Green Building Council Finland

Building a Circular Environment – a WCEF2023 Accelerator Session

1.6.2023 | 9.00–15.00

1st of June 2023, 9 am – 3 pm Helsinki (CET +2:00) Building a Circular Environment – a WCEF2023 Accelerator Session, Pankkisali, Aleksanterinkatu 7, Helsinki and Online.

As we all have heard, the construction industry uses up to 40% of the raw materials used in the EU. Therefore, involving the industry is paramount in achieving circularity. This seminar on material consumption and circularity in the construction and real estate sector aims to provide answers to the concrete issues facing the industry. What is stopping us from achieving fully circular business models? How could the industry be nudged to innovate and build a circular environment?

This session has been designed to complement the World Circular Economy Forum 2023 main session focused on construction. Our session aims to go deeper and wider than what is possible in the scope of the main sessions.

The event will consist of two parts: a fully hybrid morning seminar highlighting the best in circular construction globally including latest academic findings in the area and industry commentary. We will also integrate fresh views on the topics by cooperating with the Closing Loops initiative. Through our workshop we aim to identify concrete solutions and roles in solving challenges hindering the circular transition in the Nordics, share practical examples and push us collectively from why to how.

We have a strong belief in international cooperation and hope the morning seminar will inspire us to think outside the box and the afternoon workshop will enable us to bounce ideas with peers from similar markets. The event is designed as a part of the Nordic Networks for Circular Construction project, an initiative founded by the Nordic Council of Ministers.


9.00 Morning Seminar – Opening words by Juhani Damski, Permanent Secretary of the Finnish Ministry of the Environment

9.30 Morning Seminar – Presenting a Study on Global Circularity in the Construction Sector produced by Yale University for The UN Environmental Programme

10.45 Morning Seminar – Case Examples from around the Globe, such as groundbreaking KA13 by MAD Architects

12.00 Morning Seminar – Closing the Seminar

12.30 Break for Lunch

13.30 Afternoon Workshop – Concrete Solutions to Facilitate Circularity in the Nordics hosted by the Nordic Networks for Circular Construction

Follow this link to register for Building a Circular Environment – a WCEF2023 Accelerator Session. Live participation is limited to the first 80 participants. Online attendance is available.

The event is organized by Finnish Ministry of the Environment, City of Helsinki, UN Environment Programme, Green Building Council Finland, and Demos Helsinki. This event is an Accelerator Session at the World Circular Economy Forum 2023 (”