ECSN Webinar – 29 March, 12:30 – 16.30 p.m. (CET)


Join ECSN on the journey to more sustainable construction!

Binders and concrete for the next decade

The webinar is free of charge. 
ECSN is the network of European concrete societies comprising 13 members. In this new webinar, we have brought together experts from within ECSN circles to present examples from various European countries on how the concrete construction sector can reduce its impact on the climate.

This is the second webinar that ECSN has organised in the field of sustainable concrete. The first webinar was arranged on 25 November 2021 on the topic ”Concrete and sustainability – an update on ongoing efforts in Europe”. 

It is well known that the cement and concrete industry contributes significantly to global CO2 emissions. But at the same time, this industry is now making a huge effort to solve these challenges. Solutions are now being developed using Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) or Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS), or a combination of both. Other solutions are to develop new composite cements where the clinker is replaced partly with new supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs). Potential approaches are also to re-carbonate old binders to enable them to function as new SCMs. Examples of all these efforts will be presented and discussed in this webinar.

Welcome to the webinar and be a part of the future!


Moderators: Børge Johannes Wigum – Chairman of Icelandic Concrete Association & Cecilie Hagby – Managing Director of Norwegian Concrete Association.

12:30Introduction: European Concrete Societies Network & Short update
Richard McCarthy, Chair of ECSN & Managing Director of the Swedish Concrete Association (Sweden)
12:40Circular concrete: CO2 mineralization combined with concrete recycling
Jan Skocek, R&D Program Manager, Carbonation Technologies, Heidelberg Materials (Germany)
13:00New binders – what happens now and in the future?
Ingemar Löfgren, R&D Manager, Thomas Concrete Group (Sweden)
13:20Review of life cycle analysis principles as they apply to building materials or why we should let trees grow
Hervé Camerlynck, Director of FEBELCEM (Belgium)
13:40Carbon capture and utilisation in the cement industry – Case power-to-methanol
Ulla Leveelahti, Environmental Manager, Finnsementti (Finland)
14:10Volcanic pozzolan from Iceland – VPI
Björn Davíð Þorsteinsson, Production Manager, BM Vallá mortar factory – Part of Heidelberg Materials (Iceland)
14:30Carbon capture, utilisation and storage in the Irish cement industry
Paul Monaghan, Group Head of Sustainability, Mannok (Ireland)
14:50Low carbon concrete in the UK
MPA Cement (UK)
15:10Low carbon calcined clay-limestone cement – FUTURECEM
Jesper Damtoft & Stefano Zampaletta, Cementir Holding (Denmark)
15:40The composite cements and their direct certification for use in concretes according to exposure resistance classes
Jan Gemrich, Executive director, Czech Cement Association (Czech Republic)
16:00Carbon capture and storage at the Brevik cement plant in Norway
Vetle Houg, Sustainability Manager, Heidelberg Materials Norway (Norway)
16:20Summary and general discussions
16:30End of webinar