‘Europe must lead on cutting building emissions’

Europe must lead the world on cutting emissions from existing buildings to hit the Paris Agreement targets. That’s according to a coalition of more than 300 organisations from across the continent, […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Europe must lead the world on cutting emissions from existing buildings to hit the Paris Agreement targets.

That’s according to a coalition of more than 300 organisations from across the continent, including cities, public authorities, property developers, manufacturers and energy utilities.

The group has urged governments to realise the pressing need for ambitious targets, milestones and measures on transforming existing buildings.

Buildings account for around 36% of Europe’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

The World Green Building Council has released a series of specific recommendations for 13 different nations across Europe to upgrade the energy efficiency of their buildings.

Suggestions include increasing engagement with consumers, developing comprehensive national frameworks, making necessary investments sooner rather than later and developing quality data and analytics to track progress.

James Drinkwater, European Regional Director of the World Green Building Council, said: “Europe is at a cross roads in terms of its energy policy, with decision makers unwilling to commit to a clear vision for one of Europe’s most pressing climate challenges – its buildings.

“But this intervention is proof that a large number of businesses and organisations are committed to ambitious plans on building renovation.”

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