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Circle of Influence

How Saint-Gobain and British Gypsum are engaging the construction sector in a bid to create a plasterboard circular economy business model.

 

It’s become more and more apparent that moving towards a more circular economy cannot be done in isolation.

This is why Saint-Gobain Glass and British Gypsum colleagues invited key businesses to a workshop at the Saint-Gobain Build Better centre in London at the end of March.

More than 35 participants from material supply, manufacturing, design, installation, use, demolition, and waste discussed the challenges and opportunities of a plasterboard circular economy business model.

Gareth Morris, Head of Construction Services, who led the session, told us: “We recognise that plasterboard or gypsum sustainability challenges require collaboration and engagement with our industry partners who share our sustainability goals. We want to support their sustainability roadmaps and targets.

It proved to be a truly successful session which was well received by participants. We feel that we’re on a positive path to unlocking ways we can operate effectively in a more circular economy.

Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland has partnered with researchers from Loughborough University as part of the Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Mineral-Based Construction Materials, which is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Dr Jacob Mhlanga, a PhD student, will lead the research by working closely with Gareth Morris and the Life Cycle Analysis team in 2025.

Gareth ended: “This research will uncover how we can bring back gypsum waste from demolition and turn it back into new products, or perhaps consider new models for the supply of material while learning how we need to adapt our systems to make them easier to dismantle.”