EU Industrial Strategy: the construction value-chain stands ready to define a pathway for transition to achieve EU goals

Tuesday 18 May 2021 – On 5th May, the European Commission released the new EU Industrial Strategy, which puts a renewed focus on the key ecosystems, including construction. The members of the Construction 2050 Alliance welcome the priority given to the construction ecosystem as one of the sectors that faces the most important challenges in meeting climate and sustainability goals and in embracing the digital transformation.

Specifically, the Construction 2050 Alliance welcomes the Strategy’s plan of transition pathways for key ecosystems such as construction, co-created together by the industry, Member States, and the European Commission. Such pathways will offer a better understanding of the scale, cost, long-term benefits, and conditions of the required action to accompany the twin transitions of the construction sector, which will be essential to achieve the goals of the European Green Deal and Renovation Wave.

The actors of the construction value chain, gathered in the Construction 2050 Alliance, have already started looking into this co-creation process and stand ready to work with the European Commission. Looking at the experience of the construction 2020 initiative and with the aim of improving the overall added value, the Construction 2050 Alliance is of the opinion that the Commission’s High-Level Construction Forum must be the political sounding board to set the priorities that must be supported by the technical working groups. In the spirit of co-creation, the Construction 2050 Alliance looks forward to defining with the Commission the actions and priorities for the twin transitions, thereby enabling resilience, competitiveness, good working conditions, and sustainability in the construction ecosystem. The opportunities construction is facing are significant and it plays a key role in the implementation of the main EU policy goals, but some bottlenecks must be addressed. Societal challenges such as the decarbonisation of the existing building stock, the adoption of new technologies to improve productivity, in particular data, emission reduction, and the development of new high-quality job profiles, just to name a few high-level priorities, can only be addressed in partnership between the European Commission and the construction industry through a bottom-up approach.

The Construction 2050 Alliance launches its website and social media

Thursday 25 March 2021 – The Construction 2050 Alliance is pleased to bring you our newly created website and social media accounts, to be found on LinkedIn and Twitter.

The Construction 2050 Alliance brings together 47 European associations representing the actors of the built environment working together to advance the needs and priorities of the wider construction and built-environment sector at the European level. By optimising the way construction works, the Construction 2050 Alliance aims to improve the life of European citizens, provide higher value with fewer natural resources, and achieve higher quality assets for owners and users.

The Construction 2050 Alliance aims to coordinate common political messages of the construction value chain and raise the political importance of the sector at the European level. To better reach our audiences, we are pleased to announce the creation of our website, as well as our presence on Twitter and LinkedIn. Follow us to keep up to date with our upcoming actions and events:

By following our communication channels, you will be able to keep track of the developments the Construction 2050 Alliance will lead  according to its 2021-2022 Work -programme, which features 6 priority areas:

  1. Construction: the solution to Europe’s recovery after COVID-19
  2. The contribution of the built environment to the EU Green Deal
  3. The human factor in construction: safety, skills and sector’s image
  4. Relaunching the Construction 2020 Strategy
  5. EU Data Strategy: a construction approach
  6. Developing a communication strategy for the Alliance

 Stay tuned to cooperate more with us for a sustainable built environment!

Construction 2050 Alliance meets with the Cabinet of Commissioner Breton

28 January 2021 – On 28 January the Construction 2050 Alliance held a meeting with the Cabinet of Commissioner Breton and discussed the construction-related priorities for the Commission for 2021, the forthcoming new Industrial Policy and the role of construction in the recovery from the Covid pandemic.

The Renovation Wave, the Affordable Housing initiative, the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings, the digital transition, the revision of the construction products Regulation, the Taxonomy for sustainable investments are only some of the issues on which we will need to focus this year.

One of the main role of the Construction 2050 Alliance, which gathers around 50 European organisations involved in the construction value chain, is to strengthen the visibility and the voice of our sector towards the EU Institutions. Besides our regular contacts with the services of the Commission, in particular with the Construction Unit within DG GROW, such meetings are extremely important in order to build mutually helpful links with the key EU policy makers.

C2050 Alliance Event on the role of construction in the national Recovery Plans

15 December 2020 – On 2 December, the Construction 2050 Alliance brought together experts from all over Europe, including representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament and national governments. They discussed the important role that the construction sector may play as the European economy recovers slowly from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Alliance’s key message is that the built environment must be a key priority in all national Recovery plans and in the new EU funding initiatives.

As in our fight against climate change, for which the construction ecosystem plays a key role, the built environment provides solutions to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. Indeed, while it was estimated that on average European citizens spend more than 90% of their time indoors, this has significantly increased as confinements and curfews have become the new norm. Living in safe, healthy, properly ventilated and energy-efficient buildings is thus crucial for EU citizens, the economy, and the planet.

It is for the reasons highlighted here above that, the members of the Construction 2050 Alliance held a high-level discussion on the role that the built environment should play in the post-COVID-19 recovery, more specifically, its weight in future decisions on European funding in response to the pandemic.

This first public event of the Construction 2050 Alliance allowed for open and transparent exchanges between Member States representatives, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), high-level Commission officials, as well as European construction experts.

Whilst the Member States presented their plans for the built environment in their respective national strategies under the new recovery instrument, “Next Generation EU”, the European Commission confirmed that construction may be prioritised in the national Recovery Plans as it can play a key role in the recovery and resilience of the EU’s economy. However, this must be requested by the Member States that have full ownership of their national Recovery Plans and should be the result of a consultation exercise with national stakeholders. On the same line, MEPs Iskra Mihaylova (Bulgaria, RE) and Pernille Weiss (Denmark, EPP) suggested that national debates feed each other through an exchange of best practices on effective policy measures.

The representatives of the Alliance stressed that investments in the renovation and modernisation of the European buildings and infrastructure will deliver positive results in terms of health, comfort, adaptability and environmental impacts. Such investments offer key opportunities for a built environment that would be more resilient, safer, more comfortable, more cost-efficient and sustainable. Therefore, the 47 EU associations that form the Alliance call together for the built environment to be a key priority in all national recovery plans and in the new EU funding initiatives.

Click here to access the recording of the event.