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

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

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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
Concrete and sustainability – an update on ongoing efforts in Europe

Concrete and sustainability – an update on ongoing efforts in Europe

ECSN Webinar held in Nov, 25th


Join ECSN on the journey to more sustainable construction!

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

The earth faces great challenges. The UN Sustainable Development Goals set out a blueprint for achieving a more sustainable future for all of society, with Goal 13 requiring urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. The 2015 Paris Agreement further stipulates that the global temperature increase will be limited to below 2°C, with the aim of limiting it to 1.5°C. This is to be achieved primarily through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

An increasing global population requires societal development with necessary associated housing and infrastructure. Yet, climate change action also requires that all of society works to reduce their impact on the climate. In many areas, concrete is the only building material that can meet long term quality and durability requirements. Therefore, concrete continues to be an essential material for building sustainably, and for creating the welfare demanded by today’s modern society.

The purpose of this webinar is to demonstrate the potential of the concrete sector to do more to reduce its impact. For example, continuing research across the globe has resulted in real progress being made in developing binders with a lower impact on the climate. Work is also being progressed which aims to build more optimised and slender construction elements. Additionally, a review of overly stringent regulations may also be required to allow for reductions in cement contents in certain construction sectors.

In parallel with all of this, the development of Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) is taking place. With Norway having more than 20 years’ experience of the geological storage of carbon dioxide, it is known that CCUS is technically possible. However, many challenges remain in its full development at scale. Other examples of the use of CCUS technology include new developments in the manufacture of concrete building blocks.

Our future requires that many solutions are needed; therefore, the whole of society must cooperate in meeting these challenges.


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

12:30Introduction: European Concrete Societies Network & Sustainability challenges for the concrete industry in Europe
Richard McCarthy, Chairman ECSN & Managing Director of the Swedish Concrete Association (Sweden)
12:45A general overview on decarbonisation and resource efficiency in concrete construction
Lars Meyer, Managing Director of the German Society for Concrete and Construction Technology (Germany)
13:05The path to circular economy in the cement and concrete industry
Brian Gilmore, Sustainability Manager, Cement Manufacturers Ireland (Ireland)
13:25Circular solutions within the concrete industry to reach climate ambitions
Sigríður Ósk Bjarnadóttir, University of Iceland (Iceland)
13:45Roadmap for climate neutral concrete in Sweden
Malin Löfsjögård, Managing Director of the Swedish Concrete Federation (Sweden)
14:15Novel approaches used and future ideas of sustainability in Austria
Konrad Bergmeister, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Austria)
14:35NeoCem project – Fitness for use of new Belgian composite cements
Filip Van Rickstal, Managing Directorof the Belgian Cement Research Centre (Belgium)
14:55Development of low carbon classification for concretes
Jouni Punkki, Concrete Technology, Aalto University (Finland)
15:15How a classification system has lowered the carbon footprint for concrete in Norway
Sverre Smeplass, Chief Advisor Skanska (Norway)
15:45Sustainable concrete structures – implementation of principles in a new fib Model Code 2020
Petr Hájek, Department of Architectural Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic)
16:05The UK concrete and cement industry road map to beyond net zero – an overview and update on progress of related initiatives
Elaine Toogood, Head of Architecture, MPA, The Concrete Centre (UK)
16:25Summary and general discussions
16:40End of webinar


Winner ECSN-Award 2018 Category Building: ÖAMTC Mobility Centre, Austria
F.l.t.r.: Harald Preinsberger & Patrick Ritz (Granit), Hannes Traupmann & Christoph Pichler (Pichler&Traupmann Architekten), Wolf-Dietrich Denk & Christian Nüssel & Christian Eckerstorfer & Dieter Pichler (FCP ZT), Michael Pauser (ECSN)


18 projects from 9 European countries have been evaluated against a set of criteria by an international jury. Among those criteria were: design, construction, visual appearance and harmony of the structure with its surroundings, properties of concrete exploited in the design, innovative use of concrete in composition, structure or form, workmanship and finish.

More than 60 international representatives of the owners, engineers, architects and contractors of the submitted projects came to the Finnish Concrete Day 2018 on the 1st of November in Helsinki to receive the award.

Download the “EUROPEAN CONCRETE AWARD 2018” brochure

Official Press Release – “EUROPEAN CONCRETE AWARD 2018”


ÖAMTC Mobility Centre

The new ÖAMTC headquarters is a remarkable, strongly expressive icon on Austria’s busiest road (the A23) in the centre of Vienna.
The building is characterized by generously sized service areas for members of this automobile association and a technical service facility. The ÖAMTC headquarters is the workplace for approx. 800 staff members, and all the club services are combined in this new mobility building. On the roof there is a heliport, that serves as the new location for the rescue service helicopter “Christophorus 9”.

Owner: ÖAMTC, Vienna
Architect: Pichler&Traupmann Architekten ZT GmbH, Vienna
Structural Engineer: FCP Fritsch, Chiari & Partner ZT GmbH, Vienna
Contractor: Bauunternehmung Granit Gesellschaft m.b.H., Graz

F.l.t.r.: Harald Preinsberger & Patrick Ritz (Granit), Hannes Traupmann & Christoph Pichler (Pichler&Traupmann Architekten), Wolf-Dietrich Denk & Christian Nüssel & Christian Eckerstorfer & Dieter Pichler (FCP ZT), Michael Pauser (ECSN)
Catharina Bridge

Catharina Bridge

The Aalmarkt area in the historical city centre of Leiden is undergoing a metamorphosis. The new Catharinabridge, a 6-meter-wide pedestrian bridge in line with the new Catharina Alley, creates a new circular shopping route. The very slender and fluent appearance of the bridge deck makes the bridge extraordinary. Seen from above the bridge is shaped like an S and the deck is double curved in order to connect well to the street pattern and optimize the smooth traffic flow both on land and on water.


Owner: Gemeente Leiden
Architect: DP6 architectuurstudio
Structural Engineer: Pieters Bouwtechniek
Contractor: Gebr. Schouls



F.l.t.r.: Leen Van Belen & Gerard Tuin (Gebr. Schouls), Maikel Jagroep (Betonvereniging Nederland), Jan Versteegen (Pieters Bouwtechniek), Bruun Nissen (Hi-Con), Jimmy van der Aa (DP6 architectuurstudio), Michael Pauser (ECSN)

OV Terminal Arnhem – Netherlands

The public transport terminal in Arnhem is one of the most challenging and complex building projects in the Netherlands. It concerns a freestanding structure with exotically named elements such as Front and Back Twist, Flip, Trumpet, Horseshoe and Shell roof.

Owner: ProRail, Utrecht
Architect: UNStudio, Amsterdam
Structural Engineer: BAM and Ballast Nedam, Bunnik
Contractor: BAM and Ballast Nedam, Bunnik
Supplier: mbX – Concrete Valley – Sorba Projects

Arnhem winner

F.l.t.r.: Pieter Nap (Concrete Valley), Jan Kosters (Sorba Projects vb),
Mark Spanenburg (BAM Advies & Engineering), Menno van Middelkoop
(BAM), Peter Thijssen (Ballast Nedam Construction), Michael Pauser (ECSN)

Täby C Roundabouts – Sweden

The Täby C Roundabouts are stacked in two levels and act as regional node in the North-East of Stockholm.

Owner: Täby municipality, Täby
Architect: &Rundquist architects, Stockholm
Structural Engineer: Tyréns, Stockholm
Contractor: NCC, Stockholm

Täby C winner

F.l.t.r.: Henrik Rundquist (&Rundquist architects), Thomas Widehag (NCC),
Erik Griffiths (&Rundquist architects), Richard McCarthy (Swedish Concrete
Association), Michael Pauser (ECSN)

Selvika roadside stop and ramp – Norway

The Selvika roadside stop is part of the National Tourist Route located in the extreme north of Norway, in a landscape almost lunar in its barren and inhospitable beauty.

The roadside stop invites the visitor to a slow walkin the beautiful, open and rough landscape. The meandering walkway from the road towards the beach provides the framework to experience the nature and location from different viewpoints.The walk ends at a focal point andgathering place with fireplace, outdoor kitchen and benches.

The design is intended to enhance the experience of moving from the road to the beach and water at this particular place. The primary functional focus was access for disabled persons. As opposed to proposing a solution consisting of both stairs and a ramp, the ramp is made as ajoint walkway of a holistic project character. The sculptural structure is based on a study of the organic forms of seashells.

The location is characterized by a harsh climate where the sea hammers against the land for large parts of the year. Concrete is chosen as primary construction material for its plasticity in design, as well as its solidity andability to weather well over time. The entire project is a continuous structure of in-situ concrete with vertical timber formwork. Supplementary materials include prefabricated elements of wood, steel and glass.

Before the construction work started, the constructioncrew was given a special course focusing on the execution of in-situ concrete, including:

  • the composition and desired mix of concrete
  • reinforcement and consequences of mistakes
  • approach to formwork
  • casting and finishing of concrete
  • cold weather concreting
  • casting in-situ joints
  • casting of trial panels



Owner: The Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Oslo

Architect: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Oslo

Structural Engineer: Dr. techn. Kristoffer Apeland AS, Oslo

Contractor: T. Johansen Drift AS, Alta

Kaisatalo university library – Finland

Previously this location was shopping mall and parking facility. Lower floors were renovated, columns were reinforced, and new levels were created. Upper columns and slabs are cast in-situ concrete. Total area is 30,700 m². Slabs are post-tensioned in order to achieve thin structures with longer spans. Beams are
integrated into slab areas giving slender appearance. Architectural forms, round shapes, exiting oval forms and staircases, exterior walls with brick wall and openings, slabs which change in shape floor by floor gives signature look to the building.

The unique architecture and engineering give excellent surroundings and innovative and inspiring atmosphere for university students and library. Studying is time of searching; library is the place of knowledge and research. The fact that this building is made of concrete almost disappears in its harmonious and intriguing details. This building redefines the use of concrete giving the architecture full power to accomplish everything. Long open spans give flexibility for the layout making future changes possible. High quality architecture combined with modern engineering and latest techniques on site create unique combination of excellence.

This great architecture and high level of execution has been appreciated by the owner, University of Helsinki. New timeless architecture in the very heart of Helsinki.


Owner: University of Helsinki, Helsinki
Architect: Anttinen Oiva Arkkitehdit Oy, Helsinki
Structural Engineer: Finnmap Consulting Oy, Helsinki
Contractor: SRV Toimitilat Oy, Espoo

Seitenhafen bridge – Austria

Due to the new construction of „B14 – Freudenauer Hafenstraße, a new construction of Danube crossing became necessary. The total length of the bridge is 130 m, the width 15 m. The three-span structure is divided into single spans of 32 m, 65 m and 32 m and was completed for two traffic lanes. The piers were designed with foot intersections out of cast steel – each bundles two coalescing strut pairs – on both sides of the Danube’s bank slops.

The load bearing structure was planned as a prestressed reinforced concrete construction. The bridge cross-section dissipates from a slab section in the peripheral areas to a sculpturally shaped slab-and-beam section with eight partitions in the middle of the span. The bridge was designed without bearings and dilatations and build on-site from both sides as an integral structure with flexible abutments sloping to the dam body – a remarkable construction.

Owner: Council Department 29 Bridge Engineering, Vienna
Architect: AGU & Zeininger Architekten, Vienna
Structural Engineer: PCD ZT GmbH, Vienna
Contractor: STRABAG AG, Vienna