The REZBUILD project, a Horizon 2020 initiative, participated in the European Sustainable Week, the most important European forum on renewable energy

In which way can technology be useful to build a renewable and efficient energy pattern? How a European holistic approach can easy the energetic transition? Which are the main challenges towards building renovation in Europe? These were just some of the topics arisen during the roundtable Scaling up Deep Energy Retrofit Markets Towards 2030 Targets, organised last week during the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW 2019), the biggest European forum dedicated to renewable and efficient energy.

The REZBUILD project, represented by Susana Garayoa, was a special guest of the roundtable held in Brussels on the 18th of June at 16:00h. Besides REZBUILD project, the conference gathered delegates from different H2020 projects such us Michelle Vavallo from RenoZEB, Claudio Del Pero from HEART, Per Kvols Heiselberg from RECO2ST, Miguel Ángel Paris from BRESAER, Roberto Fedrizzi from BuildHEAT and Oana Schippers, from P2ENDURE. All of them shared a brief presentation about the initiatives they are working with and how the results of the projects can be useful to stakeholders and end users in order to build a more sustainable energy paradigm in Europe.

During the session, the experts talked about the social and legal barriers and the challenges that are dragging or making difficult the energy transition and also how a European holistic approach can pave the way to make significant achievements in this area.

New business models created by advanced cost effective technologies and drivers to promote investment in building renovation were also between the main issues discussed.

This meeting was as well a great opportunity to underline that reducing household energy consumption through refurbishment initiatives is a social and political challenge, but new technologies can make the difference if they are easy to use, effective, profitable and deliver clear benefits.

After the roundtable a panel of discussion between stakeholders and project representatives took place. The EU Affairs Director and International Union of Property Owners, Emmanuelle Causse, the Project Officer for the Architects Council of Europe, Veronika Schröpfer, and Paula Rey Garcia, from DG ENERGY were also present.

For the REZBUILD consortium, the EU Sustainable Energy Week was the perfect spot to meet new stakeholders, learn about successful policies and exchange knowledge and inspiring points of view in order to meet the EU’s energy and climate goals.

It also contributed to approach other projects of the same call, European associations and the Commission itself to keep working on promoting the use of innovative and efficient technologies and practices.

The EUSEW 2019 was celebrated in a crucial context for shaping a new European energy framework. The required refurbishment ratio is around 3% every year, but the actual ratio at present is no more of 1%. Also the experts consider that is urgent to boost awareness about household energy consumption, since all citizens have accurate knowledge about how much fuel costs and how many liters are their cars consuming but they rarely can elaborate those figures when is regarding household energy.

A great number of public authorities, energy agencies, industry associations, civil society organisations and media representatives participated at the event, that gathered a wide range of speakers and participants from city councils, European institutions, private companies, research organisations, citizen groups and NGOs.

On its 14th year, EUSEW programmed over 90 policy sessions and hosted more than 4,000 registered participants, 380 speakers and unique networking experiences.