Archived Webinar

Circular Economy and Construction

"Circular economy principles can help decarbonize the construction sector"

The construction industry is essential to boosting national economies. It helps countries meet the demand for basic infrastructure and services, and provides essential housing and jobs in regions that are experiencing growing populations. The global market for construction materials, estimated at US$1 trillion in the year 2020, is projected to reach US$1.5 trillion by 2027, with growing construction activities and demands for construction materials in developing countries. Yet, the construction industry still depends on the linear model and is highly intensive in terms of resource and energy use, emissions, and waste generation. In 2019 alone, global carbon emissions embodied in the manufacturing and transporting of construction materials accounted for up to 11% - 23 % of global CO2 emissions.    

 In this session we will explore how the circular economy is seen as a game changer for the construction industry and the built environment – transforming the way construction materials are manufactured and transported, catalyzing innovative business models that change the way buildings and infrastructures are designed, built, used, demolished, or reused. 

About the Presenters

Carol Lemmens

Global Advisory Services Leader, Arup

Carol Lemmens is Arup’s Global Advisory Services leader, which encompasses Arup’s broad variety of disciplines focused on client’s organization change and business development. 

Jeremy Gregory

Research Scientist, MIT

Jeremy Gregory is a Research Scientist in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT and the Executive Director of the Concrete Sustainability Hub

Andrew Minson

Director, Concrete and Sustainable Construction, Global Cement and Concrete Association

Andrew Minson is the Director of Concrete and Sustainable Construction at the Global Cement and Concrete Association where amongst other responsibilities he leads the work on a global roadmap for the sector towards carbon-neutral concrete by 2050

Eric Bourdon


Eric Bourdon is the Deputy CEO of Industrial and Innovation at VICAT, a cement manufacturer in France that is implementing innovative solutions and offerings to increase resource recovery, waste minimization, and decarbonization

Wilson W.S. Lu

Professor, University of Hong Kong

Wilson W.S. Lu is a Professor in the Department of Real Estate and Construction, Faculty of Architecture, the University of Hong Kong (HKU), Hong Kong

Monica Moesker

Head of Cities, Danish Design Centre

Monica Moesker is Head of Cities at the Danish Design Centre, the organization works with companies to focus their innovation efforts by enabling them to expand their perspectives and zoom in on the needs of humans, societies, and the planet.

Salome Galjaard

Industrial Design Engineer, City of Amsterdam

Salome Galjaard is an industrial design engineer with over a decade of experience in the built environment

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