Danish event at COP24: buildings for cost, comfort and climate

By State of Green, December 10, 2018

On Wednesday 12 December, State of Green will host an official Danish COP24 side event in Katowice, Poland, involving a strong line-up of international experts from the public arena and the private sector for half a day devoted to the role of buildings in relation to the climate change challenges.

To move towards a carbon-free and sustainable future, governments and cities across the globe must examine the role of buildings. Today, at global level, buildings are responsible for nearly 40 per cent of energy consumption and 36 per cent of CO2 emissions.

However, many solutions already exist to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the building industry, which is why the Danish companies VELUX Group, ROCKWOOL Group and Danfoss – all international market-leaders and innovation drivers in their fields – have decided to push the agenda on the role of buildings in relation to the task of mitigating climate change. This agenda will be discussed at a half-day conference during the COP24 in Katowice, Poland.

More specifically the conference will focus on buildings in terms of cost, comfort and climate with the following sub-themes:

  • The potential of renovating and retrofitting existing buildings
  • Healthy homes and healthy cities: the importance of indoor climate, air pollution, etc.
  • Cities: buildings in major cities, suburbs and rural areas

Moderation will be done by Natalie Mossin, Co-chair, Commission on Sustainable Development, International Union of Architects and Head of Institute, Institute of Architecture and Technology, KADK.

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Programme 9:00-13:00

Opening remarks by:

  • Ole Egberg Mikkelsen, Danish Ambassador to Poland
  • Troels Ranis, Director, the Confederation of Danish Industry
  • Dave Turk, Head of Strategic Initiatives Office, International Energy Agency

Panel – public sector: how can the political framework enable sustainable buildings?

  • Artur Soboń, Deputy Minister Investment & Development, Poland
  • Ignace Beguin Billecocq, Manager Environment and Climate, UN Global Compact
  • Pavel Zamyslicky, Director of the Department of Energy and Climate Protection, Ministry of Environment, Czech Republic

Panel – private sector: solutions and technologies towards sustainable buildings

  • Adam Jędrzejczak, President East Europe Region, Danfoss
  • Andrzej Kielar, Managing Director, ROCKWOOL CEE, Insulation North East Europe
  • Kurt Emil Eriksen, Senior Political Advisor, VELUX Group

Panel – buildings and cities: Buildings one of the key challenges towards carbon-neutral cities

Moderation done by Mr. Anthony Abbotts, Director Group Sustainability, ROCKWOOL International

  • James Drinkwater, Director European network, World Green Building Council
  • Natalie Mossin, International Union of Architects
  • Andrés Flores Montalvo, Director of Climate and Energy World Resource Institute (WRI) Mexico
  • Leszek Drogosz – Director of Infrastructure Department at the City of Warsaw

Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Chr. Lilleholt to give closing remarks.

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Date and time

Wednesday 12 December at 9.00-13.00


The Danish shared pavilion, Vienna House Easy Katowice, Ulica Sokolska 24, 40086 Katowice, Poland

Registration and access

Register using this link and enter the code ‘DKBUILDINGS’. As seats are limited, please sign up as soon as possible to secure your participation. To start on time, please arrive and start registration 12 December 8.50 the latest.

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