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ACF Sustainability Forum


Chair: Dr. Koji SAKAI, Japan Sustainability Institute

Secretary: Professors Dong-Uk CHOI, Hankyong National University, South Korea and
Takafumi NOGUCHI, University of Tokyo, Japan

ACF Sustainability Forum will be organized regularly to pursue and realize the spirit of the 2010 ACF Taipei Declaration on Sustainability.    


First ACF Sustainability Forum, 22-23 April 2011
hosted by Thailand Concrete Association

 
Delegates from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam took part in the forum.   The six items in the declaration and actions to be taken are summarized below:
       
  ACF recognizes the importance of the Asian concrete society's role in achieving global sustainable development as the consumption of concrete keeps increasing.   As the first step, stochastic data on resources consumption and CO2 emission will be collected. 
       
  ACF realizes the need for sustainable development by reducing resource consumption and carbon footprint in the life cycle of a concrete structure.   ACF needs to define barriers through gathering information from industries and by conducting surveys. 
       
  ACF encourages the concrete industry to make efforts for the well-being of human society by providing safe, serviceable, and environmental-friendly structures.    ACF needs to clearly understand the current state of the industry and also provide the industry with the latest information through seminars. 
       
  ACF promotes the concrete industry to employ the best technologies and make technological innovation in the future for sustainable development.    This will be conducted through seminars to be held based on the collected data.  It is also important to identify the best available technologies as well as the knowledge gaps. 
       
  ACF informs the concrete industry and the public of the importance of concrete structures in sustainable development.    ACF will make a document in which the importance of concrete/ consturction industry is further explored and clearly explained.
       
  ACF collaborates on sustainable development with other international associations in the concrete society.    ACF needs to have collaborations with leading organizations such as JCI, fib and ACI. 


Second ACF Sustainability Forum, 3-4 November 2011
hosted by Korea Concrete Institute


Delegates from India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Taiwan and Vietnam attended this 2nd forum.

 

Presentations by delegates were made on the first day followed by discussion on the on-going and future activities on the second day.   Below are summary of what was discussed.

Stochastic data on sustainability which were exchanged and gathered will be made available to ACF members through ACF website.  
Member countries that did not sign the declaration but would like to join in the forum activities should officially agree with the declaration. 
Difficulties in answering the sustainability questionnaire include
  - Data on aggregate is difficult to collect in Indonesia, India, Vietnam and China because local governments control such data. 
  - In many countries data on consumption of chemical admixtures are not maintained by one single organization. 
  - On-site mixing is still popular in some countries making it difficult for sustainability data to be quantified.
  - Collecting direct data is difficult in some countries.  As a result certain assumptions and estimations may need to be allowed.  For example, the data of other concrete constituents may be calculated based on cement consumption. 
In addition to the survey, a short preliminary report on problems in the concrete sector for promoting sustainability will be made.