140 experts gathered 20 September in Brussels to share latest knowledge on circularity in the built environment.

The H2020 project BAMB (Buildings as Material Banks) and the One Planet Network joined forces to facilitate systemic shift towards circularity supported by digitalization, building assessment and public procurement. A full-day event was organized to learn from available tools and realized examples of circular economy in the built environment. The event was live streamed and can be still watched in YouTube.

The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management is a frontrunner in circular procurement. /Pictures by Pekka Huovila

The global One Planet Network programmes on buildings, procurement, tourism, lifestyles and education, consumer information and food systems are committed to accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production in both developed and developing countries. They have also chosen circular economy as common means to implement SDG12. This event shared good practices and showcased successful approaches from sustainable buildings and construction, public procurement and tourism enriched by main outcomes of the BAMB project.

Key messages from three BAMB and two One Planet Network led parallel sessions were shared in plenary where next steps were planned and agreed on. / Copyright BAMB, photographer Camilla Sjögren

Machiel Crielaard, Landscape Architect from Rijkswaterstaat Netherlands, Alastair Burns, Innovation Development Manager at Royal BAM and Yvette Watson, Tender manager at Phi factory explained through concrete examples how they have implemented sustainable procurement in real projects in a session facilitated by Cuno van Geet.

Dr. Dirk Glaesser, Pekka Huovila and Cuno van Geet from tourism, buildings and procurement programmes concluded the main outcomes of the day together with the BAMB coordinator Caroline Henrotay. / Picture by Marianna Stori

BAMB project, a Partner in the Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme, presented their work in digitalization, building assessment, materials passports, case studies and reversible design tool supporting the future of sustainable procurement. The event fostered collaboration between global One Planet Network that will be run until 2022 and European BAMB project that will finalize its work early 2019.

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