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Circular economy in construction

Tuesday 4 June at 11.00-12.30


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The built environment is the biggest consumer of natural resources globally. It has enormous economic potential in the circular economy. Circular processes provide business opportunities at all the different stages of the building life cycle. This session will provide a trip around the world focusing on the regional characteristics of circularity in the built environment.

11.00 Opening words
Keynote: The built environment as a key sector for a circular future​
Martin Stuchtey, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Systemiq See the presentation
A circular building trip around the world – Regional reviews of circularity in the built environment​
Zeenat Niazi, Vice President, Development Alternatives, India​ See the presentation
Jeremy Gibberd, Director, South Africa ​See the presentation
Barbara Dewulf, Deputy Director General, Brussels Environment, Belgium See the presentation
Panel discussion​: A circular built environment: a castle in the air or a feasible future?​
Panellists: Anders Wijkman, Chair, EIT Climate-KIC and Chair, Circular Sweden, Ilari Aho, Vice President, Uponor Group and speakers of the session
12.30 Closing remarks


Elisa Tonda, Head of the Consumption and Production Unit, UN Environment, Economy Division


Ministry of the Environment of Finland, One Planet Network Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme, UN Environment

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