Stimulating jobs and growth in Europe 11 October 2012 – Brussels

Renovating the existing EU building stock is a real economic opportunity for Europe. It is a revenue-generating activity which contributes to urban renewal, strengthens social cohesion, boosts economic growth by creating local non exportable jobs (up to 19 jobs created for every €1 million invested), and leads to high public revenues (up to €5 additional budget revenue for every €1 of public funds invested). Renovate Europe Day 2012 will explore these wide-ranging benefits that investing in the energy efficient renovation of the building stock can offer, drawing from practical experiences at the local, regional and national level, and emphasing the links with the EU Cohesion Policy and Growth Agenda.


08h30     Registration and Coffee

09h00    Welcome, Presentation of the Renovate Europe Campaign
Adrian Joyce, Renovate Europe Campaign Director


Energy Efficiency, Regional Policy and Growth
EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger, Energy 

Taking up the Renovation Challenge at the National Level
Ivan Vrdoljak, Croatian Minister for Construction and Spatial Planning

The Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) –Addressing the existing building stock with a new ambition guiding political and investment choices
Dr Peter Liese, Member of the European Parliament (DE-EPP), Rapporteur for the Opinion of the ENVI Committee on the EED (tbc)

09h40    SESSION I: Energy Efficient Renovation – A Stimulus for Growth
Adrian Joyce, Renovate Europe Campaign Director

Presentation of Renovate Europe Study on the Ancillary Economic Benefits of Energy Efficiency in Buildings to National Budgets
Sigurd Naess-Schmidt, Partner, Copenhagen Economics

Renovation as a driver of sustainable growth: Local and Regional Experiences
Eckart Würzner, Mayor of Heidelberg, Germany and President of Energy Cities
Adam Szolyak, European Commission, responsible for the Covenant of Mayors
Christiane Egger, Deputy Manager of O.O. Energiesparverband, Austria

10h50    Coffee Break

11h20    SESSION II: Funding and Investment for Energy Efficiency in Buildings
Adrian Joyce, Renovate Europe Campaign Director

Investment Opportunities for Energy Efficient Renovations arising from the Cohesion Policy, the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Private Sector
EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn, Regional Policy 
Marie Donnelly, European Commission, DG Energy, Director
 Stjohn O’Connor, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Ireland
Tatiana Bosteels, Hermes Real Estate, Chair of IIGCC property working group
Sean McLouglin, Associate Director – Clean Energy & Technology Research, HSBC

12h20    Conclusions
Owen Lewis, Former CEO of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and Emeritus Professor of UCD Dublin

12h30    End of Conference, Lunch for Participants