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: