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B U I L D I N G A S U S T A I N A B L E F U T U R E
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The
renovation
of the EU’s building stock is widely perceived as
an
essential element to create millions of local, stable jobs
and to kick-start Europe’s economy.
Building renovation activities have also proven to be highly
beneficial in economic terms for public authorities. A recent
study
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from
Jüllich Research Centre on the German KfW-Bank
building renovation programme has shown that,
for each Euro
invested in building refurbishment
, public authorities
received
(in the same year) 4 to 5 Euro
in the form of additional tax
revenues and social security contributions and reduction of
unemployment subsidies.
We must also take into account that most energy resources are
now scarce, not only fossil, but also nuclear.
Using resources
abundant in nature to reduce energy demand
is therefore
one of the most effective ways
for attaining the much needed
“double decoupling” in our economy. This makes economic
growth independent from resources used and even more so
from environmental impact.
Economic activity (GDP)
2005
2010
2015
2020
2025
2030
Decoupling of resource use
from economic growth
Resource use
Environmental impact
Decoupling of
environmental impact
from resource use
Source: European Commission
The construction sector generates almost 10% of GDP
and provides