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Green Buildings, Green Cities, Green Europe: The Future of Sustainable Urban Development

Key Speakers

Mr. Wladyslaw Piskorz, Head of Unit, Urban Development, Territorial Cohesion, DG REGIO, European Commission
Prof. Ph.D. Lorenzo Pagliano, Professor of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer; Director of End-use Efficiency Research Group (eERG)
Mr. Luc Bourdeau, Secretary General, European Construction Technology Platform and Energy Efficient Buildings Association (E2BA)
Prof. Dr. Ursula Eicker, Centre of Applied Research Sustainable Energy Technologies, Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Dr. Thomas Werner, Siemens AG, Germany

Within the European Union, buildings are currently responsible for 40% of all energy consumption and 36% of total CO2 emissions. The energy demands in our homes, workplaces and leisure facilities consume more energy than either transport or industry, and account for two thirds of energy used by EU buildings. Improving the energy performance of buildings is a cost-effective way of tackling climate change, improving future energy security and meeting EU emissions targets.

The 2002 “Energy Performance of Buildings Directive” was adopted into national legislation by all member states in 2006, ensuring that building standards will place a much greater emphasis on minimising energy consumption. The creation of a common methodology for calculating the energy performance of buildings (taking account of local climactic conditions and technical aspects) has been discussed and applied throughout the EU. In 2010 an updated framework of the Directive was adopted, strengthening the energy performance requirements aiming to reduce the carbon footprint of public buildings to an energy standard of nearly zero by 2018, and for this to be extended to all buildings by 2020. It is expected that this will reduce the overall EU energy consumption by 5-6%, resulting in a 5% drop in emissions.

To achieve the necessary improvement in energy performance to meet the targets a portfolio of solutions is required; many of which are currently available or are being developed through the adoption of new technologies. There is also an important role to be played by member states in terms of defining minimum standards and, at the EU level, a comprehensive and robust framework needs to be integrated into policy to facilitate sustainable urban development.

This timely International Symposium analyses the existing targets, standards and methodologies and seeks to initiate a new dialogue towards achieving greener buildings, more sustainable urban development, boosting economic growth and jobs and fostering better social inclusion and equality.

The Centre for Parliamentary Studies welcomes the participation of all key partners, responsible authorities and stakeholders. The Symposium will support the exchange of ideas and encourage delegates to engage in thought-provoking topical debate, providing input and recommendations to the decision makers at EU level.

Programme

09:00 Registration and Morning Refreshments
10:00 Chair’s Welcome and Opening Remarks

Prof. Frank De Troyer, Head of the Research Group CAAD, Design and Building Methodology and Programme Director, Department of Architecture, Urban Design and Regional Planning, University of Leuven (confirmed)
10:10 Panel Session One:
Energy Efficient Cities in Europe – A Vision or Reality?
  • Latest Technologies for Building Energy Efficient Buildings in Europe
  • Lessons Learned and Best Practices from Recent Initiatives
  • Innovative Technological Approaches for Reducing Energy Consumption and Constructing More Effective Energy-Efficient Buildings
Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Ursula Eicker, Centre of Applied Research Sustainable Energy Technologies, Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, Germany (confirmed)
Dr. Thomas Werner, Siemens AG, Germany (confirmed)
Prof. Ph.D. Lorenzo Pagliano, Professor of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer; Director of End-use Efficiency Research Group (eERG) (confirmed)
10:55 First Round of Discussion
11:25 Morning Coffee Break
11:45 Panel Session Two:
The Role of the EU in Promoting Green Buildings and Sustainable Energy Technologies


  • Implementation of Sustainable Policies and Mechanisms at EU Level – Best Practices and Lessons Learned
  • Emerging Technologies in the Building Sector – Trends, Challenges and Future Perspectives
Speakers:
Prof. Dr. Žiga Turk, Academic Researcher at the University of Ljibljana, Former Secretary General of the Reflection Group on the Future of Europe, Former Minister in Slovenian Government (confirmed)
12:00 Second Round of Discussion
12:30 Networking Lunch
13:30 Panel Session Three:
Optimising Energy Consumption through Effective Building Technologies and Developed Construction Sector
  • Effective City Planning – Lessons Learned in Europe
  • The European Construction Sector – Competitiveness, Productivities and New Business Solutions
  • Some Good Practices from Recent Initiatives
  • Recommendations for Future Policy Actions
Speakers:
Mr. Luc Bourdeau, Secretary General, European Construction Technology Platform and Energy Efficient Buildings Association (E2BA) (confirmed)
Mr. Jesus Isoird, European Research Manager, ACCIONA Infraestructuras (confirmed)
14:00 Third Round of Discussion
14:30 Afternoon Tea Break
14:50 Panel Session Four:
Creating Sustainable Urban and Regional Development in Europe
  • Achieving Urban Environment in Europe – the Role of the EU
  • Some Best Practices from Recent Initiatives
  • Links between Urban Sustainability and Green Buildings
  • Global Challenges - Local Solutions
Speakers:
Mr. Wladyslaw Piskorz, Head of Unit, Urban Development, Territorial Cohesion, DG REGIO, European Commission (confirmed)
15:05 Fourth Round of Discussion
15:35 Chair’s Summary and Closing Remarks
15:45 Networking Reception and Refreshments
16:15 End of Programme
16th March 2011
Silken Hotel, Brussels

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“ Buildings have an impact on long-term energy consumption. Given the long renovation cycle for existing buildings, new, and existing buildings that are subject to major renovation, should therefore meet minimum energy performance requirements adapted to the local climate. As the application of alternative energy supply systems is not generally explored to its full potential, alternative energy supply systems should be considered for new buildings, regardless of their size, pursuant to the principle of first ensuring that energy needs for heating and cooling are reduced to cost- optimal levels. ”
Directive of the European Council and Parliament on the energy performance of buildings, 19 May 2010
“ A comprehensive framework of directives and regulations to improve energy efficiency in energy-using products, buildings and services is in force in Community law. These include the Eco-Design Directive, the Energy Star Regulation, the Labelling Directive and its 8 implementing Directives, the Directive on Energy End-Use Efficiency and Energy Services and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. The Commission will encourage Member States towards an ambitious implementation and enforcement of these instruments to ensure the rapid development of a European internal market for energy-efficient goods and energy services and a lasting market transformation. Where there is scope for additional legislative and supporting measures to be taken to strengthen and accelerate the development of this market, these measures will also be given priority. ”
Communication from the Commission (COM(2006)545 final), Action Plan for Energy Efficiency: Realising the Potential, October 2006