Tackling energy poverty in Europe: time to renovate buildings!

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Tackling Energy Poverty in Europe: time to renovate buildings!

How can we ensure Europe’s legislation effectively addresses energy poverty through renovation? The case of multi apartment family buildings in CEE Europe 

Date: 24 January 2024, 9:30 – 17:00 CET 

Location: Committee of the Regions, Brussels 


In 2023, 41 million EU citizens (9.3% of the population) couldn’t afford proper heating due to a cost-of-living crisis and soaring energy costs. Countries located in Central and Eastern Europe are particularly affected by energy poverty. The housing stock is old, and highly energy consuming. With a high share of ownership in multi-apartment buildings, the process of renovating buildings is complex and can be very difficult to coordinate.   

Communities need to be better accompanied by local one-stop-shops and robust financial and technical tools. With the recent discussions on key EU legislations and the EPBD coming to an agreement at the end of 2023, now is a crucial moment to start reflecting on how they can be effectively implemented to ensure support for climate mitigation and building renovation in CEE countries.  

Organised as part of the ComAct project, this event is targeted to EU and Member States policymakers, local authorities as well as anyone having an interest in tackling energy poverty through building renovation in Europe. Join us on January 24th, to be part of this critical conversation and contribute to a resilient, energy-efficient future for Central and Eastern Europe. 

The event will take place in English. If you cannot attend in person, the event will be streamed online here. 


09:30 – 10:00  Welcome and morning coffee

10:00 – 10:15  Welcoming words from the project coordinator – Talia Brun Marcen, CINEA, European Commission

10:15 – 10:30  Keynote speech: setting the scene – EPBD and its implementation in the Member States – Ciaran Cuffe, MEP, TBC

10:30 – 11:15  Three pillars for boosting building renovation – lessons learned from the ComAct project.

  • Liljana Alceva, Habitat for Humanity Macedonia
  • Dragomir Tzanev, EnEffect
  • Jasmin Gabela, ENOVA
  • Louise Sunderland, Regulatory Assistance Project
  • Hanna Szemzo, Metropolitan Research Institute – moderator.


11:15 – 11:45  Short coffee break – networking

11:45 – 12:45 First policy roundtable: Empowering local and national citizen action. How to strengthen local communities? Followed by Q&A 

  • Kestutis Kupsys, Lithuanian Consumer Alliance and EESC member – moderator.
  • Eglė Randytė, Vilnius City Building Renovation
  • Adam Pustelnik, Deputy Mayor of the City of Łódź
  • Marine Cornelis, Next Energy Consumer

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch break – networking

14:00 – 14:45 Second roundtable: How do EU requirements and obligations for renovation align with realities on the ground? Followed by Q&A

  • Oliver Rapf, Buildings Performance Institute Europe, TBC – moderator. 
  • Éva Gerőházi, Metropolitan Research Institute
  • Eva Brardinelli, Climate Action Network Europe
  • Stefan Moser, Policy Officer, DG ENER
  • Irena Križ Šelendić, Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and State Assets, Croatia – TBC 

14:45 – 15:15 Coffee break

15:15 – 16:15 Third policy roundtable: How to finance energy renovation for energy poor communities? Followed by Q&A

  • Caroline Milne, Buildings Performance Institute Europe – moderator.
  • Dragomir Tzanev, EnEffect
  • Elena Donnari, DG ENER, TBC
  • Ralf Goldmann, Head of Division, European Investment Bank
  • Slavica Robic, North-West Croatia Regional Energy and Climate Agency
  • Nicholas Stancioff, Funding for Future, Latvia


16:15 – 16:30 Closing speech, Besim Nebiu, Director, Habitat for Humanity Europe and Middle East 





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