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TREMS Launch Event November 2022

Angela Hoefnagels, Professor Calum Drummond, Dr Mary Kelly, Professor Alec Cameron, Professor Sujeeva Setunge
TREMS Hub Theme Leaders Professors Priyan Mendis, Ralph Horne, Sujeeva Setunge, Vivian Tam and Hao Wang
Special guest Dr Mary Kelly, Executive Director for Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, ARC
Dr Mary Kelly, Executive Director for Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, ARC & Professor Sujeeva Setunge, Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation, TREMS Hub Director.

Mid November, RMIT marked the launch of the TREMS Hub, a #research hub focused on tackling the #global waste #crisis.

This is a timely initiative and is made possible by funding and #collaboration from the Australian Research Council and state, industry and international #partners.

Lead by RMIT and University of Melbourne, the hub has been working for the last 18 months exploring new ways to engineer #construction and other high-value materials from recycled household, #commercial and #industrial waste to develop innovative solutions for practical application.  

The hub has 35 projects in progress supported by 36 #industry partners. RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Alec Cameron, said that with Australia’s landfill space expected to reach capacity by 2025, it is incumbent on the University to be part of the solution.  

“The Hub’s research program aims to find holistic #solutions to address this crisis, co-designed in partnership with stakeholders across the entire value chain of waste.” he said. 

TREMS colleagues were so fortunate to have three eminent speakers Tony Circelli, from Recycling Victoria, Christina Chin from EcologiQ and Phil Gurney from Breakthrough Victoria share the opportunities for collaborations between Victorian government and the TREMS hub to translate the ARC funded academic research. 

“Together with our partners, the hub will aim to reduce the waste diverted to landfills and contribute towards the goal of 43% #emissionsreduction by 2030.”  

Thank you to our speakers and attendees for coming together to celebrate this milestone! 

Distinguished Professor Vivian Tam (headshot)

ARC Future Fellowship success for world first recycled concrete project

Western Sydney University’s Distinguished Professor Vivian Tam has been awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship, attracting more than one million dollars for the development of Het-Crete, the world’s first building material for high grade construction that uses mixed construction and demolition waste, combined with environmentally friendly chemicals.

Distinguished Professor Tam, from the School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment at WSU, was awarded $1,109,924 for the project, ‘Het-Crete: High-Grade Chemical-Treated Heterogeneous Recycled Concrete’. The research is set to address the grand challenges of CO2 emissions and landfill reduction within the construction industry.

“Developing and advancing environmentally friendly recycled materials is my passion, so I am delighted with this funding announcement and hope our project will raise environmental awareness and confidence across the construction industry as well as significantly elevate Australia’s world standing in recycled concrete research,” said Distinguished Professor Tam.

“Of the more than 20 million tons of mixed construction and demolition waste generated annually in Australia, only 5% is recycled and less than 1% is adopted for low-grade construction activities. Our project hopes to solve Australia’s mixed construction and demolition waste disposal problem and lower its greenhouse-gas emissions at the same time.”

As part of the 2022 Future Fellowship scheme, the Australian Government is funding 100 mid-career researchers with $94 million to focus on finding solutions for key industry challenges and training the next generation of researchers.

The Future Fellowships scheme supports research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia. The aim of the Future Fellowships scheme is to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers.

The TREMS Hub is proud to have Distinguished Professor Tam on the team. You can read about her project “The use of carbon-conditioned recycled aggregate for recycled concrete applications” objectives here.