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SEV-BCSD Greece organized a symposium under the heading of “Energy Efficient Buildings: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development”, December 8, 2010, Athens

08 December 2010

December 2010 – SEV-BCSD Greece organized a symposium under the heading of “Energy Efficient Buildings: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development” in Athens on December 8, 2010.

The symposium on the theme “Energy Efficient Buildings: Challenges & Opportunities for Sustainable Development” was organized by the SEV Business Council for Sustainable Development – Greece, under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change. It was intended to raise awareness and develop a constructive dialogue among stakeholders about the importance of energy efficient buildings and related business challenges and opportunities.

The symposium was attended by more than 200 representatives of the business community, state authorities, NGOs, academia and other organizations. It was divided into three sessions: “Challenges & Opportunities”, “Best Practices”, and “Transforming the Greek Market”.

The symposium was opened by Mr. Constant Van Aerschot, Director at Lafarge and Co-Chair of the WBCSD Project on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. During his keynote speech he set the stage by presenting the main global findings of the WBCSD Project. Other speakers included Mr. Yannis Maniatis, Deputy Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change who, in the session devoted to the Greek market, presented a summary of the various projects promoted by the Ministry to encourage energy efficiency in buildings.

During his presentation, the Deputy Minister called for the creation of a joint Working Group, consisting of representatives from the Ministry and expert executives of member companies of the SEV BCSD, to study, formulate, and propose appropriate measures/policies for promoting energy efficiency in large office, commercial and public buildings.

The day was a success characterized by a wealth of vibrant discussions. Among the major conclusions of the symposium included:

  • Buildings in Greece, like their counterparts in Europe, are responsible for 36% of the country’s CO2 emissions, showing that there is wide scope for very important reductions – as much as 20% – over the next ten years.
  • The buildings sector is the main sector in Greece where significant greenhouse gas emission reductions are possible with net savings to society.
  • In order to meet the “challenge” of achieving the possible emissions’ reductions from buildings, appropriate codes, incentives and financial instruments must be designed and implemented effectively.
  • For this reason it is imperative to step up public dialogue on related issues to move from design to implementation.
  • Raising awareness of the importance of improving energy efficiency in buildings is necessary in order to bring about necessary changes in behavior.
  • Greece has the “opportunity” to respond to the challenge and at the same time create significant opportunities for business development and employment at a time of serious economic crisis.
  • Greek business should view the challenge of improving energy efficiency in buildings as an opportunity to develop new ideas, methods, processes and products which can then be rolled out and scaled up to other areas, not simply in Greece.
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