BEYOND 2020 is part of a Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) conference series co-owned by four organisations: iiSBE (International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment), CIB (International Council for Research And Innovation In Building And Construction), UN Environment (United Nations Environment Programme), FIDIC (International Federation of Consulting Engineers).
The SBE series began in 2000 with a global conference in Maastricht (Netherlands). Ever since a global edition of the SBE series has been organised every two, and later on, every three years. Before Gothenburg’s edition in 2020, previous global SBE conferences were held in Maastricht (2000), Oslo (2002), Tokyo (2005), Melbourne (2008), Helsinki (2011), Barcelona (2014), Hong Kong (2017).
Each global conference is preceded by a series of regional conferences that focus on sustainable built environment topics in the local context. The series paving the way to Gothenburg global conference started in Taipei, Taiwan in October 2018 and will continue till November 2019, for a total of 16 regional conferences taking place worldwide.