Danish-Dutch Dialogue on Sustainable Buildings: Smart building & decarbonizing the built environment

Date: 11 March 2021

Time: 10.00-11.30

The Netherlands and Denmark share high ambitions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and jointly push for higher sustainability targets on an international and European level.

Buildings represent approximately 35% of the total energy consumed in the Netherlands and 40% in Denmark. The potential to save energy focusing on the existing building stock and energy infrastructure is therefore substantial. The Netherlands has initiated a major renovation and retrofitting strategy with an initial focus on the social housing sector, which represents 75% of the total rental stock. In Denmark, the potential for energy savings in the existing building stock is around 70-75% up to 2050. Therefore, applying energy efficient solutions in buildings in both countries is an important task to reach both goals in the building stock and overall climate goals. 

This Danish-Dutch dialogue on sustainable buildings will gather stakeholders from both the Danish and Dutch building sector to create a dialogue on how we can work together to ensure both countries can achieve their ambitious goals of making the building stock more sustainable. 



10:00 Welcoming remarks by moderator

10:00 Potential in the Dutch building sector by Robert Dijksterhuis, Special Envoy Sustainable Building, Ministry of the Interior.

10:15 Sustainable buildings and scalable solutions by Simon Stig-Gylling, Head of Environment, Danish Construction Association 

10:30 Moderated Roundtables (see down below)

11:30 Possibility for 1:1 meetings


Roundtable sessions

Roundtable 1: Smart Buildings 

Introduction by sector expert Hans Peter Slente, Senior Advisor, Federation of Danish Energy IndustriesCoen Sanderink, Business Developer Systems & Energy, Heijmans Remko Zuidema, Advisor Sustainability and Safety, Aedes

  • Theme: Making your building user centric through building automation: How can making your building ‘smart’ make it healthier and more sustainable? 
  • Theme: Installation technology: How can updating your installations ensure increased energy savings? 


Roundtable 2: Decarbonizing the Building sector 

Introduction by sector expert Hanneke van der Heijden, Strategic Advisor Circularity, City of Rotterdam Leo Wallin, commercial manager Nordics, Ballast NedamRambøll

  • Theme: Industrialization of the construction process: What can we do during the construction process to make the CO2 footprint of the sector smaller? 
  • Theme: Circular buildings. Sustainable construction, including design for disassembly and waste prevention, non-toxic buildings and building materials as well as upgrading waste to be used within the building sector.  


Please register for these roundtables herePlease note that the roundtables are small and are interactive sessions, and therefore have a limited capacity. Registrations will be dealt with on a first come, first serve basis. We look forward to welcoming you on the 11th of March!

The presentation will take place via the platform TEAMS. You will be sent a link to participate when we get closer to the date.