RE-GREEN - Regional Policies Towards Green Buildings
Over the last two years, the concept of 'green economy' has moved to the mainstream of the international and European policy discourse (OECD, UN, EC). The greening of economies has the potential of being a new engine of growth, contributing to sustainable economic development, creation of jobs, social equity and poverty reduction. New enabling conditions are required to promote the transition to a green economy. Therefore, it is essential to produce new and appropriate policy instruments to foster green growth, where some key sectors are critical, namely the building sector.
The building sector is one of the main contributors to the global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Furthermore, the greatest energy saving potential lies in buildings, due to the fact that almost 40% of the final energy consumption takes place in buildings.
In this framework is important to highlight the key role of public policy and public authorities, taking into account that public buildings represent about 12% by area of the EU building stock. As outlines the Green Economy Report (2011) the government-owned buildings (schools, hospitals, social housing units, etc.) are ideal to begin implementing greener building policies, including green public procurement.
In this framework, the aim of the project is to help regions in improving, developing and implementing green building policies oriented to the enhancement of energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies as a means of contributing to the development of green regions.
INTELI as the project leader plays the role of coordination and management activities of the project and additionally act as knowledge partner with the responsibility for developing a policy recommendation guide focused on green buildings.