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Concrete Dialogue 2018: Pathways towards a carbon-neutral built environment

Energy, Environment and Climate
Date: Tuesday, 20 November 2018 16:00 - 18:00

Venue: European Parliament  |  City: Brussels

The Concrete Initiative,  a project led by CEMBUREAU (the European Cement Association), BIBM (the European Federation of Precast Concrete), ERMCO (the European Ready-Mix Concrete Organisation) and UEPG (the European Aggregates Association) in association with the Parliament Magazine are holding this event on the pathways towards a carbon-neutral built environment.

The European Union has identified the built environment and building sector as the main enablers in the transition towards a resource and carbon efficient Europe, making zero-energy buildings a priority.  The key to turn these goals into reality is the availability of reliable and comparable data through the adoption of a life cycle approach to the built environment. Meaning the whole process - from sustainable design, to material efficiency, to recycling of construction and demolition waste - will be at the core of the debate.

There is a wide range of life cycle assessment (LCA) methodologies and most construction material sectors are engaging in research on the topic. The conclusions do not always lead to the same solution, with views that might not be easy to reconcile. However, stakeholders do agree that the ultimate policy goal is to create a carbon-neutral, energy-efficient built environment. Therefore, a life cycle assessment only makes sense when applied at building level rather than at product level.

The Concrete Dialogue 2018: Pathways towards a carbon-neutral built environment will address these issues by exploring both a policy and industry perspective. Policymakers and stakeholders from across the construction value chain will explore policies, processes and projects needed to jointly achieve this transition. 

Our confirmed speakers are:

  • Vladimir Urutchev MEP (EPP, Bulgaria)
  • Prof. Dr. Eckart Würzner, Lord Mayor of Heidelberg
  • Helena Maria dos Santos Gervásio, Professor, Coimbra University (formerly Joint Research Centre)
  • Josefina Lindblom, Policy Officer Policy Officer - Sustainable Buildings DG ENVI, European Commission
  • Kjetil Tonning, President, FIEC
  • Lieven De Groote, Partner, TETRA-Architects


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All Dates

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2018 16:00 - 18:00

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