A New Era for the European Renovation Wave: Sharing Perspectives

We are excited to join C40 Cities, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM), and the Covenant of Mayors Europe in organising this event, A New Era for the European Renovation Wave: Sharing Perspectives, on the 20th of March in Brussels.

Building renovations are key to improving energy efficiency and energy security, lowering energy bills, creating local green jobs, and improving quality of life. Cities play a key role in delivering the benefits of fossil-free and energy-efficient buildings.

Ahead of the European elections, this event will bring together mayors, deputy mayors, business associations, EU policy makers and key stakeholders to take stock of the progress so far and discuss challenges and opportunities for the future regarding building renovations, following also the update of the European climate and energy legislation.



13.30 – 14.00 Registration and coffee

14.00 – 14.10 Welcoming remarks

Benjamin Jance, Head of Research and Innovation at Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM)

14.10 – 14.25 Opening remarks by a keynote speaker

Brian Motherway, Head of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Inclusive Transitions, IEA (online)

14.25 – 15.20 What comes next for building renovations in Europe and the role of the cities

Moderator: Marnie McGregor, GCoM

  • Nina Neumann, Team leader, Legislative Development and Enforcement, DG ENER, European Commission
  • Peter Dermol, Mayor of Velenje, Slovenia
  • Ralf Goldmann, Head of Division, Energy Efficiency and Energy Advisory, European Investment Bank

15.20 – 15.45 COFFEE BREAK

15.45 – 16.45 Enhancing cooperation between cities and stakeholders to boost local action on buildings 

Moderator: Oliver Rapf, Executive Director, Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE)

  • Andrea Tobia Zevi, Deputy Mayor of Rome for Heritage and Housing, Italy
  • Britt Berghs, project coordinator ‘Linkeroever (Left Bank)’ Climate Neutral 2030 for the city of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Julien Dijol, Director of Policy, Housing Europe
  • Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO Solar Power Europe
  • David Ducarme, COO and Deputy CEO Knauf Insulation, Partner of the Renovate Europe Campaign

16.45 – 17.00 Concluding remarks

Adrian Joyce, Renovate Europe Campaign

17.00 Cocktail reception