The main goal of the Business for Climate high-level business breakfast is to discuss the COP21 commitments and their impact on business. We have an honour to welcome Roland Hunziker from World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) as the key note speaker.
An executive business breakfast „Business for Climate” took place on 22th June in Warsaw. Its main goal was a discussion about COP21 commitments and their impact on business. Invited speakers and numerous guests tried to answer the questions: Do the COP21 commitments boost energy efficiency in the construction market? How to use data showing the power consumption? What are the best practices on the Polish market? The event featured a presentation of “Operating Costs of Office Buildings” project – analysis showing operating costs of commercial office buildings, based on actual media consumption done for the first time in Poland.
The executive business breakfast, with the Ministry of Energy, Mayor of the Warsaw City and Warsaw Branch of the Association of Polish Architects honorary patronages, was organized in cooperation with European Sustainable Week – a series of events initiated by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) in Directorate-General for Energy partnership, to promote activities aimed at saving energy and using renewable energy sources. “Energy efficiency is critical to put construction sector on a “below 2 degree” pathway” – said Roland Hunziker from World Buiness Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a key note speaker at the event. Michał Olszewski, Deputy Major of Warsaw, during City Development Strategy presentation, drew attention to an important role of cooperation between local government and business in the effective policy development supporting green solutions and preventing climate changes. – “Business should support cities in promotion of energy efficiency” – he emphasized.
The subject of energy efficiency was an important highlight of the meeting, accompanied by the premiere of “Operating Costs of Office Buildings” project – the first analysis on the Polish market showing operating costs of commercial office buildings, based on actual media consumption. The project is an initiative of: SPIE Poland (project coordinator), BuroHappold Engineering, Colliers International, the Construction Marketing Group, Cushman & Wakefield, Knight Frank, Savills, Skanska Property Poland. “Operating Costs of Office Buildings” results were presented by Katarzyna Chwalbińska – Kusek, representing BuroHappold Engineering and EEB Platform Poland. Project partners during dedicated discussion panel debated on how to use data showing energy consumption in practice. Analysis of 48 buildings built before 2014, shows that the certification is a useful tool for owners, managers, service facility management, as well as tenants, helping to use a building in a more aware manner, which translates into improving users’ comfort and reducing operating costs. “Proper analysis can be used both for financial purposes and quality analysis of the technical installations and the whole building. With detailed metering , we can pinpoint areas needing modernization and better define the return of investment time“- emphasized Piotr Strzyżewski, Technical Specialist, SPIE Poland. A full report showing “Operating Costs” results will be published in autumn.
How to create buildings with nearly zero energy consumption? This question was answered by representatives of the National Energy Conservation Agency, Vice President Andrzej Rajkiewicz and Joanna Rucińska. Representatives of companies involved in activities protecting the climate, i.e. Armstrong, Akzo Nobel Decorative Paints, BNP Paribas Real Estate, BuroHappold Engineering discussed best practises on the Polish market. Ian Booth mentioned BuroHappold Engineering’s new healthy office in Warsaw. Its innovative design incorporates the latest technologies and solutions that enhance the well-being and productivity of employees whilst minimising energy consumption. Booth also highlighted the role of education. “Energy efficiency should be taught at schools.” – concluded Ian Booth, Partner, BuroHappold Engineering.
The event “Business for Climate” showed the importance of COP21 climate summit commitments and energy efficiency. Pioneering projects such as “Operating Costs of Office Buildings” attract consumer attention and are an example of buildings owners’, tenants’ and employees’ changing point of view.