In this webinar, Adrian will talk about the impact of buildings on our economy, on the environment and on society. The building sector contributes about 10% to EU GDP, it emits about 36% of CO2 during its operational phase and we are dependent on high quality buildings for our health, wealth and well-being.
What are the great challenges that we face due to climate change and, now, COVID-19, before referring to the high level policy responses to these challenges, which are the Paris Agreement, the EU Green Deal (with its flagships that include RENOVATE), the Next Generation EU Initiative and the Renovation Wave Strategic Communication.
He will outline the key elements of the Renovation Way Strategy, emphasising the huge multiple benefits that can arise from its robust implementation.
And will elicit the main problem – reliance on Member State cooperation, support and ambition, which has been the Achilles heel of EU progress over time.
Without their commitment to high level action, we cannot succeed in achieving our long-term goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050.
Marcel Beukeboom will speak about geopolitical developments on a European and global scale, tapping into his experience as a climate diplomat. De EU Green Deal is a political gamechanger, with effects far beyond EU borders. First presented at COP25, the climate summit in Madrid in 2019, it created momentum for bolder climate action across the globe, against opposing rhetoric coming from across the Atlantic. 2021 will be a defining year, comparable to 2015 and 1992. Marcel will help you interpret the signals, and point at overarching agenda’s that will affect anyone’s work.
Climate change, loss of biodiversity, water- and resource scarcity, population growth: it all might seem too overwhelming. They are examples of the limits to growth, and our inability to contain or adapt ourselves. Responses to these developments vary from denialism to extreme alarmism. Marcel helps you to find those signals that give hope, and feed your sense of control to do something about it. In the end, so he argues, this is a positive story: we build a world that is green, clean and fair.
After his introduction you will have a better understanding of
- political and diplomatic developments that contribute to and/or hinder progress towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement
- the relevance of international agreements to national policymaking and their effects on your own life and work
- how you can be part of the transition and influence its direction.
- An accurate appreciation of the role of EU policy making in the drive towards climate neutrality in the EU by 2050
- A deeper appreciation of the important role that addressing energy waste in buildings can play in helping the EU to recover from the COVID-19 crisis and get quickly onto the path to climate neutrality
- What are the great challenges that we face due to climate change ?
- Learn more about the impact of buildings on our economy, on the environment and on society.