Date & Location: 10.06.2020

[Webinar] 10 June 2020: Ideas for the “Renovation Wave”

Organised by the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union, this webinar includes leading experts who will discuss policy options for the Renovation Wave of Europe's building sector.

Buildings are responsible for 40% of our energy consumption and 36% of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU. To reach the ambitious 2030-targets and climate neutrality in 2050, the building sector has to make significant progress. For the Recovery after the Corona-crisis more than ever, investments in buildings’ renovation will be crucial. With the announcement of a ‘renovation wave’ as part of the European Green Deal, the European Commission addresses the twin challenge of energy efficiency and affordability and underlines the need for action in the building sector across the EU. With this workshop, we would like to invite you to participate in the discussion on this important communication that is set to be adopted in September.

10 June 2020, 9:30 – 12:45

9.30 – 11.00 Panel Session 1: “More investment, fewer barriers, new skills – How can we boost building renovation for a Green Recovery and beyond?“

  • Hans van Steen, Acting Director on Renewables, Research, Innovation and Energy Efficiency in the DG Energy, European Commission
  • Thorsten Herdan, Director General at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Ciarán Cuffe, MEP (Greens/EFA)
  • Martin Hojsík, MEP (Renew)

11.00 – 11.15 Make-your-own-coffee break

11.15 – 12.45 Panel Session 2: „Efficient, renewable and decarbonized: Perspectives for heating and cooling”

  • Inge Bernaerts, Head of Unit for Energy Efficiency in Buildings at DG ENER
  • Thomas Nowak, Secretary General of ehpa, the European heat pump association
  • Adrian Joyce, Secretary General of EuroACE, the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings
  • Prof. Brian Vad Mathiesen, Aalborg University

Discussions will be moderated by Oliver Rapf, Executive Director of BPIE, the Buildings Performance Institute EU.

Please register with Sibylle Schindler at The link to join the webinar will be sent to you shortly before the event. Please feel free to share this invitation with colleagues who might also be interested.

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