Climate change impacts on cultural heritage: Facing the challenge

Europa Nostra’s Launch Webinar of the European Cultural Heritage Green Paper

Europa Nostra’s Launch Webinar of the European Cultural Heritage Green Paper (22 March 15.00 – 16:30)

All the participants stressed the importance of including Cultural Heritage in the European Green Paper. It was emphasised that Europe’s cultural heritage needs the European Green Deal to succeed, but also the cultural heritage is essential to the success of the European Green Deal. Andrew Potts (Project Manager and Lead author of the paper) presented the ‘European Cultural Heritage Green Paper’ and in particular the key areas of the European Green Deal related to Cultural Heritage: supplying clean, affordable and secure energy (e.g. siting of renewable energy infrastructure in cultural landscapes, placement of solar panels on historic buildings), mobilizing industry for a clean and circular economy, building and renovating in an energy and resource efficient way (e.g. incentivising renovation of historic buildings for energy efficiency), accelerating the shift to sustainable and smart mobility (related to tourism), promoting green finance and investment and ensuring a just transition, mobilising research and fostering training. It was also mentioned that it is important in this frame to prioritise ‘Win-Win’ Strategies and promote the synergies of the projects in the same direction.

The moderator Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General of Europa Nostra, when introducing the Greek participant Ms. Alexandra Mitsotaki, has mentioned that Greece plays a leading role in promoting cultural heritage aspects, since it is the Greek Government’s initiative that has raised the issue of the risks of climate change on cultural heritage at the Climate Action Summit in New York.

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