- This article was originally written by Mr. Didier Michel, SEDDRe president, for the IACDS Yearbook 2020.
What has become the SEDDRe began by bringing together Demolishers from Paris confronted with the major projects of the end of the 19th century and the major changes in the organization of labor relations.
Over time, he added a core-sawing and asbestos removal section before marrying a union for the recycling of construction materials.
This is how our union today represents 250 companies, both subsidiaries of large groups and SMEs representing around 6,500 people for a turnover of around € 1.5 billion.
The SEDDRe also benefits from more than 70 corresponding members, suppliers of equipment or materials, trainers or even specialized consultants, which allows us to have a set of expertise unique in France across the entire chain.
Priorities have evolved over time. Originally oriented on social and safety aspects, the development of demolition equipment has greatly modified the organization of companies and demolition sites. A new step was taken with asbestos regulations in 1996 and has been the main concern for almost 15 years.
However, since 2015, the ecological transition has gained momentum in France with a new Anti-Waste and Circular Economy law of February 2020, the ambition of which is a real revolution in the management of construction and demolition waste.
This is how it institutes an EPL (extended product liability) on Building waste accompanied by a principle of free take-back even for demolition sites.
It is therefore a redefinition of the economic model of the whole sector around the circular economy which is being defined and the role of a union like ours is clearly to support this movement but also to do so that it stays in touch with the reality on the ground.
The aspects of resource economics, energy efficiency and environmental balance thus become constitutive of our industry.
It will not be possible to ignore what is happening given the pressure from the public authorities and citizens, but to prepare for it still needs to develop the necessary skills.
This is why the SEDDRe seeks to benefit from the expertise of its members across the entire value chain so as to pool it to preserve our added value and enhance our activities.