MBS supports the Green Deal Circular Construction
The use of materials accounts for over 60% of Flanders' CO2 emissions, and around 30% to 40% of our waste comes from the construction sector. Due to the size of the sector and the total volume of materials involved, a shift towards a circular economy could really make a difference. This is why MBS, alongside 230 other leading companies, has pledged to reuse products and materials as much as possible and to minimise residual waste.
In the wake of all the climate marches held in recent weeks, climate issues are on everyone's lips. In order to establish a circular economy in Flanders by 2050, the Flemish Minister for the Environment, Nature and Agriculture has teamed up with Circular Flanders, the Flemish Construction Confederation (VCB) and the Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM) to launch the Green Deal Circular Construction. This joint undertaking of construction companies, manufacturers of construction materials, local and regional public authorities, private developers and researchers must ensure that circular construction becomes a daily reality in Flanders.
Reuse materials and minimise residual waste
The ways in which we build and live have a major impact on our carbon footprint. Sustainable construction is often just reduced to energy-efficient construction but the intelligent use of materials is at least as important in the long term, which is why circular construction is the future of the construction industry. A circular construction economy primarily aims to reuse products and materials and minimise residual waste.
To this end, construction companies must apply three main principles:
· Change-oriented design: create buildings that can evolve along with users' changing needs.
· Circular economy: the value of materials must be kept as high as possible and new business models must be devised to reuse and recycle these materials.
· Materials passport: materials can only be reused in a high-grade, safe manner if their identity and background is clear. A materials passport records all useful information on an online platform.
The companies, manufacturers and other organisations committed to the Green Deal are pooling their knowledge and experience in a learning network with a view to shifting towards a circular construction economy. Working and learning together is key here. Like the other organisations involved, MBS will test new tools, methods and forms of chain cooperation.
We will also:
· roll out at least one pilot project, e.g. offering circular products or services;
· exchange our knowledge and experience with the other participants;
· give the researchers involved in the Circular Construction test bed access to all data, results and lessons learned from the pilot project;
· take steps to structurally entrench the principles of circular construction in our own organisation.