Platform on Sustainable Finance holds last plenary meeting of its mandate
On Wednesday, 12th October, the Platform on Sustainable Finance (PSF) held its 26th and last plenary meeting of its mandate, which officially ends at the end of the month.Among other things, the Platform decided to adopt additional recommendations for technical screening criteria for sectors such as forestry, agriculture, or construction in the context of the draft Environmental delegated act that will cover the four remaining environmental taxonomy objectives.
The additional recommendations will be part of a second “Tax04 report” that will soon be sent to the European Commission. For construction, these additional recommendations focus on “demolition of buildings and other structures” and the “use of concrete in civil engineering works”.
The Commission thanked subgroups 4 and 5 of the Platform for their excellent reports on “data and usability” and the “minimum social safeguards”. Both were published on 11th October.
FIEC would like to thank Pekka Vuorinen, its representative in the Platform, for his hard work over the past two years.
FIEC strongly condems attacks against Ukraine, meeting with Ukrainian Ambassador
In its efforts for setting up the framework for the reconstruction of Ukraine, FIEC met with the Ambassador of the Mission of Ukraine to the EU, Mr. Vsevolod Chentsov, on Tuesday October 11th.
During the meeting, FIEC once again condemned Russia’s attacks against Ukraine and reiterated its willingness to assist Ukraine in its reconstruction effort by means of its Task Force “Ukraine”, run in cooperation with the EIC (European International Contractors).
FIEC has continuously engaged with several Ukrainian representatives since the war began, including a a delegation from the municipality of Irpin in late June, and intends to continue this dialogue in the coming months.
Eccredi holds council meeting and celebrates retirement of Jan Van der Putten
During the last meeting of the ECCREDI council, the participants exchanged among others on the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis and the war in Ukraine on the construction sector.ECCREDI members and observers then exchanged on ongoing activities and initiatives (for example, a presentation of the LIFE programme was given by a representative of CINEA).
In addition, the ECCREDI secretariat, members and observers celebrated the retirement of Mr. Jan Van der Putten, former Secretary General of EFCA.
ENVI committee adopts opinion on EPBD recast
On 3th October, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) in the European Parliament adopted its opinion on the proposal for a recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).In its opinion, the ENVI committee generally calls for the use of “adequate” nature-based and healthier construction materials to improve the energy performance of buildings. It also calls for turning parts of the EU building stock in temporary carbon sinks, for example by adding recycled and nature-based solution elements such as wood materials.
In addition, the ENVI speaks out in favour of the introduction of a harmonised EU methodology for the calculation of the whole life-cycle global warming potential of buildings, including embodied carbon.
Five years after the introduction of this methodology, Member States should introduce maximum limits on the total cumulative life-cycle global warming potential that are allowed in new buildings, according to the ENVI.
The ENVI is an opinion-giving committee, meaning that there is no obligation for the “lead” Industry and Energy committee (ITRE) to take into account the ENVI report.
FIEC at European Labour Authority meeting to discuss future construction campaign
On 11th October, the Stakeholders’ Group of the European Labour Authority (ELA) held its 6th meeting in the ELA premises in Bratislava. As member of the Stakeholders’ Group, FIEC was present on site. ELA’s Director General Cosmin Boiangiu, together with his team, reported on the latest developments and achievements within the Authority.Amongst many things, the Authority is working on a web hub that would aggregate all relevant EU and national information on the posting of workers, including sectoral aspects. This is expected to make companies’ life easier in finding the information they need.
In 2023, the Authority will also dedicate a series of activities to the construction sector: surveys, studies, joint inspections, workshops, etc… And as a highlight, a communication campaign on “posting of workers”, to raise awareness of workers and companies concerning the good and bad practices. The EU sectoral social partners for the construction industry, FIEC and EFBWW, as well as their respective affiliates, will be closely involved in the preparatory phase of all these activities.
19-20 October: EU High Level Construction Forum
The first Webinar session on innovation in construction will focus on new ways of building: 3D printing, prefabricated modules, automation, robotics and other ways to innovate the construction process. This session will be held on 19 October between 09:30 and 12:30.
The second Webinar looks into new ways of collecting and using data for construction: digital permits and logbooks, drones, 3D scanning and other ways to collect data in construction. This session will be held on 20 October between 14:00 and 16:30.
For any enquiry, you can email to: HLCF@ecorys.com
Last chance to register to the Recovery Forum Ukraine – 19 October in Kyiv
A few days are left to the Forum dedicate to the Ukrainian Recovery taking place on 19th October at the Hilton Kyiv: FIEC’s member, Confederation of Builders of Ukraine (CBU), together with its exhibition partner Premier Expo, is hosting the event in Kyiv to discuss the future reconstruction of Ukraine, and with the support of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, the Ministry of Development of Communities and Territories of Ukraine, and the Energy Efficiency Fund.The goal of Recovery Forum Ukraine 2022 is to unite state and local authorities with international organisations, financial institutions and investors for future recovery projects and to accelerate financing for the reconstruction of destroyed cities and towns.
The Forum programme includes:
- Presentation by communities of destruction regarding further reconstruction and their investment potential. In particular, the Mayor of Kharkiv, Irpen, Buchi, Borodyanka and the heads of other affected settlements of the Kyiv and Sumy regions will participate in the panel of affected territorial communities.
- A series of discussion panels with the participation of representatives of the authorities, construction business, international financial organisations and potential investors.
People’s deputies, representatives of authorities, international construction associations, foundations, institutions and organizations are also invited to participate. Attendance in the forum will be ensured with compliance with all security measures and online participation is also possible.
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Save the Date: 28th October – The Reconstruction effort in Ukraine
Where: Press Center East, 2nd Floor, Bauma fairgrounds
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