Citizens at the Heart of the Sustainably-built Environment

On 19 November 2015, The Concrete Initiative held its first annual event, Concrete Dialogue 2015, entitled: Citizens at the heart of the sustainably-built environment.  This event brought together Members of the European Parliament, European Commission and civil society for a concrete dialogue roundtable to debate issues of relevance to sustainable construction. Furthermore, a new study on the multiplier effect of investment in concrete, as well as a JRC study on sustainability in construction were presented, providing new insights to further stimulate the discussion.

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Thematic Lunch 'Modernising buildings and infrastructure'

The need to address the existing building stock is mainly driven by energy efficiency considerations. Buildings alone are responsible in Europe for 40% of energy consumption, which makes it the single biggest potential sector for energy savings. For this reason, both the Energy Performance of Buildings and the Energy Efficiency Directives set targets to buildings to achieve the 20-20-20 strategy, and the latter even sets a minimum amount of total floor area to be renovated yearly by central governments.

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Networking dinner with the newly elected European Parliament

On 26 November 2014, The Concrete Initiative will be organising a networking dinner at the European Parliament in Strasbourg with recently elected MEPs. This event will be kindly hosted by MEP Julie Girling (European Conservatives and Reformists Group, UK) and aims to raise awareness about The Concrete Initiative and it input to the sustainable construction debate.

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Recycling construction & demolition waste

Bridging the gap between technical feasibility & policy needs (upon invitation only)
On 2 July 2014, the European Commission adopted its Circular Economy package.  This package includes a Communication on Resource Efficiency Opportunities in the Building Sector.  One of the key areas within this communication is the recycling of construction and demolition waste (C&DW). 

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