Circular economy MOU signed by One Bangkok and SCG

Circular economy MOU signed by One Bangkok and SCG

One Bangkok and SCG sign MOU for collaboration on sustainable construction management towards circular economy to be implemented for the largest Thai real estate project

One Bangkok, the 120-billion-baht fully-integrated district and the largest private sector property development in Thailand’s history, and SCG, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the implementation of construction waste management practices according to circular economy principles.

The partnership aims to set new standards of sustainability in construction at One Bangkok by recycling concrete waste into precast panels and the development of holistic waste and pollution management plan. 

Mr. Panote Sirivadhanabhakdi, Group Chief Executive Officer of Frasers Property Limited, a joint developer of One Bangkok, said that “As a landmark project slated to set new standards in design, quality, sustainability and smart city living in Thailand, One Bangkok has always looked into strategic partnerships with industry leaders widely recognised for their outstanding capabilities, expertise, quality and reliability. We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with SCG, a long-term partner who shares our vision and ambition to create long-term values through sustainable construction practices.” 

“Sustainability has been a core development principle for One Bangkok. By collaborating with SCG, we will implement sustainable management of construction wastes throughout the development and operations of the district. This is also in-line with Frasers Property’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon corporation by 2050; to incorporate environmentally and socially friendly practices throughout the entire value chain – from investment to design, development and operations – with a focus on carbon reduction, energy efficiency and innovative solutions,” added Panote. 

According to Mr. Nithi Patarachoke, President, Cement-Building Materials Business, SCG, “The constant growth of construction industry today has resulted in a huge increase of construction waste. As a manufacturer and distributor of construction materials, SCG is aware of the issue and adopted the concept of circular economy in the development of innovative products and services. Our partnership with One Bangkok encompasses the design of new concrete mix from waste concrete from the construction into the production of precast items, creating value from waste materials and the development a holistic waste management plan for waste construction materials at the project.”

“TCC Assets and Frasers Property are our long-term business partners. We are delighted to collaborate on this project on the shared vision of achieving a sustainable development by maximising resource efficiency, reducing environmental impact, and raising the bar on the construction industry standards in line with the development of the country.”

The basis for this collaboration is the principles of circular economy. CPAC Smart Structure and CPAC Construction Solution, two business units of SCG, will apply the technology of pile crushing that is suitable for construction use to obtain the aggregate for recycling as designed. The aggregate is then used as a mixture in the production at CPAC Smart Structure's precast plant and distributed by SCG Distribution. The recycled precast concrete panels will be used to clad building façades and walls within One Bangkok. 

(Pile caps before cutting and shredding into aggregate at One Bangkok)

(Concrete scrap from pile cap cutting)

(Example of precast panel)

A sustainable waste management plan has also been developed with the aim of reducing construction site waste and dust emission by prioritising the elimination of waste generation, recycling and reusing waste created on the job, using construction methods that allow for deconstruction and using products and materials that reduce waste, as well as reducing the use of workforce and collateral concrete scrap at the site and dust generated by the construction, accounting for 5.94 tons of carbon dioxide reduction, equivalent to oxygen produced by 540 trees.

With ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ waste management practice in mind, within the key partnership between One Bangkok and SCG, CPAC Construction Solution under SCG is working closely with Khor Recycle to implement the on-site waste management system where construction waste, hazardous waste and food waste are segregated using a real-time display system, allowing staff in charge to track the volume of waste generated each day and manage the waste to meet the zero waste plan.

The collaboration between One Bangkok and SCG also addresses the excess and low-value resources resulting from the expansion of the construction industry and the issue of waste material management from building works, considered a huge challenge in the world today. These initiatives will help make the construction industry more sustainable and pave the way toward a more circular economy. 

One Bangkok is being jointly developed by TCC Assets (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and Frasers Property Holdings (Thailand) Co. Ltd (FPHT). FPHT is the development manager of One Bangkok, a 120-billion-baht fully-integrated district and the largest private sector property development in Thailand’s history. The project comprises five premium grade A office buildings, five luxury and lifestyle hotels, three luxury residential towers, four interconnected retail precincts, and art and cultural hubs located on a 16.7-hectare (104-rai) plot at the corner of Wireless Road and Rama IV Road. One Bangkok aims to be Thailand’s first LEED for Neighbourhood Development Platinum Project. Additionally, all five premium Grade A office towers and a residential tower will be built to WELL Platinum standards, setting a new benchmark for green and sustainable development for Thailand. The first phase is scheduled for opening within 2023, with full completion in 2026.

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