With sustainability high on the agenda, the use of renewable materials in public and private construction and infrastructure projects will play a crucial role in the transition to a low-carbon society.

BIOVYN ™ offers an RSB-certified 100% substitution of fossil raw materials with renewable biomass that does not compete with the food chain and enables greenhouse gas savings of over 90% compared to conventionally manufactured PVC, which enables the industry to significantly reduce its carbon footprint.

Filipe Constant, Commercial Director of INOVYN, comments: “There is an incredible global demand for renewable PVC that decouples its production from the conventional use of virgin fossil raw materials.”

“One of the biggest challenges companies face in developing sustainability strategies is understanding what options are available to them. We are proud to offer the BIOVYN ™ solution to Pipelife Norway. “

According to Constant, fossil-free solutions are a great example of how the plastics industry can reduce fossil-based raw materials by developing innovative solutions. “We will continue to work to make this an industry standard for sustainable, low-carbon building and infrastructure projects,” he continues.

Sigmund Aandstad, General Manager of Pipelife Norway, added: “We are excited to work with INOVYN to offer our next generation of sustainable, fossil-free solutions.”

“This important step towards increasing the ecological sustainability of our product portfolio positions us as the leading sustainability partner for a large number of industries in Norway and beyond.”

Legal & General hires UKGBC’s John Alker to lead sustainability

The asset platform Legal & General Capital (LGC) has appointed John Alker as its new head of sustainability.

According to LGC, this senior appointment demonstrates his commitment to meaningful changes in the sectors the company operates in – from its net commitment to zero-carbon residential real estate to its agenda of upgrading and transforming cities across the board Great Britain.

With over 15 years of experience in the sector, Alker joins the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), a company-run not-for-profit that works together to influence industry practice and government policy, and to transform the sustainability of the built environment.

Prior to joining UKGBC, Alker worked for the environmental organization WWF-UK on sustainable housing and carbon trading, as a researcher in the House of Commons and on commercial public affairs. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Quality of Life Foundation.

In this new role, which he will begin on August 9, Alker will serve as the strategic sustainability leader within LGC, challenging the company to continue to make ambitious sustainability commitments.

LGC is determined to use its diverse sources of capital to fight climate change. Sustainability commitments range from creating energy efficient homes to regenerating communities and supporting health and scientific advances to investing in energy, heating and transportation in clean energy.

Last year Legal & General pledged that all new housing stock will be net carbon-free by 2030. This will be implemented gradually for all houses invested in or built by the group, including: Build to Rent, Build to Sell, Later Living, Modular and Affordable Housing.

Earlier this year, it was announced that Inspired Villages, LGC’s later-living company, has started on-site to cater to the UK’s first net-zero old age community. This shows LGC’s approach of “going the way, not just having the conversation”.

Commenting on his appointment, Alker said, “I am delighted to be joining the great team at LGC to support the company’s sustainability ambitions during this critical decade of action.”

“We face a number of related challenges, from global to local, both environmental and societal. The places where we live and work and the communities we create are at the heart of this challenge. It is for this reason that the scope and breadth of LGC’s diverse interests in our built environment provides such an exciting opportunity – making positive impact and creating value around the world. “

Kerrigan Procter, CEO of Legal & General Capital, added: “We are delighted to have John at the company. His experience of working in the construction and real estate industries to achieve a real improvement in environmental results is precisely in line with our ongoing pursuit of delivering the societal benefits of high quality, affordable housing for all and regenerated cities. “

“John’s expertise makes him well-positioned to maximize the benefits in our housing and urban renewal businesses and to realize our ambitions for improved social and environmental outcomes.”

He sums it up: “John will be instrumental in ensuring our sustainability commitments are met and exploring other ways our platform can help transform climate change. We have a real chance to leverage LGC’s diverse sources of capital to better rebuild and look for new transformative sustainable investments. “