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  • Green construction strategy for EU

    August 1, 2012
    by Valentina Zammarano

    Green Building (Copyright Iocomprocasa)

    A new strategy by the European Commission has been tabled to boost sustainable competitiveness of the construction sector and its enterprises.

    Communication main lines include stimulating favourable investment conditions, in particular in the renovation and maintenance of buildings.

    Low energy buildings with high CO2 and energy cost saving potential still have a limited market uptake, despite their economic and environmental advantages.

    Commission’s strategy promotes the construction sector as a driving force in the creation of new employment and for an economical growth in general.

    As already said in a London School of Economics’ Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change report, green policies would boost the economic growt in Europe.

    The project plans to encourage the take up of the package of up to €120 billion in loans available from the European Investment Bank (EIB) as part of June’s Pact for Growth and Employment; motivate innovation and improve worker’s qualifications by promoting mobility; improve resource efficiency, by promoting mutual recognition of sustainable construction systems in the EU; provide standard design codes of practice to construction companies making it easier for them to work in other Member States; foster the global position of European construction enterprises to stimulate good performances and sustainable standards in third countries.

    The Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, Antonio Tajani, said: “In the current severe economic and social crisis, low energy buildings are safe and viable investments for public and private investors. The construction sector should see this as an opportunity to innovate and attract new talents”.

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