Renovate Europe Newsletter – September 2018


Read the September Newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/renovate-europe/newsletter-september-1393449 

Will changed political dynamics threaten our collective climate goals?


By Adrian Joyce, Renovate Europe Campaign Director 27th September 2018 Political observers in Brussels are concerned that the perceptible shift to the right in European politics will intensify with the European elections scheduled for May 2019.  No-one knows how dramatic the shift will be, but those of us that have been fighting to put energy efficiency centre-stage are getting worried. Long term renovation strategies may not be a phrase that quickens pulses across the EU but in the context of the coming political shift, it could hold the key to maintaining the purpose and direction of our…

Please don’t let climate targets be (deliberately) misunderstood


  By Adrian Joyce, Renovate Europe Campaign Director 27th September 2018 The agreements on the various parts of the EU clean energy package were hard fought, but their signing marks the beginning of the battle to implement them, as much as it does the end of the struggle to agree them! In part that is because debates are continuing in Europe over the ambition we can afford to show in our climate policy in the years to 2030 – and beyond.  It is also because the costs of not acting now could soon overwhelm our ability to act at all, as recent studies alarmingly highlight. Europe’s climate…

Europe must roll up its sleeves and put climate action first in the next MFF


By Adrian Joyce, Renovate Europe Campaign Director 30th July 2018 In the midst of a catastrophic heatwave, it might seem odd to make the case for building insulation in the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).  But there’s no choice: it is unanswerable.  Why? Because this torrid summer is not just a trigger for extraordinary drought management measures, it is a harbinger of the new normal that awaits us, unless we act now. Don’t just take my word for it.  As the World Meteorological Organisations’ Deputy Secretary-General Elena Manaenkova said on July 26: "The heatwaves and extreme…

Croatia’s renovation projects can teach us as much as their football


What do Croatia’s football team and its energy efficiency programmes have in common? Experience, skill, tenacity and an inspiring amount of success. Croatia may not have lifted the World Cup this year – and the country may not be the first place that decision takers would think to turn to for policy advice. But if they do, they will find a source of inspiration at least as surprising as the national team’s exploits on the football pitch. Between 2014 and 2016, a €220m energy renovations programme benefitted more than 15,600 family homes, 2,300 multi-unit buildings, 80 commercial buildings…

REDay2018 9 October: Key Tools to Boost Energy Renovation


Key tools to boost energy renovation The amended Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) contains a vision for 2050 for the buildings stock in the EU – it will have to be highly energy efficient and decarbonised, reaching cost-effective nearly zero energy levels.  As a result, it is time for action and the Member States will need to be armed with all the right tools and resources to achieve this challenging and necessary vision. This year’s Renovate Europe event, to be held inside the European Parliament in Brussels, will look at how to plan properly for the achievement of this 2050…