Assessing the potential of more efficient buildings
Buildings accounts for 40% of our energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. By improving the energy efficiency of existing and non-existing buildings, the EU Commission estimates that total EU energy consumption could be reduced by 5% to 6% and lower CO2 emissions by about 5% which would represent considerable improvement. As part of its Energy Strategy, the EU Commission has indeed set ambitious energy efficiency goals for 2020 and 2030, aiming at a 20% reduction in EU greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels; and efficient buildings are part of this strategy.
At Belgian level, legislation is slowly increasing incentives for investing in cost-saving, energy efficient buildings. Although there is still work to be done, more and more projects are paving the way for a more sustainable landscape of infrastructures in Belgium. To meet these efficiency targets, Member States, capital cities, companies and local initiatives have a pivotal role to play in promoting investments in efficient and smarter buildings. The public sector as well as private companies need incentives to invest in greener and smarter buildings; but above all they need to have a clear overview of what to expect when shifting to greener alternatives.
To grasp the long-term advantages of investing in more efficient buildings Premier Cercle - together with BNP Paribas Fortis - organises Sustainable Buildings 2015 - a thematic conference seeking to address the use of smart technologies; internal and external investment barriers; business cases for sustainable buildings; energy performance targets; marketability of the products, as well as facility management and investments’ strategies.
Premier Cercle welcomes the participation of all key partners, responsible authorities and stakeholders interested in facility management,real estate;infrastructures management;investments and technology services.