The Chair of Circular Economy and Sustainability of the TecnoCampus has participated in the day "Circular construction: present and future", organized by Construcía and La Vanguardia on 28 September. 

La Chair of Circular Economics and Sustainability of the TecnoCampus has participated in the day "Circular construction: present and future", organized by Construcía and La Vanguardia on September 28. 

The conference was held at the Círculo Ecuestre in Barcelona, ​​and brought together several companies from the construction and financial sectors, to talk and discuss the challenges and opportunities of the transformation of the sector, and share experiences on current leading projects and exemplifiers, of the commitments of the reporting companies, and also of the challenges that lie ahead. Professor Mar Isla took part in representing the chair.

The construction sector is an economically and environmentally important sector. It generates around 9% of Europe's GDP (2020 data), and employs around 18 million people. It is also attributed a large part of the environmental problem: more than 30% of total waste, more than 50% of the consumption of virgin materials, more than 40% of energy consumption, among others, is due to the activity of this sector, which makes it absolutely unsustainable under the parameters of linear models.

That is why there will be no change, Isla pointed out, towards a new economic and social model without the construction sector. And this is also why the circular economy plans of the European Union and Spain place construction between the strategic sectors that have a differentiated treatment.

But behind the projects of environmental transformation, decarbonisation and the circular economy, there are huge funding needs. We need a conscious and responsible sector to incorporate sustainability into its investment policy, to avoid risks, but also visionary opportunities to do so.

Attendees pointed out that there are many challenges for all agents. Also for the public administration, which must provide a regulatory, fiscal and economic framework that makes it viable to bet on sustainable buildings. And also, of course, for universities and technology centers, which must contribute to generating more knowledge and methodologies for optimizing the use of materials and processes, to design good metrics to measure values ​​not previously accounted for, to formulate new tools for management and governance, and to also train new professionals under the new principles of sustainability, economic, environmental and social.


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