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Beyond 2020

By 2050, 68% of the world’s population will live in cities, according to the United Nations…
And Tuesday 1st January 2030 is the deadline for the built environment to contribute to the fulfilment of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Bringing the best minds together, BEYOND 2020 is our opportunity to create the missing link between the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 and the built environment.

We will cross the boundaries of knowledge, share top-level expertise and merge it to help shape the future of the built environment, together.

Beyond 2020 is part of The World Sustainable Built Environment (WSBE) conference series, the world’s largest conference on sustainability in the built environment taking place every three years. BEYOND 2020 was initially supposed to take place on 6-9 June 2020 in Gothenburg (Sweden), but had to be cancelled due to the global COVID-19 situation. The conference will now take place online on 2-4 November 2020.

The mission of the conference is to link the global building sector to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and to define its role towards the achievement of 2030 objectives.

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Holger Wallbaum, conference host, professor of Sustainable Building, Chalmers University of Technology:

Developing new, innovative solutions to meet the current climate challenges are only some of the issues faced by the built environment today. Businesses and researchers alike must address how they will create and form cities to be resilient to future climate challenges. They must seek out new strategies on how to avoid exhaustion of the limited natural resources we have while building new, affordable housing for a growing population. They must ensure the policymakers of today pave the way for a better and more efficient future, designing and giving hope to a new tomorrow.

Media Accreditation

Journalists who wish to cover the conference may apply for a free-of-charge accreditation:
Please send your request to: karin.weijdegard@johannebergsciencepark.com

Programme

Beyond 2020 runs over three days (2-4 November), where each day has a specific focus:

  1. Climate Change and Sustainability
  2. Digitalisation and Innovation
  3. Sustainable Economy, Policy and Finance

Below you will find the Keynotes who will speak on the main stage each day. Read the full programme to find out more about the over 100 parallel sessions and special tracks offered at the conference.

Day 1: Climate Change and Sustainability

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Maimunah Mohd Sharid, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN-Habitat

The role of the built environment in meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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CHAN Ka-Kui – Chairman of Construction Industry Council

The state of a sustainable built environment in Hong Kong

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Mr CHEUNG Hau-wai – Chairman of Hong Kong Green Building Council

The state of a sustainable built environment in Hong Kong

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Day 2: Digitalisation and Innovation

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Chrisna Du Plessis – Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture, University of Pretoria, South Africa 

Sustainability trends, innovations and developments in the global built environment

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Volker Buscher – Director | Chief Data Officer at Arup

Data driven transformation in real estate as a means towards enhanced sustainability

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Robin Teigland – Professor of Strategy, Management of Digitalization, Chalmers University of Technology

Supporting sustainable transformation through boosting innovation in the built environment

Day 3: Sustainable Economy, Policy and Finance

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Anders Wijkman – Chairman of the Governing Board of Climate-KIC 

Circular economy – the role of a national strategy

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Björn Johansson – Global Environmental Manager, Bona

Sustainable floor transformations: Floor renovation is the sustainable choice

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Marcene Mitchell – Global Head, Strategy and Business Develpment at IFC Climate Business Department | World Bank Group 

The role of green financing in transitioning towards sustainable built environment in the global south

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Cristina Gamboa – CEO at World Green Building Council
 

Global outlook for the building sector until 2030 with sustainability in mind.

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