THE EUROPEAN CONSTRUCTION industry is ready for an EU Green Deal according to the President of the European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC).
The FIEC, which has affiliated organisations across the continent, met to discuss the opportunities of an EU Green Deal in response to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s commitment to make Europe “the world’s first climate-neutral continent”.
The event focused on the Circular Economy, the Emissions Trading System (ETS) and sustainable infrastructure.
It also attracted keynote speaker Brice Lalonde, who is currently President of sustainability think tank “Equilibre des Energies”.
Other topics included a need to promote and develop low-carbon construction along the entire value chain, a holistic approach involving SMEs, allowing them to raise their competences; and the role the public sector needs to play via public procurement which can enable sustainable investment.
“Our industry is ready for the EU Green Deal,” said FIEC President Kjetil Tonning, following the federation’s conference in Paris.
“We have already been building sustainably for years and we will take a step by step approach towards these evermore ambitious environmental goals.
“We are an industry undergoing transformation anyway and we will set some key green priorities, to enable us to fulfil our environmental obligations.”