GLOBE EU #BuildingLife event
On October 19, GLOBE EU and WorldGBC Europe hosted an online event aimed at EU policymakers and businesses to bring whole-life carbon in the built environment to the top of the European climate agenda.
The event brought together legislators and industry leaders to discuss how EU policy can take action on the whole lifecycle impact of the built environment.
Recovering Resources from End-of-Life Products in a Circular Economy (Urban Mining)
On May 18, GLOBE EU hosted an event on the recovery of resources from End-of-Life Products.
With demand for raw materials increasing and mining companies having to go deeper each year to extract these raw materials from the earth’s crust, increasing the use of materials embedded in discarded consumer goods was widely seen as mankind’s best shot at limiting the use of virgin raw materials and lowering the environmental and social impact of traditional mining.
Speakers from the International Resource Panel, Umicore, Tarkett, Dow, and H&M were able to demonstrate that collecting and recovering these secondary raw materials has huge potential but is not without its issues. EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) schemes can help, but only when fragmentation is avoided and schemes are harmonized across EU Member States.
Summary, program, and speakers bio
Presentation Ester van der Voet
Presentation Myriam Tryjefaczka