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The CSI is to develop a Responsible Sourcing Scheme for concrete

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World Cement,

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) is seeking a new candidate to manage the development of a Responsible Sourcing Scheme (RSS) for concrete.

The responsible sourcing of building materials is a key issue in the area of sustainable construction. The scheme will provide an opportunity for the industry to endorse responsible practices throughout the concrete supply chain, addressing both social and environmental impacts of the sector. It is formed around a set of agreed regulations and principles regarding sustainability. The CSI is currently in the process of identifying the main environmental and social criteria that should be included in the scope of a global RSS.

Initial efforts of the CSI have resulted in the collaboration of industry partners to drive the development of the RSS for concrete. The organisation is looking for a Coordinator with experience in green building certification, responsible sourcing, standard setting processes and multi-stakeholder engagement, who will manage the development plans to meet objectives set by the industry partners.

In the area of sustainability, the CSI has previously developed Product Category Rules (PCR) for unreinforced concrete in compliance with the International EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) System. An EPD is the voluntary provision of quantitative information about the environmental impact of a certain product. This is determined using life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology and is verified by an independent third party. Combined, EPDs and an RSS system provide an overall look of a particular product and the company, supplying reliable information to the construction market.

Find out more about the RSS and read the CSI’s Request for Proposal here.

Edited from various sources by Rosalie Starling

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