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
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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.

Which cities in the world are the leaders in implementing green building policies?

January 10, 2012 at 1:06 am | Posted in Certification, Legislative Outreach | Leave a comment
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World Green Building Council, partnering with ICLEI International and UN Habitat, announced the winners of the first annual World GBC Government Leadership Awards, last December in Durban, during the climate change negotiations. Over 80 Green Building Councils around the world together with  ICLEI and UN Habitat network  members, had the chance to nominate local government policies implemented in their countries that should be considered best practices for the way they maximize the opportunity of building green.

There were 22 nominations made and 6 prizes awarded. The Best Green Building Policy was awarded to the city of San Francisco for the “San Francisco Green Building Ordinances” – considered to be the strictest, most ambitious and most comprehensive policy approach to the build environment yet undertaken by any US city.

The main tool used by the city to encourage green building development/ rehabilitation is  the implementation of very strict standards  for energy, water management, recycling. All municipal buildings have to attain LEED Gold Certification, while private buildings (new commercial and residential) must meet LEED or California-based Green Point rated standards. Certification for private buildings is not mandatory, but projects committing to LEED Gold receive priority in permitting queues.  The performance of existing building stock is addressed through requirements for annual public disclosure of energy label, energy audits every 5 years, water efficiency retrofits at time of sale and mandatory  recycling and composting. Financing mechanisms such as Green FinanceSF Pace program, were also put in place to assist building owners with implementing the policies.

Birmingham from UK received  the Urban Retrofit Award, being the only European city from the several nominated to get an official prize. Birmingham City Council’s Energy Savers Program demonstrates how the famous UK Green Deal initiative is implemented at the city level .The Green Deal will allow householders to improve energy efficiency in their homes and pay off the costs of this measures from savings made on energy bills over time. Birmingham’s Energy Savers Program has as an immediate objective to fund the energy efficiency improvements of 15.000 houses and 40 public buildings by 2015, but the program is expected to lead to green retrofit for 200,000 buildings in the next 15 years. The green retrofits will include installation of energy efficiency measures and renewable solutions, and the target beneficiaries will be mostly the households from Birmingham affected by fuel poverty (spending more than 10% of their monthly income on energy bills). The program is expected to create over 60,000 green jobs at the local level – from installation engineers to designers etc.

WorldGBC made available a special report where you can find details on the other cities that received awards and the ones that were nominated. You can find out :

  • how did Tokyo implement the world’s first Carbon Trading Scheme for reducing CO2 emissions from large commercial and industrial buildings
  • details on the New York’s Greener Greater Buildings Plan – the set of policies that deals with reducing energy and water consumption in city’s largest existing buildings
  • how Mexico City’s integrated policy – Climate Action Plan 2008-2012 – is supposed to reduce the city’s green house gas emissions with 12% by 2012
  • what are the other European cities nominated for their ambitious local policies

…any many other details in the report here and on World GBC website here.

Also, if RoGBC was to nominate a city from Romania for the Leadership Awards in 2012, which city would you suggest us to pick?

Looking forward for your feedback!

Anca Bieru

RoGBC achieves “Emerging Council” status with the WorldGBC

September 30, 2008 at 12:16 am | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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World Green Building Council

I just received a letter from the Executive Director of the World Green Building Council that recognizes the Romania Green Building Council’s achievement of “Emerging Council” status.    This is a major step toward our goal of full member status and joining the twelve full member GBCs that include Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States.

I would like to personally thank our Founding Members for their significant support and the RoGBC team and task group members for their hard work in this great achievement.

Please click on the link below to read the letter.

– Steve

Letter from the World Green Building Council

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