A big idea can grow from a small seed. This is why the EU invests in innovative projects like GROOF. Their approach to reduce emissions from buildings and transport by combining energy sharing and local food production. Partially funded by the EU with a grant of €2.9 million, it will build 4 rooftop greenhouses in 4 countries – Luxembourg, Belgium, France and Germany – which together will save around 54 tons of CO2 emissions a year.
Luxembourg’s per capita annual CO2 emissions are expected to increase to 15.1 metric tonnes by 2050. The EU is investing in ways of reversing this trend, such as the GROOF concept.
GROOF uses rooftop greenhouses to recover lost heat from buildings, collecting CO2 to help feed plants. It allows urban farmers to grow crops sustainably and gives city dwellers access to local produce, thus reducing transportemissions. By adapting buildings in this way, the project creates a blueprint for healthier, greener cities.
“I believe that many of us want to act for the environment and that new and alternative solutions do exist,” says GROOF project manager Nicolas Zita. “Rooftop greenhouses are one way to reduce CO2 emissions in a sustainable and innovative way.”