The Aluminum Association Congratulates New
Chair for United Nations Environment Program's Sustainable Buildings
and Climate Change Initiative
July 10, 2009
The Aluminum Association (AA) congratulates Birgitte Holter, from
AA member company Hydro, for her new role as chairperson of the
United Nations Environment Program's Sustainable Buildings and Climate
Change Initiative (UNEP SBCI). Currently Holter works for Hydro's
aluminum building systems sector where she is responsible for strategy,
brand portfolio and global marketing. She says many are still unaware
that the building sector is responsible for 30-to-40 percent of
the world's carbon dioxide emissions but, she says, there is good
newsa large portion of these emissions could be reduced with
available technology, at very low cost.
"We speak as one voice representing the building sector, but
we are made of everyone from material suppliers to city regulators,"
said Holter. "It is important for Hydro to contribute to bringing
forward such messages, since buildings represent the most important
share of total aluminium consumptionand because we in Hydro
already have aluminium-based, energy-saving solutions for buildings
and are willing to develop more. We do believe aluminium is part
of the solution."
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