Sustainable construction is set to play a big part in meeting the European Union’s climate and energy goals. EU funding supports projects in the building sector to lower emissions, become climate-resilient and deliver the EU’s climate and energy policies.
It’s estimated that the built environment accounts for approximately 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. That’s why sustainable, climate-proofed buildings are needed – on a massive scale - to meet the targets set out for 2020, 2030, and achieve a climate-neutral Europe by 2050.
LIFE projects are showing how to tackle this challenge, and several ground-breaking projects (supported by LIFE and Horizon 2020) will be featured at the LIFE Platform meeting on climate action and the building sector on 17-18 June 2019.
Meeting host LIFE BE REEL! intends to renovate more than 8 500 homes in Ghent, Antwerp, Mechelen, Mouscron and La Louvière. “We will put Belgium on the path to renovating all existing housing and achieving a 75-80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and energy use by 2050,” says project coordinator Mr Eddy Deruwe. "We are supporting, co-operating and innovating to accelerate a qualitative innovation rate towards Belgium being climate neutral by 2050." Innovative financing and partnerships with local authorities are key aspects of the project, along with making renovations easier thanks to building passports.
Also at the meeting is LIFE@Urban Roofs. Its project partners include the municipality of Rotterdam and municipality of Vejle in Denmark, who are promoting multifunctional rooftop use. Rotterdam already has over 270 000 square meters of green roofs: now by developing rooftop use for generating energy, social space and rainwater management, LIFE@Urban Roofs is building the business case [pdf] for investing in climate-friendly buildings.
In Finland, the integrated project LIFE-IP CANEMURE is contributing to implementing national climate change policy through measures like making buildings more energy-efficient. It brings together seven regions across the country, covers one-third of Finnish territory and more than two-thirds of its population, and is expected to deliver the lion’s share (60%) of climate change reduction targets.
Catch up at EUSEW
The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), also starting 17 June, will be a chance to catch up with some of the leaders and project promoters in the sector. And some LIFE projects are involved in several sessions during EUSEW, including LIFE BE REEL!
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