Strengthening technical assistance to deliver the Renovation Wave

Deploying technical assistance and building up administrative and logistical capacity in the Member States is a key enabler to turn the EU Renovation Wave into a reality and deliver the multiple benefits of energy efficiency across countries, regions, cities and to individual households.

Technical assistance plays a central role in removing the administrative, financial and other hurdles for ministries, cities, local authorities, businesses and households to renovate buildings. Allocating dedicated resources to technical assistance would enable support for public authorities to map out their building stock, prepare long-term renovation strategies and develop and
aggregate renovation proposals. In addition, these funds could be invested in education and training of workforce (upskilling and reskilling) as well as in information campaigns to increase citizens and businesses’ awareness about the multiple benefits of renovations in terms of cost-savings, comfort, improved living conditions and increased productivity.

This webinar will dive into the topic of technical assistance for energy efficiency projects and discuss how to strengthen technical assistance in the Member States and scale-up renovations across Europe.

Date and time: Wednesday 6 October 2021, 10:00 – 11:45 CET

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  • 10:00 Setting the scene and moderation
    Monica Frassoni, President, European Alliance to Save Energy
  • 10:05 Cohesion policies and technical assistance
    Nicola de Michelis, Director for Smart & Sustainable Growth and Programme Implementation, DG Regio, European Commission
    Mercedes Caballero Fernández, Secretaria General de Fondos Europeos, Ministerio de Hacienda, Spain (tbc)
    Quentin Galland, Public Affairs Director, Knauf Insulation
    Siemens representative
  • 10:35 Supporting Member States to implement energy efficiency projects
    Nathalie Berger, Director for Support to Member States’ Reforms, DG Reform, European Commission
    Renzo Tomellini, Head of the Technical Secretariat of Minister Cingolani, Ministry of Ecological Transition, Italy
    Mirella Vitale, Senior Vice President, Rockwool
    Julie Kjestrup, Head of EU Affairs, Danfoss
  • 11:05 Boosting technical assistance through EU legislation
    Paula Pinho, Director for Just Transition, Consumers, Energy Efficiency and Innovation, DG Energy, European Commission
    Bertrand Deprez, Vice President EU Government Affairs, Schneider Electric (tbc)
    Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public and Affairs, Signify and EU-ASE Board Chair
  • 11:35 Conclusions

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EU-ASE at World Climate Forum Europe 2021

On 29 June 2021, EU-ASE president Monica Frassoni took part in the panel discussion Envisioning the Sustainable Built Environment of Tomorrow – Creating Momentum for the EU Renovation Wave, at the World Climate Forum Europe 2021.

The event, hosted by the World Climate Foundation, gathered senior policymakers and high-level public and private actors from around the world to spur action-oriented discussions on advancing net-zero targets across all sectors as well as accelerate the green recovery and adaptation ahead of the COP26.

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Carbon pricing and buildings: A new trigger for the Renovation Wave?

Buildings are responsible for around 40% of CO2 emissions in the EU. To decarbonise this sector, the European Commission is considering introducing a carbon price. The workshop looked into the opportunities and challenges of a carbon pricing for buildings, starting from the lessons of Germany as a first mover in Europe.  

According to the Renovation Wave Communication, to achieve the 55% GHG emissions reduction target by 2030, the EU should reduce buildings’ greenhouse gas emissions by 60%. This can only be achieved by at least doubling the renovation rate as soon as possible. In addition to a substantial revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), the European Commission is considering to include in its upcoming “Fit for 55” package a proposal to cover sectors such as buildings and road transport by an emissions trading scheme. However, the particularities of the building sector, such as the low price-elasticity of energy demand, the ownership structure of buildings and the split incentives dilemma, would require caution and a thorough assessment of the consequences of introducing such policy.

What should be the contribution of a carbon price in the policy mix for a decarbonised building sector? Can it trigger a Renovation Wave and a switch to fully-renewable heating? What needs to be kept in mind when designing a new carbon pricing scheme for buildings?

This workshop, co-organised with the the German Business Initiative for Energy Efficiency (DENEFF), dived into the subject of carbon pricing in buildings by looking at lessons from Germany, where a recently launched carbon pricing scheme for buildings is hotly debated.

 

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EU-ASE at launch of EASAC Report on the Decarbonisation of Buildings

On 2 June 2021, the president of the European Alliance to Save Energy Monica Frassoni participated in the panel discussion for the launch of the report “Decarbonisation of buildings: for climate, health and jobs” by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC). The webinar gathered policy-makers, researchers and stakeholders to discuss the main findings of the report, offering recommendations for the EU, Member States and local authorities to activate the wave of buildings renovations. 

Among the panelists were representatives of the European Commission and the European Parliament, as well as of the European Investment Bank, the Buildings Performance Institute Europe and Housing Europe.

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EU-ASE at 6th EEMI Bauhaus webinar

On Tuesday 25 May 2021, the president of the European Alliance to Save Energy Monica Frassoni participated in the 6th edition of the EEMI Bauhaus series, co-hosted of the Energy Efficient Mortgage Initiative (EEMI) and the EMF-ECBC.

Her intervention covered the role that the EU Taxonomy can play, in the broader framework of the European Green Deal, to change, for the better, the political and economic perspectives of economic stakeholders in the EU and globally. Other speakers included Ligia Bodgan, Senior Manager Global Solutions Future Energy Home & eMobility at E.ON, Vincent Mahieu, Head Energy Efficiency & Regulatory Technology at Hypoport, and Hendrik Jan Luikinga , Chief Investment Officer at Woonnu.

The aim of the EEMI Bauhaus is to stimulate and facilitate cross-sectoral brainstorming on the design of a new Industry value chain, bringing together digitalisation and sustainability in support of the development of Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM).

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