Webinar – Energy Renovation: The Trump Card for the New Start for Europe

Start/Stop Date:
20 May 2015
Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Webinar 15:00 - 16:00
Focus Areas:
Energy renovation of the building sector
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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (EC) is hosting a webinar to disseminate the learnings and main conclusions of its latest report on energy renovation.

The JRC report highlights that energy renovation could be the driver for growth and jobs in Europe if an EU renovation plan is considered. To be successful, this plan should incorporate the existing EU policy frameworks for growth and jobs, energy and climate and those related to cohesion policies into one single framework targeting the modernisation of the overall value chain of the building sector. The report demonstrates that a concerted effort is needed to phase out inefficient buildings from the European building stock. It proposes a clear, coherent and decentralised governance structure including an energy renovation facilitator and a risk sharing pool cascaded at different levels of governance to ensure the transformation of the EU building stock from being an energy waster to being an energy producer.

Mechanisms allowing for bundling of smaller projects into larger ones to make them bankable, creating clusters of accredited companies specialised in energy renovation to improve the quality of energy retrofits work and increasing the transparency of utility data (energy consumption) as well as data on energy renovation costs would also be required to make energy renovation one of the success stories of the New Start for Europe.

Agenda of the webinar

15:00 to 15:20: Presentation of the JRC report
Dr Heinz Ossenbrink: Head of the Renewables and Energy Efficiency Unit at the JRC
Dr Yamina Saheb: Scientific and Policy Officer at the Renewables and Energy Efficiency Unit of the JRC
Dr Sándor Szabó: Scientific and Policy Officer at the Renewables and Energy Efficiency Unit of the JRC

15:20 to 15:40: Round Table Discussion

Mr. Rod Janssen: Chief editor of Energy in Demand
Mr. Antonio Paparella: socio-economic analyst at EC-DG GROW
Mr. Gordon Sutherland: Senior Project Advisor of the EASME Horizon 2020 Energy Unit
Mr. Manuel Buenas: Deputy-head of Climate Change Unit at the European Investment Bank (EIB)
Mr. Marc Ringel: Professor at Nuertingen Geislingen University of Applied Sciences in Germany and member of a research consortium of the German Government on energy transition.
Mr. Regis Meyer: Policy Officer at the French Ministry of Sustainable Development

15:40 to 16:00: Q & A session with the participants

Download the report here (pdf)

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