ROCKWOOL sponsors BEYOND 2020 World Sustainable Built Environment Conference

November 29, 2019

Gathering key players in the global building sector, the conference focuses on creating the missing link between the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the built environment.

ROCKWOOL is proud to be a Silver Sponsor for the BEYOND 2020 World Sustainable Built Environment Conference. Considered to be one of the world’s most important conferences and forums within the field, the conference aims to create a roadmap of actions that will guide the building sector towards achieving the UN 2030 goals.

As we observe progress in decarbonizing our energy systems which help to reduce the environmental impacts of the operational phase of buildings, the role of building materials is getting more and more attention,” says Holger Wallbaum, Professor in Sustainable Building at Chalmers University of Technology and Chair of BEYOND 2020.

“Concepts like circularity, resource-efficiency and reusability have become more important for many businesses in the built environment. Therefore, we are very happy to have ROCKWOOL with us at the conference, spurring this dialogue further with other global stakeholders.”

Globally, buildings and the construction sector account for around 40 percent carbon emissions. Renovating existing buildings and constructing new ones to the highest standards of energy efficiency will substantially and cost-effectively reduce emissions. Reducing overall energy consumption also enables renewable energy to supply an even greater share of remaining energy requirements – a true win-win for the environment. In addition, the building sector produces a one-third of all waste, which highlights the need for more sustainable solutions in the built environment.

“Today more than ever, the world needs businesses that can provide sustainable solutions to the challenges of modern living. To tackle global challenges such as climate change, urbanization, and resource scarcity, knowledge and collaboration are key ingredients to deliver on all SDGs," says Anthony Abbotts, Director, Group Sustainbility, ROCKWOOL Group. "This is why we are engaging actively in Beyond 2020 to share our own experiences, get key insights from leading actors within the built environment and developing collaborative relationships,” says Abbotts.

The BEYOND 2020, World Sustainable Built Environment Conference will be held from June 9 to 11, 2020 in Gothenburg, Sweden.