INVESTING IN A GREENER URBAN FUTURE

Towards sustainable housing and low-emission infrastructure

23 May 2018 - 16:30 - 18:00
James Drinkwater, Dharmendra Kanani, Judit Kimpian, Piero Pelizzaro, Raf Tuts
Introduction

Buildings in cities account for nearly 50% of the EU’s energy consumption and over a third of its CO2 emissions. Energy and emission savings in this sector are therefore vital to meet the EU’s climate and energy targets. Yet, the pace of renovation is extremely slow and the EU’s building stock remains relatively old. This debate aims at exploring the role of sustainable investments in accelerating the greening of cities.

This debate is taking place in the context of the 2018 European Commission Green Week:  ‘Green cities for a greener future’  
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To register for this specific event, please visit the EU Green Week’s registration form and check Session 5.2 ‘Investing in a greener urban future: Towards sustainable housing and low-emission infrastructure’

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Programme
16.00-16.30

Welcome of participants and registration

16.30-18.00

INVESTING IN A GREENER URBAN FUTURE – Towards sustainable housing and low-emission infrastructure

Buildings in cities account for nearly 50% of the EU’s energy consumption and over a third of its CO2 emissions. Energy and emission savings in this sector are therefore vital to meet the EU’s climate and energy targets. Yet, the pace of renovation is extremely slow and the EU’s building stock remains relatively old. The Sustainable Development Goals, with SDG11 focusing on Sustainable Cities, and the New Urban Agenda as well as the EU’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive have highlighted the importance of investing in sustainable housing and resilient infrastructure, to meet the requirements regarding energy efficiency, nature-based solutions as well as to mitigate climate change, boost the economy and create job opportunities. These benefits represent great prospects not only for the future of cities and their infrastructure, whether in buildings or transportation, but also for the prosperity of their citizens.

  • How can future-proof investments make the built environment low-emission, resource-efficient and resilient and what financial incentives should be encouraged?
  • What training requirements are necessary for construction workers to enable this transition?
  • How may better collaboration between the construction sector stakeholders ensure the full potential of energy savings in buildings to be achieved?

Speakers include: 

James Drinkwater, Director of Europe Regional Network at the World Green Building Council
Judit Kimpian, Chair of the Architects Council of Europe’s Sustainability Group, Architects Council of Europe
Piero Pelizzaro, Chief Resilience Officer of Milan
Raf Tuts, Director for Programme Division at UN HABITAT

Moderated by
Dharmendra Kanani, Director of Strategy at Friends of Europe
 

Speakers
James Drinkwater
Director of Europe Regional Network at the World Green Building Council
James Drinkwater is the Director of World Green Building Council’s Europe Regional Network. He advises the network of over 25 Green Building Councils and their 5,000 member companies around Europe on European green building law and policy, and coordinates their work with governments and major partners, as well as WorldGBC’s global advocacy work. Drinkwater also co-leads BUILD UPON, the world’s largest collaborative project on building renovation which is funded through the EU Horizon 2020 project.
Dharmendra Kanani
Director of Insights at Friends of Europe
Dharmendra Kanani has been in senior leadership roles in the Public and Voluntary sectors across the UK and Europe over a period of 26 years. In 2005, he was appointed as Director of Scotland of the Big Lottery Fund. Subsequently, from 2010 to 2014, Kanani was the England Director at the Big Lottery Fund, the largest independent funder in the UK. Since 2016, he has supported Friends of Europe’s strategic development across all its policy areas with a strong focus on Climate and Energy; Peace, Security and Defence as well as Digitalisation. Prior to this role, Kanani was the European Foundation Centre’s (EFC) first Fellow in July 2014. 
Judit Kimpian
Chair of the Architects Council of Europe’s Sustainability Group, Architects Council of Europe
Dr Judit Kimpian chairs the Architects Council of Europe’s (ACE) Sustainability Group. On behalf of over half-a-million EU architects, this group promotes better regulatory and financial incentives to significantly improve the resource efficiency and indoor environmental quality of buildings. She currently represents ACE in the Steering Committee set up by the European Commission. Kimpian was previously Director of Sustainable Architecture and Research at Aedas/AHR, where she led collaborative research projects addressing the gap between the expected and achieved performance of buildings. 
Piero Pelizzaro
Chief Resilience Officer of Milan
Piero Pelizzaro has a decade of experience in climate change policies and urban resilience planning. Currently he is the Milan Chief Resilience Officer and the City Lead for the H2020 Lighthouse project Sharing Cities at the Municipality of Milan.  He is an advisor of the Italian Ministry of Environment Land and Sea on Urban Adaptation Policy to Climate Change. In recent years he was co-founded of Climalia, a specialised consulting company providing climate services in Italy, where he operated as Resilience Specialist.
Raf Tuts
Director for Programme Division at UN Habitat
Raf Tuts is Director of the Programme Division at UN-Habitat, where he oversees its seven thematic branches and four regional offices. His earlier assignments within UN-Habitat included Coordinator of the Urban Planning and Design Branch, focusing on promoting compact, integrated and connected cities that are inclusive and resilient to climate change. He was also Acting Coordinator of the Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch, Coordinator of the Cities and Climate Change Initiative and Chief of Training and Capacity Building Branch.
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Registration
Raphaël Danglade, Programme Executive for Climate and Energy at Friends of Europe
Tel.: +32 2 893 98 10
Email: raphael.danglade@friendsofeurope.org

To register for this specific event, please visit the EU Green Week’s registration form and check Session 5.2 ‘Investing in a greener urban future: Towards sustainable housing and low-emission infrastructure’

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