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COP26 - Day 1

In this video, ROCKWOOL CEO Jens Birgersson gives a quick read-out after his first full day at COP26, including his reflections on the new report we are launching today with Cambridge Econometrics (available here).

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Video: How do we kickstart the renovation revolution?

We can’t tackle climate change without tackling buildings. Draughty windows, tired boilers and poorly insulated walls leak energy and make it more tempting for residents to turn up the thermostat to keep warm. A wide-scale campaign of retrofitting is necessary to bring them up to standard.

What will it take to update housing for the age of the climate emergency?

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Washington Post Live

The world’s continued dependence on fossil fuels as an energy source is the primary cause of global warming. And many experts see the answer in more renewable energy such as solar energy and wind power. But there is a growing focus on investing in energy efficiency as one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to combat climate change, clean the air we breathe and reduce energy costs.

Washington Post Live will host an informative news programme addressing these issues.

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New report: Unlocking the benefits of building renovation

In a groundbreaking new report, ROCKWOOL Group and Cambridge Econometrics set out policy solutions to achieve effective retrofit plans for greener homes and buildings and reducing energy-related costs.
The report maps a clear path to greener buildings and shows strong support from the public to renovate their homes, if adequate financial and administrative support is available.

The report includes data from a global first-of-its-kind survey of 14,000 people in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States confirming the public appetite for energy efficient buildings, while also showcasing the need for governments to develop fit-for-purpose renovation programmes.

Commenting on the new report, ROCKWOOL Group CEO Jens Birgersson says, “While there will always be a debate about the costs of climate action – and hopefully also about the costs of inaction – the fact is that there is plenty of money available for building renovations and other green investments. And renovation itself is not rocket science. It requires using well-known materials and building practices, and that is a big advantage. The issue is connecting the funding sources with the on-the-ground projects, and ensuring we have the skilled workforce in place”.

Succeeding on climate action requires succeeding on building renovation. Buildings make up the biggest share of global emissions, and the solutions are readily available – and they last for decades. We look forward to discussing practical solutions at COP26".

Jens Birgersson

CEO, ROCKWOOL Group

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