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An On-Line Study on Energy in Buildings: Inputs From Baltic Countries

Inter-University Sustainable Development Research ProgrammeA team of members of the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme is undertaking an international study on Energy saving projects in buildings. Research is being held by Prof. Dr. (mult.) Dr. h.c. (mult.) Walter Leal ( Research and Transfer Centre „Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management", Hamburg University of Applied Sciences), Prof. PhD Lyudmyla Zahvoyska and Maria Fedoruk (Institute for Ecological Economics and Management, Ukrainian National Forestry University). We need inputs from Baltic countries.

Investing in renovation of existing buildings provides excellent opportunities for an effective reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. That is delivering the Sustainable Development Goals and reducing climate risks, in line with the Paris Agreement. But according to the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) only 3% of the public funds that could be used to support energy-efficiency investments in the Central, Eastern and South-East Europe region are dedicated to upgrading buildings. Even though the region is burdened with energy poverty and energy security concerns, the current allocation of EU and international funds shows that buildings are not considered to be critical energy infrastructure, despite the potential of deep renovation to reduce energy dependency, increase savings on energy bills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve health and air quality. The implementation of energy saving measures has to be done very carefully with a strict quality control. The usage of some materials and techniques can provide a good level of energy saving, but at the same time could lead to harmful impacts to the environment and human health.

Considering the diversity of experiences on implementing energy saving projects in buildings by the North-West Europe region countries and the beginning of this path for many of Central, Eastern and South-East Europe region countries the comparison study is needed. It will help to understand which incentives were successful and which obstacles still hold back the number of implemented projects in Europe. Also, we hope to find out which items related to the environmental friendliness and social significance of energy saving measures are being considered.

We would like to invite interested colleagues to take part in the study, in order to increase the quantity and quality of energy saving projects in buildings. The survey covers 10 short questions only, which could be answered in about 10 minutes.

Energy saving projects in buildings: obstacles and incentivesPlease follow the link to start the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.de/r/7DG332J

As usual, the results will be published as a scientific article in a high-impact journal, and those contributing to the work are able to obtain a copy of the paper when it is completed, if they wish (see item 10 of the instrument).

Your responses are completely confidential, your data is secured and will be not used by any third parties.

We appreciate and thank your for your cooperation!

 

 

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