Our aim is to make an environmentally sustainable built environment a reality. We work to apply circular and sufficiency principles at building and product level to make more efficient use of resources, decarbonising the EU building stock. In addition, we push for construction products to be made from low-carbon, sustainable and non-toxic materials, at the same time ensuring they are easy to repair and reuse. Finally, we strive for standards to strongly support EU climate targets, and help deliver a more sustainable built environment.
Construction Product Standards using high-impact resources such as steel, cement and concrete, see our work on Energy Intensive Industries here.
The updated industrial strategy presented by the European Commission last month lacks clear and sufficient links with the upcoming EU policies for sustainable products. To meet the 2050 net zero targets and make sustainable products the norm, the Commission needs to develop a bolder and more coherent package of measures across its Industrial Strategy and the Sustainable Product Initiative, and take a better approach to the use of standards in this context.
We are looking for a highly motivated Programme Manager to join our Circular Economy team and help reinforce our activities aiming to reduce the environmental footprint of buildings and construction products.
One by one, the European Union has been moving forward with its Circular Economy Action Plan, launched a year ago. However, the promised Strategy for a Sustainable Built Environment is nowhere to be found – and it has no defined timeline. NGOs and other concerned groups fear the Commission’s promise could come to nothing, with no meaningful action or legislation in sight.