Synergies, energy efficiency and circularity in the renovation wave. Bio-based products for the renovation wave
While the European building sector is responsible for 40% of the energy consumption and 36% of the GHG emissions in the EU, only 25% of the building stock is energy efficient. The Renovation Wave Strategy has been launched by the European commission to boost the building stock energy performance. Bio-based products could help lower the overall carbon footprint of the construction sector. This work assesses the use of bio-based material for energy renovation.
Cutting greenhouse gas emissions through circular economy actions in the buildings sector
Together, European countries have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions significantly since 1990. Achieving climate neutrality by 2050, however, will demand additional and long-lasting climate mitigation strategies. With materials management accounting for up to two thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions, one promising area for further reductions is the circular economy. A new methodological approach helps to identify circular efforts that can contribute to reducing emissions in any sector and has highlighted key ways to cut emissions in the buildings sector.