EcoAP – Eco Innovation Action Plan – Forum in Amsterdam 25th-26th April
The President of CETRI-TIRES Angelo Consoli will bring the vision of the Construction sector as one of the pillars of Third Industrial Revolution at the EcoAP, the 12th European Forum on Eco-Innovation organized by the European Commission.
Here the brochure of the Forum (.pdf)
The Forum will be held in Westerkerk, Amsterdam, on April 25-26 2012.
The construction sector is the largest consumer of raw materials in the EU and construction and demolition activities account for about 33% of waste generate annually. This has led to important policies and initiatives at EU and Member State levels with a range of programmes, funding schemes and regulatory measures to support innovation in the sector.
Although efforts towards sustainable construction have increased, these have largely covered fragmented segments of the construction industry – i.e. focusing only on energy issues or carbon emissions—thereby omitting the environmental and economic impact construction value chain. Much remains to be done for the construction sector to become more sustainable while increasing its competitiveness – particularly in terms of true life cycle costs in economic and environmental terms, improving construction management and skills, and involvement of both public and private organizations.
At EU level, the Eco-Innovation Action Plan (EcoAP) launched in December 2011 complements the Resource Efficient Europe Flagship Initiative and its roadmap that include specific points regarding construction. The Covenant of Mayors is a successful EU initiative which clearly shows the need and the potential for transformative change by focusing on the key actors in the construction value chain. Further policy initiatives on sustainable production and consumption, sustainable building and sustainable competitiveness of the construction sector are expected to be published in 2012.