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Dear Reader,

In this newsletter, we are broadening our perspective to look at the hidden emissions of the building sector, those which are caused by the production of building materials and the construction of buildings. While the share of these emissions is significantly smaller than those caused by heating and cooling, it is a growing concern. In particular, because we will not reach a climate-neutral building stock without addressing them.

We have described the scale of the challenge in a background report, introducing some basic concepts and key issues related to the integration of whole-life carbon considerations in building policies. Our policy briefing in turn, demonstrates that carbon metrics are needed to align building policies and incentives with carbon-neutrality goals. Do have a look or share within your own networks – as key policy revisions are underway this year, it is timely to consider the impact of embodied emissions and whole-life carbon.  

We are also exploring funding instruments and business models from a variety of perspectives. A new output from the Com-Act project provides further information about funding instruments for renovation in a number of selected Central and Eastern European countries. And looking across the Atlantic, the fourth Canada-EU exchange will share insights on how available financing can be linked to potential projects and enable upscaling of the business models that deliver results on the ground.

Finally, if you find the integration of seismic building upgrades with efficiency measures interesting, I would like to encourage you to respond to our short survey on the topic. 

And as always, check out the listing of events at the bottom of this newsletter and join us wherever we meet your interests.

Happy reading,

Oliver Rapf
Executive Director
FOCUS ON: WHOLE-LIFE CARBON 
Whole-life Carbon: Challenges and solutions for highly efficient and climate-neutral buildings

Despite an array of national initiatives, voluntary schemes and regulations, the current EU policy framework is not designed to address circularity and embodied carbon in buildings. The ongoing review of key policy and legislative files, such as the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), provides a significant opportunity for the EU to begin consistently integrating whole-life carbon (WLC) in the policy framework. This summary report introduces basic concepts and key issues related to the integration of whole-life carbon considerations in building policies.
Read the summary report
Introducing Whole-life Carbon metrics: Recommendations for highly efficient and climate-neutral buildings

Policy efforts to decarbonise Europe’s building stock have, so far, focused on energy efficiency measures and thereby reducing the energy demand, and related carbon emissions, for heating, cooling and lighting of the building during its operational lifetime. This is a well-justified focus but only part of the overall effort needed to achieve a climate-neutral Europe. With the drive towards reducing in-use energy to “nearly zero”, the other sources of carbon emissions from buildings become increasingly important and therefore a vital part of future carbon reduction plans. For new buildings built to the highest energy efficiency standards, the extremely low operational energy requirements mean that embodied carbon becomes the most significant area of carbon emissions over the lifetime of the building.  


 
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Get access to all available financing models for renovation of multifamily buildings with the ComAct toolbox!
The toolbox provides an overview of available financing models supporting energy-efficient renovation of multifamily buildings in the five target countries of the H2020 ComAct project – Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, North Macedonia and Ukraine. With a focus on energy-poor households or households at risk of energy poverty, the toolbox dives into the scope, volume of investment and expected energy savings of each of the schemes.  

This toolbox lays the ground for the design and adaptation of innovative financial instruments that meet the needs of low-income households, one of the next steps of the ComAct project.   


Visit the toolbox here and learn more about ComAct.
Visit the toolbox!
Webinar recording: Canada-EU Exchange: Supporting local action on Energy Efficiency, May 18th 
Help e-SAFE identify challenges to rolling out energy-efficient and anti-seismic deep renovation! 

Are you a building owner or/manager?  Do you work in real estate development? Or maybe you’re an architect/designer/engineer/contractor? Then we’d love to ask for a few minutes of your time to fill out a short survey for the e-SAFE project! 
About e-SAFE: e-SAFE is a four-year Horizon 2020 funded project that aims to develop and demonstrate fast, cost-effective and tailorable integrated solutions for an energy-efficient and anti-seismic deep renovation of existing non-historic buildings.  

In the framework of the implementation of this project, we have launched a short online survey, for which we would like to kindly invite your valuable contribution. The aim of the survey is to collect data regarding Europe’s retrofitting/building renovation market in order to identify the issues and different challenges for the uptake of anti-seismic renovations and suggest suitable incentives.  

The survey will be available until 15th June 2021 and will take about 7-10 minutes to complete.
 
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[Webinar] Canada – EU Exchange on energy efficiency in buildings and housing: Financing and business models that deliver: How to link finance to energy efficiency projects and build business models to scale

The fourth webinar of the Canada-EU exchange, hosted on June 15th, 2021, will focus on business and finance models that enable smart use of public and private funds and deliver energy efficiency renovations for both public and commercially owned buildings.

Join the webinar and learn:

  • Which energy efficiency business models have been the most successful to date, in Canada and the EU?
  • How can available financing – both public and private – be linked to potential projects and beyond, to enable massive upscaling of the business models that deliver results on the ground? 
Register here
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Boosting economic recovery with the energy transition 
World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) 2021 - 23-25 June 2021, Wels (Austria) and online 


World Sustainable Energy Days is a leading tradeshow on renewable energy presents real-life solutions. The 2021 hybrid event (in person and online) will show how we can make a green recovery happen in practice and how energy efficiency as an investment engine can contribute to this deep transformation. More than 100 speakers from all over the world will offer insights into technology and market trends, new business and financing models and policy updates.  
Make sure to save the date(s) for BPIE: 

Young Energy Researchers Conference: Two colleagues will join the Young Energy Researchers conference on June 21 and present why renovation practices should be at the heart of a green recovery contributing to effective energy savings while achieving societal benefits. The presentations dive into the benefits of industrialised renovation solutions for economic recovery and public participation for a decarbonised built environment respectively. 

June 23: 
Energy Efficiency Policy Conference - Be sure to attend the second morning session at 11:30, entitled "Best practices in energy efficiency policy - solutions for the post-pandemic era". It will include the following presentation about the ENEFIRST H2020 project's results thus far:

- Energy Efficiency First: What does it mean in practice? by Jean-Sébastien Broc (IEECP)

June 25: The AmBIENCe approach to the Active Building Energy Performance Contract (EPC): The H2020 AmBIENCe project will lead an online workshop presenting the project’s Active Building Energy Performance Contract (EPC), covering the concept, the project modelling tool, and outcomes from the testing phase.
Register here
Central & Eastern European Energy Efficiency Forum, 21-24 September 2021, Poiana Brasov (Romania)

The 2021C4E Forum in Poiana Brasov will offer an engaging blend of practical parallel sessions, workshops, high-level plenaries, a slot for DIY sessions and plenty of social and networking opportunities. 
 
In order to stay in touch, C4E is organizing a free high-level online event in April on one of the original dates, similar to the October webinar on Renovation Wave with Commissioner Kadri Simson. Stay tuned, more information will be available website shortly.  
 
See the programme outline here

June’s e-meets of the ENEFIRST team and lessons learned from project outputs
We’re thrilled to announce that papers and presentations about ENEFIRST’s results have been selected to be part of two upcoming international conferences.
ECEEE 2021 Summer Study (7-11 June 2021)

Drop by Panel 2 of the "2.2 Energy Efficiency (First): Policies, drivers and barriers" session on Monday 7 June from 2.30 to 4.00 pm CEST. It includes the following presentations on ENEFIRST’s results:

- Conceptualising the “Energy Efficiency First” principle: from foundations to implementation, by Tim Mandel (Fraunhofer ISI) (paper 2-075-21)
- “Efficiency First” in practice, by Zsuzsanna Pató (RAP) (presentation 2-069-21)
Register and join here.
 
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Discover the 2020-21 Green Solutions Awards international candidates and vote!
The 2021 edition of the Green Solution Awards is rich in innovative, exemplary, but also replicable projects that are already paving the way for the cities of tomorrow. The competition is gathering 192 participants, including 148 buildings, 29 infrastructures, and 15 districts.

Professionals from all over the world have responded to Construction21’s call. Twenty-five countries are represented, including  Belgium, China, France, Germany, Morocco, and Spain, Benin, Canada, Moldova, Russia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.
36 of the 192 candidates are in the running for a prize awarded by Internet users like you. Discover the top exemplary buildings, districts and infrastructures, and have your say and vote for the ones that inspire you the most. 

After clicking on the “Like” button of your favourite projects, share them on social media: you will contribute to the dissemination of best practices while giving them a better chance to win. Votes are open until May 31.


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Dear Reader,

Last week, national governments, the European Parliament and the Commission agreed the EU’s strengthened 2030 climate target. We now have a clear milestone ahead to guide our efforts in reducing the climate impact of buildings and construction. This milestone sets a benchmark against which both political and economic decisions in the sector should be measured. This is why we analysed the EU’s Renovation Wave document, published in October 2020, from a new perspective. You will find the result in our latest briefing. With the 2030 destination in mind, we now have to increase our speed of action and push for innovative approaches to tackle the barriers to renovation. 

The RenOnBill project suggest a new way to finance building investments and to use the European recovery funds for this in an effective way. And the X-tendo project, highlighted already earlier, developed new metrics for Energy Performance Certificates to inform citizens about the climate impact of buildings. Clearly, we are seeing new momentum in climate diplomacy, the recent Biden-led summit being just one example. We are contributing our bit with the continuation of the Canada - EU exchange on efficient and zero-carbon buildings, don’t miss the upcoming webinar. And we will soon launch another exchange programme between the EU and a third party – we will disclose more details in the near future!

Happy reading,


Oliver Rapf
Executive Director
FOCUS ON: THE RENOVATION WAVE
Is the Renovation Wave action plan leading to adequate measures, putting the EU on track to achieve its 2030 climate objectives?

This policy briefing analyses whether the Renovation Wave action plan is coherent and target-oriented, putting the EU on a path to deliver the 2030 Climate Targets, or if, on the contrary, it could potentially lead to inconsistencies and sub-optimal results when translated into regulatory measures.

This would result in missed targets, opportunities and benefits. While the preparatory work for the first actions of 2021 is already underway, it is not too late for the European Commission to take corrective actions in the implementation phase of the strategy.
 
The analysis is broken down into three sub-questions, each addressing different aspects of the issue: 
  • Is the Renovation Wave strategy aligned with the 2030 climate ambition?
  • Is the Renovation Wave strategy designed as a coherent framework of actions or is it a basketful of uncoordinated actions?
  • Is the Renovation Wave strategy setting out the right sequencing of actions?

The analysis highlights an immediate need to correct the Renovation Wave’s design during the implementation phase, to align measures with the EU climate-neutrality ambition, and carefully review the coherence between proposed measures and their sequencing. 
Read the Renovation Wave policy briefing
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On-bill financing can support delivery of the Renovation Wave and economic recovery


On-bill financing mechanisms can be a valuable tool to mobilise private capital to speed up building  renovations in the EU. 
The research and analysis carried out under the H2020 project RenOnBill suggests that the following enabling conditions would address the existing barriers and thus facilitate the mainstreaming of on-bill schemes in Europe:
  • A suitable legislative framework allowing utilities to get involved in lending
  • Protecting investors from default on loan repayment while maintaining consumer protection.
  • Utilities and financial institutions to use bill payment records for assessment of an end-user’s risk profile
  • Owner-tenant laws supporting fair distribution of the investment costs
Read the policy briefing
Better energy performance certificates through innovation: X-tendo presents the first implementation steps of its 10 features
Improving Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are among the top Renovation Wave action points for 2021. To fully unlock the potential and benefits of EPCs, existing certification regimes at Member State level must be properly implemented and endorsed, supported by well-functioning management, control and monitoring mechanisms.

In order to do so, the consortium partners of the H2020 project X-tendo are developing new metrics and systems that could be used on or alongside EPCs, to facilitate promotion of low carbon buildings. X-tendo’s new brief reports describe the basic concepts and existing cases, and outline first suggestions for the implementation of ten innovative EPC features. Each of the approaches used could inform future developments of national EPC systems or be used by private providers developing advice and information resources that work alongside EPCs.
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Help e-SAFE identify challenges to rolling out energy-efficient and anti-seismic deep renovation! 

Are you a building owner or/manager?  Do you work in real estate development? Or maybe you’re an architect/designer/engineer/contractor? Then we’d love to ask for a few minutes of your time to fill out a short survey for the e-SAFE project! 
The aim of the survey is to collect data regarding Europe's building renovation market in order to identify the issues and different challenges for the uptake of anti-seismic renovations and suggest suitable incentives.

About e-SAFE: e-SAFE is a four-year, 12-partner H2020 project that will contribute to decarbonising the EU building stock, while also making it safer in case of earthquakes. The project aims to develop and demonstrate fast, cost-effective and tailorable integrated solutions for an energy-efficient and anti-seismic deep renovation of existing non-historic buildings. This will be based on an innovative and collaborative co-design process, and supported by business models that make deep renovation more attractive and viable. 

The survey will be available until 31st May 2021 and will take about 7-10 minutes to complete.
 
Take the survey
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[Webinar] Canada – EU Exchange on energy efficiency in buildings and housing: Supporting local action, May 18

We are pleased to announce the third webinar of our Canada-EU exchange series, taking place on May, 18th from 4:00 to 6:00pm CET. This time we will look into technical and financial assistance supporting local actions for building renovations and give the floor to leading cities from across the EU and Canada.


You can register your interest here, more information will come soon!

The previous webinar, Pathways to 2050: Deep dive into policy strategies to boost building renovation, looked into the roles of Member States and provinces in shaping and executing renovation strategies. Watch the recording here
Register here
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Boosting economic recovery with the energy transition 
World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) 2021 - 23-25 June 2021, Wels (Austria) and online 


World Sustainable Energy Days is a leading tradeshow on renewable energy presents real-life solutions. The 2021 hybrid event (in person and online) will show how we can make a green recovery happen in practice and how energy efficiency as an investment engine can contribute to this deep transformation. More than 100 speakers from all over the world will offer insights into technology and market trends, new business and financing models and policy updates.  
Within this context, make sure to save the date(s) for BPIE: 

Young Energy Researchers Conference: Two colleagues will join the Young Energy Researchers conference on June 21 and present why renovation practices should be at the heart of a green recovery contributing to effective energy savings while achieving societal benefits. The presentations dive into the benefits of industrialised renovation solutions for economic recovery and public participation for a decarbonised built environment respectively. 

June 25: The AmBIENCe approach to the Active Building Energy Performance Contract (EPC): The H2020 AmBIENCe project will lead an online workshop presenting the project’s Active Building Energy Performance Contract (EPC), covering the concept, the project modelling tool, and outcomes from the testing phase.


Register here
Central & Eastern European Energy Efficiency Forum, 21-24 September 2021, Poiana Brasov (Romania)

The 2021 C4E Forum in Poiana Brasov will offer an engaging blend of practical parallel sessions, workshops, high-level plenaries, a slot for DIY sessions and plenty of social and networking opportunities. 
 
In order to stay in touch, C4E is organizing a free high-level online event in April on one of the original dates, similar to the October webinar on Renovation Wave with Commissioner Kadri Simson. Stay tuned, more information will be available website shortly.  
 
See the programme outline here
IN THE NEWS
Discover the 2020-21 Green Solutions Awards international candidates and vote!
The 2021 edition of the Green Solution Awards is rich in innovative, exemplary, but also replicable projects that are already paving the way for the cities of tomorrow. The competition is gathering 192 participants, including 148 buildings, 29 infrastructures, and 15 districts.

Professionals from all over the world have responded to Construction21’s call. Twenty-five countries are represented, including  Belgium, China, France, Germany, Morocco, and Spain, Benin, Canada, Moldova, Russia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.
36 of the 192 candidates are in the running for a prize awarded by Internet users like you. Discover the top exemplary buildings, districts and infrastructures, and have your say and vote for the ones that inspire you the most. 

After clicking on the “Like” button of your favourite projects, share them on social media: you will contribute to the dissemination of best practices while giving them a better chance to win. Votes are open until May 31.


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Dear reader,

Spring has arrived and the new season calls for a refreshed “look”, in both our logo and this newsletter. We decided that the sun in our 10-year logo should be a permanent feature, representing our vision of a healthy building stock accessible to all EU citizens, putting efficiency first while sourcing its energy from clean, renewable sources.

Indeed, the political process around “Fit for 55” this year is a key opportunity to revise the policy framework in line with the EU’s commitment to a fully decarbonised building stock. As our new analysis on Long-Term Renovation Strategies (LTRS) shows, Member States are not (yet?) prioritising 100% decarbonization of their building stock. This is a wake-up call for the EPBD revision which must ensure full alignment with the EU’s 2030 climate goal and the 2050 climate-neutrality ambition.

And while defining any decarbonisation strategy is essential to achieve policy impact, it’s only half the battle. Effective implementation and alignment between national and local level and civil society is where we see real change happen. To this end, the final report from the Our Buildings project gives great practical examples of how municipalities in Romania and Bulgaria are tackling these challenges, providing inspiration for others to follow. And our series of high-level Canada-EU Exchange which continues in April will showcase success stories from Spain and Flanders in developing a national building strategy, while giving insights into how Canadians are taking federal strategy and implementing it at provincial level. Much work remains to be done but we can take heart in seeing progress and should use these learnings as inspiration for increased
ambition at home.

Enjoy the reading,


Oliver Rapf
Executive Director
FOCUS ON: LONG-TERM RENOVATION STRATEGIES 
The road to climate-neutrality: Are national long-term renovation strategies fit for 2050? 

This analysis, representing over 50% of the EU population (covering seven EU Member States and one region, Flanders, Belgium), reveals that Member States’ long-term renovation strategies (LTRS) are largely not compliant with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) objectives towards achieving a highly energy efficiency and decarbonised building stock by mid-century.

Beyond this, the objectives of the LTRS are now misaligned with the EU’s strengthened 2030 Climate Target and 2050 climate-neutrality objective.  

Half of the analysed strategies include an objective at or above 90% GHG emissions reduction, which is in line with the legal requirement of the EPBD. However, none of the eight strategies targets 100% decarbonisation of the building stock.
This means that the substantial increase in renovation activity that is required – a deep renovation rate of 3% annually by 2030, is unlikely to be achieved.

The analysis ultimately reveals that even full compliance with the EPBD, as it currently stands, is not enough to achieve 2050 climate-neutrality. Member States should now be seeking to achieve 100% decarbonisation of their building stock and developing long-term renovation strategies to deliver the climate-neutrality objective. The revision process of the EPBD, within the context of the Fit for 55 package in 2021, offers the opportunity to ensure a much stronger place for buildings in Member States’ decarbonisation plans, who should implement the efficiency first principle.

A full revision of the EPBD is therefore strongly suggested in order to ensure that Europe achieve its strengthened 2030 climate target and its aim of climate-neutrality by 2050.
Read the report
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#Our Buildings: Long-term renovation strategies as key instruments to guide local renovation - Lessons learned from good practices across Europe 

Successful implementation of the Renovation Wave is highly dependent on the local level, access to funding and the application of innovative instruments in municipalities. The final ‘Our Buildings’ report shows that national Long-Term Renovation Strategies should better reflect local needs to ensure the implementation of comprehensive, integrative renovation activities at local level. 

The establishment of interactive and trustworthy public consultation processes is important to ensure a detailed and collaborative LTRS process in which municipal concerns and priorities are heard and taken up by national authorities. 
This report marks the end of the ‘Our Buildings’ project which, supported by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), enabled municipalities and civil society to develop ambitious municipal building renovation strategies in Romania and Bulgaria. The project outcomes received great attention by local stakeholders in both countries and provide the basis for further funding. 

Read the report in English, Bulgarian and Romanian
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Spring is finally here and BPIE embraces the new season by getting a glow!

Taking inspiration from our special 10-year logo, the yellow sun reflects our vision of an integrated and healthy European building stock that puts efficiency first while sourcing its energy primarily from clean, renewable sources.
RenOnBill calls on energy utilities and financial institutions to fill to help replicate on-bill energy efficiency financing in Europe 

RenOnBill presented the main features and advantages of selected on-bill financing models in a series of online national events in March 2021 in the language of its focus countries. 
The webinars provided guidance on the steps to take when entering the on-bill market, and how to decide for a specific on-bill scheme. The events, held in Italian, German, Spanish and Lithuanian, are now followed by a survey that will help shape the ongoing business development processes in the RenOnBill project by directly support the replicability analysis of on-bill schemes in Europe. 

The topics covered in the questionnaire include:   
  • Motivation for offering energy efficiency products and services  
  • Potential target markets for on-bill schemes  
  • On-bill scheme design 
The deadline to fill in the questionnaire is April 20th. 
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Pathways to 2050: Deep dive into policy strategies to boost building renovation, April 20th  

Following our first Canada-EU exchange webinar, we are pleased to announce the second of our series: “Pathways to 2050: Deep-dive into policy strategies to boost building renovation”, organized within the framework of Specific Partnerships for Implementation of the Paris Agreement. Join the European Commission, Natural Resources Canada, and representatives from governments in Belgium. 

In this webinar, you will learn: 
  • What are the EU and Canada’s overarching plans and investment strategies to boost energy efficient renovations as part of their sustainable economic recovery strategies? 
  • How have authorities in Flanders, Belgium and Spain developed high-quality long-term renovation strategies to achieve highly energy-efficient and healthy building stock, what have been the challenges to implementation and how do they plan to overcome this? 
  • What are Provincial Efficiency Scorecards in Canada? How do they work, and how are they implemented at provincial and local level? 
Register here
AmBIENCe – BELESCO event, 20 April 2021 Active building Energy Performance Contracting (AEPC) - New Business Models and Market Opportunities for ESCOs, through flexibility and demand response in buildings

The Belgian ESCO Association (BELESCO) and the consortium partners of the H2020-funded AmBIENCe project are joining forces in a webinar on the Active building Energy Performance Contracting (AEPC) model developed by the project, combining the strengths of the Energy Performance Contracting with the valorisation of energy demand response and flexibility in commercial, public and residential buildings.

Join the webinar and hear from key experts in the sector who will discuss: 
•    What is the AEPC concept and what are the supporting business models enabling its rollout?
•    What role can ESCOs plays as aggregators of flexibility?
•    What is the AEPC market potential for ESCOs and EPC Project facilitators?
•    How is the AEPC model being tested and validated in pilot projects in Belgium?
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[Webinar] Achieving the 2030 climate goals – One-stop-shops for the residential sector, April 29 

Renovation activity needs to increase considerably to put the sector on track to meet the EU’s 2030 climate targets. Join BPIE and GNE Finance in a discussion on immediate actions that could be to be taken within a European residential context. Innovative business models used among Spanish, French, and Irish one-stop-shops will be presented in connection with the Turnkey Retrofit and EuroPACE projects, while the possibility of their replication in other EU communities will be discussed.  

The European Commission and the EIB have issued a call for the creation of one-stop-shops to provide tailored energy efficiency renovation advice and financing solutions to homeowners to encourage the Renovation Wave. As such, the results of benchmarking studies related to leading one-stop-shops and lessons-learnt from the Turnkey Retrofit project will be discussed and will provide useful insights into the Renovation Wave strategy. 

Register here
IN THE NEWS
National renovation plans falling short of EU’s 2050 climate goal: study

The long-term renovations strategies that EU countries submitted last year to the European Commission are not in line with the bloc’s objective of reaching climate-neutrality by 2050, according to fresh analysis due to be published this week.

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More ambition necessary to achieve climate-neutral buildings

The long-term renovation strategies of the EU member states are not on track to deliver climate-neutral buildings by 2050, indicating the need for a full revision of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

Read the article
Rénovation des bâtiments : les Européens hors des clous

La France n'est pas sur la bonne trajectoire pour atteindre ses objectifs climatiques. Et le secteur du bâtiment n'échappe pas à ce constat global. Ce que confirme un récent rapport du think tank indépendant BPIE, qui s'est penché sur les stratégies de rénovation de long terme de sept pays plus une région. 

Read the article (in French)
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Boosting economic recovery with the energy transition 
World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) 2021 - 23-25 June 2021, Wels (Austria) and online 


World Sustainable Energy Days is a leading tradeshow on renewable energy presents real-life solutions. The 2021 hybrid event (in person and online) will show how we can make a green recovery happen in practice and how energy efficiency as an investment engine can contribute to this deep transformation. More than 100 speakers from all over the world will offer insights into technology and market trends, new business and financing models and policy updates.  
Within this context, make sure to save the date(s) for BPIE: 

Young Energy Researchers Conference: Two colleagues will join the Young Energy Researchers conference on June 21 and present why renovation practices should be at the heart of a green recovery contributing to effective energy savings while achieving societal benefits. The presentations dive into the benefits of industrialised renovation solutions for economic recovery and public participation for a decarbonised built environment respectively. 

June 25: The AmBIENCe approach to the Active Building Energy Performance Contract (EPC): The H2020 AmBIENCe project will lead an online workshop presenting the project’s Active Building Energy Performance Contract (EPC), covering the concept, the project modelling tool, and outcomes from the testing phase.


Register here
The 2021 C4E Forum in Poiana Brasov will offer an engaging blend of practical parallel sessions, workshops, high-level plenaries, a slot for DIY sessions and plenty of social and networking opportunities. 
 
In order to stay in touch, C4E is organizing a free high-level online event in April on one of the original dates, similar to the October webinar on Renovation Wave with Commissioner Kadri Simson. Stay tuned, more information will be available website shortly.  
 
See the programme outline here
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Dear reader, 

The retail real estate industry which is owning and managing the places where many of us like to go shopping is facing a double challenge: Covid-19 restrictions reduce customer numbers dramatically, and the sectors’ climate impact will have to be reduced. The industry has to rethink its strategy and investments to become “Paris-proof”, and our new report, written with input from many industry experts, analyses the status quo and suggests a range of actions for the sector. 

In the year of the much-expected COP26, efforts to increase global action on climate change are gaining momentum.

We are committed to contribute our share and are launching a series of policy exchange between Canada and the EU as part of our new focus supporting global climate diplomacy, in the context of the Strategic Partnership for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPIPA). A series of five webinars will present and discuss policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the buildings sector from a Canadian and European perspective. I hope you will join us for this exciting look across the Atlantic. 

Closer to home, we are researching promising policies to lift people out of energy poverty. The new ComAct project is working with social non-profit partners on the ground in Southern, Central and Eastern Europe where energy poverty is wide-spread. Make sure you follow the project and its results, as the social challenges of the energy transformation cannot be ignored. 

You will find many more promising solutions below to make our buildings fit for the future, such as the new business concept to valorise the “active” elements of energy renovation presented by AmBIENCe, our recommendations to implement in the Energy Efficiency First principle an in-depth discussion of experiences with on-bill financing of renovation investments. Make sure you scroll down all the way.

Enjoy the reading, 

Oliver Rapf 
Executive Director, BPIE
FOCUS ON - PARIS-PROOF RETAIL REAL ESTATE 

Retail real estate needs a Paris-Proof decarbonisation strategy to ensure contribution to global and EU emissions targets

Delivering the vision of climate-neutrality by 2050, as defined in the Paris Agreement, is only achievable if the whole building stock, including retail real estate portfolios, is thoroughly renovated and sustainable design of new buildings is adopted.

Despite industry efforts, many developers and owners of large retail parks are still unsure how to prepare for a zero-carbon journey. This new report provides a status quo analysis of existing policy and market approaches to climate change actions and strategies relevant to the retail real estate sector. The report consists of three main sections:
  • A review of existing EU legislation that impacts the decarbonisation of the sector.
  • An overview of market initiatives including metrics and targets, definitions of zero-carbon buildings and other tools available to the RRE community that could provide critical pointers towards the appropriate level of ambition in terms of low-carbon performance.
  • A brief discussion of the challenges and opportunities related to carbon measurement, setting targets, and developing and implementing mitigation strategies.
The report is the starting point to develop a common vision and language on how to decarbonise the sector and marks the launch of Paris-Proof Retail Real Estate, an initiative that looks to develop a vision and strategy to support the European retail real estate sector reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement.

Owners and asset managers from the sector are welcome to participate in workshops and provide input in its development.
READ THE REPORT
READ THE PRESS RELEASE
HIGHLIGHTS

Welcome ComAct, the new H2020 project set to lift citizens in CEE and CIS region out of energy poverty 

The H2020 funded project ComAct, which stands for Community Tailored Actions for Energy Poverty Mitigation, has officially launched online this month. In line with EU efforts to tackle energy poverty as addressed in the Renovation Wave, the project will provide a set of financial, technical and organisational instruments to lower the monthly costs of investments and increase efficiency and multiple benefits coming from the renovation of multifamily buildings.

ComAct’s approach will be tested in five pilot countries (Hungary, Bulgaria, Republic of North Macedonia, Lithuania and Ukraine), representing the different sub-regions of the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region and in the former Soviet Union republics (also known as Commonwealth of Independent States - CIS) territory, due to the high concentration of energy poverty.

ComAct’s contribution will provide EU countries a set of replicable instruments aimed at lifting millions of citizens out of energy poverty, and ensuring buildings provide a healthy and affordable living and working environment.

ComAact is now on social media – follow on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date.

 

Visit the ComAct website

The Active building Energy Performance Contracting (AEPC) concept  

The Active building Energy Performance Contract is an enhanced form of Energy Performance Contracting introduced by the H2020 project AmBIENCe.

It focuses on electrification and uses energy efficient renovation and optimisation to tap passive and active energy and cost-saving measures. The project has developed a new infographic explaining the concept.
Check out the infographic
BPIE OPINIONS
The European Bauhaus, an opportunity to shift paradigms and shape our buildings

The new European Bauhaus could help to decrease the fragmentation, increase a dialogue and help define a common vision for our buildings across many disciplines and sectors, but must remain a bottom-up movement coming from society.

Read the article
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[Webinar] Putting Efficiency First into practice - insights from the US and the EU
2 March 2021, 4.00 – 5.15pm CET / 7:00 – 8.15am PST 


Integrating the Energy Efficiency First principle in policymaking is a key requirement to meeting EU climate objectives and implementing the EU Green Deal. 

Some Member States have taken the Efficiency First principle as a guiding principle, such as Germany. Others have tried to design concrete policies around it, like Ireland. However, there is still no common understanding as to how Efficiency First can and should be implemented, and its concrete implementation is not yet widespread. 

To fill this gap, the European Commission will soon release a guidance to Member States on how to make the principle operational across the energy system and the built environment when implementing EU and national legislation. The ENEFIRST project aims to provide a complementary support in this field by developing resources and disseminating concrete examples (as presented in a first webinar). 

This webinar will provide early insights on how Efficiency First is or could be integrated in different policy areas and instruments. Two guest presentations will illustrate opportunities for Efficiency First, based on current developments related to the power system in California and in France. 

Agenda and link to register here 
[Webinar] Canada-EU Exchange: Investing in a climate-neutral recovery
9 March 2021, 4.00 - 6.00pm CET / 10-12am EST 


This webinar is the first of a series fostering a Canada-EU exchange on energy efficiency in buildings and housing, organized by BPIE within the framework of the Strategic Partnerships for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPIPA).  

The high-level exchange will feature presentations on the EU and Canada’s overarching plans and investment strategies to boost energy efficient renovations in buildings, as part of their sustainable economic recovery strategies. Speakers will include representatives from DG Energy, Natural Resources Canada, the Canadian Investment Bank (CIB) and the European Investment Bank (EIB). Ample time will be left for questions with the audience.  

Learn more and register here

[RenOnBill national webinars] On-bill schemes for housing renovation: Interesting business opportunities for energy utilities and financial institutions 

On-bill schemes (OBS) are flexible and innovative solutions to accelerate the EU’s renovation wave in the residential building sector that use a utility’s energy bill as a repayment vehicle for energy renovation investments. By stepping into the OBS market, utilities and financial institutions can increase their client base, gain leadership in the energy renovation market, and expand their portfolio of sustainable lending and service offers.  

The RenOnBill project assesses the replicability of OBS in Europe and has developed a set of on-bill business models that have the potential to boost residential energy renovation in Europe. The forthcoming national webinars in German, Italian, Lithuanian and Spanish explain selected on-bill business models and provide insights on distinct features and advantages.   

By joining this webinar, you will:   

  • Understand the main features and advantages of selected on-bill models  
  • Learn what steps to take when entering the on-bill market and how to decide for a specific on-bill scheme  
  • Shape ongoing business development processes in the RenOnBill project  
  • Have the opportunity to discuss with other market participants   

More information here

Boosting economic recovery with the energy transition

World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) 2021, 24-26 February 2021, Wels (Austria) and online


The World Sustainable Energy Days is an annual sustainability conference held in Austria. It hosts events centred on sustainable energy production and use, which covers energy efficiency and renewable energy sources for buildings, industry and transport. In 2021, the hybrid event (in person and online) will show how we can make a green recovery happen in practice, and how energy efficiency as an investment engine can contribute to this deep transformation. More than 100 speakers from all over the world will offer insights into technology and market trends, new business and financing models and policy updates. Within this context, make sure to save the date(s) for BPIE:

June 25: The H2020 AmBIENCe project will lead an online workshop presenting the project’s Active Building Energy Performance Contract (EPC), covering the concept, the project modelling tool, and outcomes from the testing phase. 

Young Energy Researchers Conference: Janne Rieke Boll and Rutger Broer from BPIE will join the Young Energy Researchers conference on June 21 and present why renovation practices should be at the heart of a green recovery contributing to effective energy savings while achieving societal benefits. The presentations dive into the benefits of industrialised renovation solutions for economic recovery and public participation for a decarbonised built environment respectively.
 
More information to follow.

Green solutions Awards 2020-2021: applications are still open until March 15!

There is still time to submit best projects to the organisers from Construction21 until March 15: the buildings, districts, and infrastructures in competition, as well as sustainable solutions that these exemplary projects integrate, will benefit from wide visibility on the platform and social media. The objective is to promote efficient climate solutions to contribute to their adoption by as many professionals as possible and thus accelerate the ecological transition of the sector. The registration of your case studies is free. 
More information here.

Register now! Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency, Final Conference, 11 May 2021, online

Join us on May 11, 2021 from 2:00 to 5:00pm CET for a virtual event to multiply the benefits of energy efficiency!

The event will highlight how companies realise competitive advantages through energy efficiency, new evidence and tools to make a compelling business case for energy-saving projects, and how multiple benefits can bolster policy and green recovery efforts.

Learn more and register here

Central & Eastern European-Energy Efficiency Forum, 21-24 September 2021, Poiana Brasov (Romania)

C4E Forum is moving to 21-24 September 2021 in Poiana Brasov Parts of the program will be available online.

The 2021 C4E Forum 2020 will offer an engaging blend of practical parallel sessions, workshops, high-level plenaries, a slot for DIY sessions and plenty of social and networking opportunities.

In order to stay in touch, C4E is organizing a free high-level online event in April on one of the original dates, similar to the October webinar on Renovation Wave with Commissioner Kadri Simson. Stay tuned, an invitation will come your way soon. 


See the programme outline here.
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Dear reader, 

I am beginning this year with a lot of hope that we, i.e. all of us, will be able to find solutions to some of our most pressing challenges. I am optimistic because we have recently seen that it is possible to return to responsibility, seriousness and sincerity in politics, witnessed by the transition of power in the White House, despite efforts to derail it. And we could observe that consensus is possible where disagreement reigned for many years, witnessed in the Brexit agreement.  

In 2021, we must succeed in reversing two global crises, the pandemic and climate change. Five years after the historic Paris Agreement, we are still not on track to deliver its promise. As the recent Global Status Report on Buildings highlights, CO₂ emissions caused by the sector are the highest ever, and the new Climate Tracker for the sector shows a slow down of the speed with which the buildings and construction sector is reducing its carbon footprint.  

We therefore need bigger efforts, in the policy and business community. For the latter, the Ambience project is developing a new business approach to valorise demand side flexibility. And the former will have great opportunities to strengthen the policy regime in support of fast decarbonisation, be it on the European level with the "fit for 55”" process, or on the global level with this year’s COP26 climate negotiations. As always, we will do our best to contribute our ideas and solutions, starting with this newsletter. 

 

Enjoy the reading, 

Oliver Rapf 
Executive Director, BPIE
FOCUS ON - GLOBAL BUILDING SECTOR 
Building sector emissions hit record high in 2019, GABC report shows 

Global emissions from the operation of buildings hit their highest-ever level in 2019, moving the sector further away from fulfilling its huge potential to slow climate change and contribute significantly to the goals of the Paris Agreement, according to the GABC’s (Global Alliance of Building and Construction) flagship 2020 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction, released in December

Worryingly, the GlobalABC’s new Buildings Climate Tracker developed by BPIE, which considers measures such as incremental energy efficiency investment in buildings and the share of renewable energy in global buildings – finds that the rate of annual improvement is decreasing. It in fact halved between 2016 and 2019. To get the buildings sector on track to achieving net-zero carbon by 2050, all actors across the buildings value chain need to increase decarbonization actions and their impact by a factor of five.

READ THE GABC STATUS REPORT
READ ABOUT THE BUILDINGS CLIMATE TRACKER
HIGHLIGHTS

Ambience H2020 developing platform to help ESCOs include demand side flexibility in their energy services offering 

The H2020 project AmBIENCe has introduced the novel concept of Active Energy Performance Contracting (AEPC), which looks to harness a building’s energy performance potential by incorporating flexibility and demand response in addition to energy efficiency measures, under one energy performance contract. To enable this contractual framework and support ESCOs build an AEPC business case, AmBIENCe is developing the Active Building Energy Performance Modelling (ABEPeM) platform, which it plans to launch later in 2021.  

What differentiates the ABEPeM platform from traditional Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) saving estimation tools, is the possibility to quantify, through different scenarios, additional Demand Response (DR) related savings and value streams resulting from active control of flexible assets. This is coupled with the calculation of performance guarantees and assessments of the flexibility in the building and the contract.  

The AEPC concept, the platform and related business models are currently being tested in two AmBIENCe pilots, covering respectively office and educational buildings in Portugal and Belgium.  

Learn about the AEPC proof-of-concept
Learn about the AEPC contracting model

NEW online tool presents the discussion around multiple benefits of building renovation among German stakeholders 

The project “Multiple benefits as a driver of energy-efficient building renovation” aimed to bring more clarity to the public debate on multiple benefits of energy efficiency improvements in the German residential sector.

The results and key policy recommendations of the 15-months project are now available in an interactive map available in English and German.

BPIE, together with the Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform, discussed how to better communicate, quantify and exploit the benefits of renovation activities for building owners and occupants. The benefits of renovation regarding health and wellbeing, air quality or job creation are well documented, however not yet fully considered in cost-benefit analyses of renovation decisions.

The stakeholder workshops revealed that in future, quantification approaches should be better streamlined and adapted to specific purposes and target groups which need to be addressed directly with tailored messages. The project was funded by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU). The final report can be downloaded here

View the interactive map
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World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) 2021, 24-26 February 2021, Wels (Austria) and online

Europe has the ambitious goal of becoming the first climate neutral continent by 2050. The Green Deal and the EU Climate Law are first concrete steps. The current economic challenges are also an opportunity to accelerate decarbonisation and to create a fairer society and a more competitive economy. In 2021, the conference shows how we can make a green recovery happen in practice and how energy efficiency as an investment engine can contribute to this deep transformation. The H2020 AmBIENCe project will lead an online workshop presenting the project’s Active Building Energy Performance Contract (EPC), covering the concept, the project modelling tool, and outcomes from the testing phase. Stay tuned for more information. 
Green solutions Awards 2020-2021: applications are still open until March 15!

BPIE is a proud partner of the #GreenSolutions Awards 2021. There is still time to submit best projects to the organisers from Construction21 until March 15: the buildings, districts, and infrastructures in competition, as well as sustainable solutions that these exemplary projects integrate, will benefit from wide visibility on the platform and social media. The objective is to promote efficient climate solutions to contribute to their adoption by as many professionals as possible and thus accelerate the ecological transition of the sector. The registration of your case studies is free. 
More information here.
Central & Eastern European-Energy Efficiency Forum, 21-24 September 2021, Poiana Brasov (Romania)

The 2021 C4E Forum 2020 will offer an engaging blend of practical parallel sessions, workshops, high-level plenaries, a slot for DIY sessions and plenty of social and networking opportunities.

See the programme outline here.
SAVE THE DATE! Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency, Final Conference, 11 May 2021, online

Join us May 11, 2021 from 1:00 - 4:30pm CET for a virtual event to multiply the benefits of energy efficiency!
The event will highlight how companies realise competitive advantages through energy efficiency, new evidence and tools to make a compelling business case for energy-saving projects, and how multiple benefits can bolster policy and green recovery efforts. 

Learn more here
BPIE OPINIONS
Total transformation of building renovation needs to start now

To achieve the 2030 climate target it will require energy efficient buildings with focus on renewable energy for heating and cooling buildings.

Read the article
More than "nice to have": national long-term building renovation strategies can be the road to recovery and growth

On March 10th 2020, EU Member States were expected to submit their third Long-Term Renovation Strategy (LTRS), in line with requirements of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). By September, BPIE found that less than half of Member State’s strategies had been submitted, and of those, few were compliant with EU legislation. Now at the beginning of 2021, twelve national strategies are still missing (over nine months late), including all strategies from Central and Eastern European Countries.

Read the article 
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[Bloomberg Green]
Sweden Says EU Plan to Hit World’s Busiest Green Debt Market


According to Jonathan Volt and Zsolt Toth at the Buildings Performance Institute Europe, the certificates could help drive green investment. But the lack of common criteria for setting levels presents “some challenges,” not least for Nordic countries, they said.

“On average these countries have tougher building regulations and EPC A thresholds, which means that the benchmark for what is being considered ‘sustainable’ or ‘green’ will also become more difficult to reach,” Volt and Toth said in an email.

Read the article
[Climatico]
Le nouvel objectif climat met le bâtiment européen sous pression


L’objectif d’une réduction de -55 % des émissions de CO2 d’ici 2030 a des implications majeures pour le secteur du bâtiment. Au point qu’il devrait concentrer une partie de l’attention des législateurs européens en 2021. Le secteur pèse en effet 36 % de ces émissions, et les réduire ne présente pas de barrière technologique majeure. 

Read the article (in French)
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Dear reader, 

2020 has been an incredibly challenging year, but there is still hope to end it on a high note. We are all eagerly awaiting the European Council’s decision this week on a strengthened 2030 climate target, which would put us on track to reaching climate-neutrality and upholding our Paris Agreement commitments. Whatever the Council’s decision, we know that this is something Europeans deeply want – we want to fight climate change, and we also want health, well-being, and a sustainable, thriving economy.

Fighting climate change calls for ambitious action. Nothing short of total transformation in this decade will bring us to our goal. As we argue in our recent analysis, we need energy efficiency to reach climate goals, and Europe needs to reach at least 3% annual deep (!) renovation by 2030 to achieve 60% CO2 reduction in buildings, in line with the new EU 2030 goal. This must be delivered while increasing  renewable energy in buildings. This may not be easy and requires a complete overhaul of current renovation practices, but as we lost many years where renovation activity did not increase, we have no other choice.

Our December newsletter highlights the magnitude of the change ahead, but also solutions that will make this transformation possible. Implementation of national Long-Term Renovation Strategies (LTRS) are one such area we have mentioned on a number of occasions. Tackling this challenge head on, the Our Buildings project has provided a guidance to support national governments develop their LTRS, with a complementary template enabling local authorities to develop municipal renovation strategies in the focus countries of the project, Bulgaria and Romania.

RenOnBill and Ambience H2020 projects are making the case for two business models supporting the renovation wave – on-bill financing and Active Building Energy Performance Contracting –  with the potential to drive GHG savings and economic opportunity in one go.

We also need better integrated planning across EU policy. 2021 will see the revision of key EU legislation affecting energy efficiency (EED, EPBD and RES directive). The recent report from enefirst highlights 16 international case examples of efficiency first in practice, concluding that implementing the concept at EU level requires a custom set of policy and regulatory instruments.

Clearly - we have our work cut out for us next year, however the solutions are at hand. Now is the time to bring renovation on an industrial scale with innovative technologies and attractive financial support instruments. The billions of Euro which the EU is making available in the Recovery and Resilience Facility and the next EU budget are of unprecedented magnitude. We need to make sure that they are spent for the right solutions - to fight climate change now while supporting economic recovery to the benefits of all Europeans!

Enjoy the reading, 

Oliver Rapf 
Executive Director, BPIE
FOCUS ON - 2030 CLIMATE TARGETS
Europe needs to reach a minimum 3% annual deep renovation rate to achieve a strengthened GHG reduction target and a boost for renewable heating and cooling.

Achieving a higher 2030 climate target requires intensified action in the building sector, according to BPIE’s latest analysis. The analysis comes ahead of the upcoming European Council which will convene on December 10-11. EU leaders are expected to agree a new EU emissions reduction target for 2030 of at least 55% GHG reduction of 1990 levels.  The European Commission has shown that achieving this level of ambition requires 60% GHG emissions reduction of the building stock by 2030.
BPIE’s analysis demonstrates that to achieve the necessary GHG reductions, the current deep renovation rate of 0.2% per year needs to grow by at least a factor 10 to 2% and should approach 3% as quickly as possible. In this scenario, the share of fossil fuel in the energy mix in 2030 should decrease by 57% compared to 2015, while the renewable heat and electricity share should grow to 53% of the final energy demand.  This would deliver an energy saving of almost 25% by 2030 compared to 2015, equivalent to an average energy saving of 2.5% per year
Read the analysis
HIGHLIGHTS

Our Buildings – Guides for the development of ambitious municipal renovation strategies are now available in English, Romanian and Bulgarian

The Our Buildings project aims at strengthening local policy makers in Bulgaria and Romania to accelerate building energy efficiency efforts by developing municipal renovation strategies. Funded by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI), the project provided guidance to support national governments to set up their LTRS according to the EPBD. A complementary template enabling local authorities to develop municipal renovation strategies in line with their Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) is now available. All guiding documents are to find online in English, Romanian and Bulgarian on the project webpage.

Recent country activities in Bulgaria and Romania led by Our Buildings are successfully mobilizing municipalities towards accelerating building renovation. In Bulgaria, Our Buildings’ project partner Eneffect finalized local renovation strategies in 4 pilot municipalities. To showcase the Building Renovation Roadmaps methodology, the project consortium plans to carry out energy audits and develop Renovation Roadmaps for an energy-intensive building in each of the pilot cities.  In Romania, 32 municipal policy makers and EU experts came together in a national conference jointly organized by Our Building partner OER and Energy Cities. The active discussion revealed the commitment to accelerated renovation activities at the local level and agreed on a close collaboration between central and municipal governments.
Read more about the country activities in Bulgaria and Romania, now available in the EUKI Community.
RenOnBill report - Upscaling the residential sector with on-bill schemes - Replicability potential in the EU

On-bill schemes may represent a breakthrough for the energy market, according to a new report by the H2020 project RenOnBill. The report highlights that on-bill schemes are among the most flexible and innovative solutions to facilitate the uptake of energy efficiency upgrades in residential buildings: they can be easily adapted to specific market and utility requirements.

Based on an analysis of four target countries, namely Germany, Italy, Spain, and Lithuania, the report highlights the possible challenges for the implementation of on-bill schemes (OBS) in the EU along three dimensions: market readiness, legal/regulatory framework, and utilities’ operational issues. Ten business model frameworks applicable to this context are also identified.   
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Transferring global experience of “efficiency first” to the EU

Learning from international experience is key to helping policymakers in the EU and its Member States establish a level playing field between demand and supply-side resources, and thus embed the efficiency first decision-making principle in EU policy, according to a new report published by the enefirst H2020 consortium. However, the report highlights that truly putting demand side resources on equal footing with supply side infrastructures, in all relevant instances, will require a custom set of policy and regulatory instruments that go beyond fragmented international practices.

The report assessed the extent to which international experience may be transferable to the political and legal system of the European Union and its Member States, showcasing 16 international examples of efficiency first in practice
Read the full report
Download the infographic

Active building Energy Performance Contracting (AEPC) models towards smart flexible buildings

Delivering services to buildings using an Active building Energy Performance Contracting (AEPC) model may pave the way to new opportunities for Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) and grid operators. AEPCs can help generate new business or improve existing business models, while lowering GHG emissions. Based on a literature study and stakeholder interviews, the new report published by the H2020 project AmBIENCe provides significant evidence that all energy performance contracting models can integrate demand response and become AEPC, even if this is not often the case. Electrification, in combination with active control based on demand response to variable pricing, seems to be the key to a successful business case. 

Read the report
Download the infographic

AmBIENCe partners with 6 Horizon2020 projects to advise EU leaders how to prepare buildings for the energy transition

To support the transition to a climate-neutral economy, 7 H2020 projects –Sensei, Triple-A, LAUNCH, AmBIENCe, NOVICE, QUEST and U-CERT - have drafted recommendations in a letter to policymakers, investigating ways to enable the mass adoption of energy efficiency measures and smart technologies supporting the uptake of renewable energy sources. 

The policy recommendations are gathered under 4 generic themes: electricity market reform, financing methods, technical streamlining and energy performance certification. They are derived through an in-depth understanding of the social, technical, economic, and environmental dimensions of the energy transition, as viewed from the academic, business and policy perspectives of the contributing projects, all funded by the Horizon 2020 programme.

While these recommendations are well supported by research, they need to be complemented by the democratic and effective engagement of all actors involved in the value chain to realize the intended results. 
 

Read the letter
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World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) 2021, 24-26 February 2021, Wels (Austria) and online

Europe has the ambitious goal of becoming the first climate neutral continent by 2050. The Green Deal and the EU Climate Law are first concrete steps. The current economic challenges are also an opportunity to accelerate decarbonisation and to create a fairer society and a more competitive economy. In 2021, the conference shows how we can make a green recovery happen in practice and how energy efficiency as an investment engine can contribute to this deep transformation. The H2020 AmBIENCe project will lead an online workshop presenting the project’s Active Building Energy Performance Contract (EPC), covering the concept, the project modelling tool, and outcomes from the testing phase. Stay tuned - more information coming soon. 
Green solutions Awards 2021: applications are open!

BPIE is proud to renew its partnership with the #GreenSolutions Awards 2021. Professionals are invited to submit their best projects to the organisers from Construction21: the buildings, districts, and infrastructures in competition, as well as sustainable solutions that these exemplary projects integrate, will benefit from wide visibility on the platform and social media. The objective is to promote efficient climate solutions to contribute to their adoption by as many professionals as possible and thus accelerate the ecological transition of the sector. The registration of your case studies is free.
More information here.
Central & Eastern European-Energy Efficiency Forum, 21-24 April 2021, Poiana Brasov (Romania)

The 2021 C4E Forum 2020 will offer an engaging blend of practical parallel sessions, workshops, high-level plenaries, a slot for DIY sessions and plenty of social and networking opportunities.

See the programme outline here.


 
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