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WEBINAR: Rebuilding Better: New materials and systems for resource efficient SMEs

On 29 September, join the discussion on the latest innovations in materials efficiency and digitalisation strategies for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME).

DATE: 29th September 2020

TIME: 15:00 CEST

What are the key new sustainable design and construction materials? How are they sourced and how will they help minimize waste?

How can design and manufacturing innovations reduce material needs? How can these be cost-effectively integrated into operations?

How can digital technologies help SMEs become resource efficient with minimal investment?

How can research and industry collaboration and cross-border information sharing increase and accelerate R&D of sustainable methods and materials?

On 29 September (3-4:30pm CEST), join experts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM), SEED,  Footprints Africa and the VDI Centre for Resource Efficiency will discuss the latest innovations in materials efficiency and digitalisation strategies for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME). 

During this webinar, you'll also learn more about the Global Opportunities for SDGs (GO4SDGs) initiative, which offers policymakers, industry players and civil society a range of tools to help support countries accelerate the transition to inclusive green economies and sustainable living. The initiative’s menu of services includes instruments designed to support sustainability in SMEs, including online circular economy training and tools for communicating with consumers on product sustainability. 

Register now to join the discussion 


Lewis Akenji, Executive Director, SEED

Katharina Haag, Group Manager Material-specific manufacturing concepts, Fraunhofer IFAM

Joanna Bingham, CEO, Footprints Africa


Martin Vogt, Managing Director, VDI Centre for Resource Efficiency (VDI ZRE)


This webinar has been commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit / German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ)  under the International Climate Initiative (IKI) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). 


Check out more of the webinar series

22 September 2020: Rebuilding better: South Africa's green and inclusive industrial policies

13 October 2020: Rebuilding Better: What's sand got to do with it?

Published on September 21, 2020
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