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Mark your calendar and join us on the 3rd of October in Madrid where the Renovate Europe Day conference will take place this year.

This high-level conference will be the moment to take stock of progress in the Spanish context, take inspiration from good examples on the ground and better understand why an ambitious Buildings Directive is crucial for energy security, climate action, citizens and the industrial competitiveness of Europe.

  • Date: Tuesday 3rd October 2023
  • Location: Commission Representation in Madrid (Paseo de la Castellana, 46)
  • Co-organisers: Renovate España (Green Building Council España GBCe, Confederación Nacional de la Construcción CNC), Ecodes
  • Translation: English/ Spanish translation will be provided throughout

Europe’s buildings are in the spotlight. Not only do they swallow 40% of all final energy consumed in the EU, emit 36% GHG emissions and contribute to the suffering of over 100 million people living in energy poverty with high energy bills – they are also at the heart of the last piece of legislation in the Fit- for-55 Package: the revision of the EU Buildings Directive (EPBD).

Spain takes the reins of the EU Presidency at a crucial time for the outlook of the Green Deal, with the Buildings Directive entering the final trilogue phase in the second half of the 2023.  Boosting the rate and depth of building renovation must be a priority, using all tools available including the Buildings Directive, the EU Recovery funding and the National Building Renovation Plans.


9h00 Welcome Coffee

09:30 Opening session with video participation from EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson represented in-person by Anne Weidenbach

Welcoming remarks by:

  • Paula Ceballos, Political Analyst at the Commission Representation in Madrid
  • Adrian Joyce, Director of the Renovate Europe Campaign
  • Mariano Sanz Loriente, Secretary General of the Confederación Nacional de la Construcción (CNC), Renovate Europe Spanish National Partner

Opening Remarks: Key elements of success for renovating Madrid’s Building Stock

  • Álvaro González, Delegado de Área de Gobierno de Políticas de Vivienda del Ayuntamiento de Madrid

10h10 Session I: Accelerating the Renovation Pathways to Net-Zero-Emissions Buildings

Moderator: Monica Vidal, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe

Welcoming remarks: Marcos Ros Sempere, Member of the European Parliament

Cross-sectoral Panel Discussion: What tools, what progress, what next? Bringing all voices to the table

  • Francisco Javier Martín, General Director at the Spanish Ministry for the Urban Agenda, MITMA
  • Jacobo Llerena Iglesias, Subdirector General for Energy Efficiency at the Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition MITECO
  • Ernesto Ubieto, President South Europe Region, Danfoss
  • Cecilia Foronda Diez, Head of Energy and People area at Ecodes
  • Peter Sweatman, CEO of Climate Strategy

11h55 Session II: Renovation In Action: Best practices making a difference

Moderator: Dolores Huerta, Director of Green Building Council España (GBCe)

Opening Remarks: María José Piccio-Marchetti Prado, Directora General de Vivienda y Rehabilitación, Consejería de Vivienda, Transportes e Infraestructuras, Region of Madrid

“Poblado Dirigido de Orcasitas” Renovation Project. Video projection, followed by conversation with:

  • Isabel Calzas, Directora General de Políticas de Vivienda y Rehabilitación del Ayuntamiento de Madrid
  • Manuela Navarro, President of the Residents Association
  • Fernando Martín-Consuegra, Instituto Eduardo Torroja de Ciencias de la Construcción (CSIC)

Key learnings from abroad: Czech Experiences on Buildings Renovation – Petr Holub, Director General for Climate Protection, Ministry of the Environment of Czechia

  • 13:10 Closing Session
  • 13:30 – 15:00 Networking Lunch
  • 15:00 Site Visit for Participants to the “Poblado Dirigido de Orcasitas” Renovation Project
    A bus for participants will be waiting in front of the building

Our main Conference in Spain will be supported by National REDay2023 Events by our partners. More information will be announced soon.

In the meantime, take a look at the highlights from last year's REDay2022