In a post-lockdown world, the fact that buildings play a central role in our lives is not a surprising statement. In their various forms – our homes, workplaces, schools, hospitals, cinemas, libraries, etc – buildings are, however, the largest energy consumer and one of the largest CO2 emitters in the EU. 75% of today’s buildings are not energy efficient, yet 85% to 95% of them will remain in use in 2050. At the same time, much of the gas imported from Russia ends up heating our homes, with 39% of European households in 2019 using a gas boiler.
The European Green Deal has identified renovating public and private buildings as an essential action, leading to revision of the Energy Efficiency and Energy Performance of Buildings directives. It is estimated that by 2030, 35mn buildings could be renovated and up to 160,000 additional green jobs created in the construction sector. The need to improve our building stock becomes even more urgent in the context of the energy security and energy prices crisis that was exacerbated by the ongoing war in Ukraine. At the same time, the European Commission’s proposal to extend carbon pricing to the building sector might raise concerns for families that rent their home or live in social housing.
Join our speakers to discuss how the EU, national and local public authorities can collaborate with the private sector and EU citizens to ensure that the energy efficiency of our buildings is swiftly improved, while not putting the burden of cost solely on the shoulders of EU citizens. The audience will include European Climate Pact Ambassadors and Peer Parliament representatives, EU and national policymakers, representatives from European, national, and international organisations, city and civil society representatives, European Young Leaders, industry and media. You can either watch the event live on this website or register to join the online platform and actively participate in the Q&A session.
This event is organised as part of the European Climate Pact. The European Climate Pact is a movement of people united around a common cause, each taking steps to build a more sustainable Europe for us all. Launched by the European Commission, the Climate Pact is part of the European Green Deal and is helping the EU to meet its goal to be the first climate-neutral continent in the world by 2050.
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- How can public authorities at the EU, national and local level collaborate with the private sector and EU citizens to ensure the most feasible path to a sustainable EU building stock? Where do the responsibilities lie and what further policy action is needed?
- What are the technologies of the present and the future that will enable the transformation of our buildings? What is the role of community-led energy initiatives in this context?
- What must be done to ensure that the cost of improving the energy efficiency of our buildings does not fall on the shoulders of citizens? Given the possible expansion of carbon pricing to the buildings sector, how should the social climate be shaped to ensure that funding reaches the most vulnerable communities?
Special Envoy for Sustainable Building at the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
Board Member and Team Leader for “Sustainable Energy and Climate Solutions” at Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF)
Business Development Manager at METABUILD
European Climate Pact Ambassador in Poland
Robert Dijksterhuis was appointed to his current position in 2021. In this role, created after the launch of the European Green Deal, he negotiates with European member states, the European Commission and public and private stakeholders on new policies to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment and achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Previously, he was the manager of the spatial policy department. He began his career at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he held a number of positions centred around sustainable development.
Katharina Habersbrunner leads WECF’s climate and energy programmes which include projects in Africa, Central Asia and Europe. Her professional expertise is decentralized citizen’s energy projects, local energy markets, energy efficiency and advocating for socially-sound and gender-just energy solutions on national and international level. Katharina is also board member of Bündnis Bürgerenergie BEEn, the umbrella association for citizen’s energy in Germany, advocating for an ambitious decentralized energy transition and also of Bürgerenergiegenossenschaft BENG. She holds a diploma in mathematics, a master’s degree in education and psychology and an MBA in sustainability management focusing on renewable energy.
Deniz Sahin maintains over 15 years of strategic consulting experience, building up and refining business development strategies and processes for a broad spectrum of companies, including innovative technologies in the water and environmental sectors. Sahin has been heading METABUILD’s Business Development division for over three years. His mission is to establish a strong network of partners and enable them to be part of the data-driven revolution in the real estate sector.
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