EGDC Deployment Guidelines – Workshop for the construction/building sector

26 April 2023 | 10:00-12:00 CEST

This workshop will bring together developers, providers and buyers/users of digital solutions with the potential to enable a positive net carbon impact* for the Building/Construction sector, as well as sustainable finance representatives, sectorial experts and policy makers to gather their insights and co-create the contents of the Deployment Guidelines that will be developed by the European Green Digital Coalition (EGDC) European Parliament Pilot Project.

The Deployment Guidelines will provide recommendations for the Building/Construction sector to:

  • Maximise carbon, resource and energy savings via the use of digital solutions,
  • Minimise a solution’s emissions as well as other potential negative impacts on the climate,
  • Define metrics and track them to understand the solutions’ impact,
  • Understand other sustainability impacts of the solutions, e.g., health or social impacts.

* Digital Solutions with the potential to enable a positive net carbon impact are technologies that can help users avoid or reduce climate-harming greenhouse gas emissions, usually through a reduction or avoidance of resource use (e.g. fuel, electricity, raw materials, etc.).

In the Building/Construction sector, an example of such digital solution is a building management system that optimises cooling and heating systems, reducing energy consumption.

10:00 Welcome & introduction
            Ilias Iakovidis, Adviser for digital aspects of green transformation, DG CONNECT, European Commission

10: 05 Practical example: Case study from the Construction/Building sector: Schneider Electric High-Performance Building Management System   

            Vincent Minier, Vice President Energy Transition Research, Schneider Electric™ Sustainability Research Institute

10:15 Presentation: Deployment guidelines for the Construction/Building sector: aims, structure

           Beatriz Fialho da Silva, Senior Associate, The Carbon Trust

10:25 Breakout sessions: round 1 
Two breakout sessions running in parallel.

      • Session 1: Maximising net carbon impact from the implementation of digital solutions
      • Session 2: Minimising emissions (negative direct effects) from the solution itself and rebound (negative indirect) effects and other potential negative impact on the climate

10:55 Plenary presentation 
and discussion of the breakout results 

11:10 Breakout sessions: round 2 
Two breakout sessions running in parallel.

      • Session 1: Measuring net carbon impacts: Selecting the most relevant metrics and tracking effectively
      • Session 2: Beyond greenhouse gas emissions: Wider sustainability impacts

11:40 Plenary presentation and discussion of the breakout results 

11:55 Wrap-up and next steps