EPF held its Technical and Environmental Working Group meetings this week.
On 8 February, we were very pleased to welcome two guests, Mr Christian Holzleitner (HoU – Directorate-General for Climate Action) and Mr Borut Cink (Community Manager and Policy Officer at the Joint Research Centre) to our Environmental Working Group meeting.
Mr Christian Holzleitner delivered a presentation on the Proposal for a Regulation on an EU certification for carbon removals.
In his intervention, he stressed that our main objective is to make Europe climate neutral by 2050. Mr Holzleitner shed light on several options to reach this net zero aim by taking more CO2 out of the atmosphere, including geological storage, carbon farming and carbon storage in long-lasting products, especially in the construction sector via the use of wood-based materials. Finding the right mix between these solutions is crucial, he added.
EPF was delighted to be invited by Mr Holzleitner to attend a workshop together with the wood-working industry to further develop discussions and actions, especially on carbon removals.
Mr Borut Cink briefed our members with the latest news related to the New European Bauhaus – its progress report, NEB Compass and other opportunities. He provided us with a presentation of the current and upcoming flagship initiatives such as:
- NEB prizes – recognising contributors for the green transition, nationally and locally
- the Dashboard – gathering geospatial data of the NEB activity
- the digiNEB project – aiming at pooling digital resources dedicated to the New European Bauhaus
- the future NEB Lab project – highlighting the role of wood in construction
- the future NEB Academy – addressing the lack of skills and knowledge in the construction ecosystem
Workshops for further collaboration and training plans releated to NEB Academy are to be held at the University of Primorska (Slovenia) where EPF will be invited as an active part of the W4B Alliance. EPF and W4B aim to contribute especially to how biobased materials can help to decarbonise the built environment.