July 3, 2022


Building the Future:

Can clean technologies pave the way for zero-carbon construction?

September 6 from 16h00 to 18h00 (via Webex)

Construction materials have an important carbon footprint.  In the EU alone, they are responsible for 250 million tons of CO2 annually. While the EU is already home to many of the sustainable frontrunners developing the next generation of low-carbon materials, the sector as a whole has failed to sufficiently decarbonize to date and is bound to miss the EU’s 2030 goals.

As global demand for shelter and infrastructure continues to rise, making building materials more sustainable should be a priority. Can technology play a role in driving down resource and energy consumption in the sector?

European innovation in building materials is growing: from zero-carbon concrete to alternative building materials, from prefabricated modular buildings to 3D-printed ones.  The buildings of tomorrow should require much less resources – and consume less energy.  For this vision to emerge, a forward-thinking policy framework needs to be put in place, supporting the deployment of these innovations with clear targets and incentives.

During this event, experts will consider how sustainable construction materials can enhance the EU’s industrial competitiveness, determine targets for the industry that are ambitious yet feasible; explore current roadblocks to their scale-up, and discuss how  EU policies can create the conditions for this new industry to prosper.


  • 16h00 Welcome – Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP, President GLOBE EU
  • 16h05 Opening remarks – Jules Besnainou, Director, Cleantech Group
  • 16h10 Keynote Address – Fulvia Raffelli, Head of Unit, DG GROW H.1 (Construction)
  • 16h20 Expert introductions (5’ each):
  • Eoin Condren, Director, Corporate Development – Ecocem (developing zero-carbon cement)
  • Myriam Tryjefaczka, Sustainability and Public Affairs Director EMEA – Tarkett (applying circularity to construction materials)
  • Johanna Pirinen, SVP Head of Sustainability, Wood Products Division – Stora Enso (advanced wood construction)
  • Hedwig Heinsman, Co-founder – Aectual (3D-printed concrete)
  • Nicolas Cruaud, CEO – Neolithe (converting household waste into granulates for construction)
  • 17h20 Discussion:
  • What is the potential impact of clean technologies on the construction sector by 2030?
  • What are key barriers to scale for these technologies?
  • What regulatory framework would help accelerate their adoption in the EU?
  • 17h50 Conclusion – Martin Hojsík MEP, Vice-President GLOBE EU