Congrès virtuel 'Sustainability in FM'

Sustainability has become an integral part of day-to-day facilities operations. Though sustainability is common place in daily operations, many facility managers still face the sometimes daunting task of making the business case to upper management for adopting and implementing more sustainable practices in their facilities.

congres sustainability in FM 01-03-21
Datum en tijdstip:
2021-03-01T09:00:00 2021-03-01T13:00:00
Online via Zoom


Langue usuelle : Anglais


09:00 - 09:10 Welcome by Tanja Barella and foreword by Frank Geets : Sustainability in FM
09:10 - 09:40 Paneldiscussion with 2 Facility Managers
Ann Troch - UCB
Kris Brans - IKEA
09:40 - 10:10 Speaker 1: What means sustainable development? The UN agenda of the SDGs and how to integrate it in the strategy of a company.
Gaelle Janssens – The Shift
10:10 - 10:20 BREAK
10:20 - 10:50

Speaker 2: Sustainable office space
Gare Maritime – A reference of circular construction (and much more)
The redevelopment of the Gare Maritime, a former freight station of 4ha, is a new covered neighbourhood with facilities for shopping, work, leisure activities, eating and drinking, and public events.
Originally constructed in 1907, the Gare Maritime was already a stunning building, and Extensa’s renovations has highlighted its beauty while increasing its functionality. The shell was completely restored and twelve wooden structures houses retail and offices. The three central spans remained free, creating generous space for people to stroll and relax together, or to attend events, exhibitions and festivals.
This largest wooden construction of Europe is equipped with the latest sustainable technics and has banned all fossil fuels. Green, lush vegetation were added under the wide-span station roof, giving a pleasant climate that will adapt to seasonal weather changes. From the depths of winter through the heat of summer, the Gare Maritime will be much more than a building – it will be a bustling neighbourhood for everyone in Brussels to experience.
Trees Verhoogen - Extensa

10:50 - 11:20 Speaker 3: Circular office furnishings
Circular office furnishings.
Have you heard of it? What does they mean ? Several possibilities, many obstacles, but also an impressive positive outcome is part of it.
Afterwards, you will take the tips and tricks with you to apply them in your own work environment.

Anne Lenaerts - NNOF 
11:20 - 11:30 BREAK
11:30 - 12:00 Speaker 4: Sustainability in catering 
Food waste, plastics, energy and water management, waste management, supply chain, purchasing locally and seasonally, fleet management, protein transition... Sustainability in the Foodservice industry has a scope so broad that it is hard to define what area to focus on first and foremost. This webinar aims to provide a clear and coherent picture of the different actions and their impact, making it easier to prioritize.
Seppe Eloot - Compass 
12:00 - 12:30
Speaker 5:Let's Green IT!
Digital transformation is at the heart of the strategy of most companies around the world. This is also the case in Facility Management. Obviously, no one would envisage to manage heating and air-conditioning without automation nowadays, and this goes way further: from booking meeting rooms through an app or a website, to a full FMIS (Facilities Management Information Systems) integrating all your services with those of your partners and providers, IT is everywhere. But what is the environmental impact of all these systems? And how can we reduce it? Let's find out with Olivier Vergeynst, from the Belgian Institute for Sustainable IT.
Olivier Vergeynst - Belgian Institute for sustainable IT
12:30 - 13:00 Q&A

About the moderator

Frank Geets - Het Facilitair Bedrijf : Frank Geets a suivi une formation d'ingénieur et a été actif tout au long de sa carrière dans le monde des achats, de la logistique et des installations. Aujourd'hui, en tant qu'administrateur général de 'Facilitair Bedrijf' du gouvernement flamand, il met l'accent sur l'orientation client et la durabilité dans tous les services de son agence, des bâtiments circulaires aux achats durables en passant par la gestion facilitaire zéro déchet; ce qui a fait de l'agence le champion ODD de l'ONU.

About the speakers 

Kris Brans - IKEA : After master studies in Bio-Engineering, extended with a Master in Safety and Environmental Engineering, Kris started his career as an environmental consultant, supporting small, medium-sized and large companies. After 3 years as Site FM manager for the IKEA store in Zaventem and 5 years as Country FM manager for the 7 IKEA sites (both retail and DC) in Belgium, Kris joined the global FM team in the IKEA Group to take various FM roles between 2013 and 2019. As per April 1st 2020, Kris is Regional Facility Manager covering all 65 IKEA units in France, Belgium and Netherlands. As a member of the board at IFMA (Belgian Chapter) he takes part in the development of FM as a business as well as in the growth of the role&value of our Facility Managers in various kinds of companies.

Gaelle Janssens - The Shift : Members Relation Manager. She studied economics at UCL and environmental management at ULB. After working 2 years at the business and environment centre of UCL, and a year of backpacking, she worked for 15 years for Fost Plus, the organisation that manages the recycling of household packaging in Belgium. Almost 4 years ago, she joined the team of The Shift, the Belgian sustainable development network, where she is the contact person for the members. Her aim is to integrate the issues of the members into the agenda and activities of The Shift, in order to best respond to their challenges in sustainable development. Besides her work, Gaelle is Board member of Inter-Environnement Wallonie and has 3 children.

Anne Lenaerts - NNOF : Anne Lenaerts has a master’s degree in communication sciences, and has worked as a communications consultant for 8 years. In 2005 she started her career at the removal group of the PMC Holding as business developer. Mostly working in sales and marketing, she was involved with the founding of Nnof, by then responsible for marketing and the environmental program of the group. After 2 years of HR management, she became head of sales at Nnof and is responsible for marketing of the PMC Holding. Having gained many awards and certificates, she gets her energy from innovative and sustainable projects, such as Nnof still is. Anne is 45 years old, married and mother of 3 teenagers.

Seppe Eloot - Compass : Ever since I was young my goal was to leave the world a better place than I found it.  A trajectory as bioscience engineer provided me with the much needed means to better grasp that world and how to improve it. After designing and implementing a monitoring system for public sector sustainability projects in Peru, I stayed in the public sector working on different sustainability and innovation projects within Belgian municipalities. Currently, as sustainability manager for Compass Group I get to do what I love on a daily basis all the while leaving the world a better place than I found it. 

Ann Troch – UCB : After studies in modern languages and later a master at Vlerick, Ann evolved early on into office manager and became a facility manager in the early 90s. Her career developed over several industries such as Pharma, Automotive, Telecom and corporate positions on a national and international level, both office and manufacturing environments.  During the last years Ann was facility manager for Douwe Egberts until the closure of the site in Belgium.  She spent 2 years with CBRE Global Workplace Solutions who is a provider of EFM services. Since the beginning of 2020 Ann joined UCB as Head of Global Facility Management taking responsibility for more than 100 locations in 35 countries including the real estate management.  Ann has been a member of the board of IFMA at the re-start in Belgium several years ago and is today still active a jury member for the IFMA Awards.

Olivier Vergeynst - Belgian Institute for sustainable IT : Director of the Belgian Institute for Sustainable IT (asbl/vzw). He is jointly certified in Sustainable IT by the University of La Rochelle and, and took part in 2019 in the study “Environmental footprint of the digital world” (see Before that, he had 20+ years’ experience in international companies like JPMorgan, Euroclear and Ingenico. As IT Director, he led technical teams worldwide in financial and payment systems’ telecommunications, as well as in IT operations, infrastructure and application development.

Trees Verhoogen - Extensa : graduated as an Architectural Engineer at KULeuven. As a Project Manager for the governement, she gained a wide experience in building office buildings, sustainable technics, fit-out works, relocation strategies and facilities. Since 2018, Trees is working for Extensa. She was part of the team working on the Gare Maritime, with a focus on guiding the tenants during their fit-outworks and start-up.


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