Nordic Dialogue Forum for LCA, climate and buildings

Funded by The Nordic council of ministers thorugh procurement by the Danish Transport-, Construction- and Housing Authority
Type Working group
Time period 2019-10-03 - Ongoing

The Nordic Dialogue Forum for LCA, climate and buildings is developed  in collaboration with the Nordic building authorities. The purpose is to give input to Nordic harmonization of life cycle assessment of climate emissions from buildings with the aim to reduce the building sector’s climate emissions. The Dialogue Forum consists of a working group and a Network with expertise from the Nordic building authorities, academia and industry.

Background

The Nordic Council of Ministers decided the 29 of May 2018 in Stockholm to initiate a work for Nordic harmonization of building regulations concerning climate emissions. As a result, the Ministry of the Environment in Finland and the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning took the initiative to arrange a conference, Nordic Climate Forum for Construction, in Malmö the 3rd of October, to bring together the Nordic construction authorities and the foremost in academia and construction industry. The conference was organized in collaboration with the Nordic Council of Ministers. The main target for the conference was to start up the work for Nordic harmonization on regulations and climate emissions from buildings from a life cycle perspective.

To bring the Nordic cooperation forward after the conference, a platform for dialogue and exchange of information has been formed. The platform consist of a working group, the Nordic working group for LCA, climate and buildings which consist of around 30 representatives from the Nordic building authorities, academia and industry, and a bigger network of representatives from academia and industry. The group and network is descibed in more detail below. Swedish Life Cycle Center has, with funds from the Nordic council of ministers, been procured by the Danish Transport-, Construction- and Housing Authority to administer and moderate the Working group and the Network for Nordic harmonization until spring 2021.

Working group

The representatives in the working group will be based on proposals from the Nordic building authorities in collaboration with Swedish Life Cycle Center.v

Aim & purpose

The purpose of this working group is to give input to Nordic harmonization of life cycle assessment of climate emissions buildings with the aim to reduce the building sector’s climate emissions. The aim of the working group is also to work for Nordic collaboration on issues related to mainstreaming LCA methods, their practical application and normative development of climate impacts of buildings. This is done by bringing together key actors from the Nordic construction industry and academia together with the building authorities. The purpose is to deepen the discussions and take care of the results from the Nordic Climate Forum in Malmö.  The working group constitutes an important forum for contributing to the development of the policy framework, for example climate declarations of buildings, and can lead to the initiation of new projects such as development of methodology and state-of-the-art for LCA of climate for buildings.

Outcomes

The Nordic Climate Forum 2019 in Malmö marks the start of this group. In December 2019 the working group had its first meeting and after that the group have met two times. Two newsletters have been sent out to the Network and the group also had the opportunity to give input to the program for the second Nordic Climate forum that was held online in August 2020. The continued dialogue will take place through web meetings during 2020-2021 where the working group’s participants can exchange experience, continue to map the latest research, raise knowledge gaps, capture interest, and increase understanding within the framework of the LCA working group, with the aim of facilitating the Nordic harmonization effort. In adjacent to each meeting a newsletter will be sent out to the Network to inform about status and current issues in the group.

Public webinar

Information from the working group will also be disseminated to a broader group of stakeholders through, among other things, the implementation of an open webinar. The webinar will focus on dissemination of the results from the Climate Forum 2019, spreading competence about LCA in the Nordic region and further expanding the network. The webinar will be organized by Swedish Life Cycle Center with input from the working group. The webinar can be found here.

Network

A forum for dialogue with a wider group of stakeholders is formed to spread knowledge and planning of future meeting points, e.g. lead the agenda and planning of next conference. The Network gets updates regularly on what has been up for discussion in the working group and has the opportunity to give input to these questions. To join the network and get updates sign up for the newsletter in the form below.

Other questions? Send an email to  maria.rydberg@chalmers.se


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Nordic Climate forum

The climate forum is planned as a yearly event for discussions with policymakers and stakeholders from industry, academia, and the finance sector. In 2019 the forum was held in Malmö and in 2020 the forum was held online as an interactive webinar. To read more about each forum and find the documentation follow the links below.

Nordic Climate forum 2019

Nordic Climate Forum 2020

Contact persons for each country

Denmark: Anders Brodersen Jensen, Trafik- Bygge och boligstyrelsen, anbr@tbst.dk

Finland, Matti Kuittinen, Ministry of the Envionment Finland, matti.kuittinen@ym.fi

Island, Sveinn Pálsson, Húsnæðis- og mannvirkjastofnun, sveinn.palsson@hms.is

Norway, Inger Grethe England, Direktoratet for byggkvalitet, ige@dibk.no

Sweden, Kristina Einarsson, Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning, kristina.einarsson@boverket.se

News, events and publications

Events

Nordic Climate forum for Construction 27 August

Webinar 29 May

News

Newsletter June 2020

Newsletter May 2020

Intense round table discussions during Nordic Climate Forum for Construction 2019

Publications of interest (not from the project)

Klimapåvirkning fra 60 bygninger: Muligheder for udformning af referenceværdier til LCA for bygninger

Livscyklusvurdering for cirkulære løsninger med fokus på klimapåvirkning: Forundersøgelse

Project organisation
Danish Transport- Construction- and Housing Authority Ministry of the Environment in Finland