We aim to mainstream the demand for high performing buildings in Europe by seeking public and private sector commitments to invest in better indoor environments by 2030. People’s health, wellbeing and productivity must be a core priority alongside building performance.
Our vision is for all buildings in Europe to provide people with comfortable, healthy and productive spaces, while minimizing their carbon footprint. The health and built environment sectors work together towards this common ambition.
Buildings 2030 is supported by a grant from the European Climate Foundation and the ClimateWorks Foundation.
Rationale: 2030 TargetBuilding upon the legitimacy of the COP 21 Paris Agreement and the "Clean Energy for All Europeans" policy framework developed by the European Commission
"Clean Energy for all Europeans": An EU Ambition
On November 30, 2016, The European Commission has released “Clean Energy for All Europeans“ package, which proposed an EU level binding energy efficiency target of at least 30% by 2030, emphasizing the EU’s commitment to its international climate and energy goals for 2030 and beyond. In its announcement, the European Commission noted: “The global clean energy transition has started and it is irreversible. The European Union not only wants to adapt, but to lead. We want to achieve our ambitious climate and energy targets whilst maintaining a competitive economy in Europe that needs to provide the jobs and growth also for our future citizens.”
The proposal demonstrated a strong commitment to improving energy efficiency in buildings through two key policy documents: Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). The EED introduced the extension of energy savings requirements to 2030, among other changes. The EPBD’s amendments (1) encourage the use of ICT and smart technologies to ensure buildings operate efficiently over time; (2) streamline or delete provisions that have not delivered the expected output; (3) strengthen the links between achieving higher renovation rates, funding and energy performance certificates. To learn more about the changes proposed to the existing EED and EPDB, please see the technical memo developed by the Commission.
COP 21: A Global Ambition
On December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal called the Paris Agreement. The agreement calls for “holding the global average temperature to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels.” What does it mean for the building sector?
- Buildings account for one third of CO2 emissions, and will continue to rise under a business-as-usual scenario.
- To play its part in limiting global temperature increase to 2 degrees, the sector must reduce emissions by 84 Gt CO2 by 2050.
- It also means that the sector must avoid at least 50% of projected growth in energy consumption which can be achieved through deep energy efficiency renovation by 2030.
Private Sector Ambition
The private sector plays an integral part in climate change mitigation plan adopted at COP 21 in Paris. A number of companies made commitment to sustainability, below are just a handful of them:
- Bloomberg committed to reduce absolute emissions 20% by 2020 vs 2007 baseline.
- DELL committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from facilities and logistics operations by 50 percent by 2020, compared to 2012 baseline.
- Coca-Cola pledges to reduce the carbon footprint of “the drink in your hand” by 25% by 2020.
- Google committed to triple purchases of renewable energy by 2025.
- Acer, BNP Paribas, H&M, IKEA, Nestle, Renault, Royal Philips and many others have committed to set up processes to internally audit all activities that a company takes part in that influences climate policy.
Buildings 2030 will work with sector leaders and partners to push the boundaries of what is perceived possible.
While a number of public-private partnerships are being set up globally to accelerate sustainability, there is not currently an initiative in Europe focusing solely on energy use reduction in non-residential buildings. This is an opportunity to highlight leadership in this sector by securing a commitment from a major group of building owners and occupiers willing to showcase sustainable projects and share their success strategies and lessons learned among peers.
Increased political and market awareness
While there are groups focusing on occupants’ health and building performance, few bring both issues together. Buildings 2030 intends work with partners to develop a growing library of evidence and case studies to create a political/public debate and to motivate the academia and private sector invest in more evidence generation and subsequently create demand for health, wellbeing and productivity approach to buildings.
Corporate commitment to HWP
Voluntary commitments from market leaders are essential in bringing the HWP & energy efficiency issues to the fore. Buildings 2030 will encourage major real estate asset owners and building occupiers to make voluntary commitment to pursuing high performing building targets by incorporating health, wellbeing and productivity issues at the core of their strategies.
A defined set of key indicators for HWP
There is no common terminology surrounding benefits that go beyond pure energy savings. The industry needs a clear shorthand
for a set of benefits accruing to individual occupants as well as the society. In tandem with initiative partners and companies, a concerted effort will be launched to promote key indicators focusing on health, wellbeing and productivity benefits of energy efficient buildings.
Recognition in European legislation
While HWP issues are recognized in the advocacy sphere, they are not yet solidified in national and European policy. This is an opportunity to include the connection between HWP & energy efficiency issues in the current review of “Clean Energy for All Europeans” legislative package.
The European Climate Foundation (ECF) – a ‘foundation of foundations’ – was established in early 2008 as a major philanthropic initiative to help Europe foster the development of a low-carbon society and play an even stronger international leadership role to mitigate climate change.
Building Performance Institute Europe is a non-profit policy research institute located in Brussels, dedicated to improving the energy performance of buildings across Europe. BPIE focuses on knowledge creation and dissemination for evidence-based policy making and implementation at national level.
Buildings 2030 is currently building partnerships with other industry and sector leaders.
Rodolphe has spent his professional career in the industrial sector (Rhodia, Lyondell, Knauf Insulation). His experience has led him in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United States to lead teams in charge of public affairs, sustainable development and transnational projects. Rodolphe serves as an Executive Director for Buildings 2030.
Tony is a recognized global leader in energy efficiency with decades of experience in the private sector. Tony held various positions in the industry, both in the UK and overseas, before he started his career with Knauf in 1998. Since 2003, Tony served as a CEO of Knauf Insulation. As Special Adviser, Tony offers his expertise to shape Buildings 2030 initiative.
As Senior Manager, Kristina is leading communications, marketing and partnership efforts for Buildings 2030. Prior to joining the team, she promoted PACE financing, an innovating energy efficiency/renewable energy funding pioneered in the US.