Offentliggjort den 21. juni 2022.
Mr. de Ru, ladies and gentlemen,
Thank you for the warm welcome and insightful remarks on the future of the built environment, which have illustrated why this fascinating office space is a source of inspiration for innovative thinking around the world.
Both our countries are characterised by landscapes shaped by the proximity of water. In both countries, architecture and construction is inspired by, and increasingly integrate, waterways, harbours and coastlines in the built environment. Just, like here, and with enjoyable results.
For centuries, our populations have refined building techniques to adapt to the, often, harsh climate of the North Sea. Today, we must refine and develop building techniques to combat the impact of climate change.
We realize now that the future of the built environment is of profound importance to our climate, our economy and to our daily lives.
More than a third of our greenhouse gas emissions and our energy use is attributable to the built environment.
Minimising the energy consumption and climate impact of our built environment is a must, but it is just one of many factors to consider.
On average, European citizens spend up to 90% of their time indoors. Therefore, the ways in which we construct, design and use our indoor spaces have a profound effect on our health, our professional performance, and our general well-being.
The demands and opportunities on the road ahead are many and complex and unlocking the solutions will require creative and innovative thinking and working together, like never before.
Just like this floating office, which in the most beautiful way invites the environment inside, while at the same time making a minimal impact on it.
With the combination of Dutch and Danish vision, ambition and technical expertise, I am confident that the necessary solutions are within reach.
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