Building the Future: Can clean technologies pave the way for zero-carbon construction? – September 6, 2023


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 fewer 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 the joint GLOBE EU/Cleantech for Europe event on September 6, experts from the European Commission, Bee Group member Tarkett, Ecocem, Stora Enso, Aeditive, and Neolithe (see program below) considered how sustainable construction materials can enhance the EU’s industrial competitiveness, determine targets for the industry that are ambitious yet feasible; explored current roadblocks to their scale-up, and discussed how EU policies can create the conditions for this new industry to prosper.


A paper with recommendations as well as speakers’ presentations are available for viewing/downloading below.

Call to Action – Cleantech for Europe and GLOBE EU

Presentation Jules Besnainou – Cleantech for Europe

Presentation Myriam Tryjefaczka – Tarkett



October 17, 2022

GLOBE EU event marking Overshoot Day – May 11, 2022

On May 11, 2022, GLOBE EU welcomed senior students from the European Schools in Brussels in the VoxBox to mark EU Overshoot Day, which this year occurred on May 2.

Sirpa Pietikäinen joined with Bas Eickhout and Catherine Chabaud to take questions from Darina Alexandrova, Anne Cécile Duponteil, and Maya Leire on limiting resource consumption in the EU, more ambitious recycling targets, and investments in renewable energy.

During the second half, Sirpa received Margrete Auken and Martin Hojsík to answer questions from Raino Kleijsen Laas,  Oscar Adserbale, and Thomas Winship on environmental education, green agriculture, and meeting the EU’s carbon budget.

Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament, paid a surprise visit to the VoxBox to meet with the students and their teachers.




June 13, 2022

Sustainable Product Policy Framework: Changing the Game or Missing the Point? – February 28, 2022

Martin Hojsík, MEP and GLOBE EU Vice-President, hosted an event on February 28 to discuss the Commission’s forthcoming Sustainable Products Initiative within a supportive policy framework.  The event was organized jointly with CLG Europe.

Speakers from the Commission’s DG ENV, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the European Environment Agency, Cambridge University, and members of GLOBE EU’s Bee Group Tarkett and Nestlé underscored the need for a systemic approach to developing product circularity and sustainability.

Event Summary

Program and Speakers’ bios

Presentation Carsten Wachholz

Presentation Ioannis Bakas

Presentation Lucia Reisch

Presentation Johannes Weber



March 8, 2022