Brussels, 27th of April 2022

It is a pleasure to announce that the Renovate Europe Campaign (REC) has given a new home to the C4E Forum (Central and Eastern European Energy Efficiency Forum).

Reducing the EU’s reliance on Russian fossil fuel imports has become an urgent energy security priority and most of the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries are at the frontline of this energy crisis. In this context, the C4E Forum will serve as a key platform that will support stakeholders in the region to boost energy renovation measures and cut energy waste in buildings.

The C4E Forum was first conceived between the European Climate Foundation (ECF) and Chance for Buildings (C4B), the REC national partner from Czechia. It is an event that takes place every two years in a country in the CEE region and, to date, it has been hosted in Bulgaria, Poland and Romania. For each event, a local partner was identified to co-organise the C4E Forum supported by the ECF and C4B.

Since 2016, over the three occasions of the C4E Forum, it has proven to have a strong presence, credibility, and reputation in the CEE region. “It has provided a valuable platform where ministry officials, civil society, industry and all the energy efficiency community can exchange useful practical information, network in an informal setting and collaborate on energy efficiency initiatives,” commented Renée Bruel, European Climate Foundation. “What makes the C4E Forum unique is its focus on sharing best practices and practical examples, and fostering the creation of a vibrant energy efficient community in the CEE region,” said Ondřej Šrámek, Chance for Buildings.

“We are proud to bring the C4E Forum into the heart of Renovate Europe with its 49 EU and national partners. Giving a home to the C4E Forum is providing us with the opportunity to further build up and breath fresh life into this initiative,” said Adrian Joyce, Director of the Renovate Europe Campaign.

In this regard, Renovate Europe will identify synergies between the C4E Forum and the REC, and undertake communication and other actions between the main in-person events. By ensuring a continuous presence in-between the bi-annual events, the REC aims to maintain close engagement with the energy efficiency community, and raise the visibility and prominence of the C4E Forum.

In the coming weeks and months, the REC will announce the location of the next C4E Forum taking place in 2023 and provide information about further initiatives to engage with stakeholders from the CEE region.

You can follow the latest news on the activities of the C4E Forum by following its specific pages on Twitter and LinkedIn, and by visiting its website.