The three members of the opening panel, from left to right: Dominique Ristori, Monica Frassoni and Jos Delbeke.© EU, 2013
How can science support energy-efficiency in buildings? - Roundtable
A high-level JRC roundtable on efficient buildings was organised today as a follow-up to the 26 March event for scientific support to growth and jobs in the areas of efficient buildings, vehicles and equipment. Today the participants deepened the dialogue on efficient buildings, discussing initiatives, financial aspects and the link between technology, policy and behaviour.
As the building sector has the potential to react rapidly, improving building efficiency can bring immediate and tangible benefits to both businesses and domestic users, such as reduced electricity bills, especially in the case of energy intensive industries. Moreover, efficiency measures for buildings also create markets for new technologies and advanced materials and here science has a crucial role to play.
The JRC gathered representatives from the research community, industry, policy-makers and stakeholders and international experts in the field of construction, energy efficiency, renewably energy and electrical engineering. Speakers at the opening session included JRC Director-General Dominique Ristori, Monica Frassoni, President of the European Alliance to Save Energy and Jos Delbeke, Director-General at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Climate Action.
JRC Director-General Dominique Ristori chaired the opening session, together with Monica Frassoni, President of the European Alliance to Save Energy, and Jos Delbeke, Director-General at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Climate Action.