Democracy Festival Arendalsuka in Arendal, Norway

Debate: The climate villain goes green – the role and responsibility of the construction industry to reduce its emissions


Break the barriers in the construction of sustainable and climate-friendly buildings of the future

Event photo: Democracy Festival Arendalsuka Arendal. Sustainable Construction of the future in the Nordic countries.

The future of construction must be sustainable – but how will we build in the future?

 Our WP 3 partner SUSTAINORDIC is moderating a debate at the Norwegian Democracy Festival Arendalsuka in Arendal. The burning question of the debate is: With what types of materials, and what is the role of architecture in the change towards sustainable construction of the future?

The challenges in the construction industry are obvious: Our built environment is responsible for 40% of global carbon emissions. During the global transition to net-zero, the industry needs to radically reduce the amount of carbon emitted from new construction, infrastructure and buildings while the industry is expected to grow 42% by 2030, driven largely by the demand for residential construction. The good news is that we know many of the solutions already, and something can be done about it!

At the Norwegian Democracy Festival, Arendalsuka, we will examine how we can start transforming words, knowledge, and technical solutions into action.

In the panel you will meet: 

  • Harald Vaagaasar Nikolaisen, CEO, Statsbygg;
  • Thor Haakon Bakke, City Councillor, Climate, Environment and Urban Development at Bergen Municipality;
  • Linda Monsen Merkestad, MP for the Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet);
  • Malin Kock Hansen, Senior Advisor for Innovative Cities and Communities, Design and Architecture Norway;
  • Pasi Aalto, Centre Director, NTNU Wood
  • Guro Hauge, Head of construction and materials, ZERO

The panel will discuss the barriers and levers in the Nordic region that can spark cultural change and drive the necessary shift towards sustainable and circular construction that will form the carbon-neutral welfare society of the future.

The event is organised by SUSTAINORDIC – Sustainable Construction Materials and Architecture, which is part of the Nordic Council of Ministers initiative, Nordic Sustainable Construction.

We look forward to welcoming you in the Nordic tent!

Read more about Arendalsuka 

Date and Time

Arendal, Norway

Participation in democracy festivals

Through participation in Nordic democracy festivals, work package 3 will map out the system around sustainable conduct in construction in the Nordics.
The focus will be on the role of governance and architecture in adopting sustainable materials and practices in Nordic construction and retrofit.

Read more about Work package 3 - Sustainable Construction Materials and Architecture here