CO2 and Sustainability
Global warming and climate change are now key sustainable development issues. Companies must be able to understand and manage their GHG risks if they are to ensure long-term success in a competitive business environment. A well-designed and maintained corporate GHG inventory, which aligns with business specific issues is an essential business tool and is increasingly seen as a marker for good management practice. Those that perform well are demonstrating their ability to manage risk, drive efficiencies, and offer the best value to clients. Globally, buildings account for a significant proportion of our Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions and increasing attention is being paid to the part that the construction industry can play in helping to reduce these. There are now a range of drivers impacting on the construction industry:
- Construction companies must seek to offer the best value to clients. Construction is an industry with a high turnover, but with relatively low margins. Energy costs, which make up a significant proportion of construction costs, have increased over the years. By measuring and managing CO2 emissions, organisations can reduce energy consumption and therefore reduce costs, directly benefiting the bottom line.
- Many governments are taking steps to reduce GHG emissions through national policies that include the introduction of emissions trading programs, carbon or energy taxes, and regulations and standards on energy efficiency and emissions.
- For large listed companies, CO2 reporting and management is becoming part of their investors’ decision making process. The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) collects carbon reporting data from large companies on behalf of investors who have already started to target the construction and property sector.
- Voluntary sustainability standards, such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), are now becoming part of contractor selection processes. CO2 emissions are a major part of such standards and as such, business could be lost in cases where a company is seen to be ignoring its climate change impacts. The GRI are currently developing a sector supplement for construction and property, which means they intend the sector to follow specific guidelines.
The construction industry is complex, with different types of company operating at different points in the value chain, spanning across finance, design, materials manufacture, construction and life cycle maintenance. It is important that companies are reporting against the same guidelines so that a clear picture is presented to the outside world. Given the diverse range of businesses within the construction sector it is also important that the methodology employed is able to draw distinct lines of responsibility for CO2 emissions within the construction / building value chain. There is a danger that standards developed outside of the construction sector will miss these key issues and therefore have an adverse impact.
The ENCORD construction companies and partners are taking the initiative to develop common metrics and a common approach to the topic.
A CO2-measurement protocol has been developed along with partners from other like minded worldwide construction organisations, to detail the method to be used when measuring the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of an organisation within the construction sector. Click here to read more about the initiative and to download a copy of the document.
Also a guideline for measuring waste in the construction sector has also been developed. The draft of the document can be found here.
Below are brief summaries of the meetings of the group:
On 28 November 2018, the European Commission published in a communication its strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate-neutral economy by 2050 – A Clean Planet for All. A European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy.
The strategy shows how Europe can lead the way to climate neutrality by investing into realistic technological solutions, empowering citizens, and aligning action in key areas such as industrial policy, finance, or research. It will build on the new energy policy framework established under the Clean Energy for All Europeans package.
The purpose of this long-term strategy is not to set targets, but to create a vision and sense of direction, plan for it, and inspire as well as enable stakeholders, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens alike to develop new and innovative industries, businesses and associated jobs.
The road to a climate neutral economy would require joint action in seven strategic areas:
- energy efficiency
- deployment of renewables
- clean, safe and connected mobility
- competitive industry and circular economy
- infrastructure and interconnections
- bio-economy and natural carbon sinks
- carbon capture and storage to address remaining emissions.
Benefits from zero emission buildings, in both residential and services sectors are clearly addressed in the strategy. To this end, the communication stresses the need to achieve and sustain higher renovation rates of the existing building stock, with tools such as energy efficiency digitalisation, home automation and smart appliances, improved construction materials. The document also highlights that an integrated approach and consistency across all relevant policies will be necessary for the modernisation of the built environment and mobilisation of all actors. Consumer engagement, including through consumer associations, will be a key element in this process.
The communication can be downloaded here.
Source: European Commission © European Union, 1995-2018
Organised by the European Commission (Directorate-General for Energy and EASME), EUSEW takes place every year in June. The 2018 focus is on energy transition and will cover a series of activities with an EU-wide scope. In addition to the EU Sustainable Energy Awards, event activities will feature a policy conference (5–7 June 2018), networking opportunities and local sustainable energy events, all dedicated to building a secure energy future for Europe.
To have a chance of winning, nominated activities, projects and actions must be ongoing, or not concluded before 30 June 2018, and carried out within the EU28. These conditions also hold for the organisation running the activities, projects and actions.
Projects should be outstanding, innovative with original features, and they should have a measurable impact in that they help reduce energy use or work with renewable energy in a way that will contribute to the EU’s climate and energy goals.
You can find further information about the awards, as well as eligibility, assessment rules and the application process, on the EUSEW2018 website. The deadline for applications is 23 February 2018.
The 10th international Conference on Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings and Smart Communities (IEECB&SC’18) will be held from 21 to 22 March 2018 during the Light+Building trade fair.
The conference is addressed to energy policy makers at international, national, and local level, academic, researchers and energy efficiency experts, ESCOs, utilities, buildings energy and environmental managers, buildings engineers and architects, equipment manufacturers and commercial property investors, with the aim to promote and diffuse the concept of energy efficiency in new and existing commercial buildings and enlarge the market for low consumption and sustainable non- residential buildings.
The conference covers also the topic of smart and sustainable districts, communities and cities, as energy systems efficiency and renewable energies are often optimized at district or city level.
The topics for the Call for Abstracts include:
• (non-residential) Building policies and programmes, including design, implementation and evaluation;
• (non-residential) Building design, retrofits and simulation programmes;
• Specific technologies (HVAC, lighting, advanced material for insulation and storage, RES integration, poly-generation, building control systems);
• Audits and commissioning, energy management, ESCOs and financing ;
• Control systems, Smart buildings and demand response;
• Behaviour (occupants and property owners) and investment decisions;
• Smart and sustainable districts, communities and cities.
The conference aims at attracting international experts, policy makers and companies to allow exchanges of experiences and best practices among different countries and continents.
Accepted abstracts will be presented at the conference (oral presentation). There are no registration fees for accepted abstract presenters, including co-authors.
EU Sustainable Energy Week will be back for its 13th edition, from 4 to 8 June 2018 in Brussels. This year’s theme of Europe’s most important conference on energy efficiency and renewables is Energy transition.
Sessions organised by the European Commission and energy stakeholders will debate policy developments, best practices, initiatives and ideas that support Europe’s move towards clean, secure and efficient power as part of the Energy Union. Beside the Policy Conference, EUSEW 2018 will include a Networking Village, the EU Sustainable Energy Awards and the Energy Days.
Apply to host a conference session or receive an award at EU Sustainable Energy Week, or set up a local Energy Day. Calls for applications will open in January 2018.
Detailed information will follow soon. #EUSEW18
The conference and tradeshow World Sustainable Energy Days 2018 will take place from 28 February to 2 March 2018 in Wels, Austria. Clean energy for economic competitiveness and how to make the clean energy transition work for business, planet and people will be core themes of the World Sustainable Energy Days 2018. The annual conference brings together more than 700 delegates from over 50 countries from business, public sector and the research community.
As a partner of WSED conference, ECTP has been invited to make a presentation at the Technology and Innovation Conference on 1 March (afternoon). The Results from the Energy-Efficient Buildings Public-Private Partnership (EeB PPP) will be presented by Antoine Aslanides (E2B Committee Executive Board Member & EeB PPP Partnership Board Co-Chair).
WSED 2018 offers 7 conferences and 3 interactive events covering technologies, policies and markets:
European Energy Efficiency Conference
* Energy Efficiency Economy Conference
* Technology Innovation: Energy and Buildings
* E-Mobility & Smart Buildings Conference
* Energy Efficiency Policy Workshop
European Pellet Conference
Young Energy Researchers Conference: Energy Efficiency & Biomass
Technical Site Visits & Poster Presentation
For more information on WSED 2018 and registration: http://www.wsed.at/en/world-sustainable-energy-days.html