The Flemish Construction Confederation presents ‘Werflink’
The Flemish Construction Confederation has recently launched the online sharing platform Werflink in collaboration with construction company BESIX, Vlaanderen Circular and FLOOW2. Construction companies within Belgium can start sharing unused construction equipment, materials, resources and freight space with each other through www.werflink.be. As construction sector it is the purpose to make intelligent use of the available resources on a local level thanks to this matching platform. This way waste can be prevented, material and resources will not get lost and costs can be saved since there is no need for new material to be purchased etc. At the moment this initiative has started with an extensive testing phase in cooperation with a series of construction companies in Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia. In addition, companies in the Northern of France could participate in this initiative as well.
The basic idea of this project is to match supply and demand between construction companies and sites from the same region to avoid unnecessary transport. Construction companies with excessive materials on their sites or with machines that are standing idle temporarily or with available freight space can be linked to contractors who are looking for this capacity. Both only have to create an account to make their supply and demand visible. After that the construction companies can place advertisements or respond to them and at last settle the transaction safe and quickly.
The system provides three key benefits:
- Financial: cost savings by renting or borrowing equipment temporarily instead of purchasing new equipment and materials, and the realization of additional turnover by renting out materials and services or selling it to fellow companies.
- Sustainable: efficient use of existing products and materials leads to less new purchase, less new production and therefore less waste of raw materials and energy.
- Social: shared use of equipment, facilities and services on a local level stimulates a culture of local collaboration and connection.
Because this innovative and new tool needs to receive the support of the entire sector, which might take a while, we will start with a pilot project which will last until June 2019. During this period, it is possible to match and monitor available resources with sites nearby. Almost thirty interested partners have signed up by now. These partners are large construction companies as well as smaller contractors originated from various construction specifications like the insulation sector, the sanitary sector, general contractors etc. When the participating companies build experience with this brand new concept, the number of participating contractors and construction companies could really take off.
“Werflink is another step forward in taking the circular character within the construction sector to a higher level. In addition to re-using waste streams, on which we deploy already for a longer time, we now have an instrument to use the available equipment, materials and resources more efficient within the sector. After all, it is an initiative that is being set up at Belgian level, but with a focus on a more intense interaction between activities at local level. With cost savings on production and transport as a result”, as said by Marc Dillen, general director of the Flemish Construction Confederation.
“Werflink is the first sharing platform for the construction sector in the world. It’s an excellent example of how companies, interest groups and local authorities can complete a lot of work during the transition towards a circular economy by collaborating, connecting and sharing. The FLOOW2 team is, of course, very proud to be able to support this project.”– Kim Tjoa, Co-Founder FLOOW2.
“Recently, BESIX launched its future vision ‘BESIX FORWARD’: We consider our role in society as supporting economic, social and environmental progress and aiming for better quality of life for people. Our purpose:’Excel in creating sustainable solutions for a better world’. For BESIX, sustainability is therefore an aspect of corporate social responsibility and management fully supports this.” – Erwin Dresen, Lead Buyer atBESIX.
Interested construction companies and contractors can find more information and can already participate by registering through the following link: www.werflink.be
Already participating companies: