Teaming up for lasting change ASSA ABLOY is a Regional Partner in the European Regional Network of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) and influential in paving the way forward for green building across Europe. The WorldGBC is a global network of Green Building Councils (GBCs) which are transforming the places we live, work, play, heal and learn in over 70 countries. ASSA ABLOY was chosen as a Regional Partner for its dedication to innovation and priority of considering the lifecycle impacts of products. On the Agenda In 2017, a key focus of the European Regional Network is to support the European Commission in creating, finalizing and implementing a crucial new EU policy aimed at creating a 'common language' for sustainable building assessment in the region. This should have a strong impact on future sustainable building policies and the integrity of designing and materials sourcing. Additional work on the 'BUILD UPON' initiative is also underway to develop more innovative ways to make existing buildings more sustainable, as well as collaboration with some of Europe's major banks to help consumers finance green home improvements. ASSA ABLOY is very excited to be part of an impressive group around Europe aimed to better both green practices and the regulations that support them. Plan of execution ASSA ABLOY will collaborate with E.ON, Knauf Insulation, Saint-Gobain, Skanska, UTC, BASF and Stora Enso – the fellow European Regional partners. An activity plan for 2017 will see Green Building Councils and Regional Partners collaborate to scale-up and coordinate their impact on the market. The whole value chain approach of the GBCs ensures valuable varied input – across all sectors – can be considered when developing and launching the future policies of the region. Close cooperation with the European Commission and other policy-makers will also be integral to presenting viable solutions. ASSA ABLOY is honored with this responsibility and greatly welcomes the challenges it presents. Improving sustainability is of the highest priority and, as a global leader in access solutions, ASSA ABLOY's influence and reach can create real and lasting positive impact.