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"Resource efficiency & sustainable construction" | Dr Heimo Scheuch | EPCF 2014


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"Resource efficiency & sustainable construction" by Dr Heimo Scheuch, Vice-President of Cerame-Unie and Tiles & Bricks Europe and CEO of Wienerberger AG.

Presentation made at the 15th European Parliament Ceramics Forum on 3 December 2014.

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"Resource efficiency & sustainable construction" | Dr Heimo Scheuch | EPCF 2014

  1. 1. EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT CERAMICS FORUM Resource Efficiency & Sustainable Construction Dr Heimo Scheuch, Cerame-Unie Vice President CEO Wienerberger AG 3 December 2014
  2. 2. Ceramics are successfully engaged in resource efficiency • resource efficiency as vital component of a competitive construction material restorement of land in old clay quarries • significant improvements over the last decades:  longer lifespan of the final product  increased re-use and recycling possibilities  resource efficiency oriented product innovation 2 successful re-use of roof tiles 80% of refractory products are recycled, re-used or consumed Cradle-to-Cradle vitrified clay pipes
  3. 3. Resource efficiency is not about “using less” but “using better” • avoid a one size fits all approach  need for sector-specific solution • choose the right indicator to measure resource efficiency  promote the optimal use of materials  consider direct and indirect environmental impacts  address the scarcity of raw materials proposed indicator based on Raw Materials Consumption is insufficient 3
  4. 4. Pursue a lifecycle assessment 4 • need to assess and quantify potential environmental impacts at all stages • take into account:  availability of raw material  durability  lifespan
  5. 5. Circular economy must acknowledge limits • address sector specificities:  define potentials to re-use and to recycle products per sector • access to raw materials as well as separation and processing of waste is key • create a well functioning market for recycled materials  need for competitive prices 5 ceramic industry
  6. 6. A regulatory fit is essential! • avoid setting a too strict and overambitious target as well as over-boarding regulation  no target on resource efficiency • choose an appropriate indicator for resource efficiency including a lifecycle assessment • ensure a sector specific approach  define potentials per sector to re-use and to recycle  consider the economic viability of future obligations 6
  7. 7. Thank you for your attention!