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ECSN webinar: Concrete and sustainability – an update on ongoing efforts in Europe – Part 2

February 28 @ 11:00 - 16:30 CET

ECSN is a network of European concrete societies comprising of 15 members. In this 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 third 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” and the second was arranged on 29 March 2023 on the topic “Binders and concrete for the next decade”.

The cement and concrete industry contribute significantly to global CO2 emissions. Concrete research on sustainability involves exploring various aspects of sustainability and finding practical solutions to address environmental, social and economic challenges. In this webinar focus will be both on the design aspects as well as materials. In some countries there is already a change in legislation, and it is important to design in a more optimal way where CO2 emission will be an important side condition which includes changing strength, using prestressed concrete, alternative cement based materials, recycling and new production techniques. Examples of all these efforts will be presented and discussed in this webinar.


ECSN – European Concrete Societies Network

Webinar: Concrete and sustainability – an update on ongoing efforts in Europe – Part 2
Time: 28 February 2024, 11.00 – 16:30 (CET)

The webinar is free, but registration is needed for participation.



11:00 Introduction: European Concrete Societies Network
Richard McCarthy, Chairman
11:10 The Globe Consensus – a Global Initiative for Decarbonization of the Construction Sector
Michael Havbro Faber, Aalborg University (Denmark) and Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
11:40 How standards can support sustainability of cement and concrete
Christoph Müller, Managing Director, VDZ Technology (Germany)
12:00 Future and emerging Supplementary Cementing Materials (SCMs)
Professor Ruben Snellings, KU Leuven (Belgium)
12:20 A natural sedimentary pozzolan for future green cements in Northern Europe
Urs Müller, Technical Manager, Schwenk Sweden (Latvia)
12:40 Break
13:10 Climate-driven Structural Design in Early Design Phases – Concrete bridges
Rasmus Rempling, Associate Professor, Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden)
13:30 Partnership for sustainability goal 17: The Alo building – a case study
Bjørnar Hamstad, Head of Construction Section, Multiconsult (Norway)
13:50 Returned readymixed concrete, washing equipment and recycling
Lauri Labe, Quality Manager, Betoonimeister AS (Estonia)
14:10 Electromobility in the concrete industry
Kai Westphal, Manager of concrete production and distribution, Steypustöðin RMC-producer (Iceland)
14:30 Break
14:40 (P)RECAST – reuse of precast concrete elements
Katja Udbye Christensen, Business Manager, Danish Technological Institute (Denmark)
15:00 Reusing prefabricated concrete for a circular economy
Professor Satu Huuhka (Finland)
15:20 Recycled aggregates, green product, green opportunities
Walter Speelman, Manager Technology & Sustainability Beton, Heidelberg Materials (The Netherlands)
15:40 Measuring the Life Cycle GHG Emissions of High Performance Concretes
Dr William Wilson, Sustainability Manager, Ireland Materials, Roadstone (Ireland)
16:00 UK Concrete Sustainable Construction Strategic Priorities
Dr Noushin Khosravi, Sustainable Construction Manager, UK Concrete, MPA (UK)
16:20 Summary and general discussions
16:30 Closing



February 28
11:00 - 16:30 CET