Nordic Climate Forum for Construction 2021

Date:Monday, 27 September, 2021
Join us online for an interactive webinar about the Nordic approach on reducing the building sector’s climate impact, and external factors that help to shape it.


The Nordic ministers decided in 2018 that harmonization of building regulation should be strengthened. This led to the first Nordic Climate forum for Construction in 2019, which became the starting point of an effort towards Nordic harmonization for low carbon emissions from construction.

The climate forum is planned as a yearly event for discussions with policymakers and stakeholders from industry, academia, and the finance sector.

Join us for discussions, debates, and exchange of knowledge on LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) methods, data, tools, and policies.


Documentation from the event

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Documentation from the Forum


Event details

Date: 27th of September

Time: 10-15 (CEST Time Zone)

Place: Online, interactive webinar

Announcement from the Forum’s Organizers, 27th of August 2021: Due to Covid-19 this year’s forum will be an interactive webinar.

Unfortunately, it‘s foreseen that travel restrictions and uncertainty regarding Covid-19 will make it difficult for potential participants to make plans and come to Iceland, despite vaccinations. Therefore it has been decided that the Nordic Climate Forum 2021 on 27th of September will be an on-line event only – not in Reykjavik, Iceland, as planned. It‘s the best solution given the circumstances, even though we would have loved to meet you all in Iceland this autumn. We are truly sorry for the inconvenience that this decision may cause.




10:00 Welcome: Moderator Dr. Sigríður Ósk Bjarnadóttir, Green Building Council Iceland

10:05 Opening words: Ásmundur Einar Daðason, Minister for Construction and Housing in Iceland

10:15 On time and water: Andri Snær Magnason, Writer

10:35 Oslo: How to reduce GHG emissions by 95% by 2030?: Heidi Sørensen, Director of Oslo’s Climate Agency

11:00 European Commission: Construction products regulation and Environmental product declarations: Tapani Mikkeli, Head of Sector, Sustainable Construction, European Commission, DG GROW

11:15 Coffee break

11:25 Status and current issues from Authority, Academia & Industry

  • Status and current issues from academia: Jukka Heinonen, Professor in University of Iceland and Aalto University in Finland
  • Status and current issues from authority: Kristina Einarsson, Boverket, Sweden and Luzie Rück, Bolig- og Planstyrelsen, Denmark
  • Status and current issues from industry: Björt Ólafsdóttir, Real Estate Developer and former Minister of the Environment in Iceland

12:10 Implementation of limit values in the Netherlands: Jos Verlinden, Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations in the Netherlands

12.30 Lunch break

13:15 Limit values in the Nordic countries: Matti Kuittinen, Senior advisor at Ministry of the Environment in Finland

13:35 Introduction to roundtable discussions

13:45 Roundtable discussion: Limit values and Nordic harmonization

14:45 Conclusions and way forward

15:00 End of program


We look forward to seeing you online!


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More information about the Nordic Climate forum for Construction

Documentation from the forums held in 2019 and 2020 can be found below.



Event details

Date: 27th of September

Time: 10-15 (CEST Time Zone)

Place: Online, interactive webinar