Think local first: a building policy to deliver on EU renovation challenge

Start/Stop Date:
20 Jun 2017
Horizon 2020 PUBLENEF project
Renewable Energy House 63 Rue d'Arlon 1040 Bruxelles Belgium
Focus Areas:
Finance and investment for building renovations.
Type of Event:

We hope you can join us at 9.30 on June 20th.  The roundtable is an official Energy Days event during EU Sustainable Energy Week. You can register here.

Consumers, local authorities and energy advisory services are the three leading forces, whose combined actions will enable Europe to deliver on its 2050 renovation challenge. Their manifold collaboration on the ground, in cooperation with other private and public stakeholders, is key to unlock widespread demand for renovation, ensure a just transition through affordable renovation schemes and increase the quality of life of European citizens.

The Commission’s Clean Energy for all Europeans package has vowed to deliver a fair deal for European consumers, make the EU number one in renewables and put energy efficiency first. The buildings sector will have a crucial role to deliver on these targets. In order to reach the ambitious goal of decarbonising the building stock by 2050, the way building renovation is undertaken in the EU will have to be transformed substantially.

The revision of the EU building policy framework in the context of the Clean Energy for all Europeans package provides an essential opportunity to empower consumers, local authorities and energy advisory services in putting Europe on track of its long-term renovation goal.

This Policy Roundtable, organised by the Horizon 2020 PUBLENEF project and the Energy Advice Exchange will address the questions of 1) how EU and national policy can support the provision of integrated energy renovation and advisory services to consumers and 2) what the role of local authorities and local energy advisory services is in attracting private sector finance and investment for building renovations.

The roundtable will bring together consumer organisations, local authorities and building policy experts to discuss these questions and the audience will be encouraged to join the debate.

The Energy Advice Exchange is an informal discussion group bringing together a wide range of actors who are arguing for a higher priority for the provision of energy advice. The three of us – Catrin Maby, Louise Sunderland and Rod Janssen – are hoping that our analysis, information gathering and recommendations will help all stakeholders in the approval process of the “winter package.” If you have information on energy advice that you would like to share, please let us know. Check out our webpage for more information.