About the Organisers
Forum Europe www.forum-europe.com
Forum Europe is the leading EU dedicated conference and event provider. Founded in 1989 and with offices at the heart of the European Union in Brussels, Forum Europe specialises in EU focussed political and economic conferences and debates. We work successfully with businesses, institutions, NGOs and governments alike while organising our own portfolio of sector leading events.
The Forum Europe team consists of multilingual EU policy and events specialists and our strategic services can maintain and develop your networks at EU level while delivering forums where key issues can be aired and debated.
You can find out more about us by going to www.forum-europe.com
For more than 26 years, Dell has empowered countries, communities, customers and people everywhere to use technology to realize their dreams. Customers trust us to deliver technology solutions that help them do and achieve more, whether they’re at home, work, school or anywhere in their world. For more information, visit www.dell.com
The Concrete Initiative www.theconcreteinitiative.eu
A concrete initiative to tackle the challenges of sustainable construction!
The Concrete Initiative wishes to engage with stakeholders on the issue of sustainable construction, and in particular the barriers and solutions to harness its multiple benefits. The project is led by CEMBUREAU (the European Cement Association), BIBM (the European Federation of Precast Concrete) and ERMCO (the European Ready-Mixed Concrete Organisation). It examines the economic, social and environmental implications of sustainable construction and the need for a balanced approach among these three pillars. It shows how the construction industry, including concrete, can help find solutions to Europe’s challenges. This means increasing understanding of the significant role of concrete in all three areas of sustainable construction.
REDISA (Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa), is using waste to make a difference. In line with its mandate to create economic opportunity while developing the tyre recycling industry in South Africa, REDISA, through the Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan (IITWMP), is creating jobs, supporting entrepreneurs and implementing a circular economy in South Africa - closing the loop on tyres.
REDISA’s IIWTMP Plan, gazetted by the Department of Environmental Affairs, has provided an environment in which the tyre recycling industry can thrive.
The strategy has been to find the right solution for the country, rather than trying to apply theory without pragmatism.
It is a solution that is robust enough to achieve big goals for all citizens, and because of the unique challenges of operating in a developing market it is also self-sustaining. REDISA has become an important proof of concept for the public-private collaboration model. By involving all stakeholders, government and private sector, the REDISA tyre industry circular economy model is working: tyre manufacturers and importers are taking responsibility for their waste without losing sight of focusing on their core business; unemployed people are finding gainful employment; SMMEs are being developed and supported by the REDISA Plan and the environmental disaster that waste tyres represent is being economically and effectively addressed.
Without legislation by the Department of Environmental Affairs implementing the REDISA Plan would never have been possible, and this success would never have happened.
Veolia is the worldwide reference in environmental services. With 190.000 employees and with 160 years of expertise in the areas of water, energy and waste, Veolia applies its capacity for innovation to pursuing human progress and well-being, and improving the performance of businesses and public authorities.
To make the switch from a resource consumption-based model to a use-and-recover approach in today’s circular economy, Veolia designs and implements solutions aimed at improving access to resources while at the same time protecting and renewing those same resources.
Its offer includes the design, building and operation of high level performance infrastructure, and development of innovative and sustainable solutions to help its clients face environmental challenges and resource scarcity. Veolia operates in more than 40 countries all around the world, and mainly in Europe (particularly in France, UK, Germany, Central and Eastern Europe).