Op-ed: Spend wisely: Use cohesion funding for energy renovation (Euractiv)

Published by Euractiv on: 20 June 2022 | The EU budget can go a long way toward helping member states achieve higher ambition on energy-efficiency renovation of buildings. But the money must be spent wisely, writes Adrian Joyce.

Renovate Europe supports the campaign for "More local staff to achieve the climate transition"

The Renovate Europe Campaign is happy to announce our endorsement of the Energy Cities campaign for “More local staff to achieve the climate transition”.

The signatories of the manifesto urge the national governments of EU Member States and the European Commission to:

  • Finance the recruitment of municipal & local public bodies staff
  • Make jobs more appealing & support local pooling of expertise
  • Provide training & reallocation programmes to upskill municipal & related local public bodies staff
  • Provide a framework enabling local governments to develop their own green budget, investments, & workforce

Discover more about it here.

Sign the manifesto here.

Skills through the multi-annual financial framework: building renovation in the Mediterranean area

A trained workforce and skilled public administration will be essential to support the drive to a highly energy efficient building stock, in line with EU climate neutrality goals. This 90-minute online conversation, that we co-organised with Energy Cities (representing the Interreg MED Efficient Buildings Community) and EFBWW, informs EU, national and regional stakeholders on how to maximise current opportunities to increase the availability of a qualified workforce for energy renovations, particularly for public buildings.

It looks at the importance of skills and training as a pre-requisite for rolling out successful renovation schemes on the ground. We explore how to make the most of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework 2021-2027 for upskilling workers as well as local stakeholders and administration with the aim of boosting the rate and depth of energy renovation, particularly in the Mediterranean area (Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Slovenia and Spain).


Welcome – Miriam Eisermann, Energy Cities

Panel 1: EU-level perspectives and opportunities on skills and training for energy renovation

  • Introduction: Why workforce upskilling is so important to deliver renovation schemes – Adrian Joyce, Renovate Europe Campaign
  • Opportunities to boost skills in energy renovation through the Multi-Annual Financial Framework and Just Transition Fund (JTF) – Maeva Roulette, DG EMPL
  • Needs, challenges and opportunities for upskilling the construction workforce on energy renovation – Rolf Gehring, EFBWW
  • Insights from CINEA – Luca Angelino, CINEA
  • Q&A moderated by Adrian Joyce, Renovate Europe Campaign

Panel II: Upskilling of local stakeholders and administration for better buildings

  • Introduction – Miriam Eisermann, Energy Cities
  • Strengthening planning and management skills of public building owners
    • Belinda Gottardi, Mayor of Castello Maggiore (Italy)
    • Evangelos Evangelides, Mayor of Aradippou (Cyprus)
    • Helder Gonçalves, Director of Portuguese National Energy Laboratory LNGE and national coordinator of BUILD UP Skills FORESEE
  • Q&A moderated by Peter Schilken, Energy Cities

Wrap-upAdrian Joyce, Renovate Europe Campaign


How to unlock the Renovation Wave?

The Renovate Europe Campaign and Positive Money Europe co-organised the webinar “How to unlock the Renovation Wave” on the occasion of the launch of the Unlock campaign. The event took place online on Wednesday, May 11th from 11am to 12.15am CEST.

The current recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings directive (EPBD) proposes comprehensive measures to accelerate energy efficient renovation of residential buildings. However, financing the Renovation Wave remains a complex challenge. The Commission expects a funding gap of around € 275 billion per year by 2030. Public funding for renovation purposes is often too slow to deploy, too bureaucratic, and not scalable enough due to the magnitude of the challenge.

ECB research estimates that around € 214 billion/year of the needed additional funding should be covered by bank loans. The text reviewed by the Commission rightly emphasised the role of energy efficiency loans and mortgages in the Renovation Wave by introducing the concept of Mortgage Portfolio Standard. However, banks lack incentives to offer cheap lending products.

What role can the banking sector play in the Renovation Wave? How can the European Central Bank unlock affordable green loans and green mortgages? Our experts answered these questions during the online webinar.

Adrian Joyce (Renovate Europe) will present on the current state of play of the renovation challenge;
Peter Sweatman (Climate Strategy) will introduce the EU renovation loan;
Uuriintuya Batsaikhan (Positive Money Europe) will show how the ECB can finance home renovations through its refinancing operations and TLTROs programme.

A discussion with Member of the EU Parliament Sean Kelly, EU Commission’s Karlis Goldstein, and Jennifer Johnson from the European Mortgage Federation followed with a dedicated space for questions.

The event closed with Vicky Van Eyck (Positive Money Europe) introducing the Unlock campaign.

REC Newsletter - Spring 2022

Welcome to Renovate Europe’s newsletter!

Below you can find the highlights of the past months which include: our reaction to the REPowerEU Communication, our work monitoring the National Recovery and Resilience Plans, becoming the new home of the C4E Forum, our webinar on One-Stop-Shops, the launch of the Renovation Stand, our feedback to the Commission’s EPBD proposal, and lastly the letter sent to EU Housing and Energy Ministers ahead of the Housing Conference of March 8th.

Thank you to all our Partners for their assistance in our activities!

Read the full Newsletter here.

Op-ed: How to go faster and further on building renovation to sever ties with Russia (Euractiv)

Published by Euractiv on: 27 April 2022 | Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted the EU to start getting serious about its energy policy and cut its reliance on Russia. To do that, building renovation must be a priority in the EU’s REPowerEU Action Plan, due in May, writes Adrian Joyce.