This year's Green Future conference “Critical Crossroad – Towards Zero Carbon Construction" was hosted by HuGBC, with Germany as the guest of honour and key professional partner, and focused on the Hungarian construction industry's zero carbon roadmap. Zoltán Légrády, Head of KÉSZ Group’s Quality Business Line, presented the Group's sustainability efforts at the event.
The Green Future conference presented German and Hungarian construction industry best practices and an analysis of the zero carbon situation in Hungary, where the participants were the first to gain insight into the results of the Zero Carbon Industry Survey of the Hungary Green Building Council (HuGBC). As climate protection is a fundamental prerequisite for a sustainable and viable future, the focus of this year's event was on reducing carbon emissions, the European Union's Taxonomy Regulation, green property financing and international and domestic best practices.
"In order to become a competitive, resource-efficient economy by 2050, we need to transition to net-zero carbon operations, and the key elements of this process are construction industry cooperation, innovation and a life-cycle approach," emphasised Gábor Szarvas, President of HuGBC, in his opening address. This year's guest of honour was Germany, represented by Christiana Markert, Deputy Ambassador of the German Embassy, who gave the patron’s keynote speech. The first section and the round-table discussion focused on green financing and ESG in the construction sector, while the second gave participants the opportunity to learn about specific examples and achievements of domestic industry players.
Zoltán Légrády, Head of KÉSZ Group’s Quality Business Line, presented the Group’s sustainability strategy, the sustainability report published for the first time this year, the main actions and results, as well as the ongoing Environmental Product Declaration project.
"Our stakeholders, our customers and financial institutions have set high expectations for KÉSZ Group in the area of sustainability, which also defines our role in the supply chain. The legislation also sets a clear future direction for us and for the construction industry sector as a whole. However, sustainability is not just an obligation for our Group, but also a long-term, profitable activity that can be a source of competitive advantage," stressed Zoltán Légrády in his presentation.
Milestone Kft., KÉSZ Ipari Gyártó Kft., dvb Kft. and KÉSZ Metaltech Kft. are currently working together on the life cycle analysis of the manufactured products in the framework of the Environmental Product Declaration project. As a result of the project, so-called EPD (Environmental Product Declarations) documentation is drawn for steel structures, various reinforced concrete products, facade cladding and windows and doors, which contain transparent and comparable data and information on the environmental impacts of the products' life cycle, authenticated by an external third party. This allows our customers or architectural designers to calculate the environmental impact of our products installed in construction projects, and by identifying the processes involved, we can identify areas to develop, thus mitigating loss and reducing waste and energy consumption.