One-Stop-Shops: Maximising their potential to accelerate energy renovation

21th March 2022 (11:30-12:50 CET)

The Renovate Europe Campaign hosted the webinar “One-Stop-Shops: Maximising their potential to accelerate energy renovation” on Monday 21 March 2022 (11:30-12:50 CET) via GoToWebinar.

In a context of rising energy prices and a spiralling climate crisis, reducing the energy demand of Europe’s leaky buildings is a priority. Technical assistance provided by One-Stop-Shops (OSS) has long been advocated as part of the solution to accelerating building energy renovation in the EU. Maximising their potential will be crucial if we are to boost the deep renovation of the EU building stock in order to increase our energy security and cut households’ energy bills.

One-stop-shops also have an important role to play in supporting the introduction of Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) in the Buildings Directive (EPBD) and in driving the take-up of renovation measures implemented through the National Recovery and Resilience Plans, Cohesion and other EU funding as well as public programmes.

In this webinar, the Hungarian, Irish, Latvian and Polish National Partners of the Renovate Europe Campaign together with a representative from the City of Warsaw presented their experience with one-stop-shops in their country. At the same time, Adrien Bullier from the Commission’s CINEA provided insight into why and how we need to upscale OSS with the aim of boosting the rate and depth of energy renovation in the EU.


11:30 | Introduction and Moderation
Julie Kjestrup, Vice-Chair of the Renovate Europe Campaign

11:40 | Towards large-scale roll out of “integrated home renovation services” in Europe
Adrien Bullier, Senior Project Adviser, European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA)

11:50 | Learnings from the RenoPont Energy Home Renovation Centres in Budapest
Zsuzsanna Koritár, Hungarian Energy Efficiency Institute (MEHI) (REC National Partner in Hungary)

12:00 | EUROPA Network: the establishment of the Latvian One-Stop-Shop
Eloise Stancioff, Ekubirojs (REC National Partner in Latvia)

12:10 | The Irish One-Stop-Shop experience through the Solutions4Renovation platform
Johanna Varghese, Irish Green Building Council (REC National Partner in Ireland)

12:20 | Challenges to boosting the renovation of single and multi-family homes in Poland: the role of One-Stop-Shops
– Justyna Glusman, Fala Renowacji (REC National Partner in Poland)
– Jacek Kisiel (Deputy Director, Air Protection and Climate Policy Department, City of Warsaw)

12:30 | Q&A with speakers

12:45 | Wrap-up

12:50 | End of the webinar

Open Letter to EU Housing Ministers on 'Only Deep Energy Renovation will help the most Vulnerable'

Open Letter to Housing Ministers of the EU Member States

Subject:               Only Deep Energy Renovation will help the most Vulnerable

Dear Minister,

At your meeting on the 8th of March in Nice, you will be debating the topic of energy renovation of housing in the context of combining affordable housing and sustainability. We write to recall that the truly sustainable answer which will benefit all citizens, especially the growing number of vulnerable households, is to cut our energy demand through deep energy renovation.

The steady rise in energy prices, and the great uncertainty since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, brings into sharp focus the need to find reliable solutions to our problem of dependency on foreign energy imports.  You already know that buildings in the EU account for the largest share of final energy consumption, at a high of 40% of energy demand.  This is largely due to the poor energy performance of the building stock, a significant proportion of which is occupied by the less well-off in society.

Housing represents about 75% of the built area (in m²) of the building stock in the EU, and thus represents an important part of the solution.  Unfortunately, the renovation cycle for housing is stubbornly long, with most households only engaging in renovation activities once every 30 years.  This means that there is only one renovation cycle left before we reach 2050, the year by which you have committed to achieve carbon neutrality and a highly energy efficient and decarbonised building stock.

It is therefore imperative to ensure that renovation programmes are not only upscaled and rolled out to the full housing stock in the EU, but that the programmes are designed and implemented to always ensure deep energy renovations which deliver on the multiple benefits of energy efficiency.  In short, quantity and quality both matter.

Through deep renovation and thanks to technologies readily available, it is possible to reduce the energy demand of existing housing in the EU by 80% or more.

More specifically, we call on you to take action to accelerate deep energy renovation in housing by:

  • Front-loading and prioritising the investments and reforms related to building renovation in the National Recovery Plans (see Study), to set a path that will benefit all, and in particular low-income households and vulnerable consumers;
  • Securing ambitious housing-related elements in the Fit-for-55 package and, in particular, Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) that are designed to rapidly deliver deep energy renovation to future-proof our housing.

A transformation of the housing stock in the EU is urgently needed to achieve climate neutrality, improve living conditions and protect consumers against variations in unit prices for energy, thereby making affordable, comfortable, healthy housing a viable option for all.

Yours sincerely,

Adrian Joyce

Campaign Director

1st Renovation Stand

On Tuesday 1st of March, the Renovate Europe Campaign launched its Renovation Stand in front of the European Parliament.

This initiative, put forward with the scope of increasing visibility and raising awareness on the need of boosting energy renovation all across the European Union while also highlighting the multiple benefits that come from its deployment, was a success.

Many people, from public officials to other citizens, approached us to learn more about building renovation and get key insights on the essential role it plays in increasing the well-being of citizens and towards achieving our 2050 climate goals.

From the REC office, we are already working on future dates, so don’t miss the opportunity and come join us next time!

Op-ed: Sitting on our hands is no longer an option (ECEEE)

Published by ECEEE on: 25 Feb 2022 | The predicted invasion of Ukraine by Russia has occurred.  There are dark days ahead and consequences for all Europeans.  With his actions, President Putin has further jeopardised the energy security of the EU as too much of our primary energy is sourced from Russia, mostly passing through Ukraine.  We must act now on several fronts, not least in our homes and workplaces by moving urgently to energy renovate them.

REC Feedback to EPBD Proposal

The revision of the EPBD must set the whole of the building stock in the EU on a clearly planned trajectory towards deep renovation if the EU is to meet its 2050 carbon neutrality goals.

That is why from the Renovate Europe Campaign we have considered our duty to use this period of feedback, opened by the European Commission, prior to the adoption of the directive to provide our comments.

Long-term planning towards deep renovation will guarantee that the building sector contributes its fair share towards the green transition, but it will also provide a sustainable solution to the rising energy price crisis, through a reduction of citizens’ energy needs, alongside multiple other benefits. In a time of high EU-wide public investment being channelled to energy renovation through the Recovery Funds but also potentially through the EU’s 2021-2027 MFF budget, the EPBD cannot fall short on its renovation goals.

Renovate Europe therefore raises the following concerns and proposes the following recommendations:

  • Apply Energy Efficiency First to the ZEB definition
  • Set deep renovation as the guiding principle of MEPS
  • Follow a long-term plan to strengthen the scope of MEPS to the full building stock through National Building Renovation Plans (NBRPs) and Building Renovation Passports (BRPs)
  • Better align EPCs for the deep renovation of the full building stock

Read REC’s full feedback here.

REC Newsletter - December 2021

Welcome to the Renovate Europe Campaign’s newsletter which looks back on a quite busy year!

Highlights include the publication of the Renovate2Recover Study, which was undertaken by E3G with input from the Campaign’s National Partners. In addition, we celebrated this year the 10th anniversary of the Campaign during a social event together with friends and colleagues and organised on the same day the Renovate Europe Day 2021. REDay2021 was supported by 4 National Partner Events and one EU Supporting Partner Event. We have also issued a letter to the EU Energy Ministers as a response to the energy prices rises and been active advocating through our opeds (we published 6 this year!). Finally, we are delighted to welcome 5 new Partners!

Thank you to our 49 Partners and the buildings community at large for all the achievements this year, and we wish you a happy and peaceful holiday break!

Read the full Newsletter here.