A Message from the Europe Regional Network Chair

Sunday 28th April 2013

"There is a real sense of growing cohesion across the Europe Network, as GBCs build on the things they have in common and proactively share lessons learned. It was great to be able to share some of what we’ve been doing in the UK through an ‘open house’ forum at UK-GBC just before Ecobuild in March, with a wide range of Councils from across the Europe region and beyond, and to go on to a very productive Network meeting during the conference and exhibition itself. As ever we focused on where we could do more together – around education, events, awards and policy, and each of the taskforces has a packed agenda to deliver over the coming months.

A real highlight of the last quarter was a great event in Brussels, focusing on the need for member states to develop far-reaching Renovation Strategies to comply with Article 4 of the Energy Efficiency Directive by the end of April 2014. What might sound like a rather dry topic is actually a hugely powerful opportunity to galvanise action, to exploit the economic regeneration potential of revolutionising the energy efficiency of our existing building stock, to achieve 80% reductions in carbon emissions by 2050, against a 2010 baseline.

The WorldGBC event brought together a rich mix of representatives from across the built environment industry, academics and NGOs, government representatives from member states and the European Commission, and highlighted the unique role that GBCs can play in facilitating debate and informing policy on the one hand, but also overseeing practical delivery by their members on the other. Feedback from participants has been very positive, and this will be the first of many events that will demonstrate the value that the Europe Network can add to one of the biggest challenges, and opportunities of our time."

Paul King, UK-GBC, Network Chair

April 2013

"There is a real sense of growing cohesion across the Europe Network, as GBCs build on the things they have in common and proactively share lessons learned. It was great to be able to share some of what we’ve been doing in the UK through an ‘open house’ forum at UK-GBC just before Ecobuild in March, with a wide range of Councils from across the Europe region and beyond, and to go on to a very productive Network meeting during the conference and exhibition itself. As ever we focused on where we could do more together – around education, events, awards and policy, and each of the taskforces has a packed agenda to deliver over the coming months.

A real highlight of the last quarter was a great event in Brussels, focusing on the need for member states to develop far-reaching Renovation Strategies to comply with Article 4 of the Energy Efficiency Directive by the end of April 2014. What might sound like a rather dry topic is actually a hugely powerful opportunity to galvanise action, to exploit the economic regeneration potential of revolutionising the energy efficiency of our existing building stock, to achieve 80% reductions in carbon emissions by 2050, against a 2010 baseline.

The WorldGBC event brought together a rich mix of representatives from across the built environment industry, academics and NGOs, government representatives from member states and the European Commission, and highlighted the unique role that GBCs can play in facilitating debate and informing policy on the one hand, but also overseeing practical delivery by their members on the other. Feedback from participants has been very positive, and this will be the first of many events that will demonstrate the value that the Europe Network can add to one of the biggest challenges, and opportunities of our time."

Paul King, UK-GBC, Network Chair

April 2013