|On 20 June 2011, Climate Action Network Europe (CAN) Europe, the largest European coalition of NGOs working on climate and energy issues, and the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW), representing over 2.3 million people, called on EU leaders for enhanced climate action.
“Europe must lead the way in the transition to a clean, sustainable low-carbon and resource-efficient economy that provides high employment levels and prosperity without sacrificing the environment and the well-being of future generations”, said Sam Hägglund, General Secretary of EFBWW.
CAN Europe and EFBWW believe that robust targets and policies for greenhouse gas emission reductions and energy efficiency are the necessary driving forces in this transition. They therefore urge the European leaders in 2011 to:
1) Commit to the full implementation of Europe’s 2020 energy savings target, with robust and binding policies and adequate finance mechanisms. Of particular importance are effective measures to raise the energy renovation rate of the building stock.
2) Upgrade the EU’s 2020 greenhouse gas emission reduction target to at least 30 per cent domestically, and to adjust the European Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) and the targets established under the Effort Sharing Decisions accordingly.
Adopting these measures would come with great benefits for Europeans, in the form of millions of net jobs, increased green investments, improved competitiveness, reduced dependency on fossil fuel imports and avoided health care costs.
The EFBWW has also in June 2011 adopted a policy document calling for an enhanced role for the building and wood sectors in EU climate change policy. In the document, the EFBWW is calling for large-scale energy refurbishment programs, new forms of financing energy refurbishment, the promotion of sustainable construction products, and the inclusion of the wood sector as a key sector in fulfilling the EU climate change commitments.
Download CAN Europe - EFBWW joint statement.
Download EFBWW document “Towards a greater role for construction and wood sectors in EU climate change policies”.