Making the Business Case for Advancing a Low-carbon, Circular Built Environment

Approximately half of all extracted resources globally are used for the built environment, with 11% of global greenhouse gas emissions being attributed to the embodied carbon found in construction materials. By 2025, it is expected that 2.2 billion tonnes of construction waste will be generated around the world (nearly double 2018 levels). Not only is the linear model of ‘take, make, and waste’ harmful to the environment, it presents enormous lost business opportunities.

  • How can we make the business case to advance the circular built environment?
  • What are the policy, investment, and market levers that can support the transition?
  • How do these efforts align with goals for net zero while creating new economic and employment opportunities?


This WCEF2021 Accelerator event will focus on the business case for advancing circular innovation and strategies within the built environment and construction sector globally, building on a new report by WBCSD, the work by One Planet Network, and the CE Solutions Series Built Environment work stream. The session will also explore alignment with and linkages between material use and consumption and global sustainability goals and indicators.  Join us for this compelling 90-minute session to explore answers to the questions above.



Moderator: Paul Shorthouse, Managing Director, Circular Economy Leadership Canada & Senior Director, The Delphi Group
Presentation & Arm Chair Speakers:

  • Pekka Huovila, Sustainable Buildings & Construction Program Lead, One Planet Network (Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme)
  • Gustaf Lilliehöök, Partner and Sustainability Lead, NREP
  • Eva Carranza, Head of Circular Economy, Holcim


  • Pascal Eveillard, Deputy VP of Sustainable Development, Saint-Gobain
  • Donald Chong,  Design Principal, HDR
  • Monica Bennett, Director, Thought Leadership, Global Infrastructure Hub
  • Patrick Enright, Senior Green Building Engineer, City of Vancouver

Who Should Attend? This is a public event, but this session will be targeted to an audience of building developers and owners, investors, municipal and government leaders, policymakers, private industry, research and development, and technology firms.

Space is limited – register today. We hope you can join us!


Making the business case for advancing circular economy