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    31.07.2012  
 
   
Unleashing the potential of low energy buildings to push construction sector back to growth

 
 

Low energy buildings with high CO2 and energy cost saving potential still have a limited market uptake, despite their economic and environmental advantages. Construction comprises of more than 10% of total employment in the EU. Therefore, to promote the construction sector as a driving force in the creation of jobs and for sustained growth for the economy in general, the European Commission tabled today a strategy to boost the sector.

Its main elements include stimulating favourable investment conditions, in particular in the renovation and maintenance of buildings. For example, encouraging the take up of the package of up to €120 billion in loans available from the European Investment Bank (EIB) as part of June's Pact for Growth and Employment. Secondly, boosting innovation and improving worker's qualifications by promoting mobility. Thirdly, improving resource efficiency, by promoting mutual recognition of sustainable construction systems in the EU. Fourthly, providing standard design codes of practice to construction companies making it easier for them to work in other Member States. Finally, fostering the global position of European construction enterprises to stimulate good performance and sustainable construction standards in third countries.

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 "In the current severe economic and social crisis, low energy buildings are safe and viable investments for society and private investors. The construction sector should see this as an opportunity to innovate and attract new talent. New technologies offer major potential, not only for new houses, but also for renovating millions of existing buildings to make them highly energy efficient in line with the EU 2020 objectives. Let's not miss this opportunity. The construction sector can become a driver of sustainable growth.”


 
Vice-President of the European Commission Antonio Tajani    
 
 
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Public consultation: Boosting the demand for innovative products

The European Commission has launched a public consultation with the aim to gather inputs from stakeholders and citizens on the scope of possible future EU-level actions in demand-side policies for industrial innovation policy. Consumers and public procurers should not underestimate their power to spur industrial innovations, for example by buying products which consume less energy and/or are friendlier to the environment. The Commission is therefore calling for ideas for potential new policy measures and focus areas for future targeted demand-side innovation actions at EU level, to enable faster uptake of innovations in order to maintain business investments in Europe. Consumers and public procurers should not underestimate their power to spur industrial innovations, for example by buying products which consume less energy and/or are friendlier to the environment. The Commission is therefore calling for ideas for potential new policy measures and focus areas for future targeted demand-side innovation actions at EU level.

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More News

EU and USA agree to foster transatlantic SME cooperation
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Tourism: Commission welcomes OECD report indicating revival
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Security research - Commission calls for discussion on INDECT
17/07/2012

EU internal defence market is opening slowly
28/06/2012

Commission acts to ensure that European legislation is properly implemented
25/06/2012

CO2 emissions from new cars dropped by 3% in 2011


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Events

European Tourism Day 2012 : Seasonality - Maritime and coastal tourism
27/09/2012

Results of Space Research - Scientific conference
15/11/2012 - Larnaca

European Space Expo: Galileo, EGNOS and GMES
17/08/2012 - Helsinki

Security Research meets industry: Growth, technology, markets
25/09/2012 - Essen

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Contracts and Grants

Economic impact of social enterprises
Deadline: 07/09/2012

ICT and tourism business support portal
Deadline: 31/08/2012

Cultural and industrial heritage: Transnational tourism products
Deadline: 28/09/2012

Mapping the skills and training needs to improve accessibility in tourism services
Deadline: 28/09/2012

ASEAN and MERCOSUR IPR SME Helpdesk
Deadline: 07/08/2012

Business Innovation Observatory
Deadline: 10/09/2012

e-Skills: European guidelines and quality labels for new curricula
Deadline: 28/09/2012

e-Skills: Monitoring and benchmarking policies and partnerships
Deadline: 28/09/2012

e-Skills: The international dimension and the impact of globalisation
Deadline: 28/09/2012

Regional innovation monitor 2013–2014 — RIM Plus
Deadline: 31/08/2012

Key enabling technologies: Preparation/demonstration of pilot actions
Deadline: 28/09/2012

Study on structured statistics on raw materials deposits
Deadline: 30/08/2012

Implementation of Euro 6 light-duty vehicle pollutant emission standards in the EU
Deadline: 07/09/2012

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Publications and studies

Building a new industrial revolution in Europe
22/06/2012

Multilingual chemical terminology resource
22/06/2012

Helping EU enterprises seize opportunities in Japan and Korea
06/07/2012

European automotive industry gears up for 21st century
27/07/2012

"Eye on Space" (European space research projects)
10/07/2012

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Public consultations

Have your say on the future of industry. It's your Europe!


Boosting the demand for innovative European products and services
Deadline: 06/09/2012

Use of state aid rules for supporting risk capital investments
Deadline:

Your views on making EU legislation lighther
21/09/2012

2013 EU Citizenship Report "EU citizens - Your rights, your future"
Deadline:

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Suggested readings

VP Tajani meets European CEOs to discuss a strategy for the Fashion Industries


New videos on Space Debris, Space Weather and Space Data Exploitation


 
 
 

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