Manifesto for Energy Efficiency in Buildings

by Jörgen Eriksson on September 9, 2014

climate-changeThis morning I attended a roundtable discussion in Warsaw, Poland, on climate change and how energy efficient buildings can impact carbon emissions. Surprisingly, buildings consume approximately 40% of all energy produced globally – more than transport or industry. Energy used in buildings is a major contribution to climate change, hence it must be addressed.

The discussion was facilitated by The World Business Council for Sustainable Development, WBCSD, a global coalition of companies advocating for progress on sustainable development.

The meeting was arranged by the Energy Efficiency Board of Poland, and the discussion related to the development of a report on membership organisations progress to work on energy efficiency in Poland. Attending organisations includes construction companies, developers, architects, real estate investment funds, research organisations and NGOs.

IMG_3598It is satisfying to see how big business is taking energy efficiency issues seriously. Business, public authorities, professional bodies and environmental organizations must share the task of supporting and driving the transformation of the building market towards radically lower energy use in buildings.

Leadership in energy efficiency in buildings represents opportunities to reduce resource use, improve workplace productivity, and minimize impacts on the environment, all of which contribute to healthier, more sustainable cities. These collective efforts can set new sustainability standards for buildings that will incentivize investment in energy efficient buildings and will result in the significant reductions in worldwide energy use and corresponding carbon emissions that we need to ensure a liveable World for the future.

In our work with innovation and especially with development for cities and regions, sustainability issues in vision, strategy and innovations needs to come increasingly more to the forefront, as my colleague Lars-Göran Larsson wrote about recently.

About Jörgen Eriksson :

Jörgen Eriksson is the founder of Bearing and is the Chairman of the firm since it was created. He has successfully expanded Bearing into covering projects on four continents. He is also Adjunct Professor of Innovation Management at the International University of Monaco and at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona and he is an active member of the Founders Alliance organisation.

Working with consulting engagements across Bearings practices, he has over the past fifteen years participated in and supervised a large number of client projects, from innovation system development and place development and branding, to merger and acquisition assignments and leading edge research and business development activities for key clients.

His new book, Branding for Hooligans, will be published in 2015. It is about how innovation and branding are key survival factors in our modern times of hyper competitive markets.

Prior to Bearing, he was Director of Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Trema Treasury Management, a technology and consulting services provider, supplying financial software solutions for the global financial industry, Clients included The European Central Bank, Citibank, SEB, South African reserve Bank, Deutsche Bank, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), as well as many other large financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

Early in his career Eriksson was educated at the Stockholm School of Economics, where he studied economics, financial economics and philosophy. He then worked in Scandinavian investment banks and also for the Swedish Institute of National Defense Research.

You can contact Jörgen on e-mail, connect on LinkedIn onörgen-eriksson/0/38/8a0/ and follow him on twitter on joreri508.

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Parinaz Alabaf September 13, 2014 at 12:25

Nice. I like it.

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