Greening Europe's homes and public spaces is a critical element of the EU's climate neutrality strategy and one of the pillars of the European Green Deal. The European Environmental Bureau (EBB) is hosting the online seminar entitled "Buildings in a world that looks beyond growth". During this event on 28 April 2021 the latest report of the EBB "A Blueprint to deliver a healthy, affordable, and sustainable built environment for all" will be presented. The paper explains that focusing on energy efficiency and renovations alone would be a mistake for the decarbonisation of buildings. A successful strategy for the built environment and infrastructure must take the planetary boundaries of the Earth into account while ensuring that sustainable homes become an affordable solution for all citizens. Therefore, the EU's work towards greener buildings should include a broader approach and clearer policy commitments to radically change the real estate business and reduce the overconsumption of construction materials. The online seminar follows on from the publication of an earlier report by EEB and Oxfam Germany, "Towards a wellbeing economy that serves people and nature."
Among other guests, Anja Bierwirth, Head of the Urban Transition Research Unit in the Energy, Transport and Climate Policy Division of the Wuppertal Institute, will lecture on "Energy Sufficiency in Buildings". Also participating in the online seminar will be Ciaran Cuffe, Member of the European Parliament, Greens/European Free Alliance, and Stefan Moser, Head of Unit Energy Efficiency: Buildings and Products, DG ENER, European Commission. It will be hosted by EURACTIVE journalist and editor Frédéric Simon.
Participation in the seminar is free of charge. Registration is possible in the following link.