natureplus Europe Event Series 2022
Building a Transparent Supply Chain
Join natureplus and its partners for a European-wide event series entitled "Building a Transparent Supply Chain - Resource Efficient, Healthy and Low Carbon Building Materials", with a total of 5 webinars and 1 research project meeting taking place online from 10th to 20th October 2022. You have the opportunity to:
- Meet building professionals, academics, & material experts from across Europe,
- Benefit from best practice, experience, & tools to ensure sustainable supply chains
- Learn about the advantages of local & bio-based materials for transparent supply chains.
Inhumane working conditions in the textile industry, child labour in the quarrying of natural stones, ruthless exploitation of mineral resources, and illegal deforestation, unfortunately are not exceptional for raw materials that come from far away. How can we enforce ecological and social standards at all levels in the construction industry and, at the same time, advance resource efficient, healthy, and low carbon building materials?
The key to this issue lies in transparency: companies must take responsibility for their supply chains and disclose where their raw materials and intermediate products come from. They must also exert influence on their upstream suppliers to weed out "bloody" and overexploited materials. At the same time, this is a great opportunity for them to improve their products and position themselves as leaders in the market. What good examples of transparency already exist that we can learn from? What is the role of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)? And what should become mandatory in Europe in the future?
Meet building professionals, academics, and material experts from across Europe, and find answers to these questions. Learn from best practice examples from here and abroad. natureplus together with Stichting Agrodome (NL), ASBP (GB), Baubioswiss (CH), IBO (AT) as well as VIBE (BE) invite you to a 10-day event series focusing on sustainable building materials with transparent supply chains.
The opening session on 11th October will look into the entire spectrum of the topic of supply chain transparency, from voluntary CSR reports by the industry, to the planned legal regulations of the EU - what are the practical benefits of these instruments for the construction industry? Good examples of transparent supply chains, for example in the timber industry, will be shown; valuable tips for the tendering practice of municipalities and regions will be given, and we will get to know new products sourced from closed loop regional material cycles.
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All events are hosted online. There are 5 webinars available and 1 research project meeting.
You can register for the single events or book the discounted "Conference Ticket" for all 5 webinars (5 for the price of 3!). To register click the "Register now" button at the end of this page.
For more info about the research project “Sustainability Supply Chain Construction” click here. This meeting is dedicated to professionals engaging in the field of supply chains and experts.
Host: natureplus association
The natureplus Association is commissioned with the research project “Sustainability Supply Chain Construction”, which is funded by the Federal Office for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR). The aim is to develop standards of environmental and social sustainability in different construction product categories across the supply chain.
Within the project we organize four conferences with relevant national as well as international actors, so that an enriching platform for exchange, knowledge generation and knowledge transfer is created. For this third expert meeting the topics includes supply chain legislation, CSR reporting & industry implementation.
Event host: natureplus association
The kick-off webinar gives you a condensed introduction about transparent supply chains. You get an overview of the existing voluntary tools and the legal European regulations to disclose material flows. We're looking forword to impluses by recognized CSR expert and consultant Stefan Müssig, bfub on what information must be declared and what options pioneers have to make their supply chains transparent and from Anna Cavazzini , expert from European politics showing which legal regulations are planned.
Event host: VIBE
BC materials transforms excavated earth of construction sites into building materials. This Belgian company produces local building materials such as clay plasters, compressed earth blocks and rammed earth for floors and walls. These products are circular, carbon neutral, healthy and possess minimal grey energy. Business developer Anton Maertens clarifies the supply chain of BC Materials.
Event host: IBO GmbH & Holz von Hier
Inhumane working conditions in the textile industry, ruthless exploitation of mineral resources and illegal deforestation are not uncommon for raw materials that come from far away. How can we enforce ecological and social standards at all levels in the construction industry? The timber industry in particular stands out for its efforts to document sustainable management throughout and could thus also serve as an example for other building product groups. Maria Renner from natureplus will provide an intro to the project NaLiBau (sustainable chain of custody in the construction sector) followed by Dr. Gabriele Bruckner and Philipp Strohmeier from the "Holz von Hier" label. They will report on the verification of material flows and transport distances via an "incorruptible" electronic enterprise resource planning system, a best practice example in the timber industry, applicable for every enterprise, small or big. Moderated by Barbara Bauer, long-time IBO employee and Austrian representative of the natureplus label.
Event host: Stichting Agrodome
Four speakers are present: Carla Groot-Djakou, independent consultant, on sustainable commissioning with impact; Martin Scherpenisse, province of Zeeland, on circular biobased procurement; Thomas Pijnenborgh, groene bouwmaterialen, on the creation of sustainable supply chains; John J. Mellegers , Faay, producers of inner walls with flax, on their circular approach.
Event host: ASBP & Green Register
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Three speakers confirmed. 1) Steve Gilchrist, Project Director, Grovesnor Estate; Adedayo Shittu-Balogun, Senior Project Manager, Eurban and Roy Fishwick, Cleveland Steel and Tubes. Case study; Holbein Gardens. Grosvenor’s UK property business is working on an innovative framework to reduce the embodied carbon of projects through circular design strategies. A leading example of material reuse, Holbein Gardens is one the first projects in the UK to reuse structural steelwork salvaged directly from a demolition site. The project is aligned with the UKGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings: A Framework Definition, setting a new benchmark for sustainable workplaces through the transformation of a 1980s office building. The building also utilised Cross Laminated Timber floor slabs supplied by Eurban, to enable a complete low embodied carbon solution.
The project addresses and resolves complex issues currently surrounding the reuse of structural steel such as the cost of salvaging, programme constraints and the availability of reusable stock. Using reused steel offers significant carbon savings estimated to be 96% of new steel, as well as reductions in other environmental impacts. Grosvenor state that this has lowered the overall embodied carbon for the building to 267.9kgCO2e/m2, of which 67.5kgCO2e/m2 is attributed to the structure.
This project will be discussed in detail by our speakers and is one of 10 case studies that ASBP is preparing, to showcase reuse across the built environment as part of our DISRUPT project funded by Innovate UK.
The webseminars of this event series are funded by the Federal Environment Agency and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection. The funds are made available by resolution of the German Bundestag.
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