Green Building Council Finland

Making the Business Case for Advancing a Low-carbon, Circular Built Environment

15.9.2021 | 17.00–18.30

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)Circular Economy Leadership Canada (CELC)One Planet Network, the Government of Finland and Government of Canada (Natural Resources Canada) are pleased to invite you to the WCEF2021 Accelerator event on Making the Business Case for Advancing a Low-carbon, Circular Built Environment.

Approximately half of all extracted resources globally are used for the built environment, with 11% of global GHG emissions being attributed to the embodied carbon found in construction materials.  Simultaneously, nearly 40% of urban solid waste comes from construction and demolition. By 2025, it is expected that 2.2 billion tonnes of construction waste will be generated around the world (nearly double the amount of waste in 2018).

Not only is the linear model of ‘take, make, and waste’ harmful to the environment, it presents enormous lost business opportunities. But how do we make the business case for a more circular built environment? What are the policy, investment, and market levers that can help get us there?  How can these efforts further support global goals for net zero, address ecological degradation, and create new economic opportunities and decent jobs?

This WCEF2021 Accelerator event will focus on the business case for advancing circular innovation and strategies within the built environment and construction sector globally, building on a new report by WBCSD, the work by One Planet Network, and the CE Solutions Series Built Environment work stream. The session will also explore alignment with and linkages between material use and consumption and global sustainability goals and indicators.


Register to the event here.



Paul Shorthouse, Managing Director, Circular Economy Leadership Canada & Senior Director, The Delphi Group

Keynote Speakers:

  • Gustaf Lilliehöök, Partner and Sustainability Lead, NREP
  • Magali Anderson, Chief Sustainability Officer, Holcim
  • Pekka Huovila, Sustainable Buildings & Construction Program Lead, One Planet Network



  • Pascal Eveillard, Deputy VP Sustainable Development, Saint-Gobain
  • Donald Chong,  Design Principal, HDR
  • Patrick Enright, Senior Green Building Engineer, City of Vancouver
  • Monica Bennett, Director, Thought Leadership, Global Infrastructure Hub