Meet the Speakers - Introducing Vincent Basuyau

Increased diversion from landfill by exploring higher value opportunities for recovered CDW Materials

Sept 18-19, 2018
Radisson Blu Edwardian, London

Meet the Speakers - Introducing Vincent Basuyau

The inaugural Circular Driven Economy Symposium event takes place in London from 18th – 19th September 2018. As we begin to count down the days and weeks to the event we will be introducing some of the expert speaker panel that is lined up to talk about the circular economy. First up is our keynote speaker for day one, Vincent Basuyau, Policy Officer at The European Commission (DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs).

Vincent Basuyau - Circular Driven Economy Symposium

Legislation and Construction & Demolition Waste

Vincent is an expert on the policy and legislative issues around the recycling of construction and demolition waste material. Vincent will be discussing “The European Agenda for Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling.” In his talk, Vincent will look at how organisations in the EU can deal with legislation, as well as sharing his knowledge on non-legislative initiatives and the financial tools available within the EU for construction and demolition recycling and waste management.

With some 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, Vincent is an expert on sustainable construction and works with the European Commission to develop legislative drivers and initiatives which focus on improving the prospects for increased recovery of construction and demolition waste material.

Moving Towards a Circular Economy

Working in his role as Policy Officer, Vincent has helped the EU Commission to deliver ambitious measures to encouraging construction companies to move towards a Circular Economy model.

The EU Commission introduced the EU Construction and Demolition Waste Management Protocol in September 2016. This protocol identified that construction and demolition waste is the largest waste stream in the EU (based on volume), representing approx. 1/3 of all waste produced. In his keynote, Vincent will outline ways that organisations can start to move towards a circular economy with a view to achieving the target of recycling 70% of construction and demolition waste material as outlined in The Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC.

About Vincent 

Vincent Basuyau joined the European Commission at DG GROW Unit C.1 Sustainable Industrial Policy and Construction as a Policy Officer back in 2014. With experience globally in the construction materials sector, Vincent has been working to develop policies and legislation within the European Commission that focus on sustainability and international competitiveness within the EU construction sector.

With a background in mining following his MSc Mining Engineering from École des Mines de Douai in France, Vincent moved to Ethiopia where he spent two years as a Technical Cooperation Expert. Vincent continued to work in the construction sector working with natural and secondary aggregate businesses in Africa, Europe, and the Middle-East. This included the patent of four processes for mineral waste and raw materials in construction. Vincent chaired the Recycling Committee at the European Aggregates Producers' Association (UEPG) for 12 years (1996 – 2008) and he has been instrumental in implementing new measures for the reduction of construction and demolition waste within the EU.

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