PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE STRATEGY FOR LONG-TERM EU GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTION

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on a strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reduction. All interested citizens and stakeholders can send their contributions by 9 October 2018.

The consultation aims at:

  • Collecting views and opinions on the technological and socio-economic pathways that should be explored for a long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategy;
  • Gathering factual information, data, and knowledge, including drivers, opportunities, and challenges relevant to the long-term strategy.

All information on the public consultation, as well as information on participation, are available here.

SET Plan MEETING IN ATHENS

On the initiative of DG Energy of the European Commission, and in collaboration with INZEB, the SET Plan workshop in Athens took place on Thursday 12 July 2018.

The Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan has been the research and innovation pillar of the EU’s energy and climate policy since 2007. It was revised in 2015 to effectively line up with the EU’s Energy Union research and innovation priorities.

It coordinates low-carbon research and innovation activities in the EU Member States and other participating countries (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Turkey).

The SET-Plan helps structuring European and national research programmes and triggers substantial investments on common priorities in low-carbon technologies.

The aim of the workshop that took place in Athens was to inform the interested parties about the possibilities offered by the SET Plan to the research community both in terms of funding and available resources, as well as in the co-operation of researchers and research oorganisations among the countries participating in the platform. The SET Plan presentation was delivered by Andy Kontoudakis, Policy Officer at DG Energy.

The workshop was moderated by Alice Corovessi, INZEB and Dr Haris Doukas, Assistant Professor, NTUA. Representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Energy, CRES, NTUA, NKUA, University of West Attica, the National Documentation Center, HEDNO, Attiki Natural Gas Distribution Company, the Regional Development Fund of Central Macedonia, the Greek Center for Marine Research. Praxi Network as well as consulting companies and energy – focused start-ups were present and contributed to the discussion.

USEFUL MATERIAL

Press Release SET Plan Presentation SET Plan Overview SET Plan Factsheet Meeting AGENDA

 

WORKSHOP: STRATEGIC ENERGY TECHNOLOGY PLAN (SET-Plan)

On the initiative of the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission, INZEB organizes a workshop on the presentation of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan).

The event will take place on Thursday 12 July 2018 and will be held at the premises of the European Parliament Office in Athens. 

The SET-Plan aims to accelerate and widely deploy low carbon technologies, improve them and reduce their costs by coordinating national research efforts and supporting project financing. The plan encourages cooperation among the Member States, companies, research institutes and the EU itself.

The workshop is aimed at all organizations with an interest in the SET-Plan. Key stakeholders from the public and private sectors will be invited (Ministry of Environment and Energy, Academia, Researchers and Research Institutions, R&D labs etc).

Mrs Andy Kontoudakis is the speaker appointed by DG Energy, who will present the SET-Plan and will participate in a discussion with the participants. The workshop is expected to have a duration of approximately 3 hours (09:00 -11:40).

Αgenda: SET Plan Meeting in Athens ABOUT SET PLAN

 

 

WEBINAR: INTRODUCTION TO THE ICP INDUSTRY PROTOCOLS

On Tuesday 10 July 2018 at 15:00 (Greek Time) we organise the webinar entitled “Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Industry Protocols”.

This webinar presents how the Investor Confidence Project is breaking down barriers to investments into energy efficiency industry projects.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Presentation of the Investor Confidence Project and its activities in Europe
  • The importance of standardization in the energy efficiency market
  • Presentation of the ICP Industry Protocols and how to use it
  • Next step: Training on the ICP Industry Protocols

Duration and webinar language
The duration of the webinar will be 90′, including a Q&A session and discussion with the participants. The webinar will be delivered in English.

Who should attend
The webinar concerns all those involved in energy efficiency projects (engineers, engineering companies, ESCOs, project developers, etc.).

Registration
Participation in the webinar has no cost, but registration is required.

REGISTER: WEBINAR ICP INDUSTRY PROTOCOLS

Speakers

  • Αlice Corovessi
    Founding Member COO/CFO of ΙΝΖΕΒ
  • Jorge Rodrigues de Almeida
    ICP Europe Director for Industry, District Energy, and Street Lighting
    Founder and Managing Director of RdA
  • Luís Castanheira
    Technical Director for the Investor Confidence Project Europe
    Managing Director of Energaia – South of Porto Metropolitan Area Energy Management Agency
    Lecturer at ISEP – Porto Polytechnic Institute Engineering School

SURVEY ABOUT ENERGY POVERTY IN GREECE

Energy Poverty is becoming globally recognized as a social problem with increasing negative impacts and serious health effects.

INZEB – Institute of Zero Energy Buildings, in collaboration with the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Greece, is conducting a survey having as main aim to understand what are the challenges that need to be addressed, and what are the needs and priorities of households in Greece so as to effectively tackle energy poverty in our country.

The online survey concerns only citizens in Greece and it will be open until Wednesday 17 October 2018. The results will be published in a report which will be presented at the end of the year.

We invite you to dedicate 10 minutes and contribute to this important survey. 

Survey: Energy Poverty in Greece

 

ENERGY ATLAS: FIGURES AND FACTS ABOUT RENEWABLES IN EUROPE

It is of our great pleasure to be among the co-authors of the Energy Atlas: Figures and Facts about Renewables in Europe edition, an initiative of Heinrich Boell Foundation in cooperation with the Green European Foundation, European Renewable Energies Federation, and Le Monde Diplomatique. ΙΝΖΕΒ contributed with the article entitled Energy Poverty Waiting in the Cold and Dark, which was written by Alice Corovessi.

Τhe Energy Atlas is available online.

Download the Energy Atlas

 

WEBINAR: INTRODUCTION TO THE ICP STREET LIGHTING PROTOCOL

On Thursday 28 June 2018 at 15:00 (Greek Time) we organise the webinar entitled “Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Street Lighting Protocol.

This webinar presents how the Investor Confidence Project is breaking down barriers to investments into energy efficiency street lighting projects.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Presentation of the Investor Confidence Project and its activities in Europe
  • The importance of standardization in the energy efficiency market
  • Presentation of the ICP Street Lighting Protocol and how to use it
  • Next step: Training on the ICP Street Lighting Protocol

Duration and webinar language
The duration of the webinar will be 90′, including a Q&A session and discussion with the participants. The webinar will be delivered in English.

Who should attend
The webinar concerns all those involved in energy efficiency (engineers, engineering companies, ESCOs, project developers, municipal technical services, etc.).

Registration
Participation in the webinar has no cost, but registration is required.

REGISTER TO THE WEBINAR: ICP STREET LIGHTING PROTOCOL

Presenters

  • Αlice Corovessi
    Founding Member COO/CFO of ΙΝΖΕΒ
  • Jorge Rodrigues de Almeida
    ICP Europe Director for Industry, District Energy, and Street Lighting
    Founder and Managing Director of RdA
  • Luís Castanheira
    Technical Director for the Investor Confidence Project Europe
    Managing Director of Energaia – South of Porto Metropolitan Area Energy Management Agency
    Lecturer at ISEP – Porto Polytechnic Institute Engineering School

 

INZEB AT THE ANNUAL IENE CONFERENCE

With more than 100 participants from Greece and other European countries and 25 speakers and panelists IENE’s one day conference on “Investing in Energy Efficiency”, which was held in Athens last week (24/5) proved a great success as it helped to highlight the serious challenges and opportunities that are now being created in the field of energy efficiency especially in the building and industrial sector. INZEB was invited to participate in the 4th session of the conference entitled “Energy poverty in Europe and Greece”. In particular,  in this section presented:

 

  • Kyriaki Metaxa, Program Coordinator Ecology, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Greece
  • Dr. Christos Tourkolias, Department of Energy Policy Analysis, CRES
  • Alice Corovessi, Founder, COO/CFO, INZEB, Greece

The session was moderated by Dr. Konstantinos Balaras, Research Director IERSD, National Observatory of Athens (NOA)

More information about the conference as well as the official press release is available at the IENE website.

SURVEY | ENERGY POVERTY: EU CITIZENS’ AWARENESS LEVEL

INZEB – Institute of Zero Energy Buildings in collaboration with the National Technical University of Athens, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Decision Support System Laboratory, Housing Europe, the Metropolitan Research Institute – MRI, the Estonian Union Of Co-Operative Housing Associations (EKYL) and the Energiaklub are conducting a Pan-European survey entitled “Energy Poverty: EU Citizens’ Awareness Level”.

The main objective of this action is to figure out what are the challenges to be addressed so to tackle energy poverty as well as what the households’ needs are in regards to this important issue that affects more than 50 million households in the European Union (EU).

This survey will be open until Monday 30 April 2018.

You may answer the survey by following the link: Energy Poverty: EU Citizens’ Awareness Level

 

WORKSHOP: THE BUSINESS CASE FOR ICP EUROPE CERTIFICATION

A two-hour workshop on “The Business Case for ICP Europe Certification:
Unlocking Capital for Energy Efficiency Projects” is scheduled to take place within the framework of the 18th Prodexpo taking at the Grand Bretagne Hotel on 17 and 18 October 2017. The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday 18 October 2017 at 14.30-16.30 and is organized by Prodexpo in cooperation with INZEB

The objective of the workshop is to inform interested parties and Greek stakeholders regarding the ICP Europe certification, which is an international framework for reducing owner and investor risk, lowering due diligence costs, increasing the certainty of savings achievement and enabling aggregation.

Workshop presenters are Dave Worthington, member of the Executive Committee of ICP Europe and Alice Corovessi, INZEB’s founding member, and COO.

Workshop presentations:

EEFIG UNDERWRITING TOOLKIT

Up-scaling energy efficiency investments is critical and will have multiple benefits for Europe. Energy efficiency investments increase security of supply reducing Europe’s reliance on imported energy, enhancing the competitiveness of Europe’s industry.

The Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) was established in 2013 by the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy (DG Energy) and United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI).

In February 2015 EEFIG presented its landmark report “Energy Efficiency – the first fuel for the EU Economy: How to drive new finance for energy efficiency investments” which provided a significant advance in the understanding and knowledge about the issues of energy efficiency financing.

On 22 June 2017 the EEFIG Underwriting Toolkit was launched during the EU Sustainable Energy Week. The toolkit is aimed specifically at financial institutions that are looking at ways to design better financial products for energy efficiency investment projects.

All information regarding the EEFIG Underwriting Toolkit is available at EEFIG’s website.

STATEMENT: ENERGY TRANSITION IN EUROPE

©Fotolia, Frank Peters

STATEMENT

Energy transition in Europe:
The future of energy efficiency policies at stake

 

 

On 26 June 2017, energy ministers of the European Union will meet to agree on a general approach for the first batch of the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans package’, a set of legal tools which will set Europe’s next steps in achieving its energy transition.

Energy efficiency policies are the cornerstone of this package. They are the basis upon which the EU can modernise its energy system and address the climate change challenge.

By committing to 2030 energy efficiency targets aligned with the cost-effective energy savings potentials, and continuing the delivery of efficiency improvements through legislative tools, ministers have the chance to set the scene for a Clean Energy Package which delivers benefits for the economy, people and the environment, and places the EU at the forefront of the energy transition.

However, the undersigned organisations are concerned about the growing discrepancy between the expectations of businesses, environmental NGOs, consumer associations, trade unions, cooperatives and local authorities, and the ambition currently examined by the EU Member States.

The full statement is available here: 12.06.2017_STATEMENT on EED ahead of 2606 Council

ENERGY POVERTY IN GREECE. SOCIAL INNOVATION PROPOSALS TO ADDRESS THE PHENOMENON

Energy poverty is beginning to be acknowledged worldwide as a social problem of increasing importance and serious impact on the health of millions of people.

Τhe public debate is not missing voices that advocate against energy transition to clean energy sources, attributing the rise in energy poverty to this policy. This criticism hides away from the multifactorial nature of the phenomenon and the multifaceted dimensions of the problem, making them difficult to deal with.

The publication is available only in Greek: Policy Paper Ενεργειακή Φτώχεια στην Ελλάδα. Προτάσεις Κοινωνικής Καινοτομίας για την Αντιμετώπιση του Φαινομένου
The English version of the executive summary is available here:  Energy Poverty in Greece. Social Innovation Proposals to Address the Phenomemon_EN_summary

THE POTENTIAL OF THE BUILDINGS SECTOR FOR THE DEPLOYMENT OF RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND INTERACTIONS WITH ENERGY EFFICIENCY

The buildings sector has an important potential for the development of Renewable Energy Applications (RES), according to the relevant roadmap (REmsp) that was recently (2016) presented in a report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (www.irena.org/remap), with data from 40 participating countries around the world. As clearly stated, buildings present the best opportunity for the increase of RES use, mainly as a result of the extension of the use of modern biomass applications and the increased consumption of electrical energy, the production of which is increasingly based on RES.

In more detail, IRENA recognizes the important role of the buildings sector in the global Total Final Energy Consumption (TFEC), with a total contribution of around one third, 33% out of which is for heating, 30% for cooking, 20% of warm water and 2% for cooling, the latter projected to reach 6% by 2030. RES contribution to covering the energy demand was about 35% in 2010, the highest proportion of which, around 60%, attributed to “conventional forms” referring to the use of bioenergy for heating and cooking, mainly in countries across Africa and Latin America. The global RES consumption in buildings in 2010 was about 40EJ (40 billions billions Joule), out of which, 25EJ originated from solid biofuels such as wood for traditional usages of heating and cooking and around 15EJ originated from “modern” RES such as biomass, liquid/solid biofuels, solar thermal, geothermal energy, RES for electricity production, district heating and usage of heat surplus or excess of heat etc. This figure could be tripled to over 50EJ by the implementation of initiatives for further deployment of RES (“RE Options”), specifically for each country on top of current measures, referred to as the “reference case”, as seen in Figure 1 analysing the distribution of RES in energy use in the buildings sector across the world (source: IRENA REmap, p. 77) presenting 3 cases:

  • The status recorded in 2010,
  • The projection for 2030, according to the current planned activities for RES development (Reference Case) and
  • The projection for 2030 with the adoption of further practices (specific for each country) for RES development (Remap 2030):

Figure 1: RES use in the buildings sector, projections for the year 2030

The report also notes that energy policies usually focus on the production of electrical energy, whereas heating does not draw so much attention. In particular, only 50 countries have developed specific policies for promoting the use of RES heating, whereas 120 countries have developed similar plans for electrical energy that include, for example, subsidies, feed-in tariffs, tax reductions or exemptions, loans with low-interest rates, CO2 taxes, and guarantees, etc. However, as the report continues there exist opportunities for the development of RES heating applications in buildings, depending on the location, the quality and the quantity of energy sources. For example, alternatives such as the use of bioenergy (biomass, biogas) and solar thermal can be cost competitive with the other sources, under suitable conditions.

Furthermore, the report recognizes the catalytic role of energy efficiency and its synergetic role with the use of RES. The idea of energy efficiency is directly related to the supply of primary energy (fuel), e.g. oil or coal consumption for electrical energy production. The report notes that in 2010, the share of RES in the primary energy mixture across the world was around 10%, with the potential to increase to 25% by 2030. However, by improving energy efficiency, this share can be increased to 30%. Therefore, the report stresses out that it is vital to focus both on energy efficiency and the development of RES, in order for the latter to have greater penetration levels.

More specifically for the buildings sector, the report notes that significant energy gains can be achieved, especially in new buildings. The European Union Directive for nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) that will be in full force by the end of the decade, can also significantly contribute to the enhancement of energy efficiency.

The report, however, notes that the gains from increasing energy efficiency will not be automatically realized. In particular, the transition towards more energy efficient practices has progressed significantly in the electrical energy production stations, but it is left behind in the buildings sector, in the industry, and in transport. Notably, for Europe, the gains from nZEB buildings will most probably be confined to new (under construction) buildings and to a rather small number of buildings that undergo a process of renovation. However, worldwide, the situation can be different in countries that present higher rates of buildings constructions, that can apply advanced forms of architecture more easily and the adoption of practices or standards relevant to the EU nZEB requirements can lead to a significant increase of energy efficiency.

Finally, as regards the development of synergies between energy efficiency and RES, the report suggests the adoption of strict practices for energy efficiency in buildings and the increase of the rates of reconstruction/renovation of existing buildings that will utilize RES for heating and cooling. Furthermore, it suggests focusing on RES use for the management of energy demand when the targets of efficiency are met, together with the use of bioenergy, thermal solar systems and heat pumps.

 

Written by Dr. Fotios Stergiopoulos
Assistant Professor at the Department of Automation Engineering
Technological Education Institute of Thessaloniki

 

RENOVATION WORKSHOP RESULTS

Renovation Workshop by INZEB.ORG

The Institute of Zero Energy Buildings – INZEB.ORG, National Supporting Partner of Renovate Europe Campaign, during and in the context of the Green Building Expo 2014, organized the first interactive workshop on energy reduction, looking specifically at the renovation of two apartments in Greece, one in Florina (northern Greece) and one in Athens. The workshop aim was that all the participants (architects, civil and mechanical engineers) would brainstorm and work together towards finding energy saving solutions which would lead to the reduction of the apartments’ energy consumption. The process and the results of this first workshop are being presented here, where one can see the energy consumption of the apartments before any intervention, the suggested solutions, the results of the suggested solutions and the Return of Investment in the energy upgrading of the two apartments.

The workshop aim was that all the participants (architects, civil and mechanical engineers) would brainstorm and work together towards finding energy saving solutions which would lead to the reduction of the apartments’ energy consumption. The process and the results of this first workshop are being presented here, where one can see the energy consumption of the apartments before any intervention, the suggested solutions, the results of the suggested solutions and the Return of Investment in the energy upgrading of the two apartments.

The process and the results of this first workshop are being presented here, where one can see the energy consumption of the apartments before any intervention, the suggested solutions, the results of the suggested solutions and the Return of Investment in the energy upgrading of the two apartments.

Download the workshop results here.

THE BUSINESS CASE OF SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS IN GREECE

1ST FORUM FOR SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS IN GREECE

IMPLEMENTATION & THE BUSINESS CASE FOR SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS IN GREECE 18/10/2014

Section 1 – THE CONTEXT AND CHARACTERISTICS OF SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS

The wider context of sustainable buildings will be presented with clarity (Definition of sustainable building, greenwashing, transparency, stakeholders, leading sustainability certification systems (BREEAM & LEED), sustainability performance of real estate funds, European market and European and Greek legislation.

Panel: Ecoveritas, Sustain, INZEB, Greenworks, Habitech, Bopro, John Pike.

Section 2- THE EXPERIENCE GAINED THROUGH IMPLEMENTATION FOR SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS IN GREECE

Pioneer companies present and discuss their experience for their certified sustainable buildings in Greece. An invaluable and multifaceted presentation of the stakeholders experiences assigned to different roles such as construction companies, developers, owners and users of BREEAM & LEED-certified sustainable buildings.

Panel: AB Vassilopoulos, Dimand, Cosmote, P.Levantis Ependitiki, Apivita, DCarbon.

Section 3 – THE BUSINESS CASE FOR SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS IN GREECE

Real Estate Funds, Bank subsidiaries, real estate consultants and valuers present and discuss market awareness, investment risk, supply and demand and the prospects of sustainable buildings in the Greek market.

Panel: NBG Pangaea, Grivalia Properties, Alpha Astika Akinita, Bluehouse Capital, Athens Economics (Jones Lang LaSalle), Colliers, Danos/BNP Paribas Real Estate, RICS.  

 Who is it for:

The forum is addressed to all building industry professionals wishing to remain active and up to date with the rapidly changing marketplace of the design, construction, refurbishment, operation and management of sustainable buildings as well as the rapidly changing environment of investments in sustainable real estate assets and real estate funds.

EuroACE: Council Failure on 2030 Energy Efficiency Target

Council Failure on 2030 Energy Efficiency Target – a cold decision increasing pressure to bring in strong measures for Buildings

 

 

The European Council today adopted its Climate and Energy Package for 2030 and has chosen to go for a 27% indicative Energy Efficiency Target.

It is a dismal agreement that falls short of the Commission’s unambitious proposal, which was made in July. EuroACE member companies have systematically called for a binding 40% Energy Efficiency Target as this is the proven cost-effective potential for the EU. EuroACE is also convinced that renovating our wasteful, leaky buildings is a key part of our effort on climate and energy policy and it offers the best solution to Europe’s energy crisis. Companies in the sector have called for clear policies and long-term targets in order to provide market certainty for investments.

The decision of the Heads of State simply does not deliver. “This is not good enough!” said Adrian Joyce, Secretary General of EuroACE “Despite the numerous studies1 demonstrating the cost-effective potential of a higher energy efficiency target, the 28 Heads of State shied away from setting a strong Energy Efficiency target. A strong target could have unleashed investment in hard-hit sectors like construction and delivered multiple benefits through reduced energy dependence, a boost to public finances and improved health for EU citizens”.

The Council conclusions indicate that the Commission will propose ‘priority sectors in which significant energy efficiency gains can be reaped and ways to address them’. Swallowing a high of 40% of all energy consumed in the EU, buildings should feature as the top priority sector to be addressed in upcoming legislation revision, namely with Energy Efficiency Directive and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. Buildings play a major role in the EU’s energy dependence and high import costs. A major renovation program, amounting only to a quarter of what Member States currently spent on energy imports (EU Members States collectively spend €1.1bn every day on energy imports), could put Member States on the right track to reduce the energy demand of the building stock in the EU by 80% by 2050.

Download the Press Release in pdf format: EuroACE_PR_Council_2030_Oct_2014

INZEB: NATIONAL PARTNER OF EUROPEAN ALLIANCE TO SAVE ENERGY

It is out of great pleasure to announce that INZEB is among the European Alliance to Save Energy – (EU-ASE) partners.

The European Alliance to Save Energy was established at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP16) in December 2010. The members of the Alliance are some of Europe’s leading multinational companies, a prominent cross-party group of European politicians and energy efficiency campaigners from across Europe.

QUALICHeCK: WORKSHOP IN ATHENS

Within the framework of the EU-funded project QUALICHeCK, a workshop was organized in Athens, Greece on March 11th, 2016. The topic of the workshop was the compliance with national and European legislation, the enforcement of EPC procedure and stimulation of quality of the works.

INZEB was among the invited organization and participated with two presentations.

You may find the workshop agenda as well as more information here.

REPORT: 2nd WORKSHOP ON FUEL POVERTY IN GREECC

Energy poverty constitutes a serious social problem in many European countries with multiple effects both on health and on the overall poverty and affects more than 100.000.000 European citizens. In 2015, about 10% of EU citizens, experienced delays in the payment of public utility bills (37% in the most affected member states). In 2014, 12% of EU citizens lacked sufficient heating in their homes 2014 (60% in the most affected member states), while 16% of the EU population resided, in accordance with the SILC statistics, in houses with dripping roofs and wet walls (33% in the most affected member states).

On Wednesday 29 June 2016, the 2nd workshop took place within the context of the development of the Policy Paper: “The status of Energy Poverty in Greece and the contribution of green and social innovation to address the problem”. The main objective of the workshop was the exchange of views and ideas with national and EU stakeholders.

This initiative is the result of cooperation between the Heinrich Böll Foundation Greece, the social cooperative “Wind of Renewal” and the Institute for Zero Energy Buildings, which are active in the fields of ecology, energy efficiency and sustainable development, while both the first and the second workshop were supported by Athens Resilience and Sustainability office.

During the first part of the workshop the available national and European programs and innovative financial tools that could help to overcome energy poverty were discussed, in the light of social and green innovation. A significant number of experts and scientists dealing with this issue accepted the invitation – both from Greece and abroad.

More specifically, in the first part presented:

•              Ada Ámon – E3G

Energy efficiency as infrastructure and its role in alleviating fuel poverty

•              Adrian Joyce – Director of the Renovate Europe Campaign

Energy Poverty – The view from Brussels

•              Michalis Goudis – Housing Europe

Warm homes for all; How to tackle the challenge of our generation

•              Dr. George Koutitas (CEO) – Gridmates Inc.

The smart giving of energy

•              Dr. Kostas Konstantinou – Anatoliki A.E.

Energy Services Companies in Greece

•              Alexis Panagiotopoulos – Ministry of Economy, Development & Tourism

Sources of financing in the context of the programming period 2014-2020

•              Nikos Gonis- Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Innovative financial tools and successful examples of their exploitation

•              Dr. Evangelos Marinakis – National Technical University of Athens

Enhancing energy efficiency in buildings: needs and priorities for innovative investment tools

•              Evi Tzanakaki – Center for Renewable Energy Sources and Savings

Local authorities as a catalyst in tackling energy poverty

•              Constantinos Liveris – Employees Association of Social Housing (OEK)

Utilization of social housing in Greece

In the second part of the workshop, the draft of the Policy Paper was presented and an open discussion followed with the participation of representatives from universities and municipalities as well as researchers, students, and citizens. Emphasis was given on the contribution of the green and social innovation in dealing with the phenomenon and proposals and comments on the draft were submitted.

The discussion was coordinated by Nikos Chrysogelos, president of social cooperative “Wind of Renewal”, Alice Corovessi and Eleftheria Touloupaki from the Institute of Zero Energy BuildingsOlga Drossou and Kyriaki Metaxa from the Heinrich Böll Foundation Greece.

RENOVATE EUROPE CAMPAIGN

INZEB – Institute of Zero Buildings is the National Supporting Partner of Renovate Europe Campaign

The Renovate Europe Campaign (REC), launched in 2011 is an initiative of EuroACE, the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings.
It is the only EU-wide campaign that focusses exclusively on ambitious renovation of the building stock in the EU and is the voice that ‘bangs the drum’ for energy efficient renovations, taking a technology neutral, integrated and holistic approach to energy efficient renovations.

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE MANIFESTO

On 12th March, the Renovate Europe Campaign published its European Elections Manifesto calling on candidate MEPs to sign a Pledge to “STOP Energy Waste in Buildings”.

The Campaign will undertake 3 Days of Action in the European Parliament on 1st, 2nd, 3rd April 2014 in Brussels. “Stopping energy waste in buildings is becoming a top priority for citizens, as households face increasingly high energy bills”, explained MEP Fiona Hall (UK, ALDE), an early supporter of the Manifesto. “This is a real opportunity for candidate MEPs to address their national constituencies on a topic that really speaks to them and affects them on a daily basis, and where they understand that the EU plays a fundamental role.” MEP Anne Delvaux (BE, EPP), another early supporter of the Renovate Europe Manifesto and CoRapporteur of the EP’s Report on the 2030 Energy and Climate Framework, emphasised the strong rationale of signing such a pledge: “In the European elections, voters will look for candidates to fight for solutions that boost jobs and growth in the immediate future, but that also fit into a long-term strategy to achieve a competitive sustainable low-carbon economy in the EU. Pledging to STOP Energy Waste in Buildings makes clear political sense”.

32 partners drawn from across the construction value chain have gathered behind the Renovate Europe Manifesto for the 2014 European Elections. “This is a cross-sectoral, cross-national, cross-party call to action”, explained Adrian Joyce, Director of Renovate Europe, “Stopping energy waste in buildings delivers numerous multiple benefits, for the economy, for businesses, for the environment and for citizens’ wellbeing and quality of life and therefore defies the traditional party-lines, sectoral groups and national borders.” Renovate Europe is working in close cooperation with its national Supporting Partners to maximise the impact of this Manifesto at the national and local level in the run-up to the elections in May. The REC Manifesto is translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Polish and Greek, and includes National Inserts explaining the national relevance for Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Poland, the UK and the Czech Republic.

Renovate Europe is working in close cooperation with its national Supporting Partners to maximise the impact of this Manifesto at the national and local level in the run-up to the elections in May. The REC Manifesto is translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Polish and Greek, and includes National Inserts explaining the national relevance for Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Poland, the UK and the Czech Republic.

 

INZEB AT DOMICATEC 2014

Within the framework of Domicatec 2014, Building Green Magazine organized a half – day conference on Sustainable Constructions – Deep Energy Retrofits. Alice Corovessi, INZEB Founding Member and Secretary of the Bod was an invited speaker. During her presentation on Existing Building Stock and the aim of Renovate Europe Campaign, Ms. Corovessi highlighted – among others –  the importance of increasing the rates for energy retrofits in National level.

Download the conference agenda (Greek)

COMMON STRATEGY FOR ENERGY SECURITY IN EUROPE

The letter referring to European Energy Security Strategy – Renovation of buildings is the solution was sent to the Head of State on 23 September 2014. The letter was signed by representatives of leading industries. All signatories believe that increased energy security cannot be achieved without a substantial focus and effort in the field of energy efficiency in buildings and they are highly concerned that the Member States seem set to adopt a Climate and Energy Package that ignores this potential. INZEB was among the signatories.

The letter sent to the Head of State can be downloaded here.

ADRIAN JOYCE’s MESSAGE FOR THE FORUM “THE BUSINESS CASE FOR SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS IN GREECE”

On the occasion of the Forum: The business case for sustainable buildings in Greece, Adrian Joyce, Renovate Europe Campaign Director sent a message and highlighted the importance of discussing the potential of deep energy retrofits.

The Forum on The business case for sustainable buildings in Greece was organized within the framework of the Renovate Europe Days National Event.

RENOVATE EUROPE DAYS 2014

New Commission must prioritize building renovation: Renovate Europe Day shows buildings crucial for energy security, jobs, climate, and growth.  

At Renovate Europe’s fourth Annual High-Level Conference, held in Brussels on 5th November, the message to the new Commission who took office this week was clear: Deep Renovation of the building stock in the EU must be the number 1 priority of the Juncker Commission. Fresh reports presented at REDay2014 demonstrated the newly researched multiple benefits of building renovations (IEA Report ‘Capturing the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency’) as well as the significant economic impact of the buildings sector in the EU (JRC Report on the Economic Impact of the Construction Sector). Not only are the economics right. Experience shows an even greater success and appetite for doing more. City representatives and project leaders in Sweden, the

At Renovate Europe’s fourth Annual High-Level Conference, held in Brussels on 5th November, the message to the new Commission who took office this week was clear: Deep Renovation of the building stock in the EU must be the number 1 priority of the Juncker Commission. Fresh reports presented at REDay2014 demonstrated the newly researched multiple benefits of building renovations (IEA Report ‘Capturing the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency’) as well as the significant economic impact of the buildings sector in the EU (JRC Report on the Economic Impact of the Construction Sector). Not only are the economics right. Experience shows an even greater success and appetite for doing more. City representatives and project leaders in Sweden, the Netherlands, and Italy provided evidence at REDay2014 of successful renovation projects which are financially viable and produce local jobs, reduced energy demand and healthier homes. “Individual renovation projects have shown over and over that it is possible to reduce the energy demand in buildings by more than 80 % in a cost-effective manner,” explained Adrian Joyce, Renovate Europe Campaign Director. “Now we need to focus our attention on how to upscale ambitious energy renovation of the existing building stock and for this, we need a political drive.”

Unfortunately, National Governments have chosen NOT to maximize on the huge energy savings and economic opportunities in the building sector. As explained by Oliver Rapf from BPIE, Member States have failed to implement ambitious Renovation Roadmaps (Article 4 of the EED), and to develop strong collaborative platforms to address renovation, thereby failing to provide the holistic vision and market certainty needed to unlock investment. Despite the significant contribution that buildings can make towards reducing energy imports, a clear strategy to tackle energy waste in buildings is also absent from both the 2030 Energy & Climate Package, and the European Energy Security Strategy. In the October Council conclusions, Member States committed to address priority sectors in which significant energy efficiency gains can be reaped. “At the last European Council, EU Heads of State provided a clear mandate for the Commission to take policy action in those sectors with the greatest potential for energy savings, Member States” said Jan te Bos, Director General of Eurima, Gold Sponsor of REDay2014. “Today’s conference once again demonstrates that buildings must be first in line, and those ambitious policies for the deep renovation of our building stock will –in addition- deliver more jobs, more comfort, more energy security, less energy poverty and less C02 emissions. We count on the new Commission to acknowledge this reality and take up the challenge with immediate, ambitious policy proposals on buildings”. In tackling buildings as the key priority sector, the Cothe Member Stateswould benefit from the support of 80 MEPs from across the political spectrum who have already signed the The Renovate Europe Campaign is an initiative of EuroACE, the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Its headline ambition is to reduce the energy demand of the EU building stock by 80% by 2050 as compared to 2005 levels www.renovate-europe.eu Renovate Europe Manifesto to STOP Energy waste in buildings.

The Greek version of the Press Release, as issued upon the completion of Renovate Europe Days 2014.

LETTER JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER AND CABINET’s ANSWER

On January 30, 2015, Adrian Joyce, Director at Renovate Europe Campaign sent a letter on behalf of all entities and organizations that the campaign, to Jean-Claude Juncker, and to Mr. Maroš Šefčovič, on the occasion of the forthcoming consultation of the Commissioners Meeting for the Energy Union.

Download the letter: 30-01-2015 LETTER TO JEAN CLAUDE JUNCKER_FROM RENOVATE EUROPE 

You may find the Greek translation of the letter as well as other information here.

LETTER TO Miguel Arias Cañete

On June 1st, 23 MEPs have signed a letter regarding the EPBD revision which must include a long-term vision for the EU building stock to achieve NZEB levels by 2050.  All MEPs who have signed the letter are supporters of the Renovate Europe Campaign.

 

 

Download the letter: MEP Letter to Com Canete on Renovation and EPBD

You may also read the translation of the letter in the Greek language here.

RENOVATE GREECE

INZEB – Institute of Zero Energy Buildings started its operation in January 2014. From the first year of its activity, it represents the Renovate Greece Campaign as the National Supporting Partner, having participated, organized and presented various activities all over Greece.  After three years of constructive cooperation with the Renovate Europe Campaign team, both at central level (EU) and in cooperation with other countries that support and represent the Campaign as National Partners, as a means of  communication and dissemination of the objectives and aims of the Renovate Europe, with emphasis in Greece, which is none other than to increase the proportion of energy retrofits of the existing building stock. This increase is possible by changing the legal framework and strengthening / widening financial tools.

Through Renovate Greece we will seek, in cooperation with all interested parties (Universities, Municipalities, Scientific Institutions and Chambers, Associations of Professionals and Companies), to achieve at a national level, the increase of the investments related to energy retrofits and to establish and achieve goals which are related to energy upgrade of the National – public and private – existing building stock. At the same time and through awareness actions, we focus on the minimization of the doubts that property owners have regarding the benefits of energy retrofits.

 

RENOVALUE TRAINING TOOLKIT


The Renovalue project developed training material to provide practicing valuation professionals with the tools to include sustainability in their daily practice. Such training material provides them with a more profound knowledge base regarding, inter alia, the impact (or potential impact) of sustainability features on various economic building performance aspects, respective information sources, as well as methodological and theoretical guidance so that valuation professionals can appropriately factor energy efficiency and renewable energy sources issues into the valuation process and advise their clients accordingly. The material developed consists of a set of slides to be used as training support by professional training providers, professional valuation organizations, and other real estate market participants.
The slides are available in 8 languages and can be downloaded from the links below. In addition, the slides have formed the basis for the development of an eLearning course that will be directly accessible to valuers via the RICS Online Learning Academy. The eLearning course is currently translated in 7 languages. The eLearning course in English can be accessed from the link below.

  • Access the e-learning training course here.
  • Download the training material in English here.
  • Download the training material in Greek here.

The development of the training material in Greek language was made with the contribution of distinguished valuation professionals. Warmest thanks to:

Vasilis Gkonis, Civil Engineer, DGNB Auditor, Valuer
Giannis Daskalakis, MRICS, BEng
Samantha Karra, MRICS, REV
Spyridoula Boutou, MRICS, REV

RENOVALUE PILOT TRAINING IN NICOSIA, CYPRUS

RenoValue is a 2-year project funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of the European Union. The project has developed a training toolkit for property valuation professionals on how to factor energy efficiency and renewable energy issues into valuation practices, understand the impact of building performance and property values and advise their clients accordingly.

Within the project, several pilot trainings have been planned to take place across Europe. The next scheduled training will take place in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Friday 18 March 2016 in Pralina Cafe (Stasikratous 31) from 09:00-15:00.  The training will be delivered in Greek language.

Training Topics:

  • Introducing RenoValue
  • The business case of energy efficient and sustainable buildings
  • Information sources for energy efficiency and sustainability
  • Energy Performance Assessment: Energy Performance Certificates and other sources
  • Integrating energy efficiency and sustainability factors into valuation assessments
  • Examples

The pilot training is supported by Danos Valuations L.L.C.

For more information, you may contact us at ac[at]inzeb.org or +30 211 7708899

REVOVALUE: ROUNDTABLE WITH STAKEHOLDERS AT THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

Integrating Sustainability in Property Valuation

Highlights from the high-level roundtable

European Parliament | 26 January 2016

 

The use of property valuation is an essential aspect of the property lifecycle: that is why encouraging energy efficiency and renewable energy needs to start here. To accelerate the market transition towards nearly Zero-Energy Buildings, it is essential to demonstrate the business case for and the value of sustainable buildings to prospective buyers, sellers, lenders, and investors.

On 26 January 2016, the RenoValue project organized the roundtable “Integrating sustainability in property valuation“, an opportunity to discuss why and how policymakers should strengthen the role of property valuers as drivers of the market transition towards sustainable buildings.

The event was organized at the European Parliament in Brussels with the support of Theresa Griffin MEP (S&D, UK) and Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP (EPP, Finland) and in collaboration with the Renovate Europe Campaign.

The debate was moderated by Ursula Hartenberger, Global Head of Sustainability at RICS, on behalf of the RenoValue Consortium.

Marie Donnelly, Director at DG ENER, and forty stakeholders representing valuation professionals, products manufacturers, service providers, architects, research centers, investors and specialized press attended the roundtable.

The report with the key finding of the high-level roundtable, held at the European Parliament, can be downloaded here: Report Renovalue Roundtable at the EP

INZEB acts as an external partner of the RenoValue project for Greece and Cyprus.