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We are Europe's leading independent think tank on energy performance of buildings. Our vision is a climate-neutral built environment, aligned with the ambition of the Paris Agreement, and in support of a fair and sustainable society.

Our commitment

The challenge to decarbonise the building stock is enormous.

In Europe alone, buildings consume 40% of the final energy consumption, with fossil fuels providing 80% of the energy. Our own analysis of national registries of Energy Performance Certificate schemes found that 97% of all certified residential buildings are in a performance class lower than A.

Achieving a decarbonised building sector therefore requires a focus first on increasing demand side efficiency as measured by minimising the buildings’ energy demand for all heating, cooling, lighting and other energy needs, while also addressing energy supply decarbonisation. Both energy demand and energy supply must go hand in hand as this will maximise synergies and optimise total energy system use on the journey to achieving climate neutrality and mitigating climate change. The social challenge of energy poverty is equally important. Transforming the building stock requires alignment with social policies, which in many cases adds complexity to political decision making.

As policy experts focusing on the built environment, we are committed to harnessing the enormous potential of buildings towards achieving an affordable, carbon-neutral built environment that is intelligently integrated into a decarbonised and flexible energy system.

Our Story

  • BPIE’s influences outcome Renovation Wave and Covid-19 recovery plans

    2020 marked BPIE’s 10th anniversary and one of our most eventful years to date. With 27 reports published in total, our research made a strong case to ensure the Renovation Wave would be given strong priority within the context of the EU Green Deal and the EU’s Recovery and Resilience Plans. In April 2020, we published our flagship publication providing a vision for the Renovation Wave strategy, which had been proposed by the European Commission in December 2019, in the context of the European Green Deal. In May, we provided specific figures on the investment opportunity for buildings in support of the Covid-19 recovery plans. In September, we released our Assessment of Member States’ 2020 Renovation Strategies, followed immediately by our response and recommendations to the Commission’s Renovation Wave detailed Renovation Wave communication, both for the European and German context. In December 2020, we launched the first-ever methodology to monitor decarbonisation of the global building sector, in support the ongoing work of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, and we also released arguably our most important publication of the year in response to the EU’s strengthened 2030 climate targets, which demonstrates that urgency to scale up the deep renovation rate in Europe to 3% annually by 2030.  

  • Supporting Member States implement the new EPBD

    Following the EPBD recast in 2018, BPIE produced two documents that aim to support public officers and policy makers towards effective EPBD implementation and national policy development. EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive: Guidance for public officers – Navigating new requirements for renovation strategies, outlined 6 phases for successful implementation with stakeholder consultation throughout the process, that would facilitate the development of national renovation strategies (due March 2020). Future-proof buildings for all Europeans: A guide to implement the Energy Performance of Buidlings Directive, provided recommendations and best practices for policy makers on long-term renovation strategies, financing renovation and calculating energy performance certificates and the smart readiness indicators.

  • BPIE develops new recommendations for a people-centric building stock and circular economy

    In 2018-2019, BPIE published a number of publications highlighting the multiple benefits of energy efficiency, circular economy and urban regeneration. In 2018, BPIE’s report on upscaling urban regeneration demonstrated the transformative potential a comprehensive renovation strategy can have on entire neighbourhoods, improving both physical and social well-being.  Building 4 People, a series of publications commissioned by Buildings 2030, revealed major business opportunities tied to people-centric buildings, and represented an important step towards defining, measuring, quantifying, and monetising the impact of indoor air quality, thermal comfort, acoustics, and lighting on students, office workers and patients across Europe. In 2019, The Zero Carbon and Circular Economy challenge in the built environment explored policy options to improve construction, heating and cooling of buildings, and address the challenges of changing construction material, urban biodiversity and integrating buildings with the energy system.

  • Shaping policy: New EPBD reflects many of BPIE’s recommendations

    The launch of the “Clean Energy Package for all Europeans” by the European Commission reflected the new policy paradigm to keep global temperature increase to well below 2°C. This package includes the November 2016 policy proposal for a revision of the “Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)”. Against this backdrop, BPIE developed its transformational strategies to support decision makers shape a robust and ambitious EPBD. The end result reflected many of BPIE’s recommendations and introduced for the first time the goal of a highly efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050. Additionally, the new EPBD included a Smart Readiness Indicator, Building Passports, and EPC improvements, other key recommendations that BPIE had strongly advised.

  • BPIE builds presence in Germany, supporting development of policies to decarbonise the German building stock

    In 2014 BPIE opened an office in Berlin, releasing Renovating Germany’s Building Stock  in November 2015. The report identified a series of policy tools and support measures that could stimulate investment towards achieving significant energy savings, and decarbonising a large part of Germany’s building stock within 15 years. In 2016, BPIE contributed to the Green Paper on Energy Efficiency, a government strategy on the cost-effective energy transition across sectors, discussing options to implement the European Efficiency First principle. BPIE has since continued to increase its presence and policy engagement; in 2019, BPIE started a series of discussions in collaboration with the HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform (HVGP), with the aim of quantifying the multiple benefits of building renovation in a comprehensive stakeholder process.

  • BPIE addresses EU fuel poverty in flagship report, supporting development of the European Commission’s Energy Poverty Observatory

    The report,Alleviating Fuel Poverty in the EU, clearly demonstrated that vigorous energy renovation measures of fuel poor homes are a viable, long-term solution to alleviating energy poverty, and work better than energy subsidies and direct financial support to households.

    To evaluate the extent of the problem, BPIE described the current situation of fuel poverty in Europe using data from Eurostat. Indicators used to measure fuel poverty refer to the inability of people to keep their home adequately warm, to pay their utility bills and to live in a dwelling without defects (leakages, damp walls, etc.). The indicators developed by BPIE later formed the basis for data analysis of the European Commission’s Energy Poverty Observatory, which helps Member States combat energy poverty.

  • BPIE joins EEFIG – the Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group

    BPIE played a key role in leading and developing the dialogue on energy efficiency finance from its very first event in 2010. The following years, BPIE organized a series of stakeholder meetings, convening policy makers, financial institutions and actors from the energy efficiency sector, which eventually contributed to the launch of Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) by the European Commission and UNEP FI in 2013. In the following year, BPIE organised the Investors Forum

  • BPIE launches first-of-kind data hub for buildings performance in Europe, the precursor to the European Commission’s EU Building Stock Observatory

    BPIE’s data hub created a comprehensive open data portal to assist policy makers at the EU and Member State level, as well as technical experts, building professionals, and the broader energy efficiency in buildings community. The data hub was the precursor to the European Commission’s EU Building Stock Observatory, which was created in 2016 by BPIE in partnership with Ecofys (Navigant), ECN, Enerdata, Seven, and many other national partners, as part of the Clean Energy for All Europeans legislative package,

  • BPIE’s breakthrough publication, Europe’s Buildings Under the Microscope makes it possible to determine potential CO2 saving potential of Europe’s buildings

    The publication is the first ever pan-European survey taken on the building stock of all EU 27 member states, Switzerland and Norway. The reportprovided an exhaustive analysis on building characteristics, building codes and other regulatory measures, making it possible to determine the energy and CO2 saving potential of Europe’s buildings and to model a variety of scenarios for the systematic renovation of the European building stock until 2050. The report was a catalyst for fact-based European policy-making, demonstrating how to leverage energy saving potential of EU buildings while maximizing environmental, economic, and social benefits.

  • BPIE launches national initiatives in Romania, Bulgaria, and Poland

    BPIE launched its first national initiative in Romania in 2011, with the mission of supporting ambitious implementation of EU energy policies for buildings and the growth of national energy efficiency and renewable energy markets.  In 2011-2012, together with national authorities and private stakeholders, BPIE helped Romania secure over €100 million from EU structural funds for a financing scheme addressing multi-apartment houses owned by low-income occupants. As its first activity in Poland in 2012, BPIE undertook a technical analysis and economic assessment of the costs and benefits of renovating the Polish building stock, resulting in an ambitious roadmap to guide the transition towards nearly Zero-Energy Buildings and dramatically reduce energy consumption, air pollutants and CO2 emissions. In Bulgaria, BPIE contributed to a 2012 study proposing nearly Zero-Energy Buildings definition and policy implementation roadmaps until 2020. BPIE has continued to strengthen its ties with national and local authorities in each country and performs ongoing analyses on a variety of topics, from granular building stock analyses, investment opportunities by building type, and financial support schemes.

  • BPIE (Buildings Performance Institute Europe) is created in Brussels by the European Climate Foundation, eceee, and ClimateWorks Foundation, as the first pan-European organisation to provide political analysis and decision-making support to policymakers related to energy and buildings.

    A team of just five, BPIE’s work had a profound impact on setting the policy agenda in Brussels, already in its first year. BPIE’s first publication, Financing Energy Efficiency (EE) in Buildings put energy efficiency financing on the Commission’s agenda. The report is among the first in Europe to identify critical barriers to financing and project uptake, and maps existing financing mechanisms for energy efficiency. Cost-optimality in Building Renovations, directly supported the EU decision-making on cost-optimality in building renovations that began following the European Buildings Performance Directive (EPBD) recast (Directive 2010/31/EU). To that end, BPIE organized a series of meetings, engaging all internal and external stakeholders in the process. Energy performance certificates – from design to implementation, proposed different ways of increasing implementation effectiveness and enhancing public acceptance of EPCs.

2020 marked BPIE’s 10th anniversary and one of our most eventful years to date. With 27 reports published in total, our research made a strong case to ensure the Renovation Wave would be given strong priority within the context of the EU Green Deal and the EU’s Recovery and Resilience Plans. In April 2020, we published our flagship publication providing a vision for the Renovation Wave strategy, which had been proposed by the European Commission in December 2019, in the context of the European Green Deal. In May, we provided specific figures on the investment opportunity for buildings in support of the Covid-19 recovery plans. In September, we released our Assessment of Member States’ 2020 Renovation Strategies, followed immediately by our response and recommendations to the Commission’s Renovation Wave detailed Renovation Wave communication, both for the European and German context. In December 2020, we launched the first-ever methodology to monitor decarbonisation of the global building sector, in support the ongoing work of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, and we also released arguably our most important publication of the year in response to the EU’s strengthened 2030 climate targets, which demonstrates that urgency to scale up the deep renovation rate in Europe to 3% annually by 2030.  

Following the EPBD recast in 2018, BPIE produced two documents that aim to support public officers and policy makers towards effective EPBD implementation and national policy development. EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive: Guidance for public officers – Navigating new requirements for renovation strategies, outlined 6 phases for successful implementation with stakeholder consultation throughout the process, that would facilitate the development of national renovation strategies (due March 2020). Future-proof buildings for all Europeans: A guide to implement the Energy Performance of Buidlings Directive, provided recommendations and best practices for policy makers on long-term renovation strategies, financing renovation and calculating energy performance certificates and the smart readiness indicators.

In 2018-2019, BPIE published a number of publications highlighting the multiple benefits of energy efficiency, circular economy and urban regeneration. In 2018, BPIE’s report on upscaling urban regeneration demonstrated the transformative potential a comprehensive renovation strategy can have on entire neighbourhoods, improving both physical and social well-being.  Building 4 People, a series of publications commissioned by Buildings 2030, revealed major business opportunities tied to people-centric buildings, and represented an important step towards defining, measuring, quantifying, and monetising the impact of indoor air quality, thermal comfort, acoustics, and lighting on students, office workers and patients across Europe. In 2019, The Zero Carbon and Circular Economy challenge in the built environment explored policy options to improve construction, heating and cooling of buildings, and address the challenges of changing construction material, urban biodiversity and integrating buildings with the energy system.

The launch of the “Clean Energy Package for all Europeans” by the European Commission reflected the new policy paradigm to keep global temperature increase to well below 2°C. This package includes the November 2016 policy proposal for a revision of the “Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)”. Against this backdrop, BPIE developed its transformational strategies to support decision makers shape a robust and ambitious EPBD. The end result reflected many of BPIE’s recommendations and introduced for the first time the goal of a highly efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050. Additionally, the new EPBD included a Smart Readiness Indicator, Building Passports, and EPC improvements, other key recommendations that BPIE had strongly advised.

In 2014 BPIE opened an office in Berlin, releasing Renovating Germany’s Building Stock  in November 2015. The report identified a series of policy tools and support measures that could stimulate investment towards achieving significant energy savings, and decarbonising a large part of Germany’s building stock within 15 years. In 2016, BPIE contributed to the Green Paper on Energy Efficiency, a government strategy on the cost-effective energy transition across sectors, discussing options to implement the European Efficiency First principle. BPIE has since continued to increase its presence and policy engagement; in 2019, BPIE started a series of discussions in collaboration with the HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform (HVGP), with the aim of quantifying the multiple benefits of building renovation in a comprehensive stakeholder process.

The report,Alleviating Fuel Poverty in the EU, clearly demonstrated that vigorous energy renovation measures of fuel poor homes are a viable, long-term solution to alleviating energy poverty, and work better than energy subsidies and direct financial support to households.

To evaluate the extent of the problem, BPIE described the current situation of fuel poverty in Europe using data from Eurostat. Indicators used to measure fuel poverty refer to the inability of people to keep their home adequately warm, to pay their utility bills and to live in a dwelling without defects (leakages, damp walls, etc.). The indicators developed by BPIE later formed the basis for data analysis of the European Commission’s Energy Poverty Observatory, which helps Member States combat energy poverty.

BPIE played a key role in leading and developing the dialogue on energy efficiency finance from its very first event in 2010. The following years, BPIE organized a series of stakeholder meetings, convening policy makers, financial institutions and actors from the energy efficiency sector, which eventually contributed to the launch of Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) by the European Commission and UNEP FI in 2013. In the following year, BPIE organised the Investors Forum

BPIE’s data hub created a comprehensive open data portal to assist policy makers at the EU and Member State level, as well as technical experts, building professionals, and the broader energy efficiency in buildings community. The data hub was the precursor to the European Commission’s EU Building Stock Observatory, which was created in 2016 by BPIE in partnership with Ecofys (Navigant), ECN, Enerdata, Seven, and many other national partners, as part of the Clean Energy for All Europeans legislative package,

The publication is the first ever pan-European survey taken on the building stock of all EU 27 member states, Switzerland and Norway. The reportprovided an exhaustive analysis on building characteristics, building codes and other regulatory measures, making it possible to determine the energy and CO2 saving potential of Europe’s buildings and to model a variety of scenarios for the systematic renovation of the European building stock until 2050. The report was a catalyst for fact-based European policy-making, demonstrating how to leverage energy saving potential of EU buildings while maximizing environmental, economic, and social benefits.

BPIE launched its first national initiative in Romania in 2011, with the mission of supporting ambitious implementation of EU energy policies for buildings and the growth of national energy efficiency and renewable energy markets.  In 2011-2012, together with national authorities and private stakeholders, BPIE helped Romania secure over €100 million from EU structural funds for a financing scheme addressing multi-apartment houses owned by low-income occupants. As its first activity in Poland in 2012, BPIE undertook a technical analysis and economic assessment of the costs and benefits of renovating the Polish building stock, resulting in an ambitious roadmap to guide the transition towards nearly Zero-Energy Buildings and dramatically reduce energy consumption, air pollutants and CO2 emissions. In Bulgaria, BPIE contributed to a 2012 study proposing nearly Zero-Energy Buildings definition and policy implementation roadmaps until 2020. BPIE has continued to strengthen its ties with national and local authorities in each country and performs ongoing analyses on a variety of topics, from granular building stock analyses, investment opportunities by building type, and financial support schemes.

A team of just five, BPIE’s work had a profound impact on setting the policy agenda in Brussels, already in its first year. BPIE’s first publication, Financing Energy Efficiency (EE) in Buildings put energy efficiency financing on the Commission’s agenda. The report is among the first in Europe to identify critical barriers to financing and project uptake, and maps existing financing mechanisms for energy efficiency. Cost-optimality in Building Renovations, directly supported the EU decision-making on cost-optimality in building renovations that began following the European Buildings Performance Directive (EPBD) recast (Directive 2010/31/EU). To that end, BPIE organized a series of meetings, engaging all internal and external stakeholders in the process. Energy performance certificates – from design to implementation, proposed different ways of increasing implementation effectiveness and enhancing public acceptance of EPCs.

Meet the Team

We are a multi-national team of individuals committed to driving Europe’s transition to carbon-neutral buildings, with offices in Brussels and Berlin, and local partners in Romania, the UK, and Poland. Cumulatively, we speak over 10 languages, and combine expertise on energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies, and health and indoor environment with a deep understanding of EU policies and processes.

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Oliver Rapf
Executive Director
Office: Brussels

Mariangiola Fabbri
Head of Research
Office: Brussels

Elodie Da Rocha
Head of Finance and Operations
Office: Brussels

Sibyl Steuwer
Head of BPIE Berlin Office
Office: Berlin

Caroline Milne
Head of Communications
Office: Brussels

Hélène Sibileau
Senior Policy Advisor
Office: Brussels

Zsolt Toth
Team Lead
Office: Brussels

Ivan Jankovic
Team Lead
Office: Brussels

Sarah Cohen
HR Manager
Office: Brussels

Anita Derjanecz
Business Development Manager
Office: Brussels

Judit Kockat
Project Manager
Office: Brussels

Jelena Simjanovic
Senior Project Manager
Office: Brussels

Sheikh Zuhaib
Senior Project Manager
Office: Berlin

Carla Mauricio-Planas
Senior Communications Manager
Office: Brussels

Margaux Barrett
Communications Manager
Office: Brussels

Scott Magalich
Communications Manager
Office: Brussels

Victoria Taranu
Senior Researcher
Office: Brussels

Denisa Diaconu
Project Manager
Office: Brussels

Teresa Henriques Lobo
Finance and Operations Manager
Office: Brussels

Rutger Broer
Project Manager
Office: Berlin

Sriraj Gokarakonda
Project Manager
Office: Berlin

Liz Eve
Team Assistant
Office: Berlin

Carolina Koronen
Senior Researcher
Office: Brussels

Xerome Fernández Álvarez
Researcher
Office: Brussels

Essam Elnagar
Data Analyst
Office: Brussels

Lisa Graaf
Senior Project Manager
Office: Berlin

Caroline Düvier
Project Manager
Office: Berlin

Volodymyr Vladyka
Policy Assistant
Office: Brussels

Emily Bankert
Researcher for Carbon and Energy in the Built Environment
Office: Brussels

Jerson Alexis Pinzon Amorocho
Senior Researcher
Office: Berlin

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Oliver Rapf
Executive Director
Office: Brussels

Oliver Rapf

Executive Director

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As Executive Director of BPIE, Oliver has spearheaded strategic planning, administration, program development, fundraising and outreach since joining BPIE during its infancy in 2011. Through his leadership, Oliver has grown BPIE into a financially independent non-profit organization and trusted thought leader on energy performance of buildings in Europe and globally.

Before joining BPIE, Oliver worked for the global conservation organization WWF in various roles, including as Head of the Climate Business Engagement unit of WWF International, managing strategy and partnership development with the private sector. Leading an international team, he advised multinational companies on climate change and energy issues.

Oliver’s experience in buildings efficiency goes back to the late 90s when he was a project leader for several deep renovation projects on behalf of WWF in cooperation with housing companies across Germany. Oliver participated in UNFCCC negotiation processes, and was the leader of the German NGO coalition at international conferences. Oliver has been active as a jury member of environmental and sustainability awards and serves on various advisory boards. In his early career, he worked on regional sustainability strategies and spatial planning.

Office: Brussels
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Mariangiola Fabbri
Head of Research
Office: Brussels

Mariangiola Fabbri

Head of Research

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As Head of Research at BPIE, Mariangiola leads the design and implementation of BPIE’s research and policy strategy, and oversees the day-to-day work of the BPIE research team. With over fifteen years of experience working in energy efficiency and climate change policy analysis, Mariangiola has managed numerous flagship projects at BPIE, including iBroad, De-Risking Energy Efficiency Investments (DG ENER), EmBuild, and the adoption of the Clean Energy Package for All Europeans.

Prior to joining BPIE, Mariangiola worked as an energy consultant at Dunsky Energy Consulting in Montreal, where she carried out primary and secondary research on energy efficiency financing, market transformation, programme evaluation, market analysis and characterisation and best practices reviews of residential and commercial programmes.

Prior to working at Dunsky, Mariangiola was Senior Policy Officer at WWF EPO in Brussels. In this role, Mariangiola led the organisation’s energy efficiency work, contributing to the adoption and implementation of a wide range of policies, including the recast of the EPBD, the Climate and Energy Package, and the Eco-design and Energy Services Directives. She then became Senior Partnership Manager for the Climate Business Engagement unit, managing international partnerships with the private sector.

She holds a Masters in Environmental Law and a Masters in European Political and Administrative Studies, and served several years on the board of CAN-Europe and Topten International Group.

Office: Brussels
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Elodie Da Rocha
Head of Finance and Operations
Office: Brussels

Elodie Da Rocha

Head of Finance and Operations

She holds a Master degree in Business Administration and gained twelve years of professional expertise by working for SME’s and multinational corporations in France, Belgium and Germany.

During this time, she managed finance and process related projects all around the world.

Today her biggest motivation is to support the company making the right financial decisions as she believes in the company’s purpose.

In her free time, Elodie enjoys roaming the playgrounds of Brussels with her two little sons.

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Sibyl Steuwer
Head of BPIE Berlin Office
Office: Berlin

Sibyl Steuwer

Head of BPIE Berlin Office

As head of the BPIE Berlin Office, Sibyl is responsible for BPIE’s research activities on climate protection in the building sector in Germany. In addition, she is in charge of outreach to German stakeholders: the team in Berlin is providing information on current European research and policy developments and engages in national debates on climate protection in the building sector.

Sibyl has been working on sustainable energy transitions and the politics of energy efficiency for more than a decade. Her professional expertise includes the governance of the German energy transition, policy instrument choice in climate and energy policy, and the management of multi-stakeholder projects in different areas of sustainable development. Prior to joining BPIE she had worked for the Environmental Policy Research Center at Freie University Berlin, the German Advisory Council on the Environment, and the German Council for Sustainable Development.

Sibyl holds a PhD in political science. In her dissertation project at Freie University Berlin, she compared the implementation of energy saving obligations in different European Member States. She also holds a M.A. and a B.Sc. in Environmental Management.

In her spare time, Sibyl enjoys bike tours, exploring biodiversity, and playing the Orgue.

Office: Berlin
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Caroline Milne
Head of Communications
Office: Brussels

Caroline Milne

Head of Communications

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Dylan Thomas

As Head of Communications at BPIE, Caroline develops and deploys BPIE’s long-term communications strategy, and manages communications campaigns across a wide range of projects.

Prior to joining BPIE, Caroline was Director of Communications and Marketing at Joule Assets, where she led communications and stakeholder engagement for European projects targeting energy efficiency project developers and investors, including SEAF H2020 and LAUNCH H2020. In this role, she also led deployment of the commercial launch of the eQuad platform, which facilitates investment in energy efficiency projects for SMEs in Europe, and organized outreach towards municipal leaders and residents in New York State in effort to create bulk energy buying programmes (“Community Choice Aggregation”). Before entering the energy efficiency space, Caroline spent several years working as a freelance English teacher for business professionals, copywriter and academic editor.

Caroline holds a BA in Political Science and French from the University of Victoria, Canada, and a MSc of Political Science from the Université libre de Bruxelles, where she specialized in institutional evolution in the context of EU electricity market.

When Caroline isn’t working, she can be found at her piano, going for a long run, brewing kombucha or practicing handstands in the kitchen.

Office: Brussels
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Hélène Sibileau
Senior Policy Advisor
Office: Brussels

Hélène Sibileau

Senior Policy Advisor

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Hélène SIBILEAU joined BPIE in February 2021 as Senior Policy Advisor. Before that, she was Senior EU Affairs Manager for almost six years at EuroACE – Energy Efficient Buildings, a Brussels-based business association representing manufacturers of energy efficient products in buildings. At EuroACE, she advocated for more ambitious EU policies in the field of energy performance of buildings, and lobbied the negotiations of key files of the Clean Energy for All Europeans Package. Hélène’s missions ranged from monitoring, policy analysis, drafting amendments and implementing advocacy strategies towards the EU institutions. Previous experiences include a Blue Book Traineeship in the European Commission in the ‘Energy Efficiency’ Unit of DG ENER and various roles as consultant.

A graduate of both Sciences Po Strasbourg and the College of Europe, where she wrote her Master Thesis on the Energy Efficiency Directive, she also teaches for many years now at Sciences Po Strasbourg, notably courses on ‘Lobbying in Practice’ or ‘The Energy Transition’. Hélène is French, and also speaks English and German. Besides energy efficiency in buildings, Hélène’s passions include horse riding, playing badminton, reading books, and continuing to learn more about European history.

Office: Brussels
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Zsolt Toth
Team Lead
Office: Brussels

Zsolt Toth

Team Lead

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Zsolt is Senior Project Manager at BPIE where he is responsible for leading BPIE’s work across a number of research projects, focusing on green finance and European policy.

Before joining BPIE, Zsolt acted as Senior Adviser at the EMF-ECBC (European Mortgage Federation – European Covered Bond Council) focusing on green mortgages and reinforcing the link between building performance, market value and lending risk. Prior to this role, he worked for almost 10 years as EU Affairs Manager at RICS Europe (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) responsible for driving public affairs activity and delivering EU policy in the built environment. Working with a great diversity of projects, policy areas and stakeholders across Europe has given him a privileged insight into the real estate lifecycle and many of the current issues in green building as well as its relation with economic development and society.

Zsolt holds a PhD in Political Theory and has contributed to a series of academic and industry publications on energy efficiency, construction and sustainability, as member of international think thanks and European sustainability-built environment stakeholder partnerships.

In his spare time, Zsolt loves listening to jazz and classical music; he is a passionate record collector and dedicated to exploring the history and science of audio engineering and listening experience.

Office: Brussels
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Ivan Jankovic
Team Lead
Office: Brussels

Ivan Jankovic

Team Lead

Ivan holds M.Sc. in mechanical engineering with major in thermal engineering (University of Belgrade) and MBA degree with major in finance (Athens University), while his work experience covers both engineering and finance topics. Ivan worked as energy efficiency consultant and HVAC design engineer for IFI and privately funded projects in Europe and Middle East, concentrating on energy efficiency performance and renovation of public buildings. In addition, Ivan worked in the banking industry as a credit risk analyst for different loans and investments, as well as financial analyst for water and wastewater infrastructure projects in Western Balkans and Serbia.

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Sarah Cohen
HR Manager
Office: Brussels

Sarah Cohen

HR Manager

Prior to joining BPIE, Sarah gathered experiences in European and international institutions in Paris and Brussels, where she carried out administrative and human resources functions. During this time, she provided business support to high-level stakeholders and gained experience with procedures, protocols and rules of governance within headquarters and a regional office.

Prior to working for institutions, she worked for a EU federation representing the interest of the bioenergy sector as an Office Manager based in Brussels. During this experience, she gained a thorough knowledge in the day-to-day business operations of an EU association working closely with the EU institutions.

She holds a Master degree in Translation and International Relations from ULB.

When Sarah isn’t working, she can be found walking in nature, dancing bachata, trying new recipes and spending time with her family.

Office: Brussels
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Anita Derjanecz
Business Development Manager
Office: Brussels

Anita Derjanecz

Business Development Manager

Office: Brussels
... we face the question, if and how the economic system can reintegrate its impacts on the environment into its communication. In principle, this is possible through the instability of prices – but only through that. ... Niklas Luhmann
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Judit Kockat
Project Manager
Office: Brussels

Judit Kockat

Project Manager

... we face the question, if and how the economic system can reintegrate its impacts on the environment into its communication. In principle, this is possible through the instability of prices – but only through that. ... Niklas Luhmann

As Project Manager at BPIE, Judit designs and implements research related to modelling energy efficiency and CO2 scenarios in the buildings sector as part of integrated energy system analyses. She interprets the modelling results to draw conclusions for the design, implementation and transfer of policy instruments and bundles.

Judit has been modelling building stocks and policy impacts for 10 years with a focus on data analysis, building modelling and related policies. Judit  holds a PhD in civil engineering, degrees in economy & engineering and business administration. After researching energy demand in buildings at the Fraunhofer Institute for System and Innovation Research she joined BPIE in November 2016.

As Project Manager at BPIE, Judit designs and implements research related to modelling energy efficiency and CO2 scenarios in the buildings sector and as part of integrated energy system analyses. Profound knowledge of German and EU energy policies connected to efficiency and renewable energy and buildings enables helps her to assess the ambition and evaluate their impact. In the latest EU-project, she modelled all energy uses in buildings for Europe by Member state, see http://tool.european-calculator.eu.

In various techno-economic analysis with international partners, Judit assessed costs and benefits and the macroeconomic effects of policies and analyzed policy instruments and their design, such as white certificates and subsidy schemes. Within the Odyssee-MURE database project, she maintained the German policies section adding their evaluation. In close collaboration with the international research team in the EU Project “ENTRANZE”, she contributed to the modelling of the building stock and renovation cost in the projections for EU countries. One of her particular roles was to design the data analysis tools that handle the data for all European countries’ building stocks.

When she’s not managing projects or modelling energy scenarios, Judit enjoys biking and theorizing.

Office: Brussels
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Jelena Simjanovic
Senior Project Manager
Office: Brussels

Jelena Simjanovic

Senior Project Manager

Before you go looking for happiness, check - you might already be happy. Happiness is small, ordinary, inconspicuous. Many don’t see it. Duško Radović, a Serbian novelist

Jelena is as a Senior Project Manager who brought to BPIE more than 15 years of global work experience in energy efficiency, renewable energy, electricity & carbon markets, and clean technology fields. Prior to joining BPIE Jelena was with RWE Renewables, where she was working on renewable market development in the US and Asia. Besides working on corporate business development, Jelena’s experiences include advocacy (Transport & Environment), project management (Global CCS Institute); market analytics & strategy development (Refinitiv), as well as policy, technical and market analytics for numerous clients in Europe, United States and Asia such as the California Attorney General’s Office, the World Bank, the Hoover Institution, and many others. In her country of birth, Serbia, Jelena worked with the Alliance to Save Energy, where she implemented the first national energy-efficiency curriculum in schools and worked with local municipalities on energy efficiency improvements in public buildings.

Jelena earned a Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Master of Science (MS) in Energy & Resources degrees at the University of California, Berkeley. There, at the Haas School of Business and the School of Engineering she also specialized at Engineering and Business for Sustainability, and for Management of Technology. At Chuo University in Tokyo, Jelena studied Japanese medieval history, while her bachelor’s in Japanese Language and Culture she earned at University of Belgrade. She is a published author fluent in four languages.

In her free time, Jelena likes to develop fusion recipes inspired by tastes of 8 countries she lived in, and is a fitness instructor. Her goal is to motivate people aged 40+ who may have forgotten to take time for themselves to do so, help them get back in shape and stay healthy for years to come.

Office: Brussels
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Sheikh Zuhaib
Senior Project Manager
Office: Berlin

Sheikh Zuhaib

Senior Project Manager

Zuhaib is Senior Project Manager at BPIE. He has worked on a broad-spectrum of topics and has a strong background in architectural and environmental designm nearly Zero-Energy Buildings, deep-retrofitting, Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), building energy modelling and simulation, conducting stakeholder analyses, field-studies, monitoring campaigns and statistical data analysis. He began his professional career as an Architect and has over 8 years of experience in design and research projects for the built environment.

Prior to joining BPIE, Zuhaib worked as scientific researcher at the National University of Ireland, Galway, in the nZEB-Retrofit project managing and leading one of the work-packages involving interdisciplinary collaborators and multiple stakeholders. He was a guest researcher at the Institute of Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Building, E3D (Germany) where he collaborated on developing solutions for building and district level retrofits. Earlier, he has also worked as an Assistant Professor for design, construction, computational modelling and sustainability for the undergraduate students of architecture at the Manipal University (India).

As an accredited professional in green buildings and certified in ‘Professional Energy Skills in nZEB’, Zuhaib holds a Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland, Galway, in developing deep-retrofit decision-making support for achieving nZEBs with enhanced comfort. He completed his master’s in architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology- Roorkee, where he also received a DAAD fellowship to conduct his research on building energy performance at the Department of Building Technology, RWTH Aachen (Germany). He is also an active member of international bodies such as ASHRAE and ISIAQ.

When Zuhaib isn’t working, he likes to play table tennis and basketball, enjoys travelling and cycling.

Office: Berlin
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Carla Mauricio-Planas
Senior Communications Manager
Office: Brussels

Carla Mauricio-Planas

Senior Communications Manager

"Live and let live" - Ancient Law-Merchant book by G. De Malynes

Before joining BPIE, Carla worked as a communication consultant at Arctik (Technopolis Group) managing Horizon 2020 projects on sustainability topics. Her main experience on research and science communication was however built during her time at the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST Association) as a communications officer. There she was in charge of developing publications and audiovisual projects as well as supervising the development and implementation of the COST branding.

Thanks to a couple of internships in international organizations including the United Nations and the European Parliament, Carla realized she loves working in multicultural environments and on projects with a social impact. 

Carla holds a MA in journalism, media and communications from Cardiff University (Wales) and a BA in humanities from the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. She is a Catalan and Spanish native speaker and is also fluent in English and French. 

In her free time, Carla enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, discovering new brocantes or taking care of her plants. 

Office: Brussels
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Margaux Barrett
Communications Manager
Office: Brussels

Margaux Barrett

Communications Manager

Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay. Simone de Beauvoir

Margaux is Communications Manager, where she works on a range of outreach campaigns and activities related to EU-funded and BPIE initiatives.

Prior to joining BPIE, Margaux worked as a research and communication assistant at the European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN), a multilevel governmental network providing expertise on urban issues, based in The Hague. There, she was in charge of organising events, conducting background research and writing articles for the network. Additionally, she was involved in the communication activities of the Urban Agenda for the EU, a multilevel partnership programme supported by the European Commission.

Her previous experience has also taken her to Vietnam, where she spent some months conducting research on the new urban areas in Hanoi and their integration in the built environment.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and a Master’s degree in European Studies for Urban and Territorial Development from Lille University. She also had the opportunity to broaden her curriculum by spending a year in Sweden to study sustainable development.

In her spare time, Margaux likes reading, doing yoga, biking around Brussels and sometimes playing a few notes on her flute. 

Office: Brussels
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Scott Magalich
Communications Manager
Office: Brussels

Scott Magalich

Communications Manager

Prior to joining BPIE, Scott worked as a Communications Officer at CER – the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure companies where he managed the production and publication of visual assets, campaigns, social media channels and policy events. He also managed the ‘CER Essays’ initiative which saw publications on rail topics co-authored by railway CEOs and academics, each with a launch event in the European Parliament. His previous experience also includes working in the Digital and Sustainability teams at the consultancy APCO Worldwide.

His work experience also includes an internship in the EU Projects team at WindEurope and the position of Analyst at a security consultancy in Paris.

He holds a Masters Degree in European Affairs from Sciences Po and a Bachelor Degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He is an English native speaker and also speaks French.

When he isn’t working, Scott can be found going on hikes, trying out new restaurants and spending quality time with friends.

Office: Brussels
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Victoria Taranu
Senior Researcher
Office: Brussels

Victoria Taranu

Senior Researcher

The only constant in life is change. Heraclitus

In the previous six years, Victoria has been researching policies to promote energy efficiency in the residential sector. In 2019 she received a PhD at the Faculty of Architecture and Arts, Hasselt University. Her research focused on evidence-based, behaviourally-informed policies to encourage energy renovation. Using insights from behavioural economics, she analysed the efficacy of the Flemish energy label for dwellings and investigated private homeowners’ decision-making regarding energy renovation. During the postdoc, Victoria worked on the RETAX Project, which aimed at reforming the property tax in Belgium to contribute to energy efficiency and sustainable land use. She has experience collaborating with public agencies and stakeholders in elaborating evidence-based policies; and is advocating for tighter collaboration between policymakers and researchers.

Victoria holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Sustainable Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Turin.

Besides her passion for the environment, Victoria enjoys volunteering for the community, politics, photography and piano.

Office: Brussels
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Denisa Diaconu
Project Manager
Office: Brussels

Denisa Diaconu

Project Manager

As a Project Manager at BPIE, Denisa is directly engaged in the coordination and implementation of various projects that aim at enabling the decarbonization of the built environment.

Previously to BPIE, Denisa was a Senior Researcher at Energy Policy Group, the leading energy and climate think-tank in Romania. In that position, she carried out policy research on energy related issues, particularly energy efficiency and circular economy. During her studies, she was involved in several international research projects regarding political representation and electoral behavior.

She holds an MA in Energy Business from the University of Economic Studies (Bucharest), a master’s degree in Political Theory and Policy Analysis and a bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences, both from the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (Bucharest). Due to her background, she pays particular attention and shows genuine interest in the social impacts the energy policies have among different social groups. She is also an alumna of Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET).

In her spare time, she is either at the cinema or doing bouldering.

Office: Brussels
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Teresa Henriques Lobo
Finance and Operations Manager
Office: Brussels

Teresa Henriques Lobo

Finance and Operations Manager

Happiness consists in realizing it is all a great strange dream. Jack Kerouac

As Finance and Administrative Officer, Teresa is involved in the preparation and support of funding proposals while supporting the Finance and Human Resources teams, ensuring smooth day-to-day running of BPIE’s internal programs and administration. 

Teresa finished her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the School of Economics and Management of the University of Porto in 2018. Since then, she had the opportunity to work as an intern in the treasury team of a multinational company.

She joined The Climate Reality Project in June 2018 and day by day she is trying to improve herself as an environmentally-conscious human being. In her free time, Teresa enjoys a good chat while absorbing the sun or a good marathon of tv shows.

Office: Brussels
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Rutger Broer
Project Manager
Office: Berlin

Rutger Broer

Project Manager

Make hay while the sun shines.

Rutger is Project Manager at BPIE, and has previously finished his MSc Industrial Ecology at the TU Delft and Leiden University. Combining insights of social and natural sciences, he strives to become a bridge builder in the energy transition. Next to his standard study program, he completed the Climate KIC Master Label Program. His thesis researched concerned citizen participation in the transition to sustainably heating the built environment in the Netherlands.

Rutger became acquainted with comparative policy analysis while performing a research project for the Netherlands Institute of Multiparty Democracy in The Hague. Besides an exchange program in political science to the Université de Poitiers in France, Rutger worked half a year as junior officer in the field of public and economic diplomacy at the Dutch Consulate General in Cape Town. Additionally, he has half a year experience as communication manager in the start-up scene in Amsterdam and performed communication work for various Dutch Industry Associations. Just before joining BPIE, he finished a research project in heating installations in the context of energy and environmental performance of buildings for the Dutch Heating Industry Association. Next to his work, Rutger has organized multiple events and conferences related to the energy transition. His latest work experience and graduation have further strengthened his commitment to an energy efficient and environmentally sustainable built environment in Europe.

As facilitator and trainer, he has shared his enthusiasm about public speaking and rhetoric with a broad and international audience. He is always open for a conversation in Dutch, English, French or German. As a true Dutchman, he loves riding his bike whenever he can.

After work, Rutger likes to dance or do sports before cooking tasty and nutritious meals.

Office: Berlin
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Sriraj Gokarakonda
Project Manager
Office: Berlin

Sriraj Gokarakonda

Project Manager

A researcher and energy analyst with over 12 years of broad work experience in a variety of international projects related to sustainability in buildings and building related technologies, including green building and energy certification, building energy performance simulation and compliance, energy and IEQ monitoring, technoeconomic feasibility studies, and policy advice and outreach

Office: Berlin
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Liz Eve
Team Assistant
Office: Berlin

Liz Eve

Team Assistant

Think global, act local - Patrick Geddes, Scottish town planner and social activist

Liz Eve is joining the BPIE Berlin Office as Team Assistant in June 2023. Passionate about architecture, stories and solutions, Liz has worked with a number of organizations in the built environment on creative, business management and communication projects. She enjoys improving processes and supporting teams.

Liz began her academic career with BSc in psychology, writing her dissertation on economic psychology, well-being and debt. Her creative side was calling and she won a scholarship to study photography in Bristol. She became interested in how people and organisations make decisions in relation to environmental change, particularly how visual communication leads to climate action. Studying part-time for an MSc in sustainability and adaptation has brought her deeper into topics in environmental politics, economics, building and city design and transformative adaptation to climate change.

Since moving to Berlin in 2012 she became German, qualified as a permaculture designer and published a book about food forest gardening at Café Botanico. She is a committee member for urban gardening project Feld Food Forest and helped to kick off the EU-Horizon-funded Open Soil Atlas to inspire local people to actively participate in citizen science.

She loves swimming in Berlin’s lakes or wandering in woodlands with family and friends.

Office: Berlin
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Carolina Koronen
Senior Researcher
Office: Brussels

Carolina Koronen

Senior Researcher

Carolina Koronen is joining BPIE Brussels Office in June 2023 as Senior Researcher for Carbon and Energy in the Built Environment. 

She graduated from Lund University in 2018 with a master in Environmental Engineering and spent her early career in interdisciplinary energy systems research, first at Lund University and later at Vrije Universiteit Brussels. Her most recent work experience prior to joining BPIE was as Programme Manager at Environmental Coalition on Standards where the main focus of her work was on technical standards and policies for sustainable products and for the phase-out of fluorinated greenhouse gases. 

In her spare time, Carolina sings in a choir, goes trail running with her dog, or searches for gems at antiques markets.

Office: Brussels
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Xerome Fernández Álvarez
Researcher
Office: Brussels

Xerome Fernández Álvarez

Researcher

We should try to be the parents of our future rather than the offspring of our past. Miguel de Unamuno

As a researcher, Xerome conducts data gathering and analysis as well as contributes to outputs from conceptualization to completion, in both technical and policy projects.

Xerome has been always interested in energy efficiency in buildings since starting university, as he studied a Bachelor’s degree in Energy Engineering at the University of Vigo (2013-2017), carrying out a Post-Occupation evaluation of Lugo’s market, in NW Spain. He then continued his education with a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, from which he graduated in September 2019. For his final thesis, he conducted a feasibility study on the conversion of an educational building into a nZEB.

Beyond energy performance of buildings, Xerome is passionate about football, ice hockey, languages and taking part in multicultural events, as a member of a folk group in his hometown, at the border with Portugal.

Office: Brussels
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Essam Elnagar
Data Analyst
Office: Brussels

Essam Elnagar

Data Analyst

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt

Essam joined BPIE in September 2023 as a Data analyst.

Bringing with him a deep understanding of climate change mitigation strategies in the building sector, Essam firmly believes that effective strategies in the building sector can play a pivotal role in achieving sustainability goals. For instance, he envisions leveraging advanced data analytics to optimize energy consumption patterns in buildings, contributing to substantial reductions in carbon emissions.

Hailing from Egypt, Essam began with a degree in Electrical Engineering, but his passion for energy prompted him to pursue a Master’s in Energy Engineering at TU Berlin. His dedication was rewarded with a DAAD fellowship, allowing him to research technology sets in nearly zero-energy buildings at Fraunhofer-ISE in Freiburg, Germany.

Prior to joining BPIE, Essam conducted his doctoral research at the University of Liège in Belgium, focusing on the intricate relationship between climate change and the energy performance of buildings and their impact on the electricity grid. His research not only addressed technical aspects but also delved into the broader implications for the built environment in Belgium.
Beyond his professional pursuits, Essam’s commitment extends to community engagement. He actively serves as a Board member at EIT Climate-KIC alumni and holds the role of Belgium Country representative in YES-EUROPE.

In his free time, Essam is playing football or exploring new places with his camera and drone.

Office: Brussels
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Lisa Graaf
Senior Project Manager
Office: Berlin

Lisa Graaf

Senior Project Manager

There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart - Jane Austen

As Senior Project Manager in the BPIE Berlin Office, Lisa will be involved in both, BPIE’s research activities as well as in the outreach to German stakeholders.

Lisa has been working on concepts and policies supporting the transformations towards climate neutrality and sustainability for more than a decade now.

Before joining BPIE, she conducted research projects at the Environmental Policy Research Centre, Freie Universität Berlin (2011 – 2019). Over six years, she consulted the strategy process and supported the stakeholder engagement of the German National Resource Efficiency Program (ProgRess). Besides that, she had also extensively worked on the dynamics of transformation processes, as well as environmental strategy processes – translating the findings into concrete guidelines or recommendations for policy makers, in particular for the German Ministry of the Environment.

From mid-2019 onwards, Lisa coordinated projects at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy (Berlin Office), with a focus on sustainable resource use in cities of the Global South. For her academic endeavors, she also held a position at Habitat Unit at the Technical University of Berlin, coordinating capacity building and academic writing under the Urban Change Maker project.

Lisa holds a Diploma in Political Science and a B.A. in Communication Science. She had the opportunity to spend time abroad in Peru (voluntary service), Spain (Erasmus) and, thanks to a DAAD Scholarship, at The Resource and Energy Institute in India.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys rock climbing, to discover adventures with her family in everyday life and beyond, and to contribute to neighbourhood initiatives to increase the liveability of the city.

Office: Berlin
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Caroline Düvier
Project Manager
Office: Berlin

Caroline Düvier

Project Manager

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Prior to joining BPIE, Caroline completed her interdisciplinary PhD on sustainable transitions in the social housing system in England at the University of Bradford. She holds an MSc in Psychological Research from Oxford University and a BSc in Psychology from Essex University.

Caroline’s PhD focused on systems thinking and combining theories and concepts from a variety of different disciplines. This allowed her to combine her previous work experience on sustainable buildings and environmental psychology, as well as learning new theories particularly in engineering, transitions studies, and housing studies. Caroline has worked and lived in three different countries – Germany, the UK, and the USA. Her journey took her from a primary focus on environmental psychology to a policy focus on sustainable buildings in the social housing sector. She also enjoys teaching and has worked in a few higher education institutions in areas such as statistics, research methods, environmental psychology, social psychology, and sustainable cities.

Caroline is active as a volunteer in areas combining climate and energy justice and increasing our understanding of the interconnectedness of different areas, such as health, biodiversity, energy poverty, quality housing, and greening our living environments.

In her free time, she likes to read non-fiction, crochet realistic-looking flowers (she has too many, please take them off her hands!), be active, be outdoors, and travel the world, preferably by train.

Office: Berlin
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Volodymyr Vladyka
Policy Assistant
Office: Brussels

Volodymyr Vladyka

Policy Assistant

Wherever you go you will find your teacher, as long as you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear. - Shunryu Suzuki

Volodymyr joined BPIE in March 2023 as Policy Assistant.

Before joining he completed a Blue Book traineeship in the European Commission in the ‘Buildings and Products’ Unit of DG ENER. There he obtained first-hand experience with the energy efficiency in buildings policy, assisting the Unit with various tasks, performing analysis and supporting negotiations of the EPBD recast.

Volodymyr is a recent graduate from the College of Europe, where he majored in EU Public Affairs and Policies with a particular focus on energy policy. Additionally, Volodymyr is a fellow of the European Leadership Programme and an active member of European youth organizations, such as BETA Poland and JEF Ukraine. He is passionate about energy transition, digital transformation, European identity and integration.

Volodymyr is Ukrainian, he speaks Ukrainian, English, Polish and Russian. In his free time, Volodymyr enjoys studying and reading non-fiction books, participating in philosophical and political discussions, attending cultural events and art exhibitions, and doing sports.

Office: Brussels
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Emily Bankert
Researcher for Carbon and Energy in the Built Environment
Office: Brussels

Emily Bankert

Researcher for Carbon and Energy in the Built Environment

“Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations." –Dr. Mae Jemison

Emily joined BPIE in April 2023 as a researcher for Carbon and Energy in the Built Environment.

She recently finished the Blue Book Traineeship at DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission, where she worked on cluster 5 of Horizon Europe and various Green Deal files. She graduated from the Erasmus Mundus Master in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (MESPOM) in summer 2022 where she focused her research on the connection between energy, urban transitions, and ecological economics. In her Bachelor in Technology and Liberal Arts and Science at University College Twente she specialised in resource management and circular economy.

Besides, Emily has worked in different grassroots movements while living in Scotland, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Sweden, often in the role of a facilitator or coordinator for political education activities on climate topics and interrelated crises.

In her free time, Emily is a youth climate advocate, previously at Generation Climate Europe or the European Forum Alpbach, and most recently at the European Youth Energy Network. She also sings, dances Lindy Hop, climbs, and enjoys discovering cultural places in the city.

Office: Brussels
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Jerson Alexis Pinzon Amorocho
Senior Researcher
Office: Berlin

Jerson Alexis Pinzon Amorocho

Senior Researcher

You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals -Marie Curie

Jerson joined BPIE in March 2023 as a Researcher

He considers that the transformation of the energy and building sectors is crucial to achieve the sustainable development of urban regions while enabling social innovation, decarbonization of many of our daily activities, and the creation of livable spaces for everyone.

Jerson studied Electrical engineering in Colombia. Later, his interest in buildings and energy led him to focus his masters’ studies at the university of Campinas in Brazil on the integration of microgrids and smart buildings. Prior to joining BPIE, Jerson was a researcher at the Civil systems engineering institute at TU Berlin, where he focused on the building renovation field and the digitalization of the construction industry.

Jerson also conducted his doctoral research at TU Berlin. As part of his dissertation, he developed a decision-making framework and a set of knowledge models to support a more comprehensive renovation of buildings, considering not only technical and economic aspects, but also social elements. Jerson considers that technical solutions and policy strategies to tackle climate challenges should thoroughly consider the social aspects of the context where they are meant to be implemented.

In his free time, Jerson enjoys playing volleyball, painting, and walking around Berlin with his camera.

Office: Berlin
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