weTHINK. Sustainable Construction Conference: Beyond Ideas – Towards Impact

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  • Follow-up on 2020 Idea mapping effort and events.
  • Outline a Roadmap to sustainable procurement for CEEC region.
  • Further develop strategy implementation projects (e.g. Knowledge exchange platform, Stakeholder engagement platform)
  • Support cross-border cooperation and knowledge exchange.
  • Facilitate business networking and cooperation.
  • Improve procurement systems across the EU.
  • Enhance cross-industry dialogue and cooperation.

Brings Together

  • Construction materials producing companies.
  • Technology providers.
  • Construction companies.
  • Municipalities and public companies.
  • Engineers and consultants.
  • Chambers of commerce and industry.
  • Banks and financing institutions.
  • Universities and research centers.
  • Media actors.

Expected attendance: 150 people.

Topics to be covered

  • Procurement policy and practices across Europe.
  • Stakeholder engagement mechanisms.
  • Education and knowledge exchange practices.
  • CO2 in construction – the role of public procurement in advancing sustainable construction.

Event Structure

10 May 2021

  • 11.00 – 12.30. Panel discussion on “Mapping a policy roadmap to sustainability in Europe through public procurement”
    • Keynote presentations on the European and local developments regarding public procurement and sustainability in construction.
        • Sašo Matas, Director General of Public Procurement Directorate, Slovenia.
        • Sandra Nedeljković, Deputy Director of the Public Investment Management Office, Serbia
        • Mirsad Jašarspahić, Rotating President/Vice President of the Chamber of Economy of FBiH.
        • Bojan Bogdanovic, President of GBC Serbia.
  • Open discussion floor on “What are the most important policy changes to be implemented in CEEC?”
      • Moderated by Sorin Cebotari, Senior Research Manager at weTHINK.
  • 13.00 – 14.00. Discussion groups
    • How to improve institutional capacity and knowledge regarding public procurement?
      • Capacity building and cross-border cooperation through education and knowledge exchange.
      • Moderated by Sorin Cebotari, weTHINK., Austria.
      • Discussants:
        • Dr. Martin Schneider, Chief Executive Officer at German Cement Works Association.
        • Dorin Beu, Green Building Council Romania.
        • Erdal Trhulj, President of Engineers Chamber of Federation of BiH.
        • Nikola Lukovic, President of Assembly of Civil Engineers Chamber inside Engineers Chamber of Montenegro
    • What are the available tools for an efficient digitalization of Public Procurement?
      • Moderated by Ingo Mayr-Knoch, weTHINK, Austria.
      • Discussants:
        • Roberto Adami, Vice President for Corporate Market at Vortal.
        • Veljko Janjic, CEO and co-founder of Bexel.
        • Dragoslav Sumarac, President for Association of Liberal Engineers of
          Serbia (ALES).
        • Zeljko Zugic, Coordinator inPublic Investment Management Office.
  • 14.00 – 15.00. Open dialogue session to collect inputs and draft the structure of the Roadmap
    • Moderated by Sorin Cebotari, weTHINK.

11 May 2021

  • Applied trainings and knowledge exchange:
    • 10.30 – 12.30. Mechanisms to foster decarbonization through Public Procurement.
        • Borja Izaola, Green Building Council Espana.
        • Petra Ferk, Institute for Public-Private Partnership, Slovenia.
    • 10.30 – 13.00 Emissions of CO2 in construction.
        • Ulrich Nolting, InformationsZentrum Beton – “How to reduce CO2 in construction – strategies, technologies and innovative practices”.
        • Luc Rens, European Concrete Paving Association (EUPAVE) – “Facts and figures on the contribution of concrete roads to CO2-reduction”.
    • 13.00 – 15.00 – BIM in public procurement for construction.
        • Ross Griffin, Kosmos, Denmark.
        • Tore Hvidegaard, 3dbyggeri, Denmark.
        • Michael Schwartz, Ajour System, Denmark.
        • Matthew Jackson, BIM Object, Denmark.
        • Frans Leurink, GloBLD, Denmark.
    • 13.00 – 15.00 Smart city and smart infrastructure – what can it bring to sustainable procurement.
        • Dragos-Eduard Nedelea, Electrogroup, Romania
        • Miodrag Gluscevic, Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities – National Association of Local Authorities in Serbia.
    • 15.00 – 15.30 – Closing panel and presentation of follow-up activities.

Mechanisms to foster decarbonization through Public Procurement

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Smart City and Smart infrastructure as a pathway to sustainability

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BIM in Construction

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CO2 in Construction

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Sorin studied at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where he claimed his Ph.D. in Geography (Sustainable development). Additionally, he has a MA in Political Science which he studied at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary for.
Sorin Cebotari, PhD
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10 - 11 May 2021


11:00 - 15:00

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  • Timezone: Europe/Berlin
  • Date: 10 - 11 May 2021
  • Time: 11:00 - 15:00

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