NEWS: UKGBC announce new System Enablers for a Circular Economy Task Group
While circular economy principles increasingly find their way into construction projects, a widespread adoption at scale is still not happening. Matching supply and demand of reused materials, questions around risk and warranty and legal frameworks are just some of the areas that currently stop circular economy from becoming mainstream. This project will identify the main barriers to a systemic shift from a linear to a circular economy in the construction sector, including what infrastructure will be needed to overcome those barriers.
This Task Group will develop a vision of how a circular economy will be operated once achieved, and gaps between the status quo and where we want to be will be identified. This will enable decision points to be identified where there could be actions to shift towards a circular economy.
Task Group Members
|Kathryn James||Public Affairs and Sustainability Advisor||ROCKWOOL|
|Flavie Lowres||Sustainability Champion||FIS|
|James Shears||Environmental and Sustainability Manager||Overbury and Morgan Lovell|
|Ara Nik||Senior Sustainability Consultant||AESG|
|Andrew Moore||Associate Director||Hilson Moran|
|Rachel Hoolahan||Architect||Orms Architects|
|Peter Kelly||Group Director of Sustainable Operations||ISG|
|Nicoletta Michaletos||Consultant, Sustainability & Physics||Buro Happold|
|Maya DeSouza||Circular Economy Director||Business in the Community|
|Rosie Dodd||Consultant||The Carbon Trust|
|Mohamed Osmani||Professor of Sustainable Design and Construction||Loughborough University|
|Mihailo Simeunovich||Group Head of Technical & Design||Ibstock PLC|
|Heather Binnie||Project Environmental Manager||John Sisk and Son|
|Debbie Ward||Knowledge Transfer Manager||University of Wolverhampton|
|Jessica Rowe||Structural Engineer||Ramboll|
|Matthew Teague||Architect||Tata Steel|
|Georgina Elliot||Co-Founder / Associate Partner||Ecobrixs / Revcap|
This project forms part of UKGBC’s Advancing Net Zero Programme, which has been made possible this year thanks to the generous support of our programme and project partners.
Kai Liebetanz, Sustainability Advisor at UKGBC said:
“As the twin crises of climate and biodiversity accelerate at an alarming rate, we must progress circular economy from concept to practice, in order to stop excessive resource use, limit carbon emissions, and stay within planetary boundaries.
Many practitioners already work towards circularity, but to truly transition into a circular way of construction requires a concerted effort across professions and supply chains to identify and overcome the root causes that perpetuate our unsustainable linear economy.
Using a systems-thinking approach, this Task Group will identify practical stakeholder actions that need to be taken in order to make the much-needed shift to a circular economy, and aims to identify enablers capable of tipping the system over to circularity as default.”
ANZ Programme Partners
Circular Economy Project Partners