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Webinar: What is circular economy in construction?

A lunchtime webinar examining circular economy principles, issues and opportunities for the UK Construction Industry


The construction sector is continually adapting the way we build to deliver more sustainable assets, and we are increasingly realising the benefits of embedding sustainability as a fundamental part of the strategy and project delivery process. However, construction is still the largest contributor to waste in the UK and has scope to impact significantly on the ability to meet national reduction targets through the implementation of circular economy.  

Circular Economy means we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end their life. It is a more efficient and environmentally sound alternative to the traditional linear economy in which we make, use and dispose of resources (London Circular).  

Circular economy and materials resource efficiency have gained a large amount of attention at policy level with commitments from the European Union, UK devolved administrations and Local Authorities being introduced. This has driven companies to increasingly seek to incorporate circularity and resource efficiency as significant parts of their sustainability strategy. We don’t yet have a construction industry accustomed to circular economy approaches but there is increasing awareness it will produce benefits across the construction industry such as cost savings, reduced environmental impact and an enhanced reputation.  

CIRIA’s Environment Panel members have identified circular economy as a key area requiring further support and development in the construction industry. In addition, CIRIA’s custodianship of the WRAP built environment database provides a useful positioning to develop further research in this field. This webinar will act as an introduction to some of the principles, issues and opportunities ahead of a series sector specific seminars in 2018 and early 2019.

Why attend?
Those attending this webinar will:
  • Introduce the principles of circular thinking in construction
  • Explore issues and opportunities
  • Learn from one of the major suppliers of civil engineering services


13:00       Introduction and housekeeping, William Gates, CIRIA
13:05       What is the circular economy in construction?
                Dr Paul Toyne, Independent strategic sustainability adviser
13:30       Case study: Thinking circular at BAM Construct
                Julia Messenger, Sustainability Advisor, BAM Construct UK
13:50       Q&A
14:00       Close

Who should attend?

Clients, Consultants, Contractors, Designers, Developers, Environmental Managers, Sustainability Professionals, Environment Professionals, Waste Professionals, Research and Development specialists, Strategy and Innovation specialists, Product suppliers and manufacturers


Monday 22 October 2018
13:00 - 14:00


Free for CIRIA members
£35+VAT for non-members


If you are experiencing issues registering for this event online please contact us on
020 7549 3300  or 
email [email protected]. 

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Further information
For further information on CIRIA membership and other services, please contact:
Tel: 020 7549 3300
Fax: 020 7549 3349
Email: [email protected]

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