Geneva, June 2, 2014 - After San Franciso and Shanghai, the Energy Efficiency in Buildings Laboratory is now coming to Warsaw.
Hosted by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), together with the members and partners* of its Energy Efficiency in Buildings market transformation initiative (EEB 2.0), this deep-dive workshop will take place on June 10-12.
During 3 days, a committee of experts made up of representatives from the WBCSD and its partners will dialogue with building market stakeholders including developers, investors, designers, engineering firms, facility operators, users and corporate tenants.
The discussions will aim at defining the business case for investing in energy efficiency in buildings (EEB) for each stakeholder of the building value chain – from the architects to the building users.
A series of roundtables will also specifically address the issues of integrating EEB in valuation practices; the social co-benefits of EEB as well as financing an energy efficient building stock in Poland.
The committee of experts will analyze the outcome of the discussions, diagnose the key barriers to energy efficiency and make recommendations on how to overcome these barriers. The results will be shared during a high level plenary on June 12 in partnership with The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders’ Group.
The objective of the EEB Laboratory is to deliver on an action plan for achieving market transformation with a set of clear stakeholders’ commitments.
Download the full agenda and the agenda for the plenary (June 12)
* Building Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), Construction Marketing Group (CMG), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Institute of Environmental Economics (IEE), National Energy Conservation Agency (NAPE), Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, RenoValue, Responsible Business Forum Poland (FOB), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Urban Land Institute (ULI), UNEP Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI), WBCSD and its member companies (AGC, AkzoNobel, ArcelorMittal, GDF SUEZ, Infosys, Lafarge, Schneider Electric, SGS, Siemens, Skanska, UTC), as well as the World Green Building Council (WGBC).
Buildings account for just over a third of global final energy use; they consume more energy than transport or industry sectors and are responsible for a quarter of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. “We must reduce energy consumption in buildings if we are serious about addressing the climate change challenge” says Roland Hunziker, EEB 2.0 project director at the WBCSD.
“The Energy Efficiency in Buildings Laboratory aims to deliver on an action plan for achieving market transformation with a set of clear stakeholders’ commitments” says EEB 2.0 co-chair Olivier Chaudet from Lafarge. “By conducting this type of engagement in 8-10 local building markets around the world, WBCSD will initiate action and showcase good practice examples for replication and scale through its partner networks globally.”
“Polish households spend about 12% of their budget on energy, compared to an average of 4% across the European Union”declares Dan Staniaszek, Senior Energy Efficiency Expert at the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE). “Boosting investments to achieve a more energy efficient building stock is a solution for building occupiers to save money through reduced energy use” he adds.
Making Polish buildings more energy efficient will also be beneficial to decrease Poland’s energy dependence and address the climate change challenge.
“Market transformation will include a combination of awareness-raising, education and training of workforce, market uptake of energy efficient technologies, financial support schemes and long term consistent legislative commitments,” says Roy Antink from Skanska.“These issues will be discussed between building market stakeholders of the EEB Laboratory”he adds.