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.

Op-ed: Buildings Renovation: a European energy hero (FORESIGHT)

Published by FORESIGHT on: 27 April 2022 | The European Union wants to reduce reliance on Russian energy imports. For this to work, a pan-EU Taskforce with the sole purpose of improving energy efficiency in buildings must be established, says Adrian Joyce of Renovate Europe.

Giving a new home to the C4E Forum

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.


REPowerEU: REC proposes immediate actions on energy renovation

REPowerEU – Energy Security and Resilience through Renovation

The EU must rapidly reduce its dependence on Russian fossil fuels, and Europe’s leaky buildings are in the spotlight. With buildings accounting for the largest share of final energy consumption, at a high of 40% of energy demand, reducing the energy demand of the building stock in the EU has never been so important.

In this context, last March 8, the European Commission made public its communication “REPowerEU: Joint European action for more affordable, secure and sustainable energy”.

So far, the communication misses the potential for energy savings in buildings. Demand-side measures are highly undervalued in favour of short-term supply driven actions which will lead to stranded assets and damage the overall EU Green Deal and Fit-for-55 ambition. This gap must be rectified by proposing concrete bold measures to stop energy waste in buildings in the REPowerEU Action Plan to be published in May.

For such reason the REC office has prepared a briefing the various opportunities that renovation offers to protect energy poor households and deliver real change to people’s lives by reducing energy demand and therefore citizen’s energy bills, while also keeping an eye on the longer-term objectives of lowering GHG emissions in line with EU Green Deal and climate neutrality goals.

More specifically we have come up with a set of immediate actions to stop energy waste in buildings needed for the REPowerEU Action Plan to be published in May:

  • 1. Make Energy Efficiency an energy security priority
    • Establish a Delivery Taskforce for Energy Savings
    • Increase the ambition and fast-track key measures from the Fit-for-55 legislative package
  • 2. Help Member States go faster and further on energy renovation with EU-level financial and technical support:
    • Launch an Energy Savings Facility to accelerate MFF investment in renovation
    • Front-load and maximise RRF investments on energy renovation to their full potential
    • Open a specific DG REFORM Technical Support Call for energy renovation
    • Ensure the new EU Fiscal Framework supports energy renovation
    • Facilitate private sector mobilisation via higher Taxonomy Requirements for buildings
  • 3. Ensure concerted action on Capacity & Delivery by launching an EU-level ‘Renovation Sector Compact’
    • Map existing and potential capacity to address bottlenecks in the renovation market, workforce, and supply chains
    • Help to modernise the construction sector and upskill its workforce by coordinating a 2022 Renovation Summer School

Read our full briefing here.

Launch of Renovate Bulgaria

On April the 1st during the Architectural Building Week 2022 in Sofia it was officially signed the memorandum for Renovate Bulgaria. The eight founding signatories were the following:

  • Bulgarian association for construction insulation and waterproofing
  • Center for energy efficiency “EnEffect”
  • Bulgarian facility management association
  • Bulgarian construction chamber
  • Bulgarian association of architects and engineers consultants
  • Bulgarian-Austrian consulting company
  • Shelter for humanity foundation, part of Habitat for humanity international
  • Municipal network for energy efficiency – EcoEnergy

From the REC office we are very pleased for such an event and we hope that establishing Renovate Bulgaria will help to achieve the main goal of REC to reduce the energy demand of the EU building stock by 80% by 2050 through legislation and ambitious renovation programmes.

Watch the entire ceremony (in Bulgarian) here.

Visit the new Renovate Bulgaria profile here.