The transition to sustainable energy sources is a global priority, and it is widely agreed that energy efficiency measures are key to achieving this transition. In Europe, for instance, energy efficiency measures in buildings could reduce the continent’s energy consumption by up to 5%. Building renovation is one such measure, and it presents an opportunity to promote sustainable energy transition. By renovating existing buildings to improve their energy efficiency, we can significantly reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. However, building renovation can be a complex process, and it requires a coordinated effort from different stakeholders. In this context, the CONGREGATE project is a welcome initiative, which aims to promote sustainable building renovation and energy cooperatives.
INZEB, a partner in the CONGREGATE project, is hosting the final event of the project on 31st March 2023. The event, held online, aims to showcase the project’s methodology and results, as well as the potential for replication in other countries. The event will feature project partners from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Greece, and Romania, who will share their experiences and insights. The working language for the event will be English, and registration is required to attend.
During the event, attendees will learn about successful practices and outcomes of the CONGREGATE project. Case studies from Bulgaria, Greece, and the Czech Republic will be examined, with a focus on how current renovation programs impact residents’ energy and financial savings, behaviors, and attitudes. The project’s findings will inform future national campaigns for civic engagement in building renovation programs. Participants will also gain insights into establishing public-private renewable energy cooperatives, with a focus on successful case studies from Bulgaria, Greece, and the Czech Republic.
The CONGREGATE project began in November 2020 and is set to end in March 2023. The project’s primary goal is to promote interest and participation in building renovation and the creation of energy cooperatives. It is focused on Bulgaria, Croatia, and Romania, where there is significant potential for energy efficiency improvements in buildings. The project has developed a communication strategy to support national building renovation strategies and promote the establishment of public-private renewable energy cooperatives.
The CONGREGATE project believes that sustainable building renovation and energy cooperatives can support the sustainable energy transition and encourage “prosumer” behavior. However, these measures are often not accompanied by adequate communication campaigns, which makes it difficult for citizens to learn about these successful practices. The final event of the CONGREGATE project is an opportunity for participants to learn about and discuss the project’s successful practices and the potential for replication in other countries.
In conclusion, the CONGREGATE project is a welcome initiative that aims to promote sustainable building renovation and energy cooperatives in Bulgaria, Croatia, and Romania. The project’s final event, hosted by INZEB on 31st March 2023, is an opportunity for participants to learn about successful practices and outcomes of the project, as well as the potential for replication in other countries. By promoting sustainable building renovation and energy cooperatives, the CONGREGATE project aims to support the sustainable energy transition and encourage “prosumer” behavior.
Register now to join the event and be part of the sustainable energy transition!
Find the presentations below!
Introductory session: Dragomir Tzanev, EnEffect
Introductory session: Todor Galev, Center for the Study of Democracy
Session I: Dragomir Tzanev, EnEffect
Session I: Horia Petran, Cluster pRO-Nzeb
Session I: Bojan Milovanovic, University of Zagreb
Session II: Stanislav Andreev, EnEffect
Session II: Thanasis Manoloudis, INZEB