Anne Jacobs
Martin Hunger


How construction chemistry can help to improve concrete sustainability

Concrete constructions are one of the keystones of our modern infrastructure and society and hence guarantor of our comfortable and safe life. However, we are now aware that this advancement has been achieved at the expenses of an increasingly disturbed environment and climate. In order to limit and control the damage and to protect our planet, the construction industry amongst others has committed to several very ambitious measures. These measures, above all the commitments of the cement industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, are widely discussed. This presentation illustrates the possibilities of modern construction chemicals to further improve the sustainability and competitiveness of concrete and hence make it the construction material of future generations as well.

About ​Anne Jacobs

Global Head of Sustainability at MBCC Group. In my role I oversee the development and implementation of our group sustainability strategy. Coordinating our initiatives in the environmental, social and governance topics, I make sure that our company slogan “We build sustainable performance” is filled with action and impact, especially for the sustainability part. My background in architectural engineering with an early focus on sustainable construction and energy efficiency (both since 2004) helps me to drive efficiency measures for both, our own operations and for our products in the value chain. For example, we calculate and understand the effects of our products on carbon emissions and other indicators in the value chain (life cycle analysis) and support our customers to find more sustainable solutions.
Having lived and worked in various countries across Europe and Asia, my passion is to search for innovative concepts around the world and to connect the dots and/ or creative people.

About Martin Hunger

Civil Engineer by training (MSc from Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany and PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands) has been working for several years in cement and concrete industry in North America, Mexico and last, as head of applied concrete research for Heidelberg Cement Benelux. Since 2016 he is the head of the Global Fiber Competence Center for MasterBuilder Solutions. Member of the RILEM Technical Committee 292-MCC (Mechanical Characterization and Structural design of Textile Reinforced Concrete) and secretary of the WG 5 – Sustainability.