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WCEF2023 main session - Building blocks for a circular future: trends, policies and solutions
| 10:30–11:45 (UTC+3)

"Building blocks for a circular future: trends, policies and solutions" is a session of the WCEF 2023 main programme. The session will take place on 31 May 2023, 10:30–11:45 (UTC+3). The session is co-led by Ministry of the Environment, Finland & Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, The Netherlands, and in partnership with Green Building Council Finland, Holland Circular Hotspot, Nordic Circular Hotspot, UNEP/GlobalABC.  



Circularity provides multiple benefits for the built environment, but the construction sector is slow to change. What drivers and practices work best?

The global appetite for new building materials remains high, which results in a large footprint of the sector. How can we extend the life of buildings, ensure that we close the loop and allow new building materials and methods access to the market? This session explores global resource trends and developments in policy and solutions that will put us on the road towards a circular and nature-positive future.

Speakers include:

  • Cindy Venho, EMF (moderator)
  • Vivianne Heijnen, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the Netherlands
  • Janez Potočnik, International Resource Panel
  • Julia Okatz, Systemiq 
  • Roland Hunziker, WBCSD  
  • Aishwarya Iyer, Yale University
  • Ashraf Kamal, Housing and Building National Research Center, Egypt

Register for online participation here.

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Embodied carbon
Existing buildings
New buildings