Philip Crampton new FIEC President – New elected Steering Committee
Further to the FIEC General Assembly meeting held in Limassol on 13 May 2022, the Irish contractor Philip CRAMPTON is the new President of the European Construction Industry Federation, at the head of the newly elected Steering Committee for the mandate 2022-2024.
Philip Crampton succeeds the German contractor Thomas Bauer, whose term of office has come to its statutory end.
Sustainability : a necessity for construction companies
The conference held on 13 May in the framework of the FIEC General Assembly ficussed on sustainability and circular economy in construction.
Yiannis Markides, Vice-President of OSEOK, gave an overview of the state of the construction sector in Cyprus and the challenges it is facing for implementing sustainability, in particular : the lack of skilled workers, the rapid increase of material prices and an underperforming construction and demolition waste management, achieving the national and EU renewable and energy efficiency targets and in the renovation of existing buildings due to the fact that most of them were built a long time ago.
In his presentation on the FIEC vision of sustainability, FIEC Vice-President Piero Petrucco outlined FIEC’s key objectives such as setting and implementing sustainability targets both at process and products level. Petrucco insisted on the fact that for FIEC, sustainability is not an option and construction companies must be fully aware of it and implement it if they want to remain on the market.
Nicos Hadjinikolaou from the Cypriot Ministry of Energy, Commerce & Industry, presented the latest developments on energy efficiency in buildings by focusing on the European Commission’s proposal for a revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, which is currently under discussion in EU institutions.
Finally, Andreas Papadopoulos, Head of Strategy at the Hellenic Bank, underlined the important role of banks in supporting the EU Green Deal via sustainable financing. He highlighted that the identification of coherent definitions of sustainability across jurisdictions and the establishment of a higher degree of standardisation and transparency on data are major challenges for banks. He also underlined the importance of the “EU Taxonomy”, which for the first time creates a common understanding of how economic activities can qualify as environmentally sustainable.
Kjetil Tonning FIEC Honorary President
The festive evening on 12 May organised by our Cypriot hosts from OSEOK was the perfect moment to pay tribute to Kjetil Tonning for his FIEC Honorary Presidency. Following his mandate as FIEC Vice-President in charge of the Technical and Environmental Affairs from 2012 until 2018 and representing the group of the Nordic countries, Kjetil Tonning was elected FIEC President for a two years mandate until 2020.
We thank him for his unfailing commitment over these years to our European federation
Save the date and register! 3 June 2022: Conference, Maintenance & Safety of Bridges
On Friday 3rd June 2022, STRRES, ACRP and PIARC in cooperation with FIEC will organise in Brussels a conference dedicated to the ‘’Maintenance and safety of bridges in Europe – A lever for the ecological transition’’.
This event aims at highlighting the crucial importance of the maintenance of engineering structures, in particular bridges, with respect for the environment and the need to reduce the carbon footprint of our economies. Click below for information on the programme and registration details