How to close the circularity gap in the built environment

3 May 2022
During Circular City Week in New York on 4 May, World Green Building Council will host a free webinar, focusing on actionable insights to increase circularity in the built environment.

Ramboll Phil Kelly

Phil Kelly

UK, Head of Sustainability, Buildings
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Every year, 100 billion tonnes of materials enter the global economy. But worryingly, less than 1/10 of these resources are reused, or in other ways cycled back into the economy.  

Shifting to a circular economy can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and use of virgin resources, but it requires a shift in mindset and ways of working. Not least among actors in the built environment.  

According to the 2021 Circularity Gap Report, housing is the category of human activity with the second-largest decarbonisation potential, only surpassed by mobility, as materials such as steel and cement are incredibly carbon-intensive.  

So what needs to change to deliver on the vast untapped potential for circularity in the built environment? 

That is the topic being explored during New York’s Circular City Week by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) and panellists from Ramboll, Foster + Partners and Brightworks; the global partners for the Circular Built Environment Accelerator programme that launches this month. 

Panel discussion on the steps needed to accelerate circular adoption

The panel of industry experts, including Ramboll’s UK head of sustainability for buildings, Phil Kelly, will share real-world insights on how to reduce use of resources in the built environment, what circular outcomes look like, and the steps needed to accelerate the pace of circular adoption.  

The panel 

Catriona Brady, Director of Strategy and Development, World Green Building Council 
Adrian Jackson, Circularity Accelerator Programme Officer, World Green Building Council 
Phil Kelly, Director and Head of Department – UK Head of Sustainable Solutions, Ramboll 
Chris Trott, Partner and Head of Sustainability, Foster + Partners 
Sunni Wissmer, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Brightworks 

“With just 9% of our economy being circular, we have an enormous potential to make a material difference for our environment. It is crucial that we reduce our virgin material use and retain what materials we do use in their cycle as long as possible,” says Phil Kelly. 

Date and time of the virtual panel 

Wednesday 4 May 2022 9:30-11am EST / 2:30-4pm BST / 3:30-5pm CET. Register 

Attending Circular Week in New York? 

If you are attending Circular City Week, please also join us for:  

A Circular Economy in the Building Industry with Bloxhub: From Pilot to Mainstream workshop on 3 May at the SAP Purpose and Sustainability Centre, Manhattan, 12:00 PM. Register 

Transition to a Circular Economy: Consulting Clients on Transformative Strategies and Implementation of Tangible Solutions on Circular Economy on 4 May at the SAP Purpose and Sustainable Centre, Manhattan 1:00pm. Register 


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