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Setting a Lifetime CO2 Limit on Nordic Buildings: Join the Digital Nordic Roundtable Dialogue

Join us on Monday November 16th at 1600 CET for a digital roundtable dialogue between leading Nordic experts and parliamentarian Thomas Jensen, discussing setting a maximum lifetime CO2 limit on new Nordic Buildings.

With a growing need to mitigate carbon emissions from the Nordic construction sector, as declared by Nordic ministers in October 2019, increasing attention is being given to policy solutions to reduce the lifetime carbon footprint of buildings. A proposal discussed by the Nordic Council’s Committee for a Sustainable Nordic Region is to set a maximum lifetime CO2 limit on new buildings in the Nordics

It is argued that setting such a limit could be an effective and material neutral way to get a grip on building sector emissions, as well as simplify the sought-after Nordic building code harmonisation. However, the path to developing such policy, the knowledge gaps and the impact in the sector is still poorly understood...

This roundtable discussion gathers experts from across the Nordic region, including architects, policymakers, academics and industry representatives to discuss the topic directly with Nordic parliamentarian Thomas Jensen, one of the proposal’s authors. Through the dialogue, we will discuss what it would take to introduce such policy, what its impacts would be, and the role of wood and other materials in achieving the policy’s aims. 

The dialogue enables the continuation of pan-Nordic knowledge exchange and the discovery of common solutions, with participation from a Nordic parliamentarian ensuring that the outputs of the discussion are taken straight back to the decision-making level. The discussion will also be open to members of the public, who will be able to submit questions to the panel, and the session shall be recorded and available to watch at a later time.

Through the dialogue, the secretariat will compile a series of tangible recommendations to be presented to the Nordic Council of Ministers at the end of the year.


  • Lars Dithmer – Denmark
    • Head of sustainability, Per Aarsleff A/S
  • Cleo Orfanidou – Finland/Greece
    • Junior Researcher, LCA and Wood Construction. European Forest Institute, Joensuu
  • Matti Kuittinen – Finland
    • Senior Advisor, Finnish Ministry of the Environment; Adjunct Professor, Aalto University
  • Kenneth Wilén – Sweden
    • Co-founder & Executive Vice President, Arvet 

Keynote Listener:

  • Thomas Jensen – Denmark
    • Member of Danish Parliament and the Nordic Council's Committee on a Sustainable Nordic Region

Chaired by:

  • Mads Randbøll Wolff – Denmark
    • Chair of the Board, Nordic Wood in Construction Secretariat


16.00 - Welcome and introduction: setting a maximum lifetime CO2 limit on new Nordic Buildings

16.05Presentation of the key questions for the panel by Nordic parliamentarian, Thomas Jensen

16.10 - Short opening remarks from the panel

16.15 - Topic one

  • What would the impact of a maximum lifetime CO2 limit be on the Nordic construction industry from environmental, economic and social perspectives?
    • Q&A

16.35 - Topic two

  • What steps would be required to introduce such a policy, and what would it take to make it a successful measure?
    • Q&A

16.55 - Topic three

  • Wood has an undeniable role to play in challenging business as usual in the Nordic construction sector and meeting a potential lifetime CO2 limit. What sort of material mix should we be considering at a Nordic level as desirable, and what are the challenges in achieving this?
    • Q&A

17.10 - 1 minute policy pitches from the panel 

17.15Reflections from the keynote listener, Thomas Jensen

17.25 - Summary of the discussion and formulation of recommendations to take forward

17.30 - Discussion ends

n.b. all times are in CET (Denmark/Sweden/Norway)

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