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Some of what I have experienced is that there are still people in the construction industry who are thinking:

Well, we leave it to the next generation.

Which I find scary.

35% of all waste in Europe comes from the construction industry.

And that is of course a big aim to reduce.

A lot of people can't see a problem in the fact, that we are emitting so much CO2, -

and we use all this power, and they don't bother changing their attitudes.

They think not doing anything, pays off better financially

Everybody is on the same page, why should we take the first step?

We would like to change that.

My name is Nicolaj Zoega Jørgensen, I am 22 years old, and I'm a co-founder of CikoTag.

My name is Rasmus Krogh Lynge Pedersen, I am 26 years old and I am also a co-founder of CikoTag.

After highschool, I worked in a concrete business and saw it all from the inside.

I felt a little like: "Okay, is that really how it works"?

One of the things I think is completely wrong is that if too many materials are ordered, -

to a construction site or so, then instead of the materials being sent somewhere new,

or back in stock, it's much cheaper to just abolish the materials.

And then they really just get thrown out.

We had some machines that were 50 years old.

Nothing has changed, it is completely the same way you build.

And then we are introduced too sustainability here at school, -

and we had an introduction to circular economics.

Then I remembered the concrete business where I used to work and thought about, -

what can be changed? And there is a lot.

If we continue in this direction within the construction industry, as we do now, -

then we're going to run out of construction sand, which we use in concrete.

We can't just use sand from the Sahara, even though it seems like there is infinitely much of it.

We emit too much CO2, we produce too much waste that we don't really know what to do about.

There is a very large loss of materials, when you pull down a building,-

which might as well could be recycled.

It should and it has to pay off, to reuse the materials instead.

So something has to happen for the materials to get a value.

And that we also come in and try to take the first step and push people in the right direction.

We started this company called CikoTag, in order to recycle materials in the construction world.

And we do that by some ID tags.

It's a sticker in principle, we can put on a part of a building.

Then we scan it with our phone, and then we can see all the values ​​of the specific part.

It is both regarding what materials are used, how wide the wall is, how big it is, and how much it weighs.

And then that information is then uploaded on our webpage, -

where architects and engineers, and who whoever wishes to see it, -

can use this function, and then plan to use it in a new project.

So parts of buildings can be reused in the future, instead of just being destroyed and thrown out.

When you pull down houses today, you do not know what the house consists of.

It can be very expensive to do research on what is inside a wall.

It can be very difficult and sometimes you can't figure it out.

The big problem is that we do not have enough information because we do not share with each other.

By sharing with each other, we can reduce trash and waste in the industry.

We are proud to be part of something bigger and contributing to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

How we approach our work with the world goals, is that we've looked at which boxes we belong to most, -

and then we just worked from there.

One of them is responsible consumption and production, -

where we focus on how to reduce trash and waste, -

and that is what we have worked with in our business CikoTag.

In Denmark, it has created an incredible amount of growth, so it has been good for us financially, -

to come up with all these different methods of thinking green.

Instead of using oil and old energy, -

we're making wind turbines and has earned enormous ammounts of money on these.

We've noticed a pressure from the surroundings, both on a national and global plan, -

and more people are getting interested in our ideas and what we have to offer.

Large companies and architectural firms, authorities in the Municipality of Aarhus, -

and various municipalities around Denmark, have also been interested in what we are doing.

Climate is just at the top of the agenda, and it will continue to be, until we resolve this climate issue.

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