We are building circularity together! Succesful consultations with Polish stakeholders.

On May 17 th Instytut Innowacji i Odpowiedzialnego Rozwoju INNOWO and Instytut Techniki Budowlanej held the first part of consultations with the built environment stakeholders as part of the CirCon4Climate project financed by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI).

Over 50 participants from Poland, among them: developers, property advisors, representatives of building materials manufacturers, architects, public authorities, etc. took part in the event.
Throughout the day we have discussed how can we guide the sector into a more circular future.

This is not an easy task as it requires looking at the bulk of the construction process:
– starting from the procurement that needs greater focus on the function and not the product,
with greater flexibility and engagement of the procurer, supplier and the whole value chain,
– deciding on the circular strategy and effective tools for its implementation,
– identifying circular and low-carbon building materials, at the same time taking into account the current state of the overwhelming use of standard materials,
– addressing safety issues of proper use of materials, especially recyclates.

Participants offered many valuable opinions on what the market needs in terms of circular transition and current circumstances in the building sector finds itself in. Among others, they mentioned that:
– the guidelines should make reference to the regulations, which typically are the reason for circular concept implementation,
– a clear list of questions to forerun the decision on construction could be beneficial to assure optimal economic and ecologic efficiency,
– that materials should always be compared taking into account the function they are delivering.

These are only a few examples of conclusions from the discussion. There were many, many more voices, opinions, and best practices, that we will try to incorporate in the upcoming CirCon4Climate
guidelines to be developed by the end of the year, as well as in our Recycling Academy initiative and CirCon4Climate educational materials.

But before that, analogous events will take part in Czechia and Slovenia with the help of best practices from Germany. Combining different viewpoints across Europe will have the benefit of a joint push for a circular built environment. A transition we all are in desperate need of.

To make it happen we will need your ongoing support and participation. We invite you to engage, follow our initiatives and use the insights of the CirCon4Climate project!

We would like to thank all participants for their engagement and valuable input into the discussion.

Presentations for yesterday’s consultations were prepared by CirCon4Climate Partners: Czech Technical University in Prague, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), ZAG Slovenija, Instytut Innowacji i Odpowiedzialnego Rozwoju INNOWO and Instytut Techniki Budowlanej

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