Breakout Session 6


The building blocks of sustainability: procuring bio-based materials and other circular solutions for construction

By attending this session, participants will be better equipped to:

Classify the concepts of circularity and bio-based materials within a building materials context

Recognise best practice and effective approaches by exploring real-life cases of bio-based and technical circular procurement in action

Apply methods for both bio-based and technical solutions in their own procurement of buildings and infrastructure

Circular and climate friendly approaches have high potential in transforming the sustainability of buildings - but are you ready to be part of this future? From using sustainable wood for gains on climate and biodiversity, to self cleaning bricks and self-repairing concrete, this session explores how circular innovations can be translated into technical procurement solutions. Participants will identify the links between circular procurement, bio-based solutions and more established technical solutions, and explore how the public procurement of today can contribute to tomorrow's policy and targets for buildings and infrastructure. 

Session Description 


Facilitator – John Watt, Sustainable Economy and Procurement Officer, ICLEI

Mark Kemna, Network Manager, FSC

Public authority case studies (TBC):

City of Nijmegen


City of Berlin