Date & Location: 9.07.2020

[Webinar] Report Launch: Zero Emission Buildings 2050

The European Climate Foundation is delighted to invite you to the launch of its new report, Zero Emission Buildings 2050. This report is the latest in the ECF’s “Net Zero 2050” series and focuses on emission reductions in the residential building sector and the policies that are needed to achieve those reductions.

July 9th | 15:00-16:30

This report, written by CE Delft, with contributions from Climact, makes an assessment of the emission reduction potential of building renovation, a switch to fossil free heating fuels, improved appliance efficiency and the use of decarbonised building materials to bring the emissions of the sector to zero by 2050.

The report further analyses the adequacy of existing (EU) policies on buildings and concludes that there is a lack of effective policies in areas with the largest emission reduction potential. It therefore proposes that policy makers put in place new pricing and regulatory policies for building renovation, heat fuel switch and decarbonised materials.

This report, which has been produced in close consultation with a group of industry, think-tank and civil society stakeholders, aims to:

  • provide a stimulus and input to the upcoming Commission Renovation Wave proposal;
  • show that Europe’s buildings are not currently on a trajectory to zero emissions by 2050;
  • provide input to the discussion on the revision of 2030 targets and the need for dedicated policies to effectively reduce emissions from residential buildings in the EU.


16:00 – 16:10 Opening words – Renée Bruel, Director Buildings programme at European Climate Foundation
16:10 – 16:40 Report presentation – Katja Kruit, Senior Researcher at CE Delft
16:40 – 17:30 Panel discussion (including a Q&A), moderated by Dries Acke, Director Energy Systems at European Climate Foundation with:

  • Pallas Agterberg, Director Strategy, Alliander (confirmed)
  • Ciarán Cuffe, Member of European Parliament, Greens/EFA (confirmed)
  • Oliver Rapf, Executive Director, Buildings Performance Institute Europe (confirmed)
  • Wendel Trio,  Director of Climate Action Network Europe (confirmed)
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