On Thursday 5th March the FBCC partnered with our Patron member Outokumpu to organise Focus on Sustainability: Building Sustainable Solutions- Working Towards a World That Lasts Forever event held at the Residence of the Ambassador of Finland.
Outokumpu is a global leader in stainless steel with the vision to be the undisputed number one. The company serves customers in a wide range of industries – from catering and appliances to building and construction, transportation and chemical, petrochemical and energy industries, as well as the process and resources industries – use our stainless steel and services worldwide. Being fully recyclable, maintenance-free, as well as very strong and durable material, stainless steel is one of the key building blocks for sustainable future.
The successful event brought together more than 80 people from the industry including key decision makers in infrastructure, architecture and politics.
The event focused on sustainability and using sustainable solutions in building process, and how stainless steel can solve many current issues in water distribution, architecture and infrastructure. After Ambassador Markku Keinänen’s opening speech, Mr Maciej Gwozdz gave a presentation on stainless steel and why it is a sustainable choice. The attendees then heard from Mr Peter Bamforth about water distribution and the benefits of using stainless steel in water piping. Next up Mr Jörn Teipel talked about stainless steel in architecture, followed by Mr Andy Backhouse discussing the use of stainless in infrastructure. The event finished with a Q&A with the panellists and Camilla Kaplin, Outokumpu’s Senior Environment Manager.
The guests were left with a deep understanding of the importance of a long-term outlook when it comes to sustainability in building and infrastructure. While carbon steel may seem like a cost effective choice, when you consider the cost of maintenance over the next decades, the cost becomes unsustainable. Whereas stainless steel will last at least a 100 years without any maintenance (the only reason to say only a 100 years is because stainless steel has not been around longer).