Date & Location: 20.01.2022

[Final Conference] Decarbonisation of the building stock in the EU and Russia – the way forward

The Final Conference of the EU-Russia exchange on sustainable building policies and measures will reflect on the entire workshop series that was carried out in 2021, summarise the key takeaways and lessons learned regarding differences and similarities, and foster future collaboration and experience exchange between the key stakeholders.

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Sibyl Steuwer

Viktor Granovsky

Gaspard Demur

Vladimir Parshukov

Maarten De Groote

Ekaterina Sedunova

The Final Conference of the EU-Russia exchange on sustainable building policies and measures will reflect on the entire 3-part workshop series that was carried out in the context of SPIPA Russia, summarise the key takeaways and lessons learned regarding differences and similarities, and foster future collaboration and experience exchange between the key stakeholders.

What are effective ways to decarbonise the European and Russian building stock? What are the innovative good practices that may become rising trends? How to tackle the lifecycle emissions of buildings and foster a circular construction sector? We invited actors from academia and the public and the private sector to reflect on the promising approaches for the future, and discuss the concrete steps needed to proceed.

The agenda is available here.


Laurent Bardon

Laurent Bardon has been the Head of the Trade and Economic Section at the Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation since 2018. Before that, he was in charge of trade relations of the EU with China in DG TRADE in Brussels. He was previously posted in Tokyo where he laid the ground for FTA negotiations between the EU and Japan. Laurent graduated from ESCP Business School and Sciences Po Paris and holds degrees in Economics and in Law.

Viktor Granovskii

Almost all of Viktor’s scientific and practical activities are related to the topic of energy saving in HVAC systems. He worked for about 17 years at MNIITEP and is candidate of technical sciences and defended his dissertation on the processes of heat and mass transfer in regenerative (including sorption) and recuperative devices of ventilation and air conditioning systems. For the last 25 years Viktor has been working in Danfoss in the sphere of research and development of energy-saving technologies and equipment for heat supply and heating systems. Additionally, he regularly participates in several expert councils and technical committees of Rosstandart, as well as in the development of a number of regulatory and legislative documents. Viktor is the author of many publications and patents.

Sibyl Steuwer

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.

Igor Bashmakov

Igor graduated from the economic department of the Moscow State University in 1978 and received his PhD from the Central Economic and Mathematical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1981). Dr. habil. (2013). He worked for the Central Economic and Mathematical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Energy Research Institute and has been Director of the Center for Energy Efficiency (CENEf) since 1992.

In 2007, Igor received the Nobel Peace Prize as an IPCC member. In 2000, he was awarded the Climate Technology Leadership Award (2000) for his contribution to energy efficiency capacity building in Russia.

Igor is one of Russia’s leading experts in energy efficiency, climate change, projections of GHG emissions, and GHG emission reduction strategies. His areas of expertise include Russian and global energy development projections, development of energy efficiency policies, economic and financial analysis of energy efficiency projects, and projections of power and heat markets development.

Gaspard Demur

Gaspard is Team Leader for National Renovation Strategies and Recovery at the European Commission, Directorate for Energy (DG ENER). He is ensuring the mainstreaming of energy efficient renovation of buildings into the post-Covid recovery plans that EU Member States are developing in cooperation with the European Commission. He previously worked as an Assistant to the Director General of DG ENER, following closely the Governance of the Energy Union as well as nuclear and international files.

Vladimir Parshukov

Vladimir Parshukov works at the Russian Energy Agency of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation. He manages projects related to the development of small distributed energy, including the use of renewable energy sources. In 2012, under his leadership, the concept of “Smart Energy-Saving Energy-Efficient Environmentally Friendly Housing Construction” was developed in Russia. Vladimir trained in the courses: “LEED 201: Core concepts & strategies” and “BD+C 251: Understanding the building desing + conctruction LEED rating systems”.

He was a member of the Board of the Russian Green Building Council (RuGBC) and has practical experience in implementing more than 100 projects in the field of energy-saving low-rise construction using environmentally friendly materials across different regions of Russia. In 2013 he was awarded a gold medal of the European Quality Standard and is a laureate of the international award “European Standard” for the effective promotion of international standards in management. Vladimir is also a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Scientific Council on Renewable and Alternative Energy Sources. He is an expert of the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation in the field of energy efficiency and energy saving. He is actively engaged in scientific research and the development of innovative technologies, and the coordination of the activities of various scientific organisations. Vladimir is the author of 16 patents for inventions and more than 80 scientific articles.

Maarten De Groote

Maarten has over 15 years’ experience in energy efficient, sustainable and smart buildings, and joined VITO/EnergyVille as Senior Expert early 2019 where he coordinates the Positive Energy District programme and manages project teams for public clients (EU, national and local).

In his previous function as Head of Research at the Buildings Performance Institute Europe he successfully elevated topics such as innovation in the construction sector, building passports, renovation strategies and smart buildings into the EU spotlight, while increasing the national ambition levels.

As Strategic Policy Officer at the Flemish Energy Agency (BE), he coordinated the Flemish Nearly Zero Energy Buildings action plan and the Belgian certification scheme for installers of renewable energy technologies.

Maarten holds a master degree in Industrial Design and an Energy & Climate Postgraduate, both consolidating his out-of-the-box and transversal approach.

Ekaterina Sedunova

Ekaterina is a leading specialist in the direction of sustainable development at Brusnika, a Russian specialised real estate development company. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Informatics (in the field of architecture) at the Ural State Academy of Architecture and Art (Institute of Urban Studies, Faculty of Applied Informatics). Her Master’s degree focused on “Design of buildings according to the criteria of sustainable development” and was also obtained at the Ural Federal University (Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture). Both final projects were related to the creation or analysis of sustainable architectural objects and their express assessment against various systems of environmental certification of buildings.

She began her professional career as an architect in the company “SP KUB” LLC and joined Brusnika in 2018 as an architect. After some time, Ekaterina began to devote more time to sustainable development issues. Thus, she became the first in-house specialist in the direction of sustainable development in Russia in a real estate development company. Ekaterina is also an associate specialist of GREEN ZOOM.

Recordings of the three workshops are available online:

Workshop 1: Future-proof buildings for all – building regulations and renovation strategies in Russia and the EU

Workshop 2: Scaling up renovation of large apartment blocks – technological and financing solutions

Workshop 3: Sustainable Lifecycle of buildings – a holistic approach to deliver sustainable buildings and reduce waste

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