for smart demolition and reuse of precast concrete elements based on eco-friendly practices
  • To develop recommendations for economically and environmentally sustainable concrete waste processing available to all partner countries
  • To identify different areas where reused, recovered or recycled construction materials can be applied and develop construction waste management strategy
  • To create a well-functioning Arctic Technologies Cooperation network to secure ripple effects of the project results for growth of the circular economy: roadmap, new industries, best practices, B2B Meetings.