The ‘Concrete Dialogue 2018: Pathways towards a carbon-neutral built environment’ focuses on design for construction and highlight the adoption of the life cycle assessment (LCA), including the whole process (from sustainable design to material efficiency to recycling of construction and demolition waste).
The meeting took place on Tuesday 20 November in the European Parliament and was organized by 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 and hosted by MEP Vladimir Urutchev (EPP, Bulgaria).
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.
A life cycle assessment (LCA) has become a leading tool both policymakers and the industry sector to understand and manage risks or opportunities associated with products over their entire life cycle (material acquisition, production, design, use, and eventual disposal).
Several representatives of the construction value chain participated like speakers by exploring both a policy and industry perspective:
• Vladimir Urutchev MEP (EPP, Bulgaria)
• Theresa Griffin MEP (S&D, United Kingdom)
• Prof. Dr. Eckart Würzner, Lord Mayor of Heidelberg
• Helena Maria dos Santos Gervásio, Professor, Coimbra University (formerly Joint Research Centre)
• Josefina Lindblom, Policy Officer – Sustainable Buildings DG ENVI, European Commission
• Koen Coppenholle, Chief Executive, CEMBUREAU
• Kjetil Tonning, President, FIEC
• Lieven De Groote, Partner, TETRA-Architects
• James Drinkwater, Director of Europe Regional Network, World Green Building Council