Europe Regional Network addresses the Energy and Environment Ministers on the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Framework.February 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment
Tags: Energy Efficiency, Green Building, policy, World GBC
2030: Europe Regional Network outlines need for investment certainty
The Europe Regional Network of WorldGBC has today written to Energy and Environment Ministers outlining the need for a coherent set of legally binding targets within the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Framework.
The letter from the Network notes that three targets for 2030 are needed, for energy efficiency, greenhouse gas reductions and member state renewable quotas, alongside a sector energy efficiency target for buildings. A number of EU countries are currently pushing for a single greenhouse gas target to replace the current ’20-20-20’ targets within the EU’s 2020 framework, though the European Parliament has supported a three target approach.
James Drinkwater, Senior Policy Advisor to the Network, said: “This is a matter of certainty for the companies investing in products and services that can transform our energy system for good. They need to know that EU policy-makers support their business models over the long-term so that they can create new facilities and jobs in the region without fear of having to cut this all back in the event national policies change. Many of our members are focused on unlocking the energy efficiency potential of the building sector, which is a complex issue that needs long-term political backing as well as market based solutions.”
Joanne Wheeler, Chair of the Network’s Policy Task Force, said: “The buildings sector has long been recognised as the sector with the greatest potential for cost effective climate action which will save money for businesses and householders. However, significant market barriers persist, and this means that industry needs long-term policy signals in order to invest and deliver greener buildings. A sector energy efficiency target would help focus minds across both public and private sectors, helping deliver buildings that are fit for the 21st Century.”
To view the letter click here.
Introducing the Network
Green Building Councils are not-for-profit, member-based organisations that are driving the transformation of buildings, communities and users’ behaviour towards sustainability. The World Green Building Council is a coalition of over 100 national Green Building Councils around the world, making it the largest international organisation influencing the Green Building marketplace.
Our Europe Regional Network consists of over 30 national Green Building Councils and works in collaboration with around 4,500 member companies across Europe, which represent the full breadth of stakeholders in the buildings industry. A crucial part of Green Building is bringing the whole value chain in our industry together to provide better solutions, and this is exactly what we are doing through our members.
Tags: green jobs, policy, World Green Building Council
Green Building Councils in Europe are getting more active with their policy work at the EU level! World GBC is looking to hire a resource with a solid policy background and experience with EU lobbying. The location is flexible, but the new resource has to be able to travel easily to Brussels. For more information please check the WorldGBC website here.
Tags: collaboration, Green Building, Legislative Outreach, policy, Sustainable Construction
Ecobuild is probably the largest fair in Europe focused on green building area with more than 1300 exhibitors and over 80 000 participants this year. Even if it is still focused mostly on the UK market, there are visible (and successful) efforts to make it more international.
This year World GBC had a special stand, representing all the existing Green Building Councils in the Europe network – from more than 29 countries throughout Europe. RoGBC participated as well and apart from the previous years we had also some members (CEMS and Smart&Pepper Consulting) attending the fair -with the support of UK Embassy in Bucharest. RoGBC’s mission at the event this year was to partially staff the World GBC booth offering information about the green building market and activities in Romania but also the CEE region.
Beyond staffing the booth our team had a very active presence in the 4th of March Europe GBC Network meeting . The regional meeting was focused on three major aspects:
a. Discussing the common activities that could be developed in the network on policy areas – Anca Bieru, Director of Membership and Public Affairs and Chair of the Europe GBC Network Policy Task Force presented the proposed strategy for getting the network represented in the dialogue with main EU institutions ( European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Ministers) and for enhancing collaboration among GBC’s around sharing best practices on policies from the national level.
b. Discussing the common activities that could be developed in education area – Emilo Mitre Miguel discussed efforts to assess the current status of GBC training via a recent effort to categorize the various GBCs offereings. Steven Borncamp, RoGBC president, presented our RoGBC Green Building Professional Certification Program and offered and open source toolkit for GBC’s interested in developing similar programs. The initiative was well-received by both new and established GBCs as a way to stimulate collaboration on training among existing GBC’s and support the capacity in this area of younger GBC’s.
c. Discussing other collaboration activities that could strengthen individual GBC’s but also network’s capacity and visibility in front of third parties – Steven Borncamp presented a collaboration and communication framework to be developed between GBC’s that would create the basis for sharing information and create mutual promotion/visibility opportunities for GBC’s and their members in events organised by each GBC or group of GBC’s in Europe.