EU Green Week

Brussels, Belgium
Monday 13th May 2019 to Friday 17th May 2019

 

 

An initiative of the European Commission

Environmental laws have a huge impact on our life. They improve water and air quality, they protect nature, and they encourage recycling and waste management. But to really make an appreciable difference, these EU laws have to be properly implemented.

The next edition of EU Green Week (13-17 May 2019) will put this process of environmental implementation into the spotlight. We'll be asking questions like – do these laws really matter, and what the added benefits are for citizens? What does successful implementation look like? Why do "implementation gaps" exist? How can we move from knowing that stakeholders need to take ownership of these laws to actually making it happen? And most importantly, how can the EU facilitate the process, making sure that citizens' voices are heard?  

EU Green Week 2019 will include events across Europe, with the official opening event on 13 May in one of the EU Member States and a high-level summit in Brussels from 15 to 17 May. The opening event will have a particular prominence, setting the tone for the Week's debates. The closing of Green Week will take place at the end of the Brussels conference and will showcase the political conclusions from the Week.

Hashtag for the event on Twitter: #EUGreenWeek

 

World Green Building Council at EU Green Week

Brussels conference: Location - BLUEPOINT Conference Center | 80 Bd A. Reyers Ln - 1030 Brussels

Session 2.1

Innovation In Implementing The Circular Economy For Europe's Built Environment

In collaboration with WorldGBC

The EU has boldly led global action on energy efficiency in buildings. Across the region, a giant industry is mobilising to deliver  a  new  generation  of nearly  zero  energy buildings from  2021.  As we  near  this  deadline,however,  leading  states  and  industry  actors  are  waking  up  to  the  reality that we are only addressing part of the building sector’s impact.  Our  vision  must  now  extend towards its total impact.This session will explore the EU’s world-leading efforts to establish foundations for a sustainable construction agenda: Level(s)-which brings together climate, environment, social and economic goals. Level(s) addresses greenhouse gas emissions, resources and circularity, water, health, resilience, cost and value, looking at impacts through the whole building life cycle. Participants  will  learn  how  leaders  from  the  public,  private  and  third  sectors  are  innovating  to implement  sustainable  construction ambitions  andengage  in  how  we  overcome  implementation challenges to a sustainable built environment.

Speakers:

Matti Kuittinen, Senior Adviser, Ministry of the Environment, Finland
Lena Hök, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Skanska
Lars Ostenfeld Riemann, Executive Director, Ramboll Buildings
Christine Lemaitre, CEO, German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB)

Moderator: James Drinkwater, Europe Director, World Green Building Council

For more information, visit https://ec.europa.eu/info/events/eu-green-week-2019_en

 

 

An initiative of the European Commission

Environmental laws have a huge impact on our life. They improve water and air quality, they protect nature, and they encourage recycling and waste management. But to really make an appreciable difference, these EU laws have to be properly implemented.

The next edition of EU Green Week (13-17 May 2019) will put this process of environmental implementation into the spotlight. We'll be asking questions like – do these laws really matter, and what the added benefits are for citizens? What does successful implementation look like? Why do "implementation gaps" exist? How can we move from knowing that stakeholders need to take ownership of these laws to actually making it happen? And most importantly, how can the EU facilitate the process, making sure that citizens' voices are heard?  

EU Green Week 2019 will include events across Europe, with the official opening event on 13 May in one of the EU Member States and a high-level summit in Brussels from 15 to 17 May. The opening event will have a particular prominence, setting the tone for the Week's debates. The closing of Green Week will take place at the end of the Brussels conference and will showcase the political conclusions from the Week.

Hashtag for the event on Twitter: #EUGreenWeek

 

World Green Building Council at EU Green Week

Brussels conference: Location - BLUEPOINT Conference Center | 80 Bd A. Reyers Ln - 1030 Brussels

Session 2.1

Innovation In Implementing The Circular Economy For Europe's Built Environment

In collaboration with WorldGBC

The EU has boldly led global action on energy efficiency in buildings. Across the region, a giant industry is mobilising to deliver  a  new  generation  of nearly  zero  energy buildings from  2021.  As we  near  this  deadline,however,  leading  states  and  industry  actors  are  waking  up  to  the  reality that we are only addressing part of the building sector’s impact.  Our  vision  must  now  extend towards its total impact.This session will explore the EU’s world-leading efforts to establish foundations for a sustainable construction agenda: Level(s)-which brings together climate, environment, social and economic goals. Level(s) addresses greenhouse gas emissions, resources and circularity, water, health, resilience, cost and value, looking at impacts through the whole building life cycle. Participants  will  learn  how  leaders  from  the  public,  private  and  third  sectors  are  innovating  to implement  sustainable  construction ambitions  andengage  in  how  we  overcome  implementation challenges to a sustainable built environment.

Speakers:

Matti Kuittinen, Senior Adviser, Ministry of the Environment, Finland
Lena Hök, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Skanska
Lars Ostenfeld Riemann, Executive Director, Ramboll Buildings
Christine Lemaitre, CEO, German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB)

Moderator: James Drinkwater, Europe Director, World Green Building Council

For more information, visit https://ec.europa.eu/info/events/eu-green-week-2019_en