REDay 2019 – Deep Energy Renovation: Already All Around Us

REDay 2019 took place on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, in the European Parliament in Brussels, with the REDay exhibition remaining on display in the European Parliament from October 7-11. The exhibition is a showcase of best practice renovation projects and programmes which prove that not only is energy renovation possible, it is already all around us.

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Speakers Biographies

Pernille WEISS is a Danish politician from the ‘Conservative People’s Party’ of Denmark and has been a member of the European Parliament since the European elections in May 2019. She is a member of the EPP group.

Prior to her mandate, Ms Weiss held several occupations within the health sector before establishing her own consultancy firm in 2008. She is a nurse by education and holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Innovation from Copenhagen Business School. In addition, she is a certified sexologist. Before joining the European Parliament, Ms Weiss has been involved in politics at national level where she has been a member of one of Denmark’s Regional Councils.

Ciarán CUFFE is a member of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, sitting on the Transport and Tourism Committee, the Industry, Research and Energy Committee, and as a substitute on the Regional Development Committee.

An architect and planner, he has served as a Dublin City Councilor, TD for Dún Laoghaire, and Minister of State with responsibility for sustainable transport and climate change. In government he reformed the Irish planning system to limit rezoning, link transport and planning decisions and focus on evidence-led decision-making.  He set up an MSc Programme in Urban Regeneration at TU Dublin and in 2019 graduated with an MSc in Cities from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Theresa GRIFFIN is a member of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament, representing the United Kingdom, in the North-West England constituency. She is a member of the ITRE Committee, and a substitute member of the TRAN committee. She is currently in her second term as a Member of the European Parliament. She is also the President of EUFORES, the European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources.

Roman GRÜNNER is a project manager at ‘alchemia nova’ in Vienna, and a former project manager at the Slovakian Green Building Council. He has worked as a research assistant in the working group Sustainable Constructions at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna where he developed and implemented research projects in the field of applied research at the European and national level. He was responsible for international cooperation with Slovakia and the Czech Republic and was district leader of Bratislava team in the EU – GUGLE project.

Daniel HERRERA is a Senior Researcher in the Energy Retrofit of Historic Buildings group at EURAC Research, Italy. He is a qualified architect and PhD candidate whose main area of interest is the development of energy conservation solutions for historic buildings, with particular focus on their hygrothermal performance. He is currently involved in the IEA-SHC Task59 and Interreg AlpineSpace ATLAS projects.

Joonas KERGE is the Communications Manager at KredEX, a foundation set up by the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications with the aim of providing best financial solutions for both enterprises and homeowners. KredEx provides technical assistance, loans and guarantee funding to encourage the uptake of ambitious energy renovation in Estonia. He has held this position since 2016, and his professional background is in Communications and Marketing.  In addition to his work at KredEx he is also a co-founder of different projects in the field of sustainability, aiming to help people make better and more conscious decisions as consumers.

Alex PATERSON is Chief Executive of Historic Environment Scotland, the lead public body set up to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment. He has held the position of Chief Executive since September 2016. His professional background focuses largely on economic and community engagement. Prior to his role in Historic Environment Scotland, he was Chief Executive of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

Louise SUNDERLAND is a researcher, advisor, and policy analyst who has worked on energy efficiency and sustainability in the energy and buildings sectors for more than 10 years and is currently a Senior Advisor with the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP). She focuses strongly on the consumer and issues of equity in the energy transition. She is Director of a London community energy cooperative, an external expert for the European Commission and has served as an expert witness to provide evidence to the United Kingdom’s House of Lords.

Dr Yamina SAHEB is a senior climate and energy policy analyst at OpenExp, a Paris-based global network of independent experts working on solutions for sustainable development. Dr Saheb is the lead author of the buildings chapter in IPCC Assessment Report 6 and an international expert on climate and energy policies. She is also a former Scientific Officer at the European Commission Joint Research Centre and former Senior Energy Efficiency Policy Analyst at the IEA.

Adrian JOYCE is Director of the Renovate Europe Campaign and Secretary General of EuroACE.  He is a professionally qualified architect who spent 17 years in private practice (working in the UK, France, Belgium and Ireland) before getting involved full-time in EU policy.  Adrian is also Chairman of the Coalition for Energy Savings

Conference Agenda

16:15:   Introduction: Why an exhibition?
Adrian Joyce, Campaign Director, Renovate Europe

16:25:   Welcome
Pernille Weiss MEP (EPP, Denmark) – co-host of Renovate Europe Day 2019
Ciarán Cuffe MEP (Greens, Ireland) – co-host of Renovate Europe Day 2019
Theresa Griffin MEP (S&D, UK) – co-host of Renovate Europe Day 2019



16:40:   EURAC Research – Presentation of projects & development of the ATLAS project database of historic renovation projects
Daniel Herrera, Senior Researcher, EURAC Research

16:50:   Presentation of renovation project of apartment block in Bratislava, Slovakia
Roman Grünner, Project Manager at ‘Alchemia Nova’, Vienna   

17:00:   Presentation of projects undertaken by Historical Environment Scotland
Alex Paterson, Chief Executive, Historic Environment Scotland

17:10:   Exchange with the audience



17:20:   Presentation of KredEx Programme (Estonia)
Joonas Kerge, Communications Manager, KredEx

17:30: Carbon Revenues
Louise Sunderland, Senior Advisor, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)

17:45: Exchange with the audience

17:55: End of moderated debate
Concluded by Adrian Joyce, Campaign Director, Renovate Europe Campaign

18:00: Transfer to exhibition

18h00:  Guests arrive in the exhibition area and view the exhibition

18h30:  Welcome Addresses:
Ciarán Cuffe MEP (Greens, Ireland) – co-host of Renovate Europe Day 2019

18h40:  Responses from MEPs
Pernille Weiss MEP (EPP, Denmark) – co-host of Renovate Europe Day 2019
Theresa Griffin MEP (S&D, UK) – co-host of Renovate Europe Day 2019

18h45:  Keynote Speaker
Dr. Yamina Saheb, Lead Author: Buildings Chapter, IPCC Report

18h55:  Short Question and Answer Session with Audience

19h00:  Closing remarks, Official Opening of the Renovate Europe Exhibition & Cocktail Hour

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