BUILD UP Webinar – Report presentation: Energy Transition of the EU Building Stock


How to transform the building stock from being an energy waster to being a positive element in the EU energy system and the EU economy? Do the EU’s climate and energy targets meet the needs and expectations of the energy renovation market in the EU? How to maximise on 2016 as the ‘year of delivery for the Energy Union’ to achieve coherent and mutually reinforcing legislation in future legislative reviews for buildings?

The aim of the webinar is to present the main findings of the new report drafted by Yamina Saheb (OpenExp) titled “Energy Transition of the EU Building Stock – Unleashing the 4th Industrial Revolution in Europe”, released 18 July. By the time of the webinar, the executive summary of the report will be available online in several EU languages.

Rod Janssen of EiD will moderate the webinar.

Short summary of the report

The report entitled “Energy Transition of the EU Building Stock – Unleashing the 4th Industrial Revolution in Europe” aims to support the on-going review/revision of EU climate and energy policy instruments. The objective is to contribute to making 2016 the year of delivery for EU instruments aiming to reduce building’s energy consumption and their related GHG emissions.

The report estimates the EU energy renovation market at EUR 109 billion in 2015 and 882,900 jobs. It shows that the size of the EU energy renovation market could increase by almost half the current energy renovation market if a 40% energy savings target is adopted for 2030. This would lead to more than one million additional jobs.

Increasing the size of the emerging EU energy renovation market would require the design of an overarching, integrated and streamlined framework for buildings based on the “Efficiency First” principle. Such an overarching framework would, as required by the better regulation package, streamline reporting and ensure coherence between the investment-climate-energy provisions currently included in at least 14 EU policy instruments. It would also simplify implementation for Member States, avoid double-counting and facilitate compliance checking. The first step towards this transformation is to address the gaps and loopholes identified in the 14 existing EU instruments aiming to increase investments in reducing energy consumption in buildings and their related GHG emissions. The report suggests a specific recommendation for each of the identified gaps and loopholes.

The “Efficiency First” investment-climate-energy proposed framework for buildings would require new governance structure at EU level including setting-up an EU Energy Renovation Facilitator and an EU Risk Sharing Facility. This would give industry confidence to invest in the industrialisation of energy renovation which would unleash the 4th industrial revolution in Europe. The report suggests the first steps towards the design of such a framework.


Wednesday 12 October 2016, 15:00 – 16:15 (Brussels time)

15:00     Introductory words: Rod Janssen, Energy in Demand

15:05     Presentation of the main findings of the report: Yamina Saheb, OpenExp

15:25     Round table discussion, moderated by Rod Janssen:

– Representative from the European Parliament

– Representative from the European Commission

– Stakeholders representatives: Industry, Consumers, Climate advocate

15:50     Q&A with the virtual audience

16:15     End of Webinar


Participation is free of charge, but prior registration is required. Please register here.




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