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European Forum on Eco-Innovation: Markets for Sustainable Construction

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The European Forum brings together business and policy perspectives in a series of unique events that explore strategic orientations for eco-innovation and environmental technologies, in support of the EU Environmental Technologies Action Plan (ETAP).

This second edition of the Forum will be held in Brussels the day before the Green Week, the Commission's key annual awareness raising event on environmental policy, and will be devoted to Markets for Sustainable Construction.

How can the construction sector - so important for our every-day life and well-being, with about 10% of EU GDP and 7% of total employment - become more sustainable?

EU policies related to climate change, in particular the commitments to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020, and the drive for sustainable consumption and production, require fundamental changes in the way we plan, design, construct, use, and maintain buildings. What are the technology solutions available to reduce the use of energy and resources? How can public policies facilitate the move? Where are the priorities – for new buildings and for retrofitting?

The present Forum on Eco-Innovation gathers business experts and policy-makers to try and address these questions, identify good practices and on-going projects, and propose scope for further cooperation between stakeholders.

Decision makers and actors from finance, technology development, business, policy development, academia and NGOs will debate and discuss relevant topics.

The programme will include:

  • Forum address featuring prominent speakers from politics and business.

  • Moderated parallel sessions aiming to arrive at recommendations on specific topics.

Recommendations of the Forum will provide pertinent and timely suggestions for future action aimed at business and finance, as well as National and European policy makers.

Attendance is by invitation only. If you are interested to participate please send an email to, an answer will be sent promptly - ON SITE REGISTRATION WILL BE ACCEPTED

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