ROCKWOOL launches new report ‘Global perspectives on the value of renovation’

01 October 2018

Putting renovation at the top of the climate change agenda

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Across the planet more than 28% of greenhouse gas emissions derive from energy use in buildings. This number is destined to increase by 50% by 2050 if no actions are taken. Investing in more energy efficient buildings is one of the rare areas where the multiple-benefits far outweigh the investments.

In a new report, developed in cooperation with Copenhagen Economics, we highlight the many reasons why the world should accelerate actions to improve our buildings, and present our recommendation for actions. Governments and cities have a key role to play as they have the power and strength to make changes happen.

Building renovation delivers significant value across several dimensions

  1. Economic:
    Combatting climate change
    Increasing resilience
    Reducing energy bills
    Supporting employment

  2. Health and productivity:
    Improving indoor comfort, well-being and productivity
    Lowering outdoor air pollution

  3. Social:
    Creating attractive cities with social responsibility
    Alleviating energy poverty

We recommend actions in these categories:

  • National actions
  • Local actions
  • Credible and transparent planning
  • Renovate public buildings and share success stories

The report was presented at Climate Week NYC, where ROCKWOOL Group among other activities hosted a panel discussion on ‘Building tomorrow’s cities today’ with participation by C40 Cities, World Resources Institute’s Ross Center For Sustainable Cities, The Prince of Wales’ Corporate Leaders Group, Henning Larsen Architects, and New York City Mayor's Office of Sustainability.