News about the sustainability conference in Gothenburg 2020
The Organising Committee of BEYOND 2020 officially announces:
Skanska is joining the next WSBE | World Sustainable Built Environment conference as Gold Sponsor.
Skanska, one of the largest construction and development companies worldwide with thousands of projects every year and more than 38 000 employees. They build for a better society and aim to be industry a leader in sustainable solutions, quality, safety and ethics.
Among the numerous, innovative projects ongoing in Gothenburg and all over Sweden, it is definitely worth mentioning the construction of the new bridge, “Hisingsbron”, that will replace the current Götaälvbron. At the core of Gothenburg’s urban development plans, the new Hisingsbron will connect the southern and northern parts of the city in a faster, more efficient and more sustainable way.
“This is the typical partner we value on our journey towards the conference and beyond”, says Holger Wallbaum, Professor Sustainable building at Chalmers University of Technology and Chair of BEYOND 2020. “Skanska’s commitment to sustainability and climate change is strong and genuine, and the determination to reduce their climate footprint serves as a beacon for other companies, I’m sure”.
Lena Hök, (Senior Vice President Sustainability): “Skanska Group aims to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2045. For many years, we have been reducing our climate footprint and making leaps in our sustainability efforts. With the help of our customers – putting a higher demand on sustainability in procurement and through partnerships, we can take this work to the next level. The WSBE conference is a great opportunity to drive an open dialogue on some of these areas, to help us further understand what will be needed for the future.”
Welcome onboard, Skanska!
/BEYOND 2020 Organising Committee
Sign the Graz Declaration for Climate Protection in the Built Environment!
Another conference in the SBE series has come to an end. Our colleagues in Graz (Austria) have done an amazing job and we are proud to share the concrete outcome of this conference:
Graz Declaration for Climate Protection in the Built Environment.
“An intact natural environment is not only vital for humankind but also provides the basis for further social and economic development. For more than 30 years, the international scientific community has provided a strong body of evidence on the increasingly high atmospheric concentrations of man-made greenhouse gases (GHG) and the need to reduce these in order to limit the damages and risks caused by global warming. The UNFCCC has endorsed this and has started international processes for collectively reducing these harmful GHG-emissions. However, the most recent IPCC report1 conclusively shows that much more action is urgently needed if global warming is to be kept within 1.5°C increase. These actions must occur in a much shorter time-span”.
The above is the intro of the Declaration that, once more, should give us all a sense of urgency towards what it takes to be done (also) in the Built Environment against global warming.
As WSBE | World Sustainable Built Environment BEYOND 2020 conference Organisers, we gladly transfer this initiative to the global community. Next June, in Gothenburg, we will be happy to give our Austrian colleagues the opportunity to report on the results and progress made in research and other activities.
In the meantime, you can read and support the Graz Declaration with your signature and spread it forward to your network.
See you in Gothenburg June 2020!
/BEYOND 2020 Organising Committee
The WSBE | World Sustainable Built Environment conference, taking place in Gothenburg, Sweden in June 2020 has its first Platinum Sponsor: Akademiska Hus.
With 60% of the market share within college and university property, Akademiska Hus is leading the property market in the sector and is one of the largest property companies in Sweden. A high focus on education and research activities contribute to Akademiska Hus goal of shaping Sweden as a knowledge nation and serving as a model internationally.
“We believe that knowledge can change the world” [cit. Akademiska hus]; we do so too at BEYOND 2020 and the cooperation just came naturally!
SDG4 Quality Education has a primary position among the Sustainable Development Goals, chosen as a conference theme. At BEYOND 2020 we would like to give our concrete contribution so that the global building sector can move towards assuring life-long learning opportunities for all and enabling high-quality education for a sustainable built environment.
The success of education centers is also relying on innovative, modern knowledge environments that are able to attract talents from all over the world. Akademiska Hus ambitious work will certainly add value to the contents of the conference and a different perspective to the challenges of the built environment we aim to tackle.
If you wish to know more about Akademiska Hus, we strongly recommend having a look at their Sustainability Report 2018.
Welcome onboard, Akademiska Hus!
It is an honor to have you with us on this exciting journey towards the sustainable cities and communities of the future!
If you wish to be on board too, make sure you join us at BEYOND 2020.
/BEYOND 2020 Organisational Committee
Holger Wallbaum, professor in Sustainable building at Chalmers University of Technology and #BEYOND2020Gothenburg conference Chair interviewed by the prestigious Swedish newspaper Göteborgs-Posten: we have huge challenges to face ahead of us in the #BuiltEnvironment (text in Swedish only).
SAVE THE DATE | 11th April 2019 | Chalmers Lindholmen, Göteborg The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences , IVA, was founded in 1919 and celebrates its 100th anniversary this year by hosting several national conferences on #sustainability, innovation, entrepreneurship and engineering.
IVA West and IVA’s Division III #BuiltEnvironment will arrange a full day of activities, seminars and high-level discussions about the transformation of #Gothenburg from 1919 to 2019, as well as the next 100 years under the heading: Gothenburg – Sustainable Society in Transition.
Read more and register here: www.iva.se/event