On the 4th of March 2021 the international webinar “Sustainable growth through green procurement” was successfully arranged on Zoom by the GrAB project partners. The webinar had more than 90 registered participants from Russia, Norway, Finland and Sweden. The webinar was carried out without any technical difficulties, and also had simultaneous translation – which was secured by partners from Petrozavodsk State University.
In all there were 6 presenters covering the first session of the webinar, facilitated by Prof Antti Niemi from University of Oulu. GrAB project manager (Prof. Bjørn R Sørensen from UiT, Norway) started with a brief introduction of the GrAB project. This was followed by dr. Elena Shadrina (Deputy Director, National Research University “High School of Economics” Perm Campus) who gave a talk on Sustainable public procurement: the cases from Russia. Next was Architect, dr. Matti Kuittinen (Senior Specialist, Ministry of the Environment of Finland) with a talk on Low carbon solutions based on traditional arctic construction. Then mr. Pekka Vuorinen (director for Environment and Energy, Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries RT) presented Green procurement needs assessments – could standardization provide helping tools? – which was followed by ms. Babs Stuiver (Sustainability Manager, Sveaskog, Sweden) with a talk on “Certified forest products from a forest owner’s perspective”. The last presenter was dr. Kari Thunshelle (Senior research scientist SINTEF Community, Norway) who gave a speech on Sustainable and marked acceptable advanced prefabricated elements for deep renovation of apartment buildings – Norwegian demo. The webinar presentations were very interesting and gave different perspectives on relevant subject connected to related to green buildings and procurement.
The second part of the webinar was a Q&A session where participants could ask questions to the presenters.
The webinar was a great success, and project partners express great thanks to the presenters as well as participants.