ECO G20 supports sustainable construction

Ministers of the Environment of countries from G20 have presented building performance initiative supporting green building during the Major Economies Forum in Kraków.

The aim of G20 countries, presented in the building performance initiative, is the reduction of energy consumption by means of green building and energy-saving solutions. An agreement concerning this case, concluded between G20 countries, including Poland, may be signed already in September.

Building usage consumes a huge amount of energy. If we were able to reduce energy consumption by means of construction, due to using materials, technologies, but also because of a high level of occupancy and construction, then we could in a cheap and practical way promote energy efficiency and economic development – comments Marcin Korolec, the Minister of the Environment.

The agreement, which is to be created, will be a basis for exchanging experience among representatives of G20 countries. The talks will concern possibilities of improving energy efficiency in building, including standards of new buildings, as well as materials and construction techniques used.

The building performance initiative will be finally signed and concluded by ministers interested probably in the end of the upcoming September in New York, and then we will see what will be happen next – says Marcin Korolec.

The initiative ought to be signed by all the members of the Group, that is among others by the European Union, the USA, China, Germany and Russia.

The 16th Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change took place in Kraków on 18 July. More than 30 ministers of the environment, including representatives of G20 countries, participated in the event. The discussed building development initiative was one of the main subjects. The meeting in the capital of Małopolska Voivodeship was one of the key elements of preparations for ONZ COP 10 climate summit to be organised in Warsaw in November. It will be the beginning of negotiations concerning a new climate agreement, which is to replace the Kyoto Protocol after 2020.

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