5.2 Investing in a greener urban future. Towards sustainable housing and low- emission infrastructure
In collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UN-HABITAT and Friends of Europe
Buildings in cities account for nearly 50% of the EU’s energy consumption and over a third of its CO₂ emissions. Energy and emission savings in this sector are therefore vital to meet the EU’s climate and energy targets. Yet, the pace of renovation is extremely slow and the EU’s building stock remains relatively old. The Sustainable Development Goals, with SDG11 focusing on Sustainable Cities, and the New Urban Agenda, as well as the EU’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive have highlighted the importance of investing in sustainable housing and resilient infrastructure, to meet the requirements regarding energy efficiency, nature-based solutions as well as to mitigate climate change, boost the economy and create job opportunities. These benefits represent great prospects not only for the future of cities and their infrastructure, whether in buildings or transportation, but also for the prosperity of their citizens.