How green roofs can help cut emissions from buildings, save energy and benefit householders | Webinar


The Renovation Wave strategy adopted by the European Commission in October 2020 requires the EU building stock to reduce its emissions by 60% and its final energy consumption by 14% by 2030. Urban green infrastructure is listed among the seven key principles for building renovation, while in the conclusions the Commission outlines its vision to turn the building stock “from a carbon source into a carbon sink”. 

This webinar, part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week Extended Programme, provided insights on the benefits of green infrastructure in terms of energy efficiency, water management, and citizens’ wellbeing and discuss their role in the decarbonisation of the EU building stock. 

The session also addressed the upcoming revision of related EU policies, starting from the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), and assessed the opportunity of integrating green infrastructure in the EU legislative framework. 

Date and time: Tuesday 19 October 2021, 10:30 – 12:00 


Welcome and moderation
Katarzyna Wardal, EU Public Affairs Manager, Knauf Insulation 

Setting the scene: green infrastructure and buildings in the EU policy framework
Brigitte Jacquemont, Policy Officer, Energy Efficiency: Buildings & Products, DG Energy, European Commission 

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Thomas Gretschmann, General Application Engineer, Optigruen  

Save energy and costs for municipalities by retaining and detaining storm water
Stephan Beerends, Director Trade, Sempergreen 

Greener and healthier buildings to benefit households
João Gonçalves, Director of Innovation, Housing Europe 


Concluding remarks
Marta Weber SiwirskaPresident, Polish Green Roofs Association; Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Science 

The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is the main EU policy conference on clean energy. It brings together public authorities, private companies, NGOs and consumers to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards renewables for clean, secure and efficient power. 

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