We are hosting a webinar series describing several important aspects of sustainability services that manufacturers and suppliers in the building and construction industry need to be aware of. Feel free to browse the list below for the topics and to register for one or all of the webinars.
Responsible and Ethical Sourcing in Construction: Where Risk to Reputation and Traceability Meets Innovation and Collaboration (steel sector)
In the building and construction industry, companies are under constant pressure to ensure their products and promotions are delivered not only on time, to budget, and with great return – but also to global ethical commitments with a considerable spotlight on integrity and standards. Certain product categories have achievable accreditation levels associated with them. It is important to understand how to identify these suppliers and what a valid accreditation or certification represents. The golden rule of supply chain ethics is ultimately ‘know your suppliers’. When it comes to improvements, often the greatest impact can be attained through the collaboration and management of natural resources within the supply chain. The reinforced steel sector, primarily in Europe, has had several schemes and standards available to them to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability. Sustainable construction topics impact all manufacturers, distributors and producers, whether their products are fully recycled (reinforced steel) or made entirely from virgin material with life cycle impact on the environment. Reinforced steel is one of the first sectors to invest in responsible sourcing credentials based on a robust standard and 3rd party certification. What are the aspects they concentrate on based on materiality, who are current holders of Eco-Reinforcement certification, and what benefits this accreditation brings to customers, or how Intertek can help you prove your sustainable building approach – download to learn more.
Environmental Product Declarations in Construction: Navigating the Need for EPD’s in a Diverse and Global Construction Industry
The buildings across our planet contribute to over a third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. In construction, until recently, ongoing operational energy consumption has been the greatest source of emissions – and accordingly, where reduction efforts have tended to focus. However, as buildings become more efficient and the greening of the energy sector results in greater reductions in CO2 emissions, the relative contribution of embodied carbon to a building’s lifetime is becoming more important. An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) provides verified information about the impact a material or product has upon the environment based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). EPDs are similar to the food ingredient labels – although quantifying a variety of environmental impacts including global warming gases, toxicity to water and land, fossil fuel depletion and water extraction. For more information on EPD’s, don’t miss the opportunity to attend our complimentary webinar.
Date: April 4, 2019 | 10am EDT, 3pm BST, 4pm CEST
Carbon Footprinting, Water Footprinting, Life Cycle Assessment: Evaluating Valuable Data about Products, Processes and Organisational Structures to Determine Impacts on the Environment
Carbon footprinting and LCA are at the heart of many sustainability initiatives. What are they exactly? How is a carbon footprint measured? How is an LCA carried out? This webinar will introduce carbon footprint, water footprint and LCA. The aim will be to help attendees understand the issues and identify how they can succeed in this area. For example, understanding how your product’s carbon footprint is calculated can help you improve your score in metrics reported in annual sustainability reports, can help improve your product profile in green guides and suchlike, and can help you win business by meeting supplier criteria issued by large companies. Lowering your carbon footprint usually cuts cost as well. This is because carbon footprint is based on the energy and materials used in your processes and products, the same aspects that determine your costs. Water footprint is a growing field, most important to companies that use considerable amounts of water in their products and processes. Some of the world’s leading companies are introducing water footprint metrics to their business because they have identified that water shortage is an important future risk area for their business. The science of water footprint is less standardised than is the case with carbon footprint and LCA. The emerging science of water footprinting will be introduced in this webinar and compared with carbon footprint and LCA. This complimentary webinar will be delivered by Intertek’s sustainability experts – register today!
Date: April 25, 2019 | 10am EDT, 3pm BST, 4pm CEST
Wellbeing in the Built Environment: Moving from Sustainability to Wellness… Human Experience with the Built Environment
In the property and construction industry, the main focus of sustainability has been and still is to a greater extent, on environmental impacts such as Global Warming and resource depletion. These are undeniably crucial, but in our enthusiasm to tackle one problem we have ignored another -the impacts of buildings on people, especially the impacts from interior spaces that is where we spend most of our time. We know that sustainable buildings should support and help people live better, healthier and more productive lives and key performance indicators are emerging to include concepts of wellness in building design and operation. The two biggest expenditures for any organisation are places and people, with people accounting for 90% of the lifetime costs of a building occupation. People spend over 80% of their lives in interior spaces, which is why we initially put a greater focus on these specific areas. Existing research shows us that sustainable interiors can have dramatic influences on productivity, health, overall wellbeing – and thus the financial bottom line. Intertek will explore concepts of wellness in the built environment and mechanisms to measure and benchmark performance, join this complimentary and don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the experts.
Date: May 16, 2019 | 10am EDT, 3pm BST, 4pm CEST
Circular Economy: Closing the Loop… Rethinking Resource Use and Waste Management in the Value Chain
The Circular Economy is a phrase commonly used to describe a system in which resource use, waste and emission are reduced or minimized in the traditional linear economy, in effect “closing the loop” on responsible production and consumption. Managing products and materials at their end-of-life ensures that maximum value is derived from resources by providing incentives to recover, regenerate and rethink design throughout the value chain of products. Several mechanisms have been created to incentivise circular thinking towards a more efficient and sustainable resource economy. From global initiatives such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals to individual regulatory restrictions and voluntary marketing opportunities, relevant frameworks are emerging worldwide to disrupt traditional views on resource use and waste. This complimentary webinar will discuss the key elements of the Circular Economy and how to implement it into your value chain in any industry.
June 13, 2019 | 10am EDT, 3pm BST, 4pm CEST
Sustainability Reporting: Using Science-Based Metrics to Demonstrate Organisational Sustainability Performance
With increased data reporting requirements and demand for transparency from consumers, sustainability reporting has become more prevalent among large and small organisations. Sustainability Reporting typically includes organizational information about a company’s environmental, social and governance performance, allowing key stakeholders to review a company’s progress from a non-financial perspective. There are multiple mechanisms for tracking, reporting and verifying science-based ESG metrics that organisations can harness to ensure consistency, reliability and authenticity of the data that they are sharing. From GHG emissions, water consumption and waste management to production practices and employee engagement, sustainability reporting encourages organisations to develop sustainability goals and targets, while providing tools to highlight progress. Join Intertek’s sustainability experts as they provide information on ESG parameters and optimising your organisation’s sustainability reporting.
June 27, 2019 | 10am EDT, 3pm BST, 4pm CEST