How to get the best out of the Renovation Wave

12th October 2021 (11:30-13:00 CEST)

In the context of the EU Regions Week on 12th of October 2021, Renovate Europe co-organised together with DG GROW, the JRC and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development the workshop “How to get the best out of the Renovation Wave”. Policymakers from different levels of governance looked at some of the solutions at hand to improve the implementation of the Renovation Wave: financing instruments to accelerate renovation, technical assistance for practical support, affordability considerations to ensure no one is left behind, and innovative techniques which effectively integrate energy efficiency with climate resilience.

Moderator: Georgios Tsionis, Project officer – scientific research, European Commission – Joint Research Centre, Italy


  • Enrico Rossi, Member of the European Committee of the Regions
  • Gaspard Demur, Team Leader – National renovation strategies and recovery; international cooperation on buildings policy, DG ENER, European Commission
  • Stefania Racolta-Cruceru, Associate Director, Head of EU Green Finance and Climate Analytics, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Michaela Kauer, Head of the Brussels Office, City of Vienna, Austria

Video Testimonials

  • Valentina Superti, Director, European Commission – Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Enterpreneurship and SME’s, Belgium
  • Adrian Joyce, Secretary General, Renovate Europe, Belgium
  • Hubert Briand, Manager Energy Efficiency of Buildings, Investment Direction, Banque des Territoires, France

Full Workshop

Why and How is Technical Assistance the Wealth-enabler for buildings?

Renovate Europe co-organised the webinar “Why and How is Technical Assistance the Wealth-enabler for buildings?”, which took place on Tuesday 28 September 2021 (10:30-11:50 CET) via GoToWebinar.

Historic amounts of funding will be made available through the EU budget (RRF and MFF), and the main buildings-related legislation (EED and EPBD) will be strengthened to deliver on the Renovation Wave goals. Unfortunately, the crucial role of Technical Assistance in delivering renovation schemes is still vastly underestimated.

Technical assistance or capacity building will be crucial in transforming EU objectives into tangible renovation schemes on the ground, and could significantly improve the absorption rates of EU funding across the Member States. It will also be essential in ensuring that renovations schemes are made accessible for the vulnerable.

This webinar, co-organised by Renovate Europe, FEDARENE and Energy Cities, was the opportunity to better understand the importance of technical assistance, through learnings from ongoing programmes but also through examples of funding opportunities, so renovation schemes can deliver better results for citizens, businesses, and the environment.


10:30 | Opening remarks: Why technical support is key in driving energy renovations
Adrian Joyce, Renovate Europe Campaign Director (moderator)

10:35 | Learnings from the MFF: How and why to prioritise Technical Assistance in rolling out renovation schemes:
Mathieu Fichter, DG REGIO

10:45 | Applying for EU Technical Support to implement the Renovation Wave
– Technical Support from DG REFORM: Kaspar Richter, DG REFORM
– European City Facility: Stimulating local investments in the energy transition: Mariangela Luceri, FEDARENE

11:05 | Q&A session

11:15 | Making Technical Assistance available at National, Regional and Local level
– Intervention by Peter Schilken, Energy Cities
The contribution of the French Caisse des Dépôts Climate Plan for a Green Recovery and the importance of local technical assistance for building renovation: Caroline François-Marsal, Caisse des Dépôts Group
– The key role of Technical Assistance in the context of the EPBD revision: Jessica Glicker, BPIE

11:35 | Q&A session

11:45 | Wrap-up by Moderator

* A short video showcasing best practices will be shown during the webinar.

Energy Efficiency and Economic Recovery: Lessons from the Great Recession in the EU and US

30th June 2020 (16 :00-17:00 CEST)

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the European Economic Recovery Plan were two massive stimulus packages passed in 2009 to counter the effects of the economic slowdown.

Against this background, and on the light of the current debates, the Renovate Europe Campaign joined forces with the Alliance to save Energy (ASE) to organise a very timely event, whose aim is to dive into the past to discover which role energy efficiency can play in accelerating the economic recovery. Topics included the role of energy efficiency in the Great Recession’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the European Economic Recovery Plan, the ongoing impact of these packages on our sector today, and how these plans can inform decisions on upcoming stimulus proposals and recovery plans.

Speakers included:

  • Pernille Weiss,Member, European Parliament (EPP)
  • Peter Sweatman,CEO, Climate Strategy & Partners
  • Yamina Saheb,Senior Climate and Energy Policy Analyst, OpenEXP
  • Stacey Paradis, Executive Director, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)
  • Timothy Unruh, Executive Director, National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO)
  • Lisa Jacobson,President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE)

The session featured remarks from Clay Nesler, Interim President of the Alliance, and Adrian Joyce, Renovate Europe Campaign Director.

To watch the session, click here

For more information about EE Global Webinar Series, visit here

Buildings and Recovery Measures: the role of energy renovations in supporting European recovery

23rd April 2020 (09:30-10:30 CEST)

In collaboration with REC National Partners SYNERGI, DENEFF and NRP, three emerging approaches to be deployed respectively in Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands, will demonstrate the importance and potential behind deep energy renovation of buildings and the role it can play in European economic recovery in the period ahead. The goal of the discussion is to better understand good practices at national level thus helping to prepare, in advance, the actions that can be gradually put in place once the lock-downs measures will be lifted, and that will ultimately feed into a responsive Renovation Wave Initiative.


Agenda :


Adrian Joyce, Director of the Renovate Europe Campaign

Ensuring that energy renovation programmes are the heart of the economic recovery – National examples:

  • Advance Planning in Denmark by Katrine Bjerre Milling Eriksen, of SYNERGI
  • Preparing for the renovation wave in Germany by Henning Ellermann, of DENEFF
  • The Dutch approach to economic recovery by Albert de Vries, of NRP

Q&A Session

(moderated by Eva Brardinelli, REC Campaign Office)

Closing Remarks

Adrian Joyce, Director of the Renovate Europe Campaign


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Building 101

27th March 2020 - 09:30/10:30

Building 101's main aim is to introduce MEPs and Parliamentary Assistants to policy around buildings, renovation and energy efficiency, in order to shape a common understanding on the importance of these topics, particularly in the context of the upcoming legislative actions.




Eva Brardinelli - Communications and Events Officer, Renovate Europe Campaign


Adrian Joyce - Director, Renovate Europe Campaign

Mariangiola Fabbri - Head of Research, Building Performance Institute Europe (BPIE)

Pau Audi Garcia - Policy Officer, DG ENER (Unit C.3) - Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency - Energy Efficiency: Buildings and Products. European Commission

Q&A Session

Moderated by Eva Brardinelli - Communications and Events Officer, Renovate Europe Campaign


Adrian Joyce - Director, Renovate Europe Campaign




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