The Flemish Construction Confederation has launched an online sharing platform for construction companies in order to align more closely with the principles of a circular economy.
Werflink, launched in collaboration with construction company BESIX, Circular Flanders and FLOOW2, means construction firms within Belgium, large and small, can share equipment, materials and freight space between them, which should provide financial, environmental and social benefits.
Through sharing resources, companies save on costs of ordering new materials and equipment, and use these more efficiently, reducing their environmental impact. Local connections and networks are also made which can spur further collaboration and innovation.
Is the Circular Economy becoming the new normal for business operations? The fact that companies in the construction industry are voluntarily collaborating to operate more efficiently and to reduce their environmental impact could be a signal that its value is being recognised in the mainstream.
How can similar platforms be developed for construction in other countries across the world, and what other industries might adopt this approach?