• Thematic Track 5
  • 29 November 2021
  • JST 18:00 - 19:00 (GMT+09:00)

EU-IURC Joint Session: The Role of Municipalities in Promoting the Renovation Wave

  • English (Simultaneous interpretation)

For cities to meet the challenge of reaching carbon neutrality by 2050, the EU recently launched the Renovation Wave initiative. It considers buildings as a priority for the European Green Deal and introduced new policy instruments to help buildings decarbonise, integrate renewables, and promote resource efficiency and circularity. Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Suga declared in November 2020 that Japan would realise carbon-neutrality by 2050, while a roadmap announced in June of this year recognises building energy efficiency as a crucial component. ASEAN member states share the common challenge of rising demand for energy, and energy efficiency can play a key role in enabling a sustainable and clean energy future. A widespread decarbonisation of buildings is still difficult , but we are seeing more examples in the region.

This session aims to explore regulations, incentive mechanisms, efficient technologies, systems and envelope solutions at the city level that will bring electricity-oriented CO2 emissions from buildings in the residential and commercial sectors to nearly zero (Nearly ZEB) or zero (ZEB). Intellectual professionals and lawmakers from municipalities will discuss city-level initiatives that would promote Nearly ZEBs and ZEBs.

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