The building sector accounts for 40% of the total energy use and for 36% of Europe’s CO2 emissions. It generates 9% of the total EU 27 GDP and 8 % of the total employment. Since the EU aims at reductions in domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 80% by 2050 (compared to 1990 level), the building stock – in particular the housing sector - can play a major role in achieving the 20-20-20 strategic targets.
The URBACT workstream on “Building energy efficiency”, set up for exploring how cities can contribute to energy efficiency, will try to address the above challenges and will deal with the manifold aspects of reducing energy footprint in the buildings sector, with specific focus on the housing sector as its most representative and sensitive component.
Professionals, research centers, public authorities, associations, and individuals are invited to submit their contributions- good practices, case studies, suggestions, ideas and dreams- about an energy efficient (and high quality) housing sector. Innovative practices will be published in the URBACT Tribune 2012 and will be discussed during the URBACT Annual conference in Copenhagen December 3-4, 2012.
If you wish to share your point of view please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coordinator of Workstream “Building Energy Efficiency”