VELUX at COP28
The Paris agreement was signed in 2015 and this year marks the halfway point to 2030, when many of the world’s governments have set targets to limit the rise of global temperatures to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. As with previous COP attendances, VELUX is present to contribute to discussions and share knowledge about the built environment and the role of the construction sector in addressing climate change.
VELUX intends to contribute to setting the framework for action at COP by organising several events both independently and in partnership with others. Here is an overview of the VELUX Group’s presence at COP28 in Dubai.
VELUX COP28 events
Nordic Private Public Partnerships: Sustainable Collaboration Driving Environmental Progress in Climate Innovation
Time: Saturday, 2 December 9:30 – 10:15 (GST)
Location: Nordic Pavilion
Topic: This forum will explore the effectiveness of a unified approach that bridges the public and private sectors, fostering more impactful, coordinated, and sustainable measures for combating climate change. The Nordic model of government-business cooperation serves as a powerful example of how such collaborative partnerships can shape effective roadmaps towards carbon neutrality, enabling the resolution of urgent global challenges and the acceleration of climate action.
Speakers: Kristín Linda Árnadóttir, Deputy CEO of Landsvirkjun ; Representative from Denmank (TBC) ; Representative from Finland (TBC); Julie Kjestrup, VELUX A/S
Organiser: Green by Iceland
Market Transformation Activation: Preparing for Paris 2024
Time: Saturday, 2 December 16:00 – 17:30 (GST)
Location: Buildings Pavilion
Topic: The leaders of the private sector recognize the importance of the Buildings Breakthrough and are strongly supportive. This event will explore the tangible steps private sector actors in the built environment can and need to take before the presentation of the Buildings Breakthrough during the ministerial Global Forum in Paris in March 2024.
In a first session with CEO and C-suite representatives, they will discuss how the Market Transformation shared action agenda will convey the business actions and strongly support building breakthrough achievements. This will be followed by a session discussing levers of change from a number of perspectives. The overall aim is to collect inputs and integrate participants' actions that can then be taken forward towards the Global Forum in March 2024.
Speakers: Yves-Laurent Sapoval, Conseiller Direction générale de l'Aménagement du Logement et de la Nature, French Government ; Manish Pant, EVT International Operations, Schneider Electric ; Chris Seymour, Mott MacDonal Regional Director, RICS ; Juan Caballero, Chief of Programs, Build Change ; Lori Ferris, Architecture 2030 ; Judy Zakreski or Ryan Colker, ICC
Organisers: VELUX and WBCSD, in partnership with ARUP
Under2 Coalition General Assembly - Buy green to go green: Winning the race for jobs and investment through zero carbon steel and concrete procurement
Time: Sunday, 3 December 14:00 - 15:30 (GST)
Location: Intercontinental Dubai Festival City
Topic: Steel and concrete production are responsible for 15% of global emissions – and demand continues to rise. We need urgent action now! Governments can kick-start the production of green steel and concrete by using their powers as purchasers and regulators. The prize for early movers is enormous - the global green transition will be built with steel and concrete. Companies can help shape the market and attract investment by committing now to buy low emission steel and concrete products.
VELUX will take part in the case study presentation and discussion Raising the level of ambition: How private sector leaders are driving action on industrial decarbonisation and how public sector bodies can help strengthen the case for investors, where companies will have the opportunity to talk about why they think it is important to focus on reducing the amount of energy used, and pollution caused by the products that go into building construction.
Case study speakers: Jason Langer, Group Managing Director, Projects, Robert Bird Group ; Paul Toyne, Practice Leader, Sustainability, Grimshaw Architects ; Helen Walter-Terrinoni, Director-Global Climate Policy, Trane Technologies ; Fleming Voetmann, Vice President External Relations and Sustainability, the VELUX Group ; Moderated by Jen Carson, Head of Industry, Climate Group
Organiser: Climate Group
Building the Future: Decarbonising Materials for a Sustainable and Resilient Tomorrow
Time: Tuesday, 05 December 8:00 – 9:30 (GST)
Location: Goals House, Concrete, Alserkal Avenue
Topic: Decarbonising materials used in new buildings is a critical step in addressing climate change and achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. This process involves reducing the carbon emissions associated with the production, transportation, and use of construction materials. To understand how we can integrate low-carbon or carbon-neutral alternatives, KOMPAS VC and VELUX will convene a roundtable of policymakers, research institutions and leaders from the construction industry, to explore how we can decarbonise the materials used in new buildings, and discuss the funding, investment and innovation needed.
Organisers: Kompas VC, Goals House and VELUX
Scaling corporate climate action - investing in forests for climate, nature, and people
Time: Wednesday, 06 December 11:00 – 12:00 (GST)
Location: Panda Pavillion
Topic: World leaders, governments, and companies, are worryingly behind on delivering the promise to end and reverse deforestation by 2030. This event convenes governments, companies, and NGOs that are already taking action to finance nature-based solutions and implementation of forest protection and restoration to reduce and remove carbon emissions. The event will showcase examples of forest carbon initiatives: the partnership between the VELUX Group and WWF and the Trinational Alliance for the Atlantic Forest Restoration. The event will focus on the urgent need to scale forest carbon efforts and how to inspire other actors to invest in high-integrity and high-quality forest carbon projects to ensure triple benefits and a move beyond voluntary carbon credit markets.
Speakers: Dan Jørgensen, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy; Tom Okello, Executive Director, National Forestry Authority, Uganda; Fleming Voetmann, Vice-President, External Relations and Sustainability, The VELUX Group; A representative from the Trinational Alliance for the Atlantic Forest Restoration, TBC. THe event will be moderated by Fran Price, WWF Forest Practice Lead.
Organisers: WWF & VELUX
You can view a recording of the event online here.
Roundtable on Circularity (by invitation only)
Time: Friday, 08 December 11:00 – 12:00 (GST)
Location: Meeting room 3 at the UNGABC pavilion
Topic: Humanity currently uses resources at an unsustainable rate and demand for materials is set to double again by 2030, compared to 20101. Half of global raw materials extraction goes into the world’s built environment2 and the sector generates one third of the world's overall waste and around 30% of the global waste3, and over a third of global CO2 emissions (UN Global Building Alliance 2022). Thereby the construction sector plays a major role in meeting the Paris Agreement and creating a circular economy.
Speakers: Jamie Rusby, Group Sustainability Director, VELUX A/S ; Leena Ylä-Mononen, Executive Director, European Environment Agency
Organisers: Danish Association of Engineers (IDA) & VELUX
Circularity in Built Environment: Sustainable Collaboration Driving Environmental Progress in Climate Innovation
Time: Friday, 08 December 12:30 – 13:30 (GST)
Location: Danish pavilion
Organisers: State of Green & VELUX
Roundtable: Transition Plans
Time: Saturday, 09 December 11:00 – 12:30 (GST)
Location: WMBC Business Pavilion
Topic: Following up on last years discussions this event focuses on business and finance engagement around the green transition, and its links to nature, given that the 9th of December is considered a thematic day on ‘nature, land use and oceans’.
Speakers: Jamie Rusby, Group Sustainability Director, VELUX A/S
Organiser: CLG UK
Roundtable on CO2 reduction in the Built Environment
Time: Saturday, 09 December 12:30 – 13:30 (GST)
Location: UNGABC or State of Green
Urgency, challenges, and solutions to reduce Carbon emissions from buildings.
Time: Saturday, 09 December 15:00 – 16:00 (GST)
Location: Danish pavilion
Topic: The construction sector is responsible for one third of global CO2 emissions and still only a few countries has set legislative requirement to reduce CO2 emissions from buildings during the lifetime of the building. The built area is expected doubled before 2060, when compared to 2020 bringing a need to evaluate Carbon Emissions from materials and construction processes, together with the in operation phase. At this session we will make a stocktake on the current situation, discuss the urgency to reduce CO2 emissions from buildings and bring forward best case examples with the objective to bring forward political recommendations.
Organisers: State of Green & VELUX
VELUX on site at COP28:
Julie Kjestrup, Head of Policy and Thought Leadership
On site dates: 30 Nov - 7 December
Topic areas: Sustainable buildings, Energy efficiency, renovation, IEQ/multiple benefits, Value chain decarbonisation and partnerships, EU policy/advocacy/partnerships
Fleming Voetmann, Vice President External Relations & Sustainability
On site dates: 30 Nov - 7 December
Topic areas: Sustainable buildings, energy efficiency, whole life carbon, renovation, indoor environmental quality/multiple benefits, value chain decarbonisation and partnerships, international advocacy and policy
Jamie Rusby, Group Director Sustainability
On site dates: 6-9 December
Topic areas: Decarbonisation and circular economy in manufacturing (building materials and components)
Kurt Emil Eriksen, Director of Public Affairs, Region North and CEE
On site dates: 7-12 December
Topic areas: Building regulations, energy efficiency, carbon requirement to buildings, LCA, sustainability
About the VELUX Group
For more than 80 years, the VELUX Group has created better living environments for people around the world; making the most of daylight and fresh air through the roof. Our product programme includes roof windows and modular skylights, decorative blinds, sun screening products and roller shutters, as well as installation and smart home solutions. These products help to ensure a healthy and sustainable indoor climate, for work and learning, for play and pleasure. We work globally – with sales and manufacturing operations in more than 37 countries and around 11,700 employees worldwide. The VELUX Group is owned by VKR Holding A/S, a limited company wholly owned by non-profit, charitable foundations (THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS) and family. In 2022, the VELUX Group had total revenue of EUR 2.99 billion, VKR Holding had total revenue of EUR 4.29 billion, and THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS donated EUR 181 million in charitable grants.
For more information about VELUX Group, visit velux.com.