The EU goes green – A European Perspective on a Global Challenge

The challenges facing the built environment are urgent – the building sector accounts for nearly 40% of the annual, global CO2 emissions, consumes raw materials in unsustainable quantities, and continues to produce too much waste which is not recycled or reused.

The environmental challenge is matched by issues regarding the social sustainability of the built environment. A more inclusive and equitable built environment must be given equal priority.

These challenges are global. But in this keynote dialogue with Margrethe Vestager and Bjarke Ingels our starting point is European. Drawing inspiration from the European Green Deal and the New European Bauhaus, we will explore how European institutions and businesses and European values can contribute to shaping a more sustainable and equitable future in the built environment. Not just in Europe, but globally.

This session is a keynote dialogue moderated by our Master of Ceremonies Connie Hedegaard. Our keynote dialogues are designed as a series of dialogues between trailblazing architects and experts from science, business and politics. All keynote dialogues will be moderated by Connie Hedegaard.


Margrethe Vestager

Executive Vice President, A Europe Fit for the Digital Age and Competition, EU Commission


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